Building the E-University: Transforming Athabasca University

June 10, 2012

Key Takeaways

  • Enrollment in online and blended courses at institutions of higher education has grown dramatically over the past decade, and the profile of students has changed radically as well.
  • To address this, the UDI Online Project supported faculty members from several institutions in implementing UDI principles to promote access to learning in their online and technology-blended courses.
  • Survey responses from participating faculty and students indicate that digital learning can increase participation, assessment, and feedback, though the lack of face-to-face interaction remains a challenge.
  • Based on these experiences and extensive research, the project developed a UDI e-toolbox of instructional strategies and e-tools for use in digital education that encourages faculty to take a proactive approach.


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