Distance education

Kirschner and Stimpson debate pros and cons of digital courses

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A stalwart of humanities and an online learning pioneer -- Catharine Stimpson and Ann Kirschner -- debate the pros and cons of technology-enabled higher education.

Colleges use videoconferencing to offer classes across different campuses

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In the age of the MOOC and recorded lectures, some colleges are turning back to videoconferencing as a tool for distance education.

edX explores demographics of most persistent MOOC students

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Looking past massive pool of registrants, edX probes tiny subgroup of MOOC students who actually stuck around to the end of its pilot course.

Site-based testing deals strengthen case for granting credit to MOOC students

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A second major MOOC provider signs deal to hold exams at physical testing centers, potentially elevating the credibility of certificates.

U. of Maine campus experiments with small-scale, high-touch open courses

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The U. of Maine at Presque Isle pilots open online courses that are anti-massive, featuring high levels of instructor feedback and pathways to formal credit.

Kelly and Schneider on the completion agenda

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A new book of essays takes stock of where "completion agenda" stands. The volume's editors talk about key lessons from the still nascent college completion push.

Historically black colleges make strides in online education

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While only a minority of HBCUs offer online or blended programs, the numbers are growing.

Education Department won't enforce state authorization for distance education programs

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Education Department will not enforce rule requiring distance education programs to get permission to operate from every state in which they enroll students.

WGU pushes transfer students to graduate community college first

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Western Governors U. pushes graduation even before students enroll by offering financial perks for associate degree holders and, at WGU Texas, through partnerships with community colleges.

Survey provides insight into who enrolls in fully online programs and why

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Survey shows that totally online programs are attracting primarily women, white people and fully employed workers with good salaries -- many of whom want degrees in business.

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