Archive for the ‘Governance’ Category


Download White Paper: Everywhere and Anytime, Here and Now: Digital and Residential Education at Harvard

Launched in 2012, in parallel with Harvard and MIT’s joint announcement of the edX online learning platform, HarvardX has served as an organizing force and a testbed for emerging approaches to teaching. Since its founding, HarvardX has expanded considerably, engaging much of the University community and yielding informative and encouraging results—and new avenues for exploration. […]


All about EDEN

As part of the celebrations of the silver jubilee of EDEN (1991-2016), I’ve invited all the past Presidents to contribute to this blog, in order to share some of their personal recollections and retrospections on the development of the Association and the field. Last week, I published the first contribution of this special series of […]


Download Report: The State of State: Postsecondary Data Systems

The State of State: Postsecondary Data System PSURSs are the primary means for states to collect data and analyze student progress, completions, and outcomes. Demands on these systems are increasing as policymakers, researchers, and consumers call for more accurate and comprehensive data concerning postsecondary education. Many states have tied institutional funding to performance metrics derived […]


Final Push for State Authorization Rule

The U.S. Department of Education will make one last effort in the Obama administration to finalize rules governing how colleges become authorized to offer distance education programs to students in other states. Inside Higher Education 


Download Report: The Emerging Learning System

The Emerging Learning System For more than two decades, higher education leaders and associations, employers and policymakers have been asking tough questions about how well our nation’s colleges and universities prepare graduates to contribute successfully to a changing global workforce and society. Business leaders often express frustration that college graduates are not achieving the broad, […]


Co-curate: Working with Schools and Communities to Add Value to Open Collections

Co-Curate North East is a cross-disciplinary initiative involving Newcastle University and partner organisations, working with schools and community groups in the North East of England. Co-curation builds on the concept of the ‘ecomuseum’ model for heritage based around a virtual territory, social memory and participative input from the wider population. Journal of Interactive Media in […]


Ten years of open practice: a reflection on the impact of OpenLearn

The Open University (OU) makes a proportion of all its taught modules available to the public via OpenLearn each year. This process involves the modification, of module excerpts, showcasing subject matter and teaching approach. This activity serves both the University’s social and business missions through the delivery of free courses to the public, but increasingly its students are using it to inform module choice, to augment their studies […]


Download Report: Board Member’s Guide to Accreditation–The Basics, The Issues, The Challenges

Board Member’s Guide to Accreditation–The Basics, The Issues, The Challenges This paper presents an overview of accreditation, what it is, its values, its roles, how it operates and its relationship with government. It also addresses the impact of accreditation on a college or university and the role of governing boards in engaging accreditation. Finally, current […]


Comparative Analysis of Pedagogical Strategies Across Disciplines in Open Distance Learning at UnisaODL at Unisa

Re-engineering technological strategies in teaching and learning in an open distance learning (ODL) environment is paramount as the demand for access to quality higher education escalates drastically on a year to year basis. The organisational framework requires change in order to accommodate the increasing number of students. In view of the changing higher education landscape […]


Download Report: The State of Open Universities in the Commonwealth: A Perspective on Performance, Competition and Innovation

The goal of this report is to critically examine one of the marvels of modern higher education: specialist open and distance learning (ODL) universities. These institutions, such as The Open University (UKOU), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the University of South Africa (UNISA), have pioneered radically innovative instructional and support methods, opening pathways […]