Instructional technology / distance education

New U.S. data show continued growth in college students studying online

New federal data show continued (and accelerating) growth in online course taking in 2016, even as overall college enrollments were flat or falling. Big gainers: Western Governors and Arizona State. Big losers: the big for-profits.

House GOP pushes innovation and deregulation with Higher Education Act overhaul

GOP’s Higher Education Act rewrite would give a boost to competency-based education, short-term certificates and alternative providers, but experts worry about the bill’s lack of safeguards.

Professors have mixed reactions to Blackboard plan to offer tool for grading online participation

Blackboard is getting ready to add a tool to its learning management system that would provide grading guidance based on algorithms, but some faculty members question need.

Blackboard gaining back some ground; observers are cautious

Officials say investments in tech support and enhancements have improved the client experience, but observers are cautious about the LMS's future.

Online university picks pace over prestige on path to accreditation

Arkansas’s new public online university chooses national accreditor over its regional agency, raising questions about pace, prestige and the state of quality assurance.

Harvard teams with corporate partner to offer online business analytics program

Three schools at the oldest university in the United States team up with 2U to start an online program in an emergent field.

Unusual approach to tuition assistance for McDonald's employees

McDonald’s brings a flexible approach and free career and college advising to its tuition assistance program, which is aimed in part at keeping employees on the job longer.

For-credit MOOC proves popular among MIT students

MIT students reported that taking course online -- instead of same course on campus -- was less stressful than their in-person classes.

How one instructor is pursuing accessibility in online education

Issues are being brought to the forefront as education becomes more digital. Inside Higher Ed profiles a Ph.D. student as she designs her first online course.

U of California, Berkeley, to delete publicly available educational content

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Starting March 15, the university will begin removing more than 20,000 video and audio lectures from public view as a result of a Justice Department accessibility order.

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