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

The True Cost of Inclusive Access

Posted: 2/5/2019 - 11:30 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
By Lindsay McKenzie
February 5, 2019

A college is accused of making it nearly impossible for students to opt out of a program that automatically bills them for textbooks -- a potential breach of government regulations.  Read the full news item

As Textbook Companies Try New Options, Many Students Say Price Is Biggest Factor

Posted: 2/3/2019 - 03:09 PM

from Ed Surge
By Jeffrey R. Young and Tina Nazerian    
Jan 9, 2018

What do students these days think of this changing landscape? EdSurge asked a half dozen students to share their buying habits and their views. Answers varied by the student’s major and type of college they attended, and of course it’s impossible to generalize about something as diverse as student views on anything.

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Rethinking State Authorization, Again

Posted: 2/1/2019 - 10:18 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Lindsay McKenzie
Jan 23, 2019

Unanimity on Distance Ed Rule Changes Proves Elusive

Posted: 2/1/2019 - 10:16 AM

from Inside Higher Education
By Mark Lieberman
Jan 23, 2019

Experts involved in crafting new federal rules for online education and classroom innovation want more clarity from the Department of Education about its priorities and rationales.

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As OER Grows Up, Advocates Stress More Than Just Low Cost

Posted: 1/23/2019 - 10:19 PM

from EdSurge
By Jeffrey R. Young and Sydney Johnson    
Jan 16, 2019

Open educational resources hit a turning point in 2018. For the first time ever, the federal government put forward funds to support initiatives around open educational resources, and recent studies show that faculty attitudes towards using and adapting these openly-licensed learning materials are steadily improving.  ReadRead the full news item

Provosts Count More on Online Programs

Posted: 1/23/2019 - 09:35 PM

from Inside Higer Ed
by Doug Lederman
January 23, 2019

More say they will increase emphasis on and allocate "major funds" to online offerings. Survey also finds solid but not spectacular support for open educational resources, and that backing for competency-based programs is more philosophical than practical.
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Rethinking State Authorization, Again

Posted: 1/23/2019 - 09:28 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Lindsay McKenzie
January 23, 2019

The U.S. Department of Education is contemplating going back to the drawing board on complex rules governing authority to operate online programs in multiple states.  ReadRead the full news item

Unanimity on Distance Ed Rule Changes Proves Elusive

Posted: 1/23/2019 - 06:30 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
by Mark Lieberman
Jan 23, 2019

Experts involved in crafting new federal rules for online education and classroom innovation want more clarity from the Department of Education about its priorities and rationales.   Read Read the full news item

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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