Instructional technology / distance education

Top-funded ed-tech companies of 2017

Audrey Watters, an ed-tech journalist who pens the blog, Hack Education: The History of the Future of Education Technology, posted what she has calcuated are 2017's best-funded higher education and K-12 ed-tech startups in terms of venture capital raised. (She notes in her blog that that some of the companies are a few years old, but are still considered new, and that not all of the funding took place this year.)

Loma Linda Selects iDesign for Online B.S.N. Program

Loma Linda University has selected iDesign to provide design support for its new online R.N. to B.S.N. program. Loma Linda officials said in a statement that the Southern California university is collaborating with iDesign, in part, to reduce tuition and fees for the program. The arrangement does not involve the sharing of tuition revenues, according to iDesign, which said its fee-for-service model gives the university ongoing control over academic quality, structure and cost.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Longtime online observer asks why Harvard turned to OPM for online courses

Like most institutions, Harvard University -- ignoring its own business school’s predictions -- failed to get ready for the new digital economy, leaving it exposed to OPMs to fill the gap. Robert Ubell presents a cautionary tale.

How colleges market online courses and programs

Colleges and universities employ a variety of tactics -- increasingly digital as well as more unusual approaches -- to attract online students.

Instructors suggest digital tools for improving engagement with online students in wake of WGU audit

Federal auditors assert that instructors at Western Governors University don't interact sufficiently with distance learners. Faculty members consider strategies to improve contact with online students.

CIC consortium makes progress with online course development, but still no time, money savings

Consortium of small colleges makes progress in launching online humanities courses, but report shows that collaboration has not saved institutions money and instructors time yet.

Study: Students learn more in flipped classroom

The flipped classroom is gaining acceptance in higher education as an alternative to more traditional methods of teaching. In one study about the alternative method, students at a Norwegian college were interviewed about their learning experiences in a two-semester mathematics course -- the first semester was taught using a flipped classroom and the second semester using lectures; both contained a substantial amount of active learning.

Threat of rescinded federal funds prompts range of responses from online education experts

Department of Education’s inspector general says Western Governors University’s competency-based courses do not meet distance education rules. What does finding mean for online learning? Experts weigh in. 

Instructors use OER to take ownership over course materials

Those behind new open resources for intro economics course see a chance to keep field current while saving students money. Instructors in other disciplines also employing free content to better suit their course needs.

Loyola New Orleans Using InsideTrack Platform

Loyola University New Orleans announced a three-year deal with InsideTrack to develop a scalable, sustainable student success coaching program using InsideTrack’s uCoach Technology and Analytics Platform. InsideTrack now is coaching every first-year Loyola student; at the same time, the company is assessing Loyola's capabilities for deploying its own coaching, quality assurance and more, officials said in a statement.


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