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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
- How Distance Education Affects Faculty Compensation
January 1, 2000
This Research in Brief abstract summarizes the paper, "Early Patterns of Faculty Compensation for Developing and Teaching Distance Learning Courses" (published in JALN), which reports an …
- An Interview with Lucinda Roy
January 1, 1998
Lucinda Roy, Alumni Distinguished Professor of English at Virginia Tech, spoke to CAUSE/EFFECT Editor James Roche about her experience teaching online courses through the university's three-ye…
- Larger Scale Distance Learning Initiatives
January 1, 1997
The involvement of multiple campuses in larger scale distance learning initiatives significantly increases the complexity of issues to be considered in program design. The most significant "sy…
- Distance Learning: The Shift to Interactivity
January 1, 1997
This paper, #17 in the CAUSE Professional Paper Series, was designed to help higher education institutions confront the distance learning challenge. The authors offer a primer on distance learning,…
- Seven Points to Overcome to Make the Virtual University Viable
January 1, 1997
Many institutions are moving toward implementation of some form of Virtual University, offering real credit for virtual classes. This Viewpoint article discusses seven problem areas -- access, accr…
- Learning About Distance Learning
January 1, 1997
This article provides the history and goals of a distance-learning demonstration project at EdinboroUniversity of Pennsylvania, as well as technical considerations, coordination activities, andinst…
- Altering Time and Space through Network Technologies to Enhance Learning
January 1, 1996
Networking technologies offer a better learning environment for students while providing opportunities for reducing the cost of the learning process. A key outcome of advances in networking, the I…