Grand Valley State University provides flexible learning options to meet students’ needs through online and hybrid courses.
Students at GVSU take a blend of face to face and online/hybrid classes with some students residing in other states and even overseas. Learning online is growing nationally as well, with over 5.8 million students taking at least 1 online course (which amounts to more than 1 in 4 students) according to the Babson Survey Research Group.
“The trend of increasing distance education enrollments in the face of declining overall higher ed enrollments suggests an important shift in the American higher education landscape, with contemporary learners leaning in to online options,” said Kathleen S. Ives, chief executive officer and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium. “The majority of academic leaders recognize this and understand online learning is critical to their institutions’ long-term strategy.”
Enrollment Grows by 17% (Fall 2017)
Online and hybrid enrollment expanded this year by 17% (from 2016) to include over 5,318 enrollments in online and hybrid classes at GVSU.
Enrollment in online and hybrid courses has grown by 78% since 2013.
In addition, 17% of all students at the university are enrolled in at least 1 online or hybrid class.
The online/hybrid courses were taught by 173 faculty in 177 unique courses, representing 12% of the classes at the university.
The growth in enrollment has continued over the past several years. As the following chart reveals, the university is providing increased options for students to access education through online and hybrid courses.
The 2021 GVSU Strategic Plan
As indicated in the Babson survey above, eLearning (online/hybrid) is critical to an institutions long-term strategy. In fact, the 2016-2021 GVSU Strategic Plan includes a priority statement for expanding the number of courses offered in the online and hybrid format.
Strategic Priority 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.
Institutional outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.
Objective 3.D.2: At least 30% of undergraduate courses are offered in innovative approaches and formats, such as hybrid, online and competency-oriented. Baseline for undergraduate courses for Fall 2014 is 6%.
Objective 3.D.3: At least 30% of graduate courses are offered in innovative approaches and such as hybrid, online and competency-oriented. Baseline for graduate courses for Fall 2014 is 25%.
GVSU Values Connected to Online and Hybrid Courses
- Inclusiveness/Access – Incorporating multiple voices and experiences by valuing identities, perspectives, and backgrounds. Strengthening and expanding possibilities through technology to increase accessibility and remove barriers.Online and hybrid courses remove barriers and provide access to flexible educational opportunities for those students that are unable to attend class in traditional formats and schedules.
- Innovation – Encourage and appreciate innovative application of new ideas, technologies, and teaching and learning principles and methods.Online and hybrid courses offer innovative opportunities for unique pedagogical approaches to learning through the advancements of technology.
eLearning and Emerging Technologies Provides Faculty Support
With the growth in eLearning nationally and locally at the university, the eLearning and Emerging Technologies team is here to provide support to faculty at GVSU that are interested in creating and/or teaching an online or hybrid course. Faculty learn how to prepare, design, and teach an online or hybrid course through a Foundations of Online/Hybrid Course Development workshop which is facilitated by 3 instructional designers in the IDeL group.
In addition, digital media and technology support is provided by a digital media developer, 2 eLearning and instructional technology specialists, and 2 system analysts that work with the university’s Blackboard learning management system. Blackboard support for faculty is provided by the eLearning team including 2 graduate assistants through seminars, email, phone, and office consultations. Online readiness for students, along with a variety of student services are also offered by the university, including the GVSU IT HelpDesk.
How can the GVSU eLearning team help YOU? Please contact us and let us know!