Digital Learning

Expert roundup: What Kevin Carey got right and wrong about OPMs and online pricing

The think tank analyst's essay largely blames online corporate enablers for the fact that the prices of online programs haven't fallen. Experts assess his assessment -- with a focus on what he left out.

From in-house to OPM: A 20-year journey for Michigan State

When a legacy online program started to languish, Michigan State University leaders brought in a corporate provider to boost student enrollment. Will others do the same?

New approaches to discussion boards aim for dynamic online learning experiences

Instructors and students alike are growing tired of the discussion board formula. Innovative approaches point to the potential for more meaningful online learning experiences.

Survey of online learning administrators explores governance, outcomes, instructor interaction

Survey of campus strategy leaders categorizes colleges by online intensity and examines issues such as student interaction with instructors, governance and student outcomes.

States and university systems are planning major online initiatives. How many can take off?

Numerous public university systems and state flagships are planning ambitious online endeavors. How many succeed in a competitive marketplace will depend on pricing, execution and leadership.

A university working with 2 online management companies now plans to go it alone

Southern Methodist University works with two online program management companies. For all future online programs, it plans to bring the operations in-house, citing mission and money.

University of Massachusetts to launch online college for adults in state and nationwide

The University of Massachusetts System wants to compete with Southern New Hampshire and Purdue Global. Details on cost and strategy are still trickling in.

Columbia University hosts digital memorial for online professor

The death of a professor who was passionate about online learning prompted colleagues, students and friends to pay tribute to him through the medium he championed.

Students multitask (on things unrelated to course work) more in online settings, study finds

Study finds that even those who are inclined to stray do so less in face-to-face classes -- presumably because instructors and peers are watching. What are the implications for online learning? And is all multitasking bad?

California's online community college finds its leader: Heather Hiles

Heather Hiles, an entrepreneur and Gates Foundation alum, will lead the new institution, launching this fall with competency-based certificate programs for the state's adults.


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