Instructional technology / distance education

Daytona State reins in its push toward e-textbooks

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Daytona State reins in a plan to push students and faculty toward electronic textbooks.

Survey: Instructors support technology, but institutions lack implementation plans

That's one of the main takeaways from a newly released survey of chief academic officers. Another big one: OER will be major source of content for courses within five years.

National online learning database launched

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, Oregon State University Ecampus has created a database compiling research on the efficacy of online learning.

Digital learning leaders stress importance of building faculty support for online initiatives

Digital learning leaders diagnose the challenges of seeking faculty support -- and possible solutions to obtaining it.

California Community Colleges to create statewide​, online-only college

According to a report in Inside Higher Ed, 2.5 million Californians have attended college but don’t have a degree -- a problem the state’s two-year system is trying to help solve with a new statewide, online-only college.

OpenStax Content Now Available Through Digital Access Programs

Rice University-based publisher OpenStax announced that its open-source textbooks now are available through VitalSource and RedShelf, the digital textbook providers for the majority of U.S. campus bookstores. According to OpenStax, colleges and universities participating in inclusive-access programs -- programs where students are billed for all their digital textbooks and resources at registration -- will include OpenStax content for free or for no additional cost beyond a marginal platform.

Administrators and sports experts weigh in on how many online courses college athletes should take

Iowa imposed limit on distance education by its athletes, only to back away. Does online ed help athletes learn, or just make it easier for them to miss classes?

Peer advice for instructors teaching online for first time

Seventeen instructors offer guidance for colleagues teaching an online course for the first time (and for those seeking a few new ideas).

New Blackboard tool helps grades participation in online discussions

As reported by Inside Higher Ed, Blackboard plans to introduce a new feature in its learning management system later this year to help instructors grade students’ participation in online class discussions. The feature, called the “discussion forum recommended grade,” will use computer algorithms to analyze students’ posts in class discussion forums.

Embracing unconstrained time in online courses

Christopher Haynes argues that instructors teaching online courses should embrace unanticipated and unconstrained time -- something he’s learned a lot about from his toddler.

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