Instructional technology / distance education

Analysis shows Georgia Tech’s online master's in computer science expanded access

Analysis of Georgia Tech’s MOOC-inspired online master's in computer science suggests that institutions can successfully deliver high-quality, low-cost degrees to students at scale. But will other colleges follow?

Udacity ends pledge for students to get hired or get their money back

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Online education provider Udacity quietly drops money-back pledge for those who can't find a job after finishing their studies.

Experts offer advice on convincing faculty members to teach online -- or accepting they won't

Some instructors refuse to teach online. Experts weigh in on whether that's OK and how institutions might respond.

Study finds evidence of racial and gender bias in online education

Study finds instructors are much more likely to respond to comments from white male students than from others.

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.

House GOP pushes innovation and deregulation with Higher Education Act overhaul

GOP’s Higher Education Act rewrite would give a boost to competency-based education, short-term certificates and alternative providers, but experts worry about the bill’s lack of safeguards.

Professors have mixed reactions to Blackboard plan to offer tool for grading online participation

Blackboard is getting ready to add a tool to its learning management system that would provide grading guidance based on algorithms, but some faculty members question need.

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.

Online university picks pace over prestige on path to accreditation

Arkansas’s new public online university chooses national accreditor over its regional agency, raising questions about pace, prestige and the state of quality assurance.

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