Instructional technology / distance education

Education Department releases latest draft of state authorization rule

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Education Department releases proposed rule on state approval of online programs, cutting a provision that would require states to review all out-of-state colleges.

Despite the hype, virtual reality still years away from making a difference in higher ed

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The hype has some colleges wondering if now is the right time to jump in. High costs and development issues suggest the technology is still years away from making a difference.

MIT online learning report notes importance of teachers, instructional designers

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Report on the future of online education stresses central role of faculty members and instructional designers.

George Washington U alumni sue university over quality of online program

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Graduates of an online program at George Washington U sue the institution, saying they paid more to receive a worse experience than face-to-face students.

State authorization reciprocity effort faces opposition from for-profit critics

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Initiative to simplify how colleges become authorized to offer online education outside their home state once again runs into opposition from advocacy groups, this time in New York.

Critics see mismatch between Coursera's mission, business model

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Coursera's decision to charge learners in some massive open online courses up front -- viewed by some as inevitable -- has critics asking if the MOOC provider is diverging from its mission of universal access.

Explaining Khan Academy's patent application for A/B testing in education

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Experts attempt to make sense of Khan Academy's patent application for A/B testing in education -- and whether it can even be patented.

How best can the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invest billions in personalized learning?

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Experts weigh in on what the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative needs to do to put the Facebook founder's billions of dollars toward expanding the use of personalized learning.

IPO filing shows Instructure's focus on sales and marketing

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As the LMS provider prepares to go public, financial disclosures show the company has spent on sales and marketing at a much higher rate than competitors -- but has rapid growth to show for it.

Less than two years after launch, U of Florida reboots online education initiative

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After canceling its online program management partnership with Pearson, can the University of Florida go it alone?

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