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>

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>

How online learning may be more than a stopgap in the US

The Christian Science Monitor | April 3, 2020 - What changes to the way children are educated might come after the current pandemic? While there are still shortcomings to address, some see innovation happening in online learning – and in how people think about the goal of education.  Jessica Calarco has been... Read More>

Online Education Advocacy Group Launches as Dept. of Ed Proposes Loosening Regulations

EdSurge | April 2, 2020 - To advocate for and on behalf of effective online teaching and learning practices, four organizations are joining forces to establish the National Council for Online Education. The partnership linking the Online Learning Consortium, Quality Matters, University Professional and Continuing Education Association and WICHE Cooperative for Educational... Read More>

Countries Face an Online Education Learning Curve

U.S. News & World Report | April 2, 2020 - JERUSALEM – THREE Israeli television providers agreed this week to air the national education system's school lessons, also available online, in a bid to reach more students who may lack computers, tablets and smartphones. It was the country's latest step in the mainly... Read More>