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

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
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

Google Enters the Fray

Posted: 10/25/2018 - 03:07 PM

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

The company is offering its computer science curriculum -- and kicking in some funds -- to 10 institutions this academic year, with more to follow.  Read the full news item

Free Textbooks Are Not Always Free: New Study Analyzes OER’s Costs to Colleges

Posted: 10/19/2018 - 11:09 AM

from EdSurge
By Jeffrey R. Young    
Oct 18, 2018

A report released last week gives perhaps the most detailed accounting of the pricetag to colleges looking to make signiciant moves to OER.

Some key findings are:

  • At five of the participating community colleges, the report found that it cost an average of $11,700 per course to build the OER materials.
  • The participating colleges lost an average of $14,000 per ...
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The Department of Education’s Plans for Overhauling Accrediting and Innovation Regulations

Posted: 10/19/2018 - 09:45 AM

from WCET Frontiers Blog
Russ Poulin

On Friday, October 13, the U.S. Department of Education published the unofficial version of its plan to establish an “Accreditation and Innovation” negotiated rule making committee. Read the full news item

The Tidewater Z-Degree and the INTRO Model for Sustaining OER Adoption

Posted: 10/19/2018 - 09:26 AM

The Tidewater Z-Degree and the INTRO Model for Sustaining OER Adoption
David Wiley, Linda Williams, Daniel DeMarte, John Hilton


A growing body of research confirms the financial and academic benefits that accrue to students whose faculty adopt open educational resources, or OER. While there are no content licensing costs associated with using OER, there are several real costs that must be incurred by an institution that chooses to support its faculty ...
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Participant Experiences and Financial Impacts: Findings from Year 2 of Achieving the Dream’s OER Degree Initiative

Posted: 10/19/2018 - 09:16 AM

This report expands on last year’s report with updated course and enrollment data as well as new findings about students’ perceptions of their OER courses and the institutional costs and actual student savings of OER degree pathways. A final report in September 2019 will include findings on student and course outcome data. Here are several highlights from this report that caught our attention:

UNLV Pays a Cost for Not Notifying Students about Charges for Proctoring Services

Posted: 10/19/2018 - 08:59 AM

from WCET Frontiers Blog

Cheryl Dowd, Director of the State Authorization Network, and I have been presenting this summer about the status of the federal state authorization regulation. In those presentations we remind people about other federal regulations that remain in place.

The one that has most surprised those in our audiences is the requirement that students be notified at registration if there are any extra fees in course, such as for proctoring. Many of those...
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e-Learning Consortia – Multi-institution Consortia and Systems

Posted: 10/19/2018 - 08:54 AM

WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology (WCET) released a report on multi-institutional consortia and systems.  These organizations help their member institutions share resources with the goal of increasing the institutional capacity for technology-enhanced courses, programs, and student support services. WCET’s Consortia Group has focused on the organization and leadership of these partnerships for many years.

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