Download Report: Promises and pitfalls of online education

Promises and pitfalls of online education Online courses have expanded rapidly and have the potential to extend further the educational opportunities of many students, particularly those least well-served by traditional educational institutions. However, in their current design, online courses are difficult, especially for the students who are least prepared. These students’ learning and persistence outcomes […]

June 12, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Reports & White Papers

A Concierge Model for Supporting Faculty in Online Course Design

Individualized approaches to online course design benefit faculty in numerous ways. Using a “concierge” model approach, this paper describes the working principles and steps used in course development. The general approach directly addresses many inherent problems with instructional design processes, which often highlight discrepancies in preparation and background between instructional designers and faculty as “subject […]

June 25, 2017 | Daily News, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Management

A Comparative Typology of Student and Institutional Expectations of Online Faculty

Online faculty must uphold institutional expectations for their performance. Typically, online institutions have specific guidelines for faculty-to-student interactions; yet, student expectations of faculty may not necessarily align with institutional requirements. This study included a typological analysis of institutional requirements for online faculty in terms of student engagement. Then, student comments regarding faculty performance expectations were […]

June 25, 2017 | Daily News, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Design

Exploring Open Educational Resources for College Algebra

It is estimated that the average student spends around 1200 USD on books and supplies every school year; thus, textbook affordability has become more and more of a challenge for students. Replacing traditionally expensive learning resources with open educational resources (OER) can have a great impact in the reduction of cost for post-secondary education and […]

June 25, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Open Educational Resources

The Adoption of an Open Textbook in a Large Physics Course: An Analysis of Cost, Outcomes, Use, and Perceptions

Assigning open textbooks in college and university courses can help students save money on increasingly expensive commercial textbooks, and recent research shows that this savings can often be achieved with little to no sacrifice in textbook quality or student learning outcomes. We add to this body of research by examining the use of an open […]

June 25, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Open Access, Open Educational Resources

Center for Online Innovation in Learning announces spring 2017 grant recipients

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State has announced it will fund four new projects through its Research Initiation Grant Program. The goal of the COIL grant program is to provide seed money for Penn State researchers to gather preliminary evidence to pursue external funding for larger studies […]

June 25, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education

“Right on the money”: CBE student satisfaction and postgraduation outcomes

Background A review of existing research on CBE program outcomes provides context for the research focus of the essay. Method This essay analyzes results from a comparative study of surveys of graduates of both a competency-based education program at Texas A&M University-Commerce and its traditional counterpart at the same institution in order to assess both […]

June 22, 2017 | Competency Based Education, Daily News, Higher Education

Designing quality into direct-assessment competency-based education

Background Meeting the nation’s need for 60% of its working age population to hold postsecondary education by 2025 is not possible through traditional educational institutions and formats. They simply do not have the “seats” available. Students, employers, and regulatory agencies are actively exploring educational alternatives, such as competency-based education, rightfully expecting assurances of quality. Methods […]

June 22, 2017 | Competency Based Education, Daily News, Instructional Design

Edmentum™ Introduces New Summer Enhancements to Study Island, Courseware, and Exact Path

Minneapolis June 21, 2017 – Edmentum, a leading provider of web-based learning solutions, is rolling out a series of powerful enhancements to its Study Island, Courseware, and Exact Path products. Each enhancement is based entirely on educator feedback and designed to save teachers time and increase student engagement. Improvements are being made in both educator […]

June 22, 2017 | Daily News, Learning Management Systems

Download Report: The Latin America and Caribbean Regional Consultation on Open Educational Resources

The Report on the Latin America and Caribbean Regional Consultation on Open Educational Resources highlights “a renewed commitment by the participants to develop policies around Open Educational Resources with the help of COL and UNESCO”. The consultation welcomed 60 participants from 18 countries, who discussed national OER practices, open licenses and policy, and strategies for […]

June 22, 2017 | Daily News, Open Educational Resources, Reports & White Papers