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Online learning environments—on campus or at a distance—and the policy issues that affect them have come to the forefront of higher education. As policy-makers consider how to dramatically increase the percentage of the population with a postsecondary degree or credential within significant, long-term resource constraints, online and blended learning options dominate the discourse. And rapid enrollment growth in e-learning courses and programs signals that students and the public at large also see online and blended options as increasingly attractive.
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The State of E-Learning in Higher Education: An Eye Toward Growth and Increased Access, ECAR Hub, June 2013. This ECAR report on e-learning incorporates results from a survey, focus groups, and interviews to provide a description of the current state of e-learning in higher education. In this report are insights into the challenges of e-learning, the concerns about e-learning that remain, the most important factors to consider in selecting e-learning technologies, how accreditors view and approach e-learning, and the specific steps institutions can take to make progress in their e-learning initiatives.
ELI 7 Things You Should Know About MOOCs II, June 2013, This brief describes what a massive open online course (MOOC) is, who in higher education is using it, where this delivery model is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning.
Thinking about Accreditation in a Rapidly Changing World, EDUCAUSE Review, April 2013. Online learning has provided a platform for rethinking delivery models, yet much of accreditation is not designed to account for these new approaches.
The Beginning of Something Big, EDUCAUSE Live! March 2013. This webinar explores "online" learning by asking "What if we used the best technology has to offer?" and "What new models are possible?"
Next Generation Learning: The Pathway to Possibility, NGLC, April 2013. This white paper discusses observations about the innovative approaches used by grantees of Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), The resulting framework was developed with both K–12 and higher education in mind, since NGLC works with both educational systems.
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Learning
- Blended Learning: A Report on the ELI Focus Session
November 15, 2010
On September 15 and 16, 2010, the ELI teaching and learning community gathered for an online focus session on blended learning. This white paper is a synthesis of the key ideas, themes, and conce…
- Eggs and the Bottle: Engaging Faculty in Technology-Based Teaching
January 1, 2003
Last year, using the metaphor of the egg and the bottle, we explored the challenge of engaging faculty in technology-based teaching practices. We will report on the progress we have made and presen…
- Essential Attributes of Faculty Professional Development: The Excellence in Online Education Initiative
October 21, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Professional development in best practices for online teaching is essential to ensuring the success of new online instructors. In this session, learn the 12 essential attributes of faculty profes…
- Transforming Teaching and Learning Challenges
April 14, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference 2009
Whether you're looking for potential solutions to improve the student learning experience or to better engage students by increasing online interactivity, this session will provide several mod…