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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
- What do Librarians Need to Know About MOOCs?
April 1, 2013
Over the past several months, the proliferation of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) has been hailed as a potent defense against the rising cost and insular culture of attending a traditional c…
- For Libraries, MOOCs Bring Uncertainty and Opportunity
March 25, 2013
"A lot of the discussion about massive open online courses has revolved around students and professors. What role can academic librarians play in the phenomenon, and what extra responsibilit…
- Thinking about Accreditation in a Rapidly Changing World
April 1, 2013
Online learning has provided a platform for rethinking delivery models, yet much of accreditation is not designed to account for these new approaches. Paul J. LeBlanc is Presiden…
- Blended Learning in Practice: Case Studies from Leading Schools featuring Summit Public Schools
September 1, 2012
Summit Public Schools is one of five charter management organizations (CMOs) that utilize blended learning that were profiled in case studies prepared by FSG for the Micha…
- Blended Learning in Practice: Introduction to Case Studies from Leading Schools
September 1, 2012
In the summer of 2011, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation initiated a series of investments intended to build a stronger evidence base within the emerging field of blended …
- Blended Learning Implementation Guide
February 5, 2013
Digital Learning Now! (DLN) released "The Blended Learning Implementation Guide," the fifth DLN Smart Series paper, for leaders who are ready seize the opp…
- 2013 Horizon Report
February 4, 2013
Produced by ELI and NMC 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…
- Regulating Online Postsecondary Education: State Issues and Options
January 17, 2013
This issue brief published by the National Governors Association (NGA) states that as providers and regulators of online education, governors should consider calling for a review of current state…
- The MOOC Model: Challenging Traditional Education
January 28, 2013
Key Takeaways A turning point will occur in the higher education model when a MOOC-based program of study leads to a degree from an accredited institution — a trend that …
- ds106: Not a Course, Not Like Any MOOC
January 28, 2013
Alan Levine, an independent consultant ( CogDog.it ), currently teaches the open digital storytelling course ds106. Levine is an innovator in educational technology, previously working…