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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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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
- Creative Commons Launches OER Policy Registry
March 27, 2012
Creative Commons has announced the formation of an Open Educational Resources (OER) Policy Registry with a call for individuals and institutions to share "OER legislation, OER instituti…
- State Approaches to State Authorization
March 14, 2012
You may be aware of the state authorization resources and directory hosted by the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association. While the directory provides state-by-state i…
- Arne Duncan: "...technology is a game-changer in the field of education..."
March 9, 2012
Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan spoke at the South by Southwest Education Conference in Austin, Texas, where he focused his comments on the value of technology in transforming…
- Open Education Week Starts Today
March 5, 2012
The first-ever “ Open Education Week ” starts today and runs through Friday, March 10. Launched by the Open Courseware Consortium with the participation of nearly 100 colleges, unive…
- House Passes State Authorization Repeal Bill
February 28, 2012
On a vote of 303-114, H.R. 2117 , the House bill to repeal the U.S. Department of Education regulations on state authorization of online/distance learning and a federal definition of the cred…
- House to Vote on State Authorization Repeal Today
February 28, 2012
Inside Higher Education reports that the U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on H.R. 2117 , a bill to repeal the U.S. Department of Education's "program…
- EDUCAUSE Joins Letter Urging State Authorization Repeal
February 27, 2012
As mentioned last week , the higher education community anticipates that the U.S. House of Representatives will vote this week on a bill ( H.R. 2117 ) to repeal U.S. Department of Education…
- State Authorization Appeal Heard Today
February 21, 2012
Many thanks to Russ Poulin at WCET for uncovering the DC Circuit Court of Appeals hearing calendar ( http://www.cadc.uscourts.gov/internet/sixtyday.nsf/fullcalendar?OpenView&count=1000 ) a…
- Congressional E-Learning Caucus Taking Shape
February 6, 2012
Last October, U.S. Representatives Kristi Noem (R-SD) and Jared Polis (D-CO) announced the formation of the Congressional E-Learning Caucus. This body is intended to serve as a commu…
- Obama and Higher Ed. Affordability, Accountability, and Technology
February 2, 2012
The recent 2012 State of the Union address has received a great deal of attention for its emphasis on improving college affordability and holding colleges and universities accountable for co…