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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
- 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
- If I Had a Million Dollars
March 20, 2012
This ECAR Research Bulletin focuses on EDUCAUSE Core Data Service (CDS) survey results related to a somewhat lighthearted but insightful hypothetical question about how two constituent groups mig…
- IT-Based Transformation in Higher Education: Possibilities and Prospects
March 19, 2012
If information technologies are to transform higher education, we must exploit opportunities and address problems. At the same time, transformed higher education cannot neglect important dimensi…
- Mobile Computing 5-Day Sprint—Summary
June 3, 2011
This EDUCAUSE brief summarizes the main themes from the EDUCAUSE Mobile Computing 5-Day Sprint, held April 25–29, 2011. This learning experience brought together presenters and hundreds of part…
- Horizon Report 2010: Projects in E-Books, Open Content, Mobile Learning, and Augmented Reality
July 12, 2010
This web seminar includes speakers representing six projects featured in the latest Horizon Report . In this special one-and-a-half hour ELI webinar, you’ll be taken on a tour of their work …
- Using Technology as a Learning Tool, Not Just the Cool New Thing
January 1, 2005
This fifth chapter from "Educating the Net Generation" provides insight into the Net Gen perspective on technology and higher education. This…
- Barriers to Distance Education
January 1, 2003
Although technology has broadened the boundaries of higher education, significant barriers to distance learning remain. This paper, the sixth and final monograph in the ACE/EDUCAUSE series Distribu…
- Partnerships in Distributed Education
January 1, 2002
Partnerships in Distributed Education is the fifth monograph in the ACE / EDUCAUSE series Distributed Education: Challenges, Choices, and a New Environment. This monograph discusses how partnership…
- Student Learning as Academic Currency
January 1, 2002
This monograph, fourth in the ACE/EDUCAUSE series Distributed Education: Challenges, Choices, and a New Environment, explores how distributed education challenges the credit hour as the standard me…
- Distributed Learning: New Challenges and Opportunities for Institutional Leadership
January 1, 2002
This monograph, third in the ACE/EDUCAUSE series, Distributed Education: Challenges, Choices, and a New Environment , focuses on the challenges faced by college and university leaders as their i…
- EDUCAUSE Leadership Strategies Series, Eight-Volume Set
January 1, 2003
The EDUCAUSE Leadership Strategies series covers a variety of issues important to IT professionals in higher education. Sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers, the series consists of eight volumes: …