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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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- Day 1: IT as a Force of Change
- Day 2: How Technology Can Transform Pedagogy
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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.
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for E-Learning
- Learning on Demand: Online Education in the United States, 2009
January 27, 2010
The seventh annual Sloan Survey of Online Learning reveals that online enrollment rose by nearly 17 percent from a year earlier. The survey, a collaborative effort between the Babson Survey Rese…
- 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 â€œsuccessfulâ€ online programs at public colleges and universities.Â …
- Online Learning as a Strategic Asset
August 31, 2009
The two-volume report, Online Learning as a Strategic Asset , contains the results of 231 interviews conducted with administrators, faculty, and students at 45 public institutions across t…
- Factors Influencing Faculty Use of Technology in Online Instruction: A Case Study
April 23, 2009
Online education has become a staple of higher education institutions.Â In the latest survey conducted by the Sloan Foundation, it was found that over two-thirds of higher education institutio…
- With Students Flocking Online, Will Faculty Follow?
November 18, 2008
As online coursesâ€™ popularity continues to rise, many administrators are struggling with a steep learning curve, one whose ultimate end point is far from being determined. Questions such a…
- Exploring Burnout among University Online Instructors: An Initial Investigation
October 11, 2007
Burnout has been identified as a significant issue among those in instructional positions. The purpose of the present research was to identify and describe the status of burnout among higher educ…
- Office Hours: Coming to a Computer Near You
September 18, 2007
Harvard University has begun experimenting with virtual office hours this semester. TAs will begin holding real-time, online help sessions for students this week. Using free, Java-based software,…
- The Invisible Professor and the Future of Virtual Faculty
January 1, 2007
"Traditional professors are disappearing from online classrooms as distance learning has altered their roles and responsibilities, as well as their professional status, job security, workload,…
- Addressing Faculty Concerns About Distance Learning
January 1, 2005
Despite the rapid growth of distance learning programs, faculty are often resistant to moving their courses into a distance learning format. This article synthesizes the common sources of concern a…
- Transitioning from Brick and Mortar to Online: A Faculty Perspective
January 1, 2005
This article presents faculty perspectives and experiences on transitioning a traditional brick-and-mortar program to an online degree program. This ar…