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Affordable Cost for Class Materials

Posted: 2/5/2018 - 09:40 PM

Affordable Cost for Class Materials - 10,000 Washington College Students Have Spoken      Read the full news item

Student and Faculty Perceptions of OpenStax in High Enrollment Courses

Posted: 1/31/2018 - 02:05 PM

C. Edward Watson1, Denise P. Domizi2, and Sherry A. Clouser3
1Association of American Colleges and Universities, 2University System of Georgia, 3University of Georgia


As public funding for higher education decreases and the cost to students to attend college increases, universities are searching for strategies that save students money while als...
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National Survey of Computing, eLearning and Information Technology.

Posted: 1/21/2018 - 06:48 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Jean Dimeo
November 8, 2017

The survey of IT leaders, conducted by the Campus Computing Project, found that many see only modest benefits from IT investments, and generally low satisfaction with many IT services on campus.  Here are some take aways:

65.1 percent of respondents said it is important to use learning analytics to support student success; 59.7 percent said ...
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2017 MI Higher Education in Focus

Posted: 1/21/2018 - 06:41 PM

January 2018

Midwest Higher Education Compact (MHEC) report on Michigan's efforts on selected performance indicators.  Read full report here.

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OER State Policy Playbook

Posted: 1/21/2018 - 06:26 PM

from SPARC
January 18, 2018

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) works to enable the open sharing of research outputs and educational materials in order to democratize access to knowledge, accelerate discovery, and increase the return on our investment in research and education. As a catalyst for action, SPARC focuses on collaborating with other stakeholders—including authors, publishers, libraries, students, fu...
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California's Plan for Online Community College

Posted: 1/19/2018 - 10:54 AM

From Community College Daily
January 11, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown wants to launch the state’s first fully online public community college that would provide short-term programs to help 2.5 million young adults without college credentials attain skills for available jobs in fields such as advanced manufacturing, healthcare and child development.

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Opening the Textbook: OER in US Higher Education 2017

Posted: 1/19/2018 - 10:44 AM

Responses from over 2,700 U.S. faculty paint both a "Good news" and a "Bad news" picture for the role of open educational resources (OER) in U.S. higher education. The levels of awareness of OER, the licensing tied to it, and overall adoption of OER materials, remains low. Only 10% of faculty reported that they were “Very aware” of open educational resources, with 20% saying that they were &l...
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OER Mythbusting

Posted: 1/19/2018 - 10:39 AM

OER Mythbusting addresses the top seven myths about OER in North American higher education, as voted on my more than 100 faculty, librarians, students and other members of the OER community. This project grew out of a discussion during one of SPARC’s Libraries and OER Forum monthly calls, where a group of librarians from the U.S. and Canada identified a need for better resources to address misconceptions about OER. A team of volunteers developed a poll and distributed it over email l...
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Grade Increase: Tracking Distance Education in the United States

Posted: 1/19/2018 - 10:34 AM

The 14th annual report on the state of online learning from the Babson survey Research Group revealed:

  • Distance education enrollments increased for the fourteenth straight year, growing faster than they have for the past several years.
  • Distance enrollments remain local: 52.8% of all students who took at least one distance course also took an on-campus course, and of those who took only distance courses, 56.1% reside in the same state as the ins...
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What Online Faculty Can Do to Avoid Burnout

Posted: 1/19/2018 - 09:25 AM

from Faculty Focus
By: Edna Murugan, PhD, and Noura Badawi, EdD
January 5, 2018

Faculty who teach online courses can experience burnout for a variety of reasons - here are some ideas to address that.

Read full article here.

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IPEDS – Fall 2016 Enrollment Report

Posted: 1/17/2018 - 10:18 AM

from Center for Distance Education Research
January 2018

For the fifth straight year, The Center for Distance Education Research is releasing its annual analysis of the National Center for Education Statistics’ Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) fall enrollment survey. Our report is a valuable resource for researchers, institutional administrators, academic affairs officers and the public in general. This report compares all data to fall 2012, t...
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The Section 508 Refresh And What It Means For Higher Education

Posted: 1/5/2018 - 06:02 PM

from The Educause Review
by Martin LaGrow
December 4, 2017


On January 18, 2017, the United States Access Board published its most recent final rule updating requirements for information and communication technology (ICT) covered by Section 508. These requirements are set to go into effect on January 18, 2018. Although the original intent of Section 508 was to provide accessibility in the federal sector, it has been widely accepted that...
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OER Adoptions on the Rise

Posted: 1/5/2018 - 05:59 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Lindsay McKenzie
December 19, 2017


More and more instructors are choosing o...
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Who Is Studying Online (and Where)

Posted: 1/5/2018 - 05:26 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Doug Lederman
January 5, 2018

Labeling of Free and Low-Cost Textbooks Gains Ground

Posted: 12/7/2017 - 06:28 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Mark Leiberman
December 6, 2017

Institutions in several states are now required to label courses with OER and affordable materials. Proponents cheer the move toward transparency, though some challenges remain.  Read the full article here.

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