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The OLC Series of books on online education are based on collaborative OLC workshops of invited educators. These peer-reviewed case studies present a wealth of inside information about the strategies successful programs are using to improve learning effectiveness, cost effectiveness, access, and student and faculty satisfaction. These elements of quality constitute the mission of the Online Learning Consortium: to make education a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines. OLC Series books are free for download to OLC paid members.

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At the nexus of education and technology, blended learning is growing rapidly. Integrating face-to-face and online learning, blending can enhance learning and optimize seat time. How can blending transform today’s learning environments? In response to this question, 24 practitioners at 16 colleges and organizations examine research, stakeholder perspectives and best... Read More>

Conducting Research in Online and Blended Learning Environments examines various perspectives, issues, and methods for conducting research in online and blended learning environments. The book provides in-depth examinations of the perspectives and issues that anyone considering research in online or blended learning will find insightful as they plan their own... Read More>

Elements of Quality Online Education, Volume 3 in the Sloan-C Series, is a groundbreaking study of important questions about quality in online learning from the perspectives of private, for-profit, and research university and college practitioners. What do learners like and dislike about online learning? What makes faculty happy and unhappy... Read More>

Online education has become the leading modality for distance education, and academic leadership expects online enrollment to grow as much as 25% per year. Thus, a central challenge to the nation is how to engage communities to make education “an ordinary part of everyday life.” To address this challenge, leading... Read More>

The nineteen papers in this volume portray organizations that are negotiating the simultaneous demands of tradition, the status quo, and the transformation of higher education. These wisdom papers include views on the ways assessment guides improvement; on the potential of blended environments; and on transformations that will give new meaning... Read More>

In the ten years since the inception of the Sloan Consortium, the field of online learning has entered the mainstream of higher education, making online learning a core ingredient of tomorrow’s educational paradigms. Now that digital natives are coming of age, the blending of on-ground and online education is continuous... Read More>

Of value to practitioners in the full range of educational contexts, the sixteen wisdom papers in this collection include perspectives ranging from programs and institutions to effective practices to insights about the future of higher education as new models emerge that will improve learning effectiveness, cost effectiveness, access, faculty satisfaction... Read More>

Elements of Quality Online Education: Practice and Direction, Volume 4 in the Sloan-C series (2002) provides an overview of the status of online education, examples of effective practices, and directions for research and development. Volume 4 also addresses these questions: What pedagogical practices promote effective learning online? What are the... Read More>

In Going Online, one of our most respected online learning leaders offers insights into virtual education—what it is, how it works, where it came from, and where it may be headed. Robert Ubell reaches back to the days when distance learning was practiced by mail in correspondence schools and then... Read More>

Written by pioneers in the field of online learning, Leading the e-Learning Transformation of Higher Education is a professional text that offers insights and guidance to the rising generation of leaders in the field of higher education. It explains how to integrate online learning into an institution during a period of rapid... Read More>

Online Education Policy and Practice examines the past, present, and future of networked learning environments and the changing role of faculty within them. As digital technologies in higher education increasingly enable blended classrooms, collaborative assignments, and wider student access, an understanding of the creation and ongoing developments of these platforms... Read More>

An anthology of Alfred P. Sloan Foundation funded case studies on learning effectiveness and faculty satisfaction in online education at an array of universities and colleges. Fourteen case studies examine critical issues involved in online education- how well people learn and how satisfied faculty are. An anthology of Alfred P.... Read More>

Volume 2 of Online Education focuses on Learning Effectiveness, Faculty Satisfaction and Cost Effectiveness from the perspectives of pioneer colleges and universities with fully online degree programs. 12 case studies examine critical issues involved in online education-how well people learn, how satisfied faculty are, and how institutions of higher learning... Read More>

Quality in online education can be an elusive and complex concept. Nevertheless, educators must continue the quest to describe the ideal learning environment and share effective practices for advancing quality.  In this guide for online program administrators who want to apply the OLC Quality Scorecard metrics to their own online programs,... Read More>