Distance education

The For-Profit LMS Market

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Blackboard may be king in the nonprofit sector for online learning platforms, but in the growing for-profit sector, it is still playing second fiddle.

When Social Media Is Irrelevant

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At Sloan-C, academics discuss when fostering social intimacy in the online classroom environment is necessary, and when it might distract from more basic student needs.

Technology and the Completion Agenda

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With a chorus of influential voices calling for colleges to enroll and successfully graduate more students, data analytics is center stage.

Internal Barriers to Online Expansion

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At a time when online education is seen as both a boon for cash-strapped colleges and universities and a crucial piece of the nation’s access and completion goals, institutions that are being sluggish about growing their online programs have no one to blame but themselves.

Speeding Toward a Slowdown?

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Online college enrollments grew by 21 percent to 5.6 million last fall, the biggest percentage increase in several years, according to a report released today by the Sloan Consortium and the Babson Survey Research Group.

At the same time, the authors say online growth might begin to slow down in the near future, as the biggest drivers of enrollment growth face budget challenges and stricter recruitment oversight from the federal government.

Modest Gains for Black Colleges Online

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Do historically black colleges and universities need to get serious about online education?

Perhaps, says the latest report from the Digital Learning Lab at Howard University. An increasing number of historically black institutions are wading into the online medium — often with the help of for-profit developers. Still, the vast majority of HBCUs do not offer online programs.

A Curricular Innovation, Examined (Part 3)

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‘It Should Be Fine’

Perhaps all of the back-and-forth about StraighterLine — the news stories, the blog posts, the assorted incidents of backlash, the endless tug-of-war over who awards credit for what — might be boiled down to two essential questions: Are StraighterLine’s courses truly more or less equivalent to the courses that many college students are already taking? And, more broadly, at what point does any educational experience — specifically, in StraighterLine’s case, an introductory-level general education class — become worthy of college credit?

Spare the Rod, Pay the Prof

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U. of Kentucky uses carrots, not sticks, to encourage professors to teach online -- and gets good traction with its humanities faculty.

A New Model Community College

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Has a partnership between a private university and a for-profit company created a better way to get students prepared for transfer?

The Invisible Computer Lab

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Colleges experimenting with 'virtual computing labs' say the cloud-based hubs are cheaper, more flexible, and poised to take over.

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