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

Distance Ed Myths Debunked

Posted: 3/5/2015 - 10:11 AM

from Inside Higher Education
March 5, 2015
by Carl Staumsheim

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What are the Impacts of Adopting OERs?

Posted: 2/12/2015 - 09:49 AM

February 2015

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Adoption Impact Explorer launched by David Wiley and Lumen Learning is a research-based calculator that will make custom projections for the impact of adoptiong OER in a course/campus, including student savings, retention, grades, etc.

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The 6 Technologies That Will Change the Face of Education

Posted: 2/12/2015 - 09:37 AM

The 2015 Horizon Report - produced by New Media Consortium and Educause - was released this week and focuses on key trends accelerating technology adoption in higher education, the challenges that impede technology adoption in higher education, and the educational technology developments on the horizon.  

The report - in its thirteenth year - looks at trends and challenges that support the developments in educational technology.  The results suggest that the flipp...
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Top 6 Higher Ed Digital Policy Issues to Watch in 2015

Posted: 2/12/2015 - 09:11 AM

Center for Digital Education
January 2015

Technology moves faster than the policy developed to govern it - and educational technology policy watchers have identified six major policy issues colleges should be focused on in 2015.  They are: Security threats, State authorization for distance education programs, Internet of Things management, Competency-based exploration, staffing shortfall, and accessibility.

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Specializations, Specialized

Posted: 2/12/2015 - 08:33 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
February 12, 2015
By Carl Straumsheim


Working with corporate...
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Professors Know About High-Tech Teaching Methods, but Few Use Them

Posted: 2/11/2015 - 09:43 AM

from The Chronicle - Wired Campus blog
February 10, 2015
Casey Fabris

In a new survey from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 40 percent of the instructors surveyed use or are interested in using some innovative techniques and technologies.  Not all options on the survey could be considered innovative - like group work - however, some techniques such as flipped classroom garnered 29 percent of reponses saying they had tried it.&nb...
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Babson Study: Distance Education Enrollment Growth Continues, But at a Slower Rate

Posted: 2/6/2015 - 05:54 PM

The 2014 Survey of Online Learning conducted by the Babson Survey Research Group and co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson and Tyton Partners,  reveals the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent from the previous year.  The multi-year trend shows growth in online enrollments is moderating, yet outpacing overall higher ed enrollments.

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Sustaining SARA

Posted: 12/18/2014 - 11:27 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
December 18, 2014
by Carl Straumsheim

New Hampshire joins the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA) m...
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Three New States Join SARA

Posted: 11/14/2014 - 09:14 AM

from NC-SARA.Org
November 11, 2014


The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) approved Arizona, Oregon and South Dakota to become members of the WICHE State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (W-SARA).

These states join 12 others (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia) as members of SARA. SARA is a nationwide initiative of states that w...
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Davenport launches online competency-based MBA degree

Posted: 10/22/2014 - 04:29 PM

from the Grand Rapids Business Journal
by Rachel Weick
October 17, 2014

Davenport University has announced a new MBA degree program that is completely compentency-based and tailored for experienced business professionals..  The program was developed with the assistance of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.  Starting January 2015, students in the new MBA program can earn credits based on their proficiency of a certain subject matter through...
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Three New States Join the National State Authorizaton Reciprocity Agreement

Posted: 10/17/2014 - 11:28 AM

from NC-Sara
October 17, 2014

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) announced that Louisiana, Virginia and West Virginia are the first states from that higher education compact to join the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA).

These states join Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota and Washington as members of SARA.

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Coursera Expands Specializations

Posted: 10/17/2014 - 10:50 AM

from Inside Higher Education
October 16, 2014

Coursera, the massive open online course provider, has announced 18 new specialization certificates offered by their university partners.  Those certificates are in areas ranging from digital marketing to healthcare informatics.  Students complete the MOOCs and receive a Verified Specialization Certificate.  Since January, 1.5 million students have taken MOOCs - 60% have culminated in a Specialization Certifica...
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Online and In Control

Posted: 10/10/2014 - 09:20 AM

from Inside Higher Ed
October 10, 2014
By Paul Fain

Adaptive learning technologies in higher education have focused mainly on the use of data to personalize student learn...
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Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources

Posted: 10/10/2014 - 08:15 AM

from Campus Technology
by Dian Schaffhauser
August 27, 2014

Low-cost, high-quality textbooks may once have been a myth, but no longer: Open educational resources provide a wide variety of free learning content for practically any subject. Campus Technology asked three OER enthusiasts for their favorite tips and tools.

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U.S. online-education company Udacity raises $35 million for 'nanodegrees'

Posted: 9/25/2014 - 04:42 PM

Udacity - the MOOC provider founded by Sebastian Thrun - has found it's niche in 'nanodegrees'.  These are credentials that will take less time and money to acquire - and they have raised the capital to get moving.

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