Digital Learning

Colleges need to go online but must recognize how different the students are (opinion)

Online is a crucial path for many underrepresented students and should expand. But if colleges don’t understand how virtual students differ from their residential peers and support them with robust online student services, Robert Ubell writes, they will miss the mark.

Traditional colleges struggle to adjust institutional culture to diversifying landscape

Traditional colleges looking to grow into new markets and expand online education face tight budgets and a culture that often resists rapid change.

Federal rules on student-teacher interaction, accreditation of innovative programs set for overhaul

Negotiators reached consensus on issues such as "regular and substantive" interaction and state authorization. Experts on online learning say the new rules will provide needed clarifications, but advocates for students worry about potential abuses.

2U to buy boot-camp provider Trilogy for $750 million

2U adds boot camps to its offerings of online graduate degrees and courses with $750 million acquisition of Trilogy.

Processes for developing and revamping online courses emerge as programs mature

Creating a system for developing and revamping online courses can be challenging -- but is increasingly essential -- for institutions with growing programs.

Boise State pilots subscription with monthly tuition payments for two online programs

Idaho's largest state university has introduced a new reduced-price tuition model, geared toward rural adults, for two of its online programs: students subscribe for a year then pay automatically once a month.

This week's digital learning content in 'Inside Higher Ed'

Among the topics: expanding database of digital credentials; why metrics matter; congressional questions on short-term Pell; NSF explores career trajectories.

Applications open for institutional OER partnerships with OpenStax

OpenStax -- Rice University's nonprofit initiative for affordable, openly licensed textbooks -- has opened applications for its second round of institutional partnerships.

UC San Diego adds data collection to edX platform

The University of California, San Diego, has added a real-time course activity feed to its Open EdX platform, allowing for more rigorous data collection of student activity on the university's MOOC offerings.

Carnegie Mellon releases a treasure trove of learning science tools

Carnegie Mellon spent millions of dollars developing tools to help instructors improve their teaching. Now other institutions are invited to use them, too.

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