Instructional technology / distance education

For its second round of MOOCs, U. of Wisconsin at Madison embraces modularity

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U. of Wisconsin at Madison's second round of MOOCs will feature smaller, more focused courses that target local learners -- and activities beyond the last day of class.

California State U. System nixes online degree arm for shared services model

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The California State U. System scales back plans to enroll a quarter of a million students through a centralized online portal -- a goal that failed to attract interest across its 23 campuses and that many professors questioned.

After #MassiveTeaching, questions about MOOC quality control

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Coursera has come under attack after an instructor conducted a social experiment on his students, but the MOOC provider is sticking with its hands-off policies, saying they promote academic freedom.

Survey finds career aspirations motivating students in fully online programs

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Survey suggests students in fully online programs are motivated by furthering their careers -- and that they will look outside their home states to do so.

For Unizin, common infrastructure means commercial software

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Unizin, the university-led digital education consortium, places a bet on a common commercial software platform from Instructure.

One semester in, students satisfied with unfinished Georgia Tech online degree program

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Georgia Tech is still putting the finishing touches on its affordable MOOC-like online master's degree, but students report a rewarding (and rigorous) first semester. However, enrollment and tuition targets may need some adjusting.

Collaboration, or lack thereof, behind Semester Online collapse

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Administrators and faculty members reflect about future of online education on their campuses as 2U's Semester Online consortium nears its end.

As the ed-tech sector swells, can vendors deliver results?

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As the ed-tech investment community gathers at the Education Innovation Summit for a fifth year, some attendees are growing impatient about the lack of results.

Online education provider 2U to disband Semester Online consortium

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The online education provider's for-credit, online course pooling consortium will disband by the end of the summer.

Faculty, industry analysts highlight challenges facing U. of Arkansas' online institution

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With a year and a half to go until the University of Arkansas launches its online institution, can the system avoid the pitfalls that have doomed similar initiatives?

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