Starting in Online Learning: How Rochester Institute of Technology Navigates

Zoe Mackay, Chris Dowhan | IBL News

James Hall, the Dean of University Studies at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), spoke with IBL News about his work on “customized degree pathways at the associate, bachelors, and masters’ level.”

RIT has a “significant footprint on the main edX platform,” with two MicroMasters in cybersecurity and project management, and another coming soon in design thinking. RIT also has invested in professional certificates in soft skills and other short courses.

As a relatively new university in online education, Hall discusses some of the biggest challenges to transforming traditional education online.

“Our instructional design and production folks will tell you that they’re making it all up as they go. We’re benefitting a lot from the emergence of a kind of community of practice amongst MicroMasters folks in particular, and we spend a lot of time learning from each other. I think one of the rich things about both the Open edX and edX partnership is the ways in which there is a general enthusiasm of sharing knowledge.”

Watch the full interview with Jim Hall in the video below.