Instructional technology / distance education

Report urges California policy makers to revamp online education


A report aims to reframe a hot debate in California over online education as lawmakers get ready to work on the state's budget.

Georgia Tech and Udacity roll out massive new low-cost degree program

Georgia Tech and Udacity, a MOOC provider, team up to dramatically lower the cost of a computer science master's degree.

Survey finds presidents are skeptical on MOOCs


Even as colleges add massive online courses or grant credit for them, survey finds most presidents are dubious that the innovation will transform learning or produce savings.

Duke faculty reject plan for it to join online consortium


Vote by professors forces university to withdraw from participation in online credit courses for undergraduates.

Community colleges warm to free, self-paced course content

Community colleges talk up promise of free and self-paced online course content at two-year association's annual meeting.

Despite courtship Amherst decides to shy away from star MOOC provider


Declining a rare courtship from a top MOOC provider, Amherst sends the joint venture of Harvard and MIT packing. Professors say they didn't like where the project is taking higher education.

Florida legislation would require colleges to grant credit for some unaccredited courses


Florida lawmakers want to boost MOOCs and upend the traditional quality control system by letting state officials demand that public colleges grant credit for courses offered by unaccredited institutions.

Coursera begins to make money


Coursera, which made a name for itself offering free courses from elite universities, begins to make money.

The Minerva project plans for different kind of online education


In an era of free online classes, one university wants students to pay to fly across the world to be taught together online, by professors who may not be on campus. Will this model work? 

Bill Bowen's new book on MOOCs and online education

William Bowen, former Princeton president, argues in new book that technology can lower college costs, but there remain more questions than answers.


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