Students Want Online Learning Options Post-Pandemic

By Lindsay McKenzie When colleges switched to emergency remote instruction last year, some online learning advocates feared the hasty transition would leave students with a negative impression of online learning. While more pre-pandemic online courses resulted from months of careful planning and significant financial investment, few instructors enjoyed these luxuries last... Read More>

Nearly Half of Faculty Say Pandemic Changes to Teaching Are Here to Stay

By Rhea Kelly In a recent survey, the majority of faculty (71 percent) reported that their teaching in Fall 2020 was "very different" or included a "number of changes" compared to pre-pandemic times. And almost half (47 percent) felt those changes would remain in place post-pandemic. Read the full article here.... Read More>

OLC Partnership Releases Teaching Online: STEM Education in the Time of COVID with Bay View Analytics

PRNewswire | BOSTON -- The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and Bay View Analytics, in partnership with Every Learner Everywhere, Carolina Distance Learning, DigitalEd, and support from HHMI BioInteractive has released a new report exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on STEM faculty who underwent a hurried transition to online... Read More>

Cautious Optimism About Teaching STEM Online

By Lindsay McKenzie Faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics conduct some of the most technologically groundbreaking research in all of academe, but when it comes to teaching online, STEM has historically lagged behind. Read the full article here.... Read More>

What is your Academic Business Continuity Plan?

Education Technology | April 22, 2020 - How IT principles of disaster recovery and business continuity planning provide a powerful model for higher education Continuity technology without compromise I’ve been very fortunate to work with inspiring thought-leaders across various industries within the enterprise software space, supporting incredibly knowledgeable customers with demanding requirements. Each... Read More>

Survey: Emergency Move Online Forced More than Half of Faculty to Learn New Teaching Methods

Campus Technology | April 22, 2020 - In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly all higher education institutions (90 percent) in a recent survey used some form of emergency distance education to complete the Spring 2020 term. And 56 percent of faculty who moved courses online were using teaching methods... Read More>

How Teaching Changed in the (Forced) Shift to Remote Learning

Inside Higher Ed | April 22, 2020 - New survey documents how professors view this spring's mass move to virtual courses. Key findings: most used new teaching methods, half lowered their expectations for the volume of student work -- and a third for its quality. It will be some time before we know... Read More>

Digital Learning Pulse Survey: 90% of U.S. Higher Ed Institutions Used Emergency Distance Education to Complete Spring 2020 Term

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The survey of higher education’s immediate priorities related to the COVID-19 pandemic was conducted April 6-19 by Bay View Analytics on behalf of OLC, WCET, UPCEA, CDLRA and Every Learner Everywhere, and underwritten by Cengage; findings will be discussed in a webinar, this Friday, April 24. BOSTON, Mass. (April... Read More>

Teachers need lots of training to do online learning well. Coronavirus closures gave many just days.

The Hechinger Report | April 17, 2020 - Many schools rush to move instruction online — not the ideal way to launch a new learning platform — leaving teachers to forge ahead on the fly After the Arizona State University Preparatory Academy announced on Friday, March 13, that it would shift its... Read More>

The Online Learning Consortium Names Dr. Jennifer Mathes CEO

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Dr. Mathes assumes this leadership role after serving as interim CEO since last May, and at a time when OLC is focused on leading its community through a pivotal moment in digital learning’s evolution. BOSTON, Mass. (April 7, 2020) — The Board of Directors of the Online Learning Consortium... Read More>