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>

6 million students? Must-know facts about online enrollment

eCampus News | May 30, 2017 - New research paints an intriguing picture of online enrollment at U.S. higher-ed institutions. Online enrollment at nonprofit institutions is on the rise, while for-profit institutions saw a decline of more than 9 percent, according to a new report examining trends and patterns of online enrollment in... Read More>

Online Students, On-Campus Graduates

Inside Higher Ed | May 24, 2017 - After years of hard work and sacrifices, many online-only learners journey across states -- and even countries -- to attend on-site commencement ceremonies. Many online-only students never step foot on campus, but like residential students, they develop a sense of community and pride in the... Read More>

Extra Credit - How 6 colleges grant alternative credits

Inside Higher Ed | May 24, 2017 - How six colleges that are leaders in adult education calculate and capture alternative learning credits.  Prior learning evaluation, especially of alternative credits, is expensive and time consuming, even for adult-focused colleges with extensive programs for awarding such credits. A study by the Online Learning Consortium... Read More>

On-Campus Enrollment Shrinks While Online Continues its Ascent

Campus Technology | May 2, 2017 -  More than 6 million students took at least one online course in 2015, representing more than a quarter (29.7 percent) of all higher education enrollments that year, according to a new report from Digital Learning Compass. Among that 29.7 percent, it's almost evenly... Read More>