Archive for the ‘Policy’ Category

Net Neutrality Rollback Concerns Colleges

Last week the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission published his plan to dismantle Obama-era regulations protecting “net neutrality” — the idea that all web content should be treated equally by internet service providers. Inside Higher Ed

The FCC’s craven net neutrality vote announcement makes no mention of the 22 million comments filed

For someone who claims to be working for the American people, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai sure doesn’t seem to care what they have to say. In his announcement today that the Commission would vote whether to roll back net neutrality rules on December 15, he made no mention of the inconvenient and embarrassing fact that […]

FCC PREPARES TO UNVEIL PLAN TO GUT NET NEUTRALITY

THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS Commission will publish on Wednesday its plan to reverse Obama-era net neutrality rules that banned internet service providers from blocking or slowing down content, or creating so-called “fast lanes” for companies willing to pay extra to deliver their content more quickly. Wired 

Oregon State University Ecampus Just Launched an eLearning Database to Help Professors Take Their Courses Online

This week, Oregon State University Ecampus announced the launch of a new academic database specifically for eLearning. The Online Learning Efficacy Research Database compiles scholarly work and research conducted on the effects and potentials of online education. For any educator thinking about bringing their course online, the database hopes to provide as much relevant information […]

Statewide and Online Only in California

More than two million Californians have attended college but don’t have a degree, which is a problem the state’s two-year system is trying to help solve with a new statewide, online-only college. Today the system will submit three options for the college to its Board of Governors. Inside Higher Ed

The Future of Truth and Misinformation Online

Experts are evenly split on whether the coming decade will see a reduction in false and misleading narratives online. Those forecasting improvement place their hopes in technological fixes and in societal solutions. Others think the dark side of human nature is aided more than stifled by technology. Pew Research Center: Internet & Technology 

OU Vice-Chancellor tells universities to wake up to the digital future

Peter Horrocks, the vice-chancellor of The Open University, has warned that higher education is years behind in maximising the use of digital technology. In a speech to the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities conference in Milton Keynes, he said universities had a crucial role to play in developing the “digitally enabled citizens” of the […]

Net Neutrality and its Implications to Online Learning

In this article, we studied net neutrality as a complex sociocultural phenomenon that can affect the works of distance education scholars and online learners. We decided to take part in this research because many distance education scholars and learners take net neutrality for granted. We engaged in a qualitative investigation of US public documents and […]

Rethinking College

Rethinking College Every Tuesday night from August 22 through September 19, 2017, PBS NewsHour airs its annual special 5-part Rethinking College series. NewsHour Correspondent and Weekend Anchor Hari Sreenivasan traveled throughout the United States to profile five innovative programs designed to make college more affordable and provide non-traditional students the higher education they need to […]

Dampening Innovation, One Institution at a Time

The recommended penalties placed on Western Governors University will have a dampening effect on any institution that is pursuing new or modified learning models, argues Justin Draeger.  Inside Higher Ed