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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
- 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
- Effective Faculty Development through Strategies for Engagement and Satisfaction
September 5, 2012
Key Takeaways To address exponential growth in online learning , the University of Central Florida expanded its faculty development program, focusing on offering more effective an…
- The Educational Potential of Mobile Computing in the Field
March 29, 2011
Key Takeaways Giving students hands-on experience of field work with mobile tablet PCs loaded with visualization software facilitates active learning and integration of complex …
- EDUCAUSE Quarterly Magazine, Volume 33, Number 3, 2010
September 22, 2010
Reflections on Play, Pedagogy, and World of Wa…
- Top-Ten Teaching and Learning Issues, 2007
July 30, 2007
Current Issues Top-Ten Teaching and Learning Issues, 2007 Creating a culture of evidence tops the list of important issues as the academic technology profession moves to an "Instructio…
- The Embedded Librarian Program
January 1, 2006
Good Ideas The Embedded Librarian Program Faculty and librarians partner to embed personalized library assistance into online courses By Victoria Matthew and Ann Schroeder Wit…
- Faculty and Administrators Collaborating for E-Learning Courseware
January 1, 2005
Faculty and Administrators Collaborating for E-Learning Courseware Faculty incentives, clear ownership and usage rights, and adequate funding will encourage faculty to explore technology for t…
- Intellectual Property Ownership in Distributed Learning
January 1, 2003
The author discusses the issue of faculty intellectual property rights and the digital course materials they may create in a distributed learning environment. …
- Faculty Attitudes about Distance Learning
January 1, 2001
A study of distance learning in Kentucky's higher education system revealed faculty willing to use the technology but needing more institutional support. …
- Who Owns What? Unbundling Web Course Property Rights
January 1, 2001
This article discusses how a policy on Web course ownership may settle conflicts on campus. This article discusses how a policy on Web course ownership…
- The Media Production Model: An Alternative Approach to Intellectual Property Rights in Distributed Education.
January 1, 2001
This article discusses a team-based approach to intellectual prpoperty ownership and compensation which offers a model for slowing the departure of creative technical professionals from campuses, e…