Instructional technology / distance education

Lack of faculty time and training limits digital learning more than resistance does, study finds

Colleges’ ambitions for technology-enabled instruction have outstripped actual use, more because of practical impediments than philosophical ones, analysis suggests.

Coursera CEO is stepping down

As reported in Inside Higher Ed today, Coursera's chief executive officer, Rick Levin, is stepping down, the online education provider said. Levin, former president of Yale University, joined Coursera in 2014 and will shift to a senior adviser role, according to a spokesperson. To read more, click here.
 

OER advocate Maria Gallardo-Williams improves outcomes with student-produced videos

North Carolina State professor gets ideas and production help from those she teaches to produce videos that allow for true flipping of the classroom.

Creating an engaging online course

Salena Rabidoux and Amy Rottman provide experts tips for designing an online course to foster student success -- as well as an enhanced design experience. 

Study: unprepared students not well served by online education

As online education proliferates, is it effective for those students who are already at risk because they may not be well prepared for higher education in the first place?

Will Facebook be an online learning platform?

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, Facebook is testing new features in its developer community that, if rolled out across the platform, could let anyone on the social networking service teach online courses.

Moderators of some Facebook groups listed as school or class have recently noticed that they can add course units that link to one another. As members of the groups work their way through the units, their efforts are tracked by a progress bar.

Ivy Tech Extends Partnership With Blackboard for Student Retention Program

Ivy Tech Community College is extending its partnership with Blackboard through 2020 to further support enrollment growth, enhance the student experience and increase retention, the college said in a statement. Ivy Tech has used Blackboard's learning management system for five years.

Partnership Creates One-Click Solution for Capturing Lectures

Crestron, a commercial AV and meeting room technology company, and Panopto, a video platform provider for higher education, announced a partnership to integrate Crestron's control system with Panopto's video content management system to provide universities and colleges with a one-click solution for capturing on-demand lectures and presentations. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Ontario to invest in higher ed OER

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the Canadian province of Ontario will invest about $740,000 ($1 million Canadian) toward developing free online textbooks, the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development said. The course materials will be made available through eCampusOntario, a nonprofit that runs an online portal to the courses and programs offered by colleges and universities in the province.

Collaborative Digital Textbooks

Eric Weiskott says digital technology can present course materials in powerful ways -- but there are pedagogical drawbacks.

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