Report on Adult-Serving Colleges and Alternative Credentials

Inside Higher Ed | March 6, 2017 - A new study examines how six adult-serving institutions are defining and using alternative credentials such as badges, noncredit certificates and those issued for successful completion of MOOCs or coding and skills boot camps. The 30-page report, which was released today by the Distance... Read More>

DEAC and The Presidents’ Forum Release Report on the State of Alternative Credentials at Adult Learning Institutions

First-of-its-kind study explores key definitions and reveals five common themes focused on competency-based education (CBE), prior learning assessment (PLA), alternative credentials, the importance of reliable data, and traditional vs. non-traditional learning. WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 6, 2017) — For contemporary learners, the path to higher education degree attainment frequently involves a myriad of... Read More>

Tap into These 5 Tips for Mobile Learning

A master in mobile learning shares his best advice for rebooting your instruction. Campus Technology | December 13, 2016 - When Pokémon Go surfaced in mid-summer, students would stand "like zombies" outside the "hotspot" building where Scott Hamm works. "There'd be people out there all the time," recalled the director of... Read More>

OLC Announces Effective Practice Awards Honoring Innovation in Online Learning

Awards will be presented at next month’s #OLCInnovate conference, April 5-7, in New Orleans NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (March 2, 2017) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) today announced recipients of its 2017 OLC Effective Practice Awards, recognizing effective techniques, strategies and practices that are shared by members of the OLC community to... Read More>

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>