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Online Learning is referred to by many names—E-Learning, Blended Learning, Mobile Learning, MOOC, Online Education or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)—and can take on many forms and delivered through various platforms, but one thing remains the same, technology is a core component. The following resources provide a snapshot of the issues surrounding online learning.
8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online. This video list of insights comes from experts in the field of online teaching.
- Debate: In An Online World, Are Brick And Mortar Colleges Obsolete? NPR intelligence Squared Debates. April 2014. In this podcast, two debate teams face off over the argument that physical campuses are no longer needed to pursue higher education.
- The Potential for Online Learning: Promises and Pitfalls , EDUCAUSE Review, October 2013. To realize the potential and promise of online learning (and MOOCs), colleges and universities must be aware of the pitfalls while taking full advantage of the wonderful, if problematic, opportunities provided by ingenuity and technological prowess.
- Managing Online Education 2013: Practices in Ensuring Quality. This WCET survey obtains data on the instructional, operational, and technology infrastructure of online programs in higher education.
- Understanding the Building Blocks of Online Learning. This 8 part series was researched and developed by Contact North, it is based on the works of Tony Bates.
- EDUCAUSE Sprint 2013, July 30–August 1. During this free, online progam we explored the theme of Beyond MOOCs: Is IT Creating a New, Connected Age? Each day the community shared thoughts and ideas through webinars, articles, videos, and online discussions on the daily topics.
- The Pedagogical Foundations of Massive Open Online Courses, First Monday, May 2013. The authors found that by studying signature MOOC characteristics that include lectures formatted as short videos combined with formative quizzes and automated assessment and/or peer and self-assessment and an online forum for peer support and discussion, evidence suggests that there is no reason to believe that MOOCs are any less effective a learning experience than their face-to-face counterparts. Indeed, in some aspects, they may actually improve learning outcomes.
- Top-Ten IT Issues, 2013: Welcome to the Connected Age, EDUCAUSE Review Online, June 3, 2013. EDUCAUSE presents the top-ten IT-related issues facing higher education institutions. In this article, members of the 2012–13 EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel ranked determining the role of online learning and developing a sustainable strategy for that role as issue number 7.
- State U Online, New America Foundation, April 23, 2013. Author Rachel Fishman examines the most common challenges to implementing successful distance education programs, including cost, quality, and faculty buy-in. Fishman describes five steps to successful online state higher education systems.
- Proceedings from the April 2013 EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) Spring Focus Session, "Learning and the MOOC."
- The Postmodality Era: How "Online Learning" Is Becoming "Learning," ELI Annual Meeting, February 2013. Based on a chapter in Game Changers, an EDUCAUSE's e-book, this video recorded session examined an important transformational trend impacting all institutions involved in online learning.
- Thinking about Accreditation in a Rapidly Changing World, EDUCAUSE Review Online, 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.
- Chapter 17: "Going the Distance: Outsourcing Online Learning," Game Changers, May 2, 2012. The authors discuss how USC decided that, rather than build the capacity to offer and operate online-learning programs within the individual academic units or even coordinate full-service support centrally, the university chose to outsource the development and delivery of fully online, Internet-delivered degrees to for-profit vendor partners. USC also presented a session, The Ins and Outs of Online Learning, on this topic at EDUCAUSE 2012.
- Online Learning with Students, Staff, and Faculty with Disabilities: Knowing the Legal Landscape of Web Accessibility, ELI Webinar, December 2012. Failing to create an architecture that can be accessed by those with disabilities can create a climate of discrimination. It is vital that those in higher education understand the legal landscape with respect to online accessibility. This session reviews current law and court cases and assists institutions that want to do the right thing and document it at the same time.
- Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning: A Meta-Analysis and Review of Online Learning Studies, Department of Education, 2009. This report analyzes "online Learning" literature between 1996 and July 2008. The analysts screened these studies to find those that (a) contrasted an online to a face-to-face condition, (b) measured student learning outcomes, (c) used a rigorous research design, and (d) provided adequate information to calculate an effect size. As a result of this screening, 51 independent effects were identified that could be subjected to meta-analysis. The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction.
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- Engaging Alumni and Students Using Online Education Technology
November 9, 2015
Small, undergraduate liberal arts colleges like Colgate University can take advantage of technologies used in MOOCs (traditionally offered by larger research universities) to create limited, priv…
- Online Education behind Bars
October 19, 2015
In early October in New York, three talented and motivated prison inmates from the Bard Prison Initiative inspired the nation by defeating Harvard University’s debate team on the topic of publi…
- Beginning the Fourth Decade of the "IT Revolution" in Higher Education: Plus Ça Change
August 17, 2015
The technology changes of the past three decades continue to be bounded by challenges that impede our efforts to effectively exploit the full value of IT investments. …
- A Framework for Interactivity in Competency-Based Courses
August 3, 2015
A proposed course framework helps instructors organize, motivate, and assess online learning while empowering students and easing the instructional burden. Given the right tools and framing of…
- 7 Things You Should Read About Copyright in Online Education: Perspectives and Models
July 14, 2015
Concerns about copyright are an ongoing issue for instructors and librarians at colleges and universities. The resources in this issue explore the changing landscape of copyright in academic se…
- Pathway to a SMILE
August 3, 2015
Key Takeaways This case study explains how SMILE — Synchronous Mobile Interactive Learning Environment — allows the instructor to present and record lessons anywhere, anyti…
- Non-Distance Ed. State Authorization Regs. Still Impact Distance Ed.
July 14, 2015
Summary: U.S. Department of Education (ED) regulations governing the state authorization that institutions have to have to participate in federal student aid programs took effect on July 1, 2015.…
- The Evolution Continues: Considerations for the Future of Research in Online and Blended Learning
June 16, 2015
The model of online learning that has evolved over the past 20 years relies on ubiquitous data communications that are owned and operated routinely by all segments of the population. Today, peopl…
- Online Students Develop Marketable Professional Skills
July 6, 2015
Key Takeaways Students preparing to take online courses anticipated gaining professional skills in addition to their online learning of the course content. A survey …