Driving Digital Learning at Community Colleges

Inside Higher Ed | November 29, 2017 -  Two-year-college administrators say student retention is their top goal, and are likelier than their university peers to have taken an online course themselves, survey finds.  Like the institutions they work for, the administrators who oversee digital learning at community colleges list student retention as their... Read More>

How Professors Can Bring Culturally-Responsive Teaching to Online Courses

EdSurge | November 22, 2017 - When Suparna Chatterjee was taking a graduate online course at New Mexico State University two years ago, she had to complete an ice-breaker activity where she was asked to create her own superhero. But Chatterjee, an international student from India, did not feel confident about the assignment, and... Read More>

How Online Instructors Can Avoid ‘Burnout’

EdSurge | November 17, 2017 - Rebecca Stout remembers the time she got a call from Saudi Arabia at midnight from one of her online students looking for help on an assignment. It was just one example of how she—and many online instructors—feel like they must be always on call when... Read More>

OLC Announces 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award Recipients

Three higher ed institutions and 10 faculty-led teams have earned #DLIAwards for advancing undergraduate student success through the adoption of digital courseware. NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Nov. 16, 2017) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced the recipients of the 2017 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Awards (#DLIAward). The awards were presented to honorees... Read More>

Survey: Instructors Support Digital Technologies, but Many Institutions Lack Implementation Plans

Insider Higher Ed | November 15, 2017 - That's one of the main takeaways from a newly released survey of chief academic officers. Another big one: OER will be major source of content for courses within five years. Faculty members want to use digital technologies, and chief academic officers want them to... Read More>

Campuses See Value of Digital Learning, but Lack a Plan

Campus Technology | November 15, 2017 - In a recent survey, most chief academic officers (CAOs) at 359 two- and four-year institutions (86 percent) agreed that digital content and learning can improve the student experience. Eighty-seven percent of CAOs said digital learning resources "make learning more efficient and effective for students";... Read More>

Boosting Faculty Buy-In for Online Learning -- and Why It's Not Easy

Inside Higher Ed | November 15, 2017 - Digital learning leaders diagnose the challenges of seeking faculty support -- and possible solutions to obtaining it. ORLANDO, Fla. -- Matthew Rascoff, associate vice provost for digital education and innovation at Duke University, uses an unconventional analogy when describing the current relationship between faculty members... Read More>

Under the (Virtual) Microscope

Inside Higher Ed | November 8, 2017 - A 3-D virtual microscope developed by Oregon State Ecampus closely replicates the real thing -- and could be a harbinger of innovation in online science courses. Institutions hoping to take their science programs online often run into the same roadblock: how to translate a... Read More>

Expanding Scope to Serve the Digital Learning Landscape

Jill Buban | Senior Director of Research and Innovation, Online Learning Consortium As digital education continues to grow in popularity and impact, it’s critical for research into digital learning practices and trends to keep up to facilitate the continued advance of the space—that’s where the OLC’s Research Center for Digital Learning... Read More>

Should Online Instructors Be Online Students?

Inside Higher Ed | November 1, 2017 - Two-thirds of faculty members responding to an annual Inside Higher Ed survey say they’ve never taken an online course. Do they need that experience to be capable online instructors? One in three instructors who responded to Inside Higher Ed’s2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology said they... Read More>