Digital Learning

Blackboard gaining back some ground; observers are cautious

Officials say investments in tech support and enhancements have improved the client experience, but observers are cautious about the LMS's future.

Six institutions get funding for courses jointly developed by U.S., Japanese instructors

A new project will use technology to build bridges between classrooms in the U.S. and Japan. A pedagogical model of international collaboration facilitated by technology is gaining steam worldwide.

Micromasters and specialization programs draw mature students eager to improve career prospects

Most students enrolled in nondegree online programs already have degrees, and a minority actually want a credential, new data show.

What we don't yet know about open educational resources (opinion)

Free, accessible curricular materials may have many benefits for students. But the research conducted so far hasn't delivered the required proof yet, Regan Gurung writes.

LinkedIn expands its content library, adding courses from other work-force training providers

The Microsoft-owned workplace social platform will for first time make content from other providers -- including Harvard Business School -- available to its higher education and corporate customers. Its aim: to be the "single destination for learners."

Research on digital learning faces uncertain future as funding sources and inquiry approaches vary

Technology-enabled learning might be the future of education, but empirical studies haven't caught up to the hype. Funding is tight and approaches are scattered.

Online learning should prioritize quality and mission over standardization (opinion)

Campus leaders should prioritize excellence, differentiation and institutional fidelity as they build new academic programs, Scott Moore writes.

This week's digital learning news in "Inside Higher Ed"

Among the topics: Two universities go big on big data; Arizona State and Uber team up on online degrees; federal investigations into web accessibility; dealing with GDPR.

Online testing, active learning, academic technology and more up for discussion at Educause

Sessions at Educause touched on academic technology collaboration, transparency around data collection, transitioning to active learning and more.

Virtual reality, other 3-D tools enhance classroom experiences as institutions navigate experimentation

Institutions are forging ahead with virtual and augmented reality and 3-D printing in the classroom -- and learning in the process how best to approach those initiatives.

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