Instructional technology / distance education

Which is better -- reading in print or on-screen?

A scholarly report states students may not comprehend complex text in a digital format as well as in print. Other educators argue both formats have value.

Using digital storytelling to transform learning

Three University of Minnesota staff members write that by employing multimedia and expert sources, students consider issues from multiple viewpoints and better analyze problems and potential solutions.

OER disrupting textbook marketplace

Denise Wydra says New York state’s pursuit of free and inexpensive course materials is changing the traditional textbook landscape in fundamental ways.

Experts react to Harvard-2U online certificate agreement

Online program management advocates applaud as Harvard and 2U work to create an online business analytics certificate program. Others worry about corporate encroachment on teaching and learning.

Georgia Tech plans extension of undergraduate online computer science course

University uses model from closely observed master’s in computer science on undergraduates for first time, finds notable success and sees path to shaving a year or more off in-person instruction.

Robin DeRosa's OER pedagogical endeavor

Until 2014, Robin DeRosa had never heard of open educational resources. Now she’s about to publish her second free open textbook.

Oklahoma City CC to Employ Blackboard Predict

Oklahoma City Community College announced it will collaborate with Blackboard to help close achievement gaps and increase the number of students who complete a certificate or degree. The college said in a statement that beginning in spring 2018, it will implement Blackboard Predict, a predictive analytics platform that analyzes student data and activities in online learning environments to provide educators and advisers with timely information to help students successfully complete courses.

Study: OPMs could hurt colleges' financial stability, student data

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the Century Foundation, which describes itself as a "progressive, nonpartisan think tank" aimed at reducing inequality, released a report Monday warning about public and private institutions' arrangements with online program management companies -- and the risk they might pose to the nature of public higher education.

Harvard teams up with 2U for online certificate program

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, Harvard University announced Monday that three of its schools will create a new business analytics certificate program with 2U, the online program management company. The certificate program will teach students how to leverage data and analytics to drive business growth through a collaboration between 2U and professors at the Harvard Business School, the John A.

Maine college adds competency-based degree

As reported in Inside Higher Ed, the University of Maine at Presque Isle has created an online, competency-based degree aimed at adult students. The university's new bachelor's degree in business administration has a flat tuition rate of $2,000 per semester, which is less than half the standard rate for in-state students. It includes a focus on students' previous college learning and work experience, which can be counted toward the degree.

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