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November 13, 2012, 11:00—2:00 ET

Online education exists in a highly regulated environment. At every stage from course development to course delivery there are policies governing what is appropriate and what may not be so. That online education crosses many jurisdictional boundaries only adds to the complexity of managing policies. This Research Symposium, the last of the 2012 Sloan Consortium Research Symposia series, will bring together experts representing various perspectives on the issue of policy in online education. These include an institutional perspective, regional perspective, national organization perspective, and federal perspective.

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January 31, 2012, 11:00—2:00 ET

In the online education domain, quality has always been a pressing issue, as many have challenged and continue to challenge the quality of online learning. Quality has also been central to the Sloan-C mission from its inception; it is thus fitting that the first Sloan-C symposium will explore issues of quality in online learning. Read full details



  STEM IN ONLINE EDUCATION: Energizing the Future

May 3, 2012, 11:00—2:00 ET

This Research Symposium will discuss research-based solutions to one of the most daunting problems in American higher education – the continued loss of graduates in STEM areas. Read full details



September 6, 2012, 11:00—2:00 ET

What Do We Know About Scaling Online Learning? Perspectives from Research and Practice on Industry Growth

The availability of the Internet is completely transforming higher education. Large scale usage is already here and the possibilities opened up by online learning are wide-ranging and immediate, according to A. Frank Mayadas, senior advisor to the Sloan Foundation and lead off speaker for this symposium. He notes there are cost-effective ways to build even greater scale onto the strong foundation already in place with great understanding of culture, technology, leadership, public profile and policy. Read full details