Impressions of the Hoxby Study of Online Learning

A cadre of experts offer their views -- many critical -- of a prominent Stanford researcher's new study questioning the ROI of online education. Inside Higher Ed | March 1, 2017 -  The release this week of a Stanford University economist's study of the return on investment for students in online programs... Read More>

Should Online Courses Go Through ‘Beta Testing’? How One Provider Taps 2,500 Volunteers

EdSurge | February 17, 2017 - Wesley Engers has an unusual hobby: beta testing online courses from well-known colleges and universities. He doesn’t get paid, but he helps improve the quality of courses by catching mistakes in quizzes and pointing out befuddling bits of video lectures, which can then be clarified... Read More>

Online Course Development, By Accident or By Design?

Inside Higher Ed | February 22, 2017 - Online learning's growth shows no signs of slowing. The Online Learning Consortium estimates that 85 percent of Americans enrolled in postsecondary institutions have at least one trait of a nontraditional learner. Online learning's growth shows no signs of slowing. The Online Learning Consortium estimates... Read More>

OLC Innovate 2017 to Showcase Latest Innovations and Thought Leadership in Online Learning

#OLCInnovate’s Best-in-Track sessions, keynotes and overall program exemplify this year’s conference theme of “Education Reimagined.” NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Feb. 22, 2017) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) will gather the online learning community in New Orleans, April 5-7, for OLC Innovate (#OLCInnovate), the annual event focused on innovation in online learning. The conference... Read More>

10 Facts About Accreditation in Online Degree Programs

US News & World Report (via Yahoo! News) | February 9, 2017 - Consider Whether a Program Is Accredited Accreditation is a process conducted by an outside authority to ensure a school and degree program -- whether online, on campus or blended -- meet certain standards of quality. Though it's voluntary, accreditation... Read More>

Trial and Error: Digital Case Studies

Inside Higher Ed | February 13, 2017 - In this new feature, we're trying to create a space to discuss institutional experiments with digital technologies -- what worked, what didn't, and what other colleges can learn from the attempts. (The Online Learning Consortium's Effective Practices program has contributed initial ideas.) Send... Read More>

Higher ed advocacy orgs join forces to promote access for adult learners

Education Dive | February 7, 2017 - Dive Brief: Several higher education advocacy organizations have united to form a new organization supporting the development of adult learners in higher education.  The National Adult Learner Coalition, a joint venture created by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), President’s... Read More>

Edtech and online learning are making higher education more accessible

SINews | February 7, 2017 - As tuition fees and the cost of living keep rising, more and more students are finding it difficult to afford the traditional higher education experience. This has led to a boom in unconventional ways of learning, such as fully-online courses or blended courses, which have... Read More>

National Adult Learner Coalition Created to Advance Student Success

Washington, D.C., February 6th, 2017 – Today, four major associations join together as a cohesive voice advocating for adult students and the institutions that serve them. With support from Lumina Foundation, the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), President’s Forum, and University Professional and... Read More>

New Baseline for Accessibility

Inside Higher Ed | February 3, 2017 - Disability rights experts say an update to the Rehabilitation Act creates new expectations for accessibility standards in higher education. A long-awaited update to a federal rule ups the pressure on colleges and universities to ensure that their information and communication technology services are... Read More>