Instructional technology / distance education

For frictionless syllabus access, some bypass the college

Some professors provide students with barrier-free access to course information and materials, even when doing so requires extra work and leaves them feeling vulnerable.

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A screenshot of the syllabus for a photography class.

Survey on Campus Technology: Student Priorities and Problems

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62% of students surveyed worry little (or not at all) about their college being targeted by cybersecurity breaches or cyberattacks, even though they could jeopardize their personal data.

Students value connectivity, convenience and being consulted about technology but have little concern about protecting institutional networks.

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A student looks at an illuminated digital sign.

Arizona Global Campus buys assets of online management contractor

University buys assets of publicly traded Zovio to bring management of its roughly 28,000 online students in-house, citing online program management’s “inherent conflict.” Glad you finally noticed, critics say.

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Logos of the University of Arizona Global Campus and Zovio.

U.S. shuts a community college's 'free' program for union members

The U.S. Education Department says Eastern Gateway Community College’s online program violated federal financial aid rules. The college warns that freezing the program could endanger its future.

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Eastern Gateway Community College, a redbrick building with blue signs on the outside.

Embrace of digital course materials grew during pandemic

Instructors’ awareness and use of open educational resources and their recognition of the efficacy of digital texts rose sharply this year, an annual survey finds.

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Arkansas's winding path to building an online university

As other public institutions seek to expand their offerings for place-bound adult learners, the formal end of the homegrown eVersity offers some lessons.

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Logos of eVersity, Grantham University, and the University of Arkansas Grantham.

Tiny Hilbert College bets big on large online presence

The college built an online program with grand ambitions and 11 degree offerings without relying on an online program manager.

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Online program companies publish data to try to sway critics

With their industry under scrutiny, two companies publish data on student outcomes and prices of online programs at their partner colleges. But the information skirts key financial questions.

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Noodle takes aim at another ed-tech market: non-degree courses

John Katzman's online program company has become an alternative to online degree enablers. Now it wants to similarly challenge major providers of free and low-cost non-degree courses and credentials.

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Do college students perform worse in online courses? One study's answer

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Study finds that students in online courses fail to complete them and get lower grades than peers learning in person. Several experts question the paper’s design and findings, especially related to the pandemic.

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