Coalition advocates for '21st century' HEA rewrite

Education Dive | January 15, 2016 Dive Brief: The Online Learning Consortium, the University of Professional and Continuing Education Association, and the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies have joined together to release a common set of guiding principles for Congress as it considers reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. According to eCampus News,... Read More>

Negotiating the Many Definitions of Hybrid, Online Classes

U.S. News | January 15, 2016 -  Be proactive in understanding why a school classifies a course as one or the other. As online education evolves, the ways classes are taught aren't as straightforward as they might have previously been. In course listings, university registrars generally include a column labeled "instructional type." Historically,... Read More>

4 Tips for Adults Applying to Top Online Bachelor's Degree Programs

U.S. News | January 12, 2016 Just because a program is online doesn't mean it will be easier to get into, experts say. The application process for top online undergraduate programs often mirrors that of traditional bachelor's programs. The first step adults need to take to complete a bachelor's degree online is to apply. Undergraduate... Read More>

Three Influential Online and Higher Ed Organizations Issue Recommendations for Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

Representing more than 1,000 higher education institutions, OLC, UPCEA and WCET offer guiding principles for evolving the HEA for 21st Century learners. WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 12, 2016) – As Congress reviews the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), three leading online and higher education organizations have come together to offer recommendations and champion... Read More>

3 Districts Share Their Telepresence Success Stories

EdTech Magazine | January 8, 2016 Telepresence and other remote learning options turn absence into opportunity. When a child is diagnosed with cancer, there are a thousand things to worry about. One of Chad and Beth Heinen’s myriad concerns following their daughter’s myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) diagnosis was how Olivia, a fourth grader, would keep... Read More>

The Online Learning Consortium Announces New Board President

Marie Cini, PhD, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at the Univ. of Maryland has been elected to a one-year term, succeeding outgoing OLC Board President Joel Hartman. NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Jan. 5, 2016) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online learning worldwide, today announced Marie... Read More>

OLC Member UMUC Earns Prestigious Designation as National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence

University of Maryland University College | December 15, 2015 - UMUC Is the First Institution in University System of Maryland to Earn Designation University of Maryland University College has been designated as a National Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence by the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), the first... Read More>

5 Attendance Requirements to Watch for in Online Programs

U.S. News | December 11, 2015 - In some situations, a distance learning program might still require a trip to campus. The notion of earning a degree or certificate entirely from the comfort of your couch is appealing to certain students. The recently updated Online Learning Consortium program definitions articulate that in online... Read More>

What has Changed in Online Bachelor's Degree Programs?

Southern New Hampshire University | November 18, 2015 - Online bachelor’s degree programs have evolved since their beginnings 20-something years ago. But the focus of them is still the same: to provide busy adult learners with the opportunity to achieve their goals by earning career-focused degrees with the flexibility their lives... Read More>

Despite Challenges, Online Learning Is on a Continuous Vertical Climb

Center for Digital Education | November 16, 2015 - From pioneers to modern-day travelers, online learning has come a long way in the last decade. Each November, the United States Distance Learning Association shines a spotlight on what's happening with distance education programs, most of which take place online. This year is no different,... Read More>