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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
- The Horizon Report in Action: Emerging Technologies Today and Tomorrow
May 3, 2011
Wondering what's new in mobiles, electronic books, learning analytics, and other emerging technology areas? Join Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative as they r…
- Mobile Teaching and Learning: Engaging Students and Measuring Impact
December 7, 2010
The EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) 2010 focus session on mobile learning brought together a collection of best practices, case studies, and research on mobile technologies' potential to…
- 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 …
- Digital Texts and the Future of Education: Why Books?
March 29, 2011
Key Takeaways Students have expectations for interactivity and connectedness when they use digital devices, yet these expectations are frequently unmet when using most digital tex…
- Mixable: A Mobile and Connected Learning Environment
March 29, 2011
Key Takeaways Students increasingly turn to social networks to enable coursework discussions outside of class , a factor that promotes their academic engagement and success. A ne…
- Augmented Reality and Geotagging in Japan
March 29, 2011
Key Takeaways Mobile technology offers the ability to combine immediate access to information and location through augmented reality and geotagging . Dickinson College st…
- New ELI 7 Things... Explores Gamification
August 12, 2011
Gamification is the application of game elements in non-gaming situations, often to motivate or influence behavior. The rewards or the spirit of competition can spur students’ concentr…
- Spotlight on Mobile Computing—Evaluating a Campus-Wide Mobile Learning Initiative: Lessons Learned from ACU's First Three Years
February 17, 2011
Abilene Christian University continues to explore innovative uses of mobile technologies in higher education. Deploying devices to all underclassmen has created unique opportunities to assess the…
- 2011 Horizon Report
February 8, 2011
Each year, the Horizon Report describes six areas of emerging technology that will have significant impact on higher education and creative expression over the next one to five years. The areas o…
- Spotlight on Mobile Computing: Stories of Mobile Learning
January 21, 2011
The University of Maryland is in its third year of a mobility initiative that has encompassed everything from student recruitment to app development to class projects. This session will focus on …