Beyond Twitter: Virtually Connecting at Conferences

By Rebecca J. Hogue and Maha Bali - Featured in Chronicle of Higher Education  By now, the concept of a Twitter backchannel at conferences has become familiar. (And if it’s not, ProfHacker has you covered: See posts by Jason, Derek, Mark ( again), andAdeline.) But can someone participate in a conference... Read More>

7 Warning Signs an Online Degree is a Scam

By Devon Haynie -  U.S. News & World Report, Education.  Avoid being duped into choosing a fake online degree by looking for accreditation and avoiding aggressive salespeople.  Prospective students should hear warning bells as soon as they are told they can get a degree without much time or effort, experts say. For prospective online... Read More>

'Best-in-Track' Sessions for OLC's Upcoming Blended Learning Conference Point to Education's Digital Future

NEWBURYPORT, Mass., June 2, 2015 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- The Online Learning Consortium today announced the "Best-in-Track" sessions for its 12th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop (#Blend15), which takes place July 7-8, in Denver, Colorado. The theme of this year's conference is "Blended Learning: Leading Education's Digital Future." "There is tremendous promise... Read More>

What's Next After Online Learning?

ForbesLucie LapovskyContributor On-line learning today provides a quality alternative to on-the-ground courses. It offers students greater flexibility as to time and place as most courses are offered asynchronously, meaning students can take them at any time of the day or night. Most chief academic officers at colleges and universities were very skeptical of... Read More>

First cohort completes NSU Online Learning Consortium Teaching Certificate program

Northern State University, Aberdeen, S.D. – The first cohort of educators has completed Northern State University’s Online Learning Consortium Teaching Certificate program.  Eight NSU employees received grants to complete the program: Dr. Juan Gonzalez, assistant professor of Spanish; Dr. Debra Wenzel, instructional design coordinator; Ms. Gayla Martens, Spanish instructor for the... Read More>

Stigma over online courses has gone away

Employers, busy people finding classes on Web great alternative  Patrick Murphy For The Journal Gazette On a typical day, Megan Lichlyter comes home from her medical technologist job at St. Joseph Hospital, has dinner and spends time with husband Brian and daughter Mackenzie. It’s also common for her to begin working on... Read More>

Learning online offers many educational, financial benefits (

Students are finding out that online programs can be an affordable education path. Though not all online programs have less expensive tuition than traditional schools, the associated costs can be lower. "The financial benefits of enrolling in online programs at universities is that students do not have to pay commuting expenses,... Read More>

Online Learning Consortium and MERLOT Merge Scholarly Journals

The merged journal, ‘Online Learning,’ aims to expand scholarly research in the field of online education; the merger represents an extension of an existing collaboration between the two organizations. NEWBURYPORT, Mass. and LONG BEACH, Calif. (April 21, 2015) – The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning... Read More>

The Secret Is the Blend (Inside Higher Ed)

By Tanya Joosten Recently, a Dean’s office asked me whether they should deliver blended classes in their college. Specifically, they wanted some evidence that showed that students enrolled in blended courses as they do online courses. Our online courses can sometimes fill up far faster than our face-to-face (f2f) courses.  Through the... Read More>

Online Learning Consortium Announces 2015 Effective Practice Awards Honoring Innovation in Online Education

Awards will be presented at the 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium, April 22-24, in Dallas NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (March 17, 2015) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan Consortium, today announced the winners of its 2015 Effective Practice Awards. This year’s effective practices offer approaches to... Read More>