How Online Learning Kept Higher Ed Open During the Coronavirus Crisis

IEEE Spectrum | May 13, 2020 - But pandemic pedagogy is not the same as quality online learning This spring, under the threat of mass infection and with little or no preparation or planning, millions of professors and instructors around the world shifted their lectures, seminars, discussion sessions, and other in-person... Read More>

OLC Awarded Grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to Support Minority-Serving Institutions in Pivot to Online Learning

If FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The grant will enable OLC to provide affordable, short-term workshops on key topics, to faculty and staff of MSIs, as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. BOSTON, Mass. (May 13, 2020) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), the leading professional organization devoted to advancing the quality of digital... Read More>

Lowered Expectations, Dropped Assignments Dominated Switch to Online Courses

Campus Technology | May 5, 2020 -  Faculty and administrators weigh in on what assistance would be most helpful for online instruction. Source: "Digital Learning Pulse Survey: Immediate Priorities," from Cengage Nearly half of faculty (48 percent) in a recent survey said they lowered their expectations about the amount of work they could... Read More>

Are Colleges Ready for a Different Kind of Teaching This Fall?

The Chronicle of Higher Education | May 5, 2020 - This spring the University of South Florida, a sprawling campus on the outskirts of Tampa, undertook the seemingly impossible. It shifted 5,000 courses online in a matter of days, emptied residence halls of more than 6,000 undergraduates, and did its best... Read More>

OLC Innovate™ 2020 Conference Moves to June with All-Virtual Format

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Produced by the Online Learning Consortium, in partnership with MERLOT, OLC Innovate 2020 Virtual will gather digital learning leaders and practitioners, online, June 15-26, to focus on innovation in digital, blended and online learning. BOSTON, Mass. (May 1, 2020) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) announced today that its annual... 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>