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As universities, colleges, and additional organizations adopt more facets of online learning, the need for instructional designers is in high demand. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics projected job growth of 10 percent in this field from 2020 to 2030. About 20,400 openings for instructional coordinators are projected each year, on average, over the decade.1
At Kent State University, we believe in the power of teachers to be agents of structural and social change, transforming and improving lives. America’s schools need teachers who help develop socially responsible citizens and an educated workforce equipped with life skills.
September 15th is National Online Learning Day. Recognition of online learning is especially relevant this year after the pandemic and resulting school closures exposed many more people to online learning. If the pandemic had happened 20, or even 10 years ago, the quick pivot to online learning would not have been possible. Existing technology, resources, and online pedagogy have advanced to the point that it was possible to provide education to most students and to keep them from missing a year of schooling.
A visual arts education provides academic achievement, social and emotional development, civic engagement, and equitable opportunity. Art education also leads to increased self-confidence and self-understanding, enhanced communication skills, and improved cognition.1