#impactchat Recap: How Is Online Learning Changing Higher Education?

This week has seen some notable announcements in higher education: MOOCs are going to college and 70 percent of academic leaders say online learning is critical to their institution’s long-term strategy. The world knows that online learning is changing the landscape of higher education, but we wanted to know what real people are saying about the future of education.

To get the conversation started, we hosted our first Twitter chat, called #impactchat. During this chat, we spoke with students, professors, administrators and 2U’s own CEO, Christopher Paucek, to understand the fears and hopes that surround these changes in the long-established world of higher education. We were also able to hear from many who feel online education has already changed their lives for the better.

What Is a Twitter Chat?

A Twitter chat is an online public forum that takes place via tweets and a hashtag. Anyone can participate by adding the hashtag (#impactchat) to his or her tweet. #impactchat was a great example of how we can use technology and crowdsourcing to open up the dialogue for an industry deep in disruption. With each tweet, a new perspective came to light.

 

Who Participated in #impactchat?

Established Twitter chats, like #Edchat, have hundreds of followers with rapid-fire responses, but smaller, lesser-known chats may only garner a few participants. We were pleasantly surprised by the turnout for #impactchat. While we had a modest audience of about 25 contributors, we reached about 78,826 accounts and generated about 221,280 impressions.

#impactchat Recap

To give you a sampling of the conversation, we’ve pulled together a few response tweets to each question we posed to the audience. If you would like to join the next #impactchat, or if you have an idea for an upcoming topic, email secheveste(at)2U.com.

Q1: How is online learning changing higher education? 

How is online learning changing higher education?

Q2: How is online learning impacting the student experience?

How is online learning impacting the student experience?

Q3: How is online learning impacting the faculty experience?

How is online learning impacting the faculty experience?

Q4: Can you build meaningful relationships online?

Can you build meaningful relationships online?

Q5: Do you think online education is going in the right direction?

Do you think online education is going in the right direction?

We want to hear your thoughts on online learning. Join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #impactchat. Be sure to mention us (@2Uinc) so we don’t miss it.