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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
- College is Dead. Long LIve College!
October 24, 2012
Writer, Amadna Ripley asks, can a new breed of online megacourses finally offer a college education to more people for less money? Time Magazine devotes an issue to MOOCs and online learning. …
- MOOCs for Credit
October 29, 2012
"Coursera, the largest provider of massive open online courses (MOOCs), has entered into a contract to license several of the courses it has built with its university partners to Antioch Uni…
- 7 Things You Should Know About Microlectures
November 1, 2012
A microlecture is a short recorded audio or video presentation on a single, tightly defined topic. Microlectures are typically produced by an instructor, who might begin by drafting a rough scrip…
- Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries
October 22, 2012
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) raise significant legal and policy questions for research libraries, which are often asked to support the development of MOOC courses. These questions involve …
- A New Paradigm for Remediation: MOOCs in Secondary Schools
November 1, 2012
Key Takeaways Swelling the ranks of college attendees can only occur if less-well-prepared students join the college-going cohort; in effect, higher education has become responsi…
- Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View
November 1, 2012
Phil Hill is an independent consultant and blogs at e-Literate . Although there has been a long history of distance education, the creation of online education occurred just over a…
- From Innovation Clusters to Datapalooza: Accelerating Innovation in Educational Technology
November 1, 2012
Richard Culatta is the Deputy Director of the Office of Educational Technology at the U.S. Department of Education. Education in the United States is entering a very exciting moment. For …
- Framing Mobile Initiatives to Measure Impact
October 1, 2012
Despite the proliferation of mobile devices and mobile activity—not only in the general population but also in the teaching and learning community, right down to the classroom level— mobile …
- What Campus Leaders Need to Know About MOOCs
December 20, 2012
MOOCs (massive open online courses) are courses delivered over the web to potentially thousands of students at a time. In a MOOC, lectures are typically “canned,” quizzes and testing ar…
- Enterprise IT, E-Learning, and Transformation: Prospects in Higher Education
October 3, 2012
Which way to Millinocket? " Well, you can go west to the next intersection ," a Mainer explains, ". . . get onto the turnpike, go north through the toll gate at Augusta, …