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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.
Recent Publications and Webinars
- Day 1: IT as a Force of Change
- Day 2: How Technology Can Transform Pedagogy
- Day 3: Creating the IT Architecture for the Connected Age
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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Learning
- Supporting Online Faculty
March 19, 2013
A session at the Midwest Regional Conference
Robust faculty and student support is crucial to the success of an online program. Faculty need coaching in effective online course design and delivery. They must be provided just-in-time, often on…
- Practice What You Preach: A Hybrid Orientation to Online Pedagogy
January 1, 2003
This session will describe a hybrid (part online, part face-to-face) faculty development program recently conducted at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Faculty participating as online students gain …
- How Teaching Adults in a Blended Program Can Lead to Pedagogical Transformation
March 15, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2011
Faculty demands in higher education are changing dramatically due to an increase in the adult student population and in course delivery formats. Results of a qualitative study will be shared to und…
- Creating Immersive Development Experience for Faculty Teaching Blended and Online Courses
January 14, 2011
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2011
Transformation of traditional courses to a blended or online format can be demanding for instructors who want to use technologies to extend space and time for students to learn. This presentation w…
- Social Learning Using Cell Phone Technology at Montclair State University
January 17, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2008
Social learning enhances knowledge when students create learning environments by making connections among their peers and community. Educators struggle to develop innovative teaching strategies to …
- Soaring with Distance Education: A Faculty Development Program
June 7, 2005
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southeast Regional Conference 2005
Salisbury University (Maryland) has piloted Soaring with Distance Education, a faculty development program that helps faculty develop and deliver successful, effective, and well-designed online cou…