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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
MOOC Completion and Retention in the Context of Student Intent, EDUCAUSE Review, December 2014. This study, based on survey and log data from nine HarvardX courses, investigates how completion and attrition rates differ based on students' self-reported intentions about course participation.
2014 Student and Faculty Technology Research Studies, ECAR Hub, October 30, 2014. More students than ever have experienced a digital learning environment. The majority say they learn best with a blend of online and face-to-face work. Faculty recognize that online learning opportunities can promote access to higher education but are more reserved in their expectations for online courses to improve outcomes.
Executive Briefs for Presidents and Senior Executives. The Foundations offer a framework for considering higher education’s most pressing IT challenges as strategically important opportunities for the institution. The Key Questions deepen these perspectives with data and examples. Together, the briefs help guide strategic planning and risk management
- Foundations of Online Learning: Where Digital Living and Education Meet
- Key Questions for Online Learning: Where Digital Living and Education Meet
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
- Study of Students and Information Technology, 2014
October 30, 2014
For the 2014 student techology use study, ECAR also collaborated with 213 institutions to collect responses from 75,306 undergraduate students about their technology experiences. Key F…
- A Systems Approach: Expanding Access and Achieving Student Success through Support Services at Rio Salado College
March 12, 2012
This report covers how Rio Salado College (RSC) in Tempe, Arizona provides a full slate of support services to its online learners. The report was designed to capture the essence of a rela…
- Request for Proposals for Help Desk Services
March 19, 2008
This was an RFP to Â provide Help Desk Services for on-line learning programs for three years with three annual renewal options. This was an RF…
- On the Cutting Edge: Innovative Services That Blend Technology with Purpose
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
Join this lively session for a look at three exciting and innovative services being offered to meet new challenges on our campuses including data management, the need to rethink and repurpose physi…
- Design and Implementation of Web-Enabled Teaching Tools; Innovation in Student Services: Planning for Models Blending High Touch/High Tech - Book Reviews
January 1, 2003
Norman Coombs reviews Design and Implementation of Web-Enabled Teaching Tools, a book which he notes is the first one to specifically address the accessible Web tools that are necessary for online …
- ELI Innovations & Implementations â€“ Online@UCF
January 1, 2005
The University of Central Florida's Online@UCF initiative serves tens of thousands of students across Florida and engages 75 percent of UCF faculty. It offers 15 online degree programs, 10 onl…
- Three Approaches to Distance Learning Support Services
January 1, 2002
This presentation will illustrate how three institutions approach the challenge of delivering quality support services to distance learning faculty and students. The three institutions represent a …
- eArmyU: Early Lessons from a Grand Experiment in Online Learning
October 15, 2002
eArmyU, which has brought over 30,000 students online in 20 months, provides a unique opportunity for insight into e-learning. eArmyU provides participating soldier-students with anytime, anywher…
- The Internet and the University: 2000 Forum
January 1, 2001
Top thinkers working at the forefront of education take a fresh look at emerging challenges in The Internet and the University: 2000 Forum. Here they consider how the Internet and related technol…
- Liberal Arts Education and Information Technology: time for Another Renewal
January 1, 2000
This article deals with how liberal arts colleges must accommodate the powerful changes that are taking place in the way people communicate and learn. Areas of changes discussed include informatio…