Instructional technology / distance education

Online education gives adults access, but student outcomes lag

Using newly available federal and state-by-state data, an analyst explores states' embrace of fully online learning and whether it drives adult students' access and success.

New York State doubles down with another $8 million for open educational resources

State's initial $8 million investment significantly increased number of students in courses taught with OER. With new round of funding for 2018-19, CUNY and SUNY will focus on strategy and sustainability.

Pioneering college tries to stay relevant amid intensifying competition

Excelsior College, founded to help adults complete degrees online, staggers after curtailing its biggest program over quality concerns. Administrators say "repositioning" is working, but a more competitive market awaits.

Debate over graduation rates at Rio Salado, the largely online community college

The mostly online Rio Salado College pushes back on a critique of its graduation rates, while nonprofit colleges may be feeling more heat about their results amid the collapse of for-profits.

Connecticut ponders future of online education as distance learning consortium closes

The Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium served the state's online initiatives for two decades. Now the challenge -- or opportunity -- for the institutions is to continue that work as the consortium closes.

Federal experiment in nontraditional providers stumbles out of the gate

An Obama-era program to give nontraditional providers access to federal financial aid has struggled to get off the ground, and three of eight participants have pulled out.

Universities work to offer complete Wi-Fi coverage on campus

Students expect wireless internet access everywhere on campus, and colleges and universities pay millions to provide it.

Online programs can contribute to better outcomes, lower costs and more access, new report asserts

Digital learning can make high-quality education more affordable and efficient, according to case studies of six prominent online portfolios.

Small private college partners with Pearson to go national with online program

Maryville University has bold plans for expansion online, with Pearson's help, but experts warn that the small private university could struggle to stand out.

States pursue methods to reduce burden on students for online programs

Debate over the actual cost and value of online education continues to polarize participants. Meanwhile, state legislatures are looking for ways to cut costs for students.

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