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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
EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, July 30–August 1. During this Sprint we explored the theme of Beyond MOOCs: Is IT Creating a New, Connected Age?
- 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
- A New Polemic: Libraries, MOOCs, and the Pedagogical Landscape
August 21, 2013
The author, Nora Almeida , examines MOOCs through the lense of libraries, including intellectual property, digital preservation, and information delivery and curricular support models. The aut…
- NASULGC-Sloan National Commission on Online Learning Benchmarking Study: Preliminary Findings
November 9, 2009
The goal of the benchmarking activity is to begin the process of identifying some of the key factors that lead to “successful” online programs at public colleges and universities. To date, …
- Principle-Based Technology and Learning Environment Design for Managing Growing Demand for Digital Learning Content
January 1, 2003
Technology that supports and enhances learner-centered practices is a key theme and an important research area for the NLII and one of the reasons Margaret Haughey, editor of the Journal of Distanc…
- Putting the Learner at the Center: Next-Generation Innovation Emphasizes Enabling Learning in Classrooms and E-Learning Environments
January 1, 2003
Learner-centered practices are instructional design and teaching practices that are based on what we know about learning and cognition. Such practices encourage meaningful learning and create envir…
- Building Your Own Web Course: The Case for Off-the-Shelf Component Software
January 1, 1998
Dr. Howard Kaplan, Director of Educational Computing and the Technology Learning Center at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, compares two approaches for developing Web courses: off-the-shelf…