Online Learning Community to Gather in Dallas, April 22-24 for 8th Annual ET4Online Conference, Presented by OLC and MERLOT

Highlights: Key speakers; Best-in-Track sessions; Launch Pad program for EdTech startups NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (March 3, 2015) — The latest annual Survey of Online Learning (Grade Level) reveals online enrollments are growing faster than overall higher education. Many of the academic and EdTech leaders who are driving this trend will gather April... Read More>

Acting Leaders at RISD and Online Learning Consortium Get Permanent Posts; Wheaton’s Crutcher Heads South (New England Board of Higher Education)

By John O. Harney.  Comings and Goings ... Rhode Island School of Design’s Board of Trustees appointed furniture designer and interim PresidentRosanne Somerson to be the college's 17th president. The board of directors of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium,named acting chief operations officer Thomas Hargis to the post on a... Read More>

Tom Hargis - COO at Online Learning Consortium (The Business Journals)

Tom Hargis is focused on advancing the mission of the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and charting a course to expand its reach worldwide.See more.... Read More>

Online Learning Consortium Names Thomas Hargis COO; Karen Pedersen Joins OLC as CKO

NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Feb. 19, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, today announced its board of directors has named Thomas Hargis chief operations officer. In addition, Karen Pedersen, Ph.D., is joining OLC as chief knowledge officer. Photo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150218/176354 Hargis assumes the role of COO after serving... Read More>

Ten Ways to Overcome Barriers to Student Engagement Online (Academic Technology: At the College of William and Mary)

Learn more about student engagement in one of our workshops: Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions or Fundamentals: Increasing Interaction & Engagement By Ali Briggs. Student engagement is a concept often discussed in education and an abundance of research exists on the topic. Student engagement is something instructors want to see and feel in their classrooms.... Read More>

Babson Study:  Distance Education Enrollment Growth Continues...

Multi-year trend shows growth in online enrollments is moderating, yet outpacing overall higher ed enrollments. (Wellesley, MA) – The 2014 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson and Tyton Partners, reveals the number of higher education students taking at... Read More>

Is online education good or bad? And is this really the right question?

By Eric Fredericksen. For the past twenty years, I’ve heard this question asked many times about online education. It might be tempting for enthusiasts to say “of course it is good,” but I see this as a kind of “trick question.” We should consider asking this question in the context of the... Read More>

5-Step Professional Development Plan for Online Faculty

Continued learning is as important for college faculty members as it is for any working professional. As we enter a new year, professional development resources in higher education continue to be limited in terms of the time and money available, even as the demands to stay current and tech-savvy increase. How... Read More>

Online Learning Consortium Introduces OLC Collaborate, a Regional Event Series for Online Learning Professionals

First OLC Collaborate event, ‘The Changing University,’ takes place Feb. 24, at the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center, in Kansas City, MO. NEWBURYPORT, MA (Jan. 14, 2015) – The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, kicks off the new year with the introduction of a new regional event series called... Read More>

The Online Learning Consortium Unveils New Release of Its Quality Scorecard for Online Programs

The enhanced Quality Scorecard features 75 performance indicators for evaluating online programs, identifying areas for improvement and proving the quality of programs to accrediting bodies. NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Sept. 23, 2014) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, today unveiled an enhanced Quality Scorecard for Online Programs, an easy-to-use... Read More>