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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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- Blended Learning on the Ground: Advice from College Educators
April 2, 2015
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- Engaging Faculty in Online Education
March 16, 2015
Key Takeaways By drawing on direct experience , facilitating learning from peers , and exploring engagement practices , Brown University's online development team is crea…
- Prior Learning Assessment & Competency-Based Education
March 25, 2015
“What can you do with what you know?” Competency-based educatio…
- 7 Things You Should Know About the 2015 ELI Content Anchors
February 6, 2015
Each year, ELI conducts a survey to identify the technologies and developments that the teaching and learning community finds most important for higher education. Those content anchors reflect th…
- False Assumptions
January 12, 2015
Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), is the 2015 New Business Models department author and editor for EDUCAUSE Review . EDUCAUSE is introducing …
- MOOC Completion and Retention in the Context of Student Intent
December 8, 2014
Key Takeaways MOOC critics are concerned about low overall completion rates , but these rates are typically evaluated without accounting for student intentions . This …