Instructional technology / distance education

California community colleges partner With WGU

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, the California Community Colleges Board of Governors approved a new partnership with nonprofit Western Governors University that allows graduates from the 114 two-year institutions in the state to transfer and pursue discounted bachelor's degrees at the online-only institution.

Hybrid courses offer quick fix in disaster scenarios, but overall challenges remain

The benefits of classes blending online and in-person elements have higher education administrators considering their benefits during -- and well after -- catastrophic weather events.

Experts weigh in on standardization as accreditor dings Arizona community college

Accreditor wants more consistency from an institution’s online offerings before approving them. Experts offer their thoughts on the merits of standardization.

Creative ways students try to cheat on online exams

Michael London provides examples of creative tactics distance learners use to try to break the rules when taking exams.

List of job changes in digital learning

Recent hires and promotions in the field of digital learning.

As Harvard professor reverses course on online lectures, debate over flipped classrooms remains

A Harvard professor no longer thinks students benefit from skipping lectures for his rigorous course. Experts weigh in on what his decision says about the flipped classroom and other alternative learning approaches.

Orientation programs set online learners up for success

Institutions have adopted a wide range of techniques for preparing new learners for success in online courses and programs.

Webcast: New Directions in Online Education

Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman discuss the topics from the "New Directions in Online Education" booklet. To view a recording of the webcast, click here.

OpenStax Travels to U.K.

OpenStax, the Rice University-based nonprofit that provides free, peer-reviewed, openly licensed textbooks, is working with Open University's UK Open Textbooks initiative to bring free OpenStax's textbooks to the United Kingdom.

Analytics alone can't improve student success and retention

Jeff Aird says until higher ed uses analytics in a self-aware and brutally honest way, it can’t fix the growing problems with student success and retention.

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