Distance education

Rise in Distance Enrollments

Community colleges see more growth. Assessment of student learning emerges as a top issue for administrators of these programs.

Accreditor Eyes Course Outsourcing

North Central wants to know more about arrangements between StraighterLine and Ellis, Fort Hays State and Grand Canyon Universities.

The Distance Ed Tipping Point

Community colleges consider: What happens when your online enrollments hit 50 percent (or some other level that changes nature of the institution)?

Home Dissection Kits and More

Thanks to sets of do-it-yourself experiment packages, lab science courses are slowly gaining acceptance in online delivery.

The Evidence on Online Education

It is superior in student learning to face-to-face instruction, says new meta-analysis from Education Department. And "blended" education does better still.

Blackboard Buys iPhone-Application Company

The course management giant announces that it has purchased a company run by Stanford undergraduates.

Outsourcing Teaching, Overseas

In Utah State degree program in Asia, "lead professors" (from Utah) design the course work and assign the grade, but "local facilitators" (from partner universities) deliver much of the course content.

'The World Is Open'


Technology is changing higher education in more ways than can be counted. Distance education has become common. Leading universities are putting course materials or even entire courses online -- free. The Obama plan for community colleges envisions free online courses that could be used nationwide. Curtis J. Bonk, a professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, surveys this landscape in The World Is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (Jossey-Bass).

Going For Distance

Online education is now part of "fabric" of public universities, a new study finds. But teaching on the Web is a lot of work, and professors are not happy about lack of support from administrators.

What Doomed Global Campus?

The attempt by the University of Illinois to build an online institution was a huge failure. What can it teach us?


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