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6 Common Institutional Online Learning Trends

Shared themes from our work with a variety of colleges and universities.


Our Chance to Break from Convention

To produce more graduates in tech fields, colleges must change how they think about educational delivery and the faculty role.

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Let’s Play a Game: College STEM Meets Gamification

Badges, leaderboards and other game elements are familiar in K-12 classrooms, but more university courses are embracing learning through gaming.

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Affirmation, and Financial Boost, for University of the People

The $3.8 million Yidan Prize awarded to the founder of the free, online university will fund AI tools to help advisers assist students and a new general studies program.

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Happy (?) First Birthday to ChatGPT

ChatGPT has introduced new tensions to professors’ dual roles as educators and assessors, Jeremy Davis writes.

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Biden Administration to Take Another Swing at Accreditation Rules

Negotiations next spring will address state authorization and the definition of distance education but won’t consider use of third-party servicers.

Texas Wesleyan University Hit by Data Breach

A hacking attack targeting Texas Wesleyan University exposed students’ personal data, including Social Security numbers and information involving passports and...
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How AI Could Address Financial Aid Office Woes

As the offices struggle to give students consistent information about loan repayments and the FAFSA delay, some institutions turn to AI to help.