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

Fall 2012 US Distance Education Enrollment: Now viewable by each state

Posted: 7/21/2014 - 08:53 AM

See report for Michigan and all other states at:

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Net Neutrality Offensive

Posted: 7/16/2014 - 11:04 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
July 11, 2014
By Carl Straumsheim

16 OER Sites for More Engaged Learning

Posted: 7/9/2014 - 11:17 PM

from Campus Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser
July 2, 2014

Open educational resources can not only help students save money in textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. Here are 16 resources that offer a wide range of content and tools to help implement OER in various courses.

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Ed-Tech Companies Oppose U.S. Agency’s Plan to End Net Neutrality

Posted: 7/2/2014 - 10:09 AM



from The Chronicle - Wired Campus Blog
July 2, 2014
by Lawrence Biemiller

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to allow companies to pay an extra fee to have their content delivered faster over the Internet has many in education concerned.  Businesses are now weighing in - including four educational-technology businesses that see this as a way to further divide the haves from the h...
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Education Department Again Delays ‘State Authorization’ Rule

Posted: 6/27/2014 - 01:06 PM
from Inside Higher Ed
June 24, 2014

The Under Secretary of Education, Ted Mitchell, announced that the Department would not meet a November 1st deadline to develop new rules on state authori...
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Have Aspirations, Will Travel

Posted: 6/23/2014 - 03:11 PM
from Inside Higher Ed

Report: Online learning numbers at all-time high

Posted: 6/23/2014 - 02:03 PM

from EducationDrive Newsletter
By Keith Button

A new study on online education shows that 34% of all college students are taking at least one online course, which is an all-time high, and online enrollment is growing more than five times faster than total enrollment.  Read more at: Read the full news item

A New Teaching Structure Could Make College More Affordable. Why Don't More Schools Adopt It?

Posted: 6/23/2014 - 01:47 PM

from BloombergBusinessWeek

Starting next year, several Washington State community colleges will pilot a new online business administration program - online and competency-based.  Designed to allow students to take as long ...
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Udacity Introduces 'Nanodegree' Credentials

Posted: 6/17/2014 - 09:55 AM
from Inside Higher Ed
June 17, 2014
The MOOC (massive open online course) provider Udacity has developed stackable credentials leading to career-focused "nanodegrees".  Funded by a $1.5 million ...
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Colleges’ Embrace of Online Learning Is a ‘Credit Positive’

Posted: 6/16/2014 - 09:10 AM

from The Chronicle - Ticker
June 13, 2014

Since the U.S. Department of Education released a report from IPEDS data showing that 1 in 4 college students took at least one online course, Moody's Investors Service has awarded a "credit positive" to the industry in its weekly outlook on public finance.

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4 Universities Band Together to Share and Protect Digital Resources

Posted: 6/12/2014 - 10:13 PM

by Steve Kolowich
Four major universities, Colorado State University, Indiana University, the University of Florida, and the University of Michigan, have developed a consortium that is designed to help them "reclaim their digital futures."  The project, call...
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Enrollment in Distance Education Courses, by State: Fall 2012

Posted: 6/11/2014 - 05:05 PM

by Scott Ginder, RTI International
June 2, 2014, National Center for Education Statistics

“These Web Tables use IPEDS data to provide insight into the impact of distance education courses on enrollment at the state level. Enrollment data from Fall 2012 were used as well as data collected on Institutional Charact...
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Community colleges plan to offer quick competency degree

Posted: 5/22/2014 - 11:14 PM

from The Seattle Times
by Katherine Long
May 20, 2014

The Washington state community college system is developing an online compentency-based associate degree in business that can be completed in 18 months or less - and the program is transferable to Washington state's public four year institutions.  The model will allow students to test their mastery of subjects and only take those courses, or portions of courses, where ...
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Department of Education Rulemaking Committee Fails to Reach Consensus on State Authorization

Posted: 5/22/2014 - 10:29 PM

from Instructional Technology Council
May 21, 2014
by Christine Mullins

The final meeting of the US Department of Education negotiated rulemaking panel failed to reach a consensus on proposed regulations pertaining to state authorization of institutions offering distance learning across state lines.  Because the group could not agre...
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State Authorization Initiative Adds Five Members

Posted: 5/16/2014 - 03:12 PM
from Inside Higher Ed
May 16, 2014
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