Digital Learning

Lessons learned from shuttering of a university's internal digital learning start-up

Closure of Texas System's innovation arm shows that ed-tech start-ups need similar things -- including business models and faculty buy-in -- whether Silicon Valley or a university fund them.

Sentiment analysis allows instructors to shape course content around students' emotions

New software aims to help instructors understand students better, but raises privacy and practicality concerns.

ACT invests in personalized education platform, signaling shift toward being a 'learning company'

Buying a stake in Smart Sparrow, an emergent player in creating adaptive curricular content, ACT expands its footprint -- in a way fully consistent with its mission, its leaders say.

Amazon's high-profile hire from higher education: Candace Thille

Candace Thille, a pioneer in the science of learning, takes a leave from Stanford to help the ambitious retailer better train its workers, with implications that could extend far beyond the company.

New U.S. data show continued growth in college students studying online

New federal data show continued (and accelerating) growth in online course taking in 2016, even as overall college enrollments were flat or falling. Big gainers: Western Governors and Arizona State. Big losers: the big for-profits.

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.

Start-up mentality takes a law school online

Loyola Law School, in Los Angeles, starts a series of online certificates aimed at business professionals. In a crowded executive education market, will it find a niche?

Future of federal rules on online education, program outsourcing remains in flux

The federal rule-making process can be confusing. Here are the answers to your pressing questions about how it might affect distance education and innovative programs.

How universities can stay at the center of learners' lives (opinion)

Universities can and must remain at the center of how people learn throughout their lives, Andrew Hermalyn writes.

College presidents support use of OER to lower students' costs, but with limits

Survey finds campus leaders support use of open educational resources to reduce student textbook costs, but concerns linger about quality. They also feel more comfortable with their knowledge of digital learning.

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