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The news items below may be of interest to those involved with distance and online learning:

No Penalty for Western Governors

Posted: 1/15/2019 - 09:56 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Andrew Kreighbaum
Jan 14, 2019

Trump administration rejects findings from a 2017 inspector general audit that found the online giant WGU out of compliance and recommended that it pay back $713 million in federal aid.

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Overhauling Rules for Higher Ed

Posted: 1/7/2019 - 12:23 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Andrew Kreighbaum and Paul Fain
January 7, 2019

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50 Colleges Hit With ADA Lawsuits

Posted: 12/10/2018 - 11:30 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Lindsay McKenzie
December 10, 2018

A blind man is taking 50 colleges to court, alleging their websites are inaccessible to people with disabilities.

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Imagining an Apple Store for Online Degrees

Posted: 12/7/2018 - 03:26 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Lindsay McKenzie
November 26, 2018
 

Georgia Tech moves forward with plans to create storefronts for its online education programs, joining a growing number of institutions offering hybrid online learning experiences.   Read the full news item

Your Course Is My Course, Too

Posted: 12/7/2018 - 12:12 PM

from Inside Higher Ed - Digital Learning
by Mark Lieberman
November 29, 2018

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48 percent of colleges, 2.2 million students using free OpenStax textbooks this year

Posted: 12/6/2018 - 12:55 PM

from Rice University
by David Ruth
August 1, 2018

This year, over 2.2 million students are saving an estimated $177 million by using free textbooks from OpenStax, the Rice University-based publisher of open educational resource materials.   Read full article here.


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Students with Disabilities Say Accessibility Awareness Needs Improvement

Posted: 11/30/2018 - 02:40 PM

from Educause

November 2018

One of the key findings in the 2018 Students and Technology report highlights the need to improve awareness and support for accessibility issues

The report revealed that students who have physical or learning disabilities are often unsatisfied with their institution’s awareness of their needs for accessible technology and also with institutional support for those technologies.

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Advocates: OER Saves Students $1 Billion

Posted: 11/15/2018 - 10:17 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
By Lindsay McKenzie
October 15, 2018

Free open educational resources have saved students at least $1 billion in textbook costs over the last five years, open education advocacy group SPARC reports.

“Now that we have hit $1bn in savings, it’s time to think bigger for our next challen...
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Online Student Services: What, Where, Who, When, How, and Most Importantly, Why

Posted: 11/11/2018 - 01:55 PM

by Kayla Westra
EDUCAUSE
October 29, 2018

What services are needed to support online learners? When offering online courses, higher education institutions should consider their students and how to best maximize the services already in place. What support is there for students to apply and register for classes on campus? Are there any variances for students who are not on campus? Once students are in classes, what technical support is available? Is there a help de...
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Affordable and At-Scale

Posted: 11/11/2018 - 01:52 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Ray Schroeder
October 31, 2018

Affordable degrees at scale have arrived. The momentum behind this movement is undeniable, and its impact will be significant, Ray Schroeder writes.  Read full article here.

 


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Feds Prod Universities to Address Website Accessibility Complaints

Posted: 11/11/2018 - 01:34 PM

from Inside Higher Ed - Digital Learning Blog
by Lindsay McKenzie
November 6, 2018

Online Education Ascends

Posted: 11/7/2018 - 06:01 PM

from Inside Digital Learning
November 7, 2018
By Doug Lederman


Number and proportion of college and university students taking classes online grew solidly in 2017, as overall postsecondary enrollments fell. A third of all students now take at least one online course.

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Conflicted Views of Technology: A Survey of Faculty Attitudes

Posted: 11/1/2018 - 12:14 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
By Doug Lederman
October 31, 2018
 

The proportion of college instructors who are teaching online and blended courses is growing. So is their support for using technology to deliver instruction.

But their belief in the quality and effectiveness of online courses and digital technology isn’t keeping pace.

Those are among the findings -- conflicting and confounding, as is often the case -- of Inside Hig...
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Don't Panic About GDPR, Colleges Are Told

Posted: 11/1/2018 - 10:56 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Lindsay McKenzie
November 1, 2018
 

Many U.S. higher education institutions are still grappling with how to comply with European Union data-privacy rules, but so far none have come under scrutiny.  Read the full news item

Consortia Show Signs of Strength

Posted: 10/25/2018 - 03:13 PM

from Inside Higher Ed - Digital Learning
by Mark Lieberman
October 24, 2018
 

A few state- or systemwide organizations supporting digital learning have closed in recent years, but those left standing have solidified their value, according to a new WCET report.  Read the full news item

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