A National Study of Online Learning Leaders in US Higher Education

Distance-Educator.com | July 16, 2017 - Online learning in US higher education continues to grow dramatically. The most recent estimates indicate that about 30% of all students enroll in at least one online course (Allen & Seamen, 2016). As this important type of academic offering has become increasingly important to... Read More>

How to Help Faculty Build Online Courses

Campus Technology | July 12, 2017 - The University of Arizona developed a toolkit to help new instructional designers and online instructors get up to speed in creating courses for students that might never show their faces on campus. Before 2015, faculty at the University of Arizona who wanted to teach online didn't... Read More>

How Colleges Can Make the Most of Growing Online Enrollment

EdTech Focus on Higher Education | July 7, 2017 - Schools can use externally built or homegrown platforms to deliver a more robust — and remote — learning experience. More than 6 million students took at least one online course in 2015, according to the latest Digital Learning Compass report. With on-campus course enrollment on the... Read More>

How can higher ed build community in online learning environments?

Education Dive | July 6, 2017  Dive Brief: During a presentation at the Online Learning Consortium Innovate 2017 Conference, Walden University’s Bonnie Mullinix discussed a number of strategies to foster discussion and a sense of community among student populations enrolled in online programs, Campus Technology reports. Mullinix said it's important to involve all students in... Read More>

Building Real Community Online with Free Apps

Campus Technology | July 5, 2017 - Giving students "voice, choice and connectivity" will help them gain a sense of belonging in a group even when they're states and countries apart. Sure, you use your learning management system's discussion forums to bring people together online for class conversations. Yet, that's not the... Read More>

Cash Awards Honor Faculty and Institutions for Innovative Use of Digital Tools

EdSurge | July 3, 2017 - Mary Fulé could do the math, and she didn’t like what the numbers told her. Too many incoming freshmen and transfer students at Northern Arizona University were struggling with math placement, which is Fulé’s domain at the Flagstaff school. As a result, some students... Read More>

ACAO Announces Digital Fellows Program

Jill Buban, Ph.D, OLC's Senior Director of Research & Innovation, sits on ACAO Senior Leadership Team Responsible For Selecting 2017's Digital Fellows Wednesday, July 5, 2017 | North Palm Beach, FL. - The Association of Chief Academic Officers (ACAO) today announced the names of the 32 provosts and chief academic officers (CAOs)... Read More>

Building Faculty Buy-In on Digital Courseware

Inside Higher Ed - June 28, 2017 - The idea that the adoption of digital instructional technologies will lag without faculty buy-in is becoming widely accepted by college administrators and (smart) vendors alike. So, too, is the reality that professors are unlikely to buy in unless they are can be persuaded... Read More>

Submission Deadline Extended for 2017 OLC Digital Learning Innovation Award

Late rush of activity prompts OLC to extend deadline; Higher ed institutions and faculty teams now have until July 15 to complete #DLIAward submissions detailing their successful digital courseware implementations.  NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (June 22, 2017) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of online... Read More>

5 Steps to Check if an Online Program Is Accredited

U.S. News | June 12, 2017 - When it comes to pursuing an online degree, it's important to select a legitimate program offering marketable credentials. A key indicator of legitimacy, experts say, is accreditation, a process conducted by an outside authority to ensure that a school and specific degree program –... Read More>