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The Coronavirus Threatens to Upend Higher Ed. Here Are the Latest Developments.

As more cases are reported, colleges are re-evaluating their study-abroad programs, moving courses online, and taking other preventive measures. Meanwhile, some academic associations are canceling their conferences.

MIT to caption online videos after discrimination lawsuit

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has agreed to provide captions for more of its publicly available online videos as part of a settlement announced Tuesday in a case that accused the school of discriminating against people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

White House to Promote Alternatives to the Degree

The Ad Council, which was behind the Smokey Bear and “Just Say No” campaigns for the U.S. government, is set to launch a national advertising promotion for postsecondary education and training alternatives to the four-year college degree.

Riechers Represents Virtical Education at eLearning Conference

Derk Riechers, Chief Operating Officer at Virtical Education, attended the 2020 Instructional Technology Council (ITC) Annual eLearning Conference on February 9-12 in Charleston, SC.

This college was accredited by a DeVos-sanctioned group. We couldn’t find evidence of students or faculty.

Reagan National University was supposed to be a place of higher learning, but it was unclear how it awarded degrees. By all appearances, at present, it has no students, no faculty and no classrooms.

Moody’s projects that the pace of college closings will soon reach 15 per year.

President of California’s online community college to step down

Abrupt departure comes less than one year into a four-year contract that paid her a salary of $385,000

Southern New Hampshire U makes bid for Pennsylvania’s community college graduates

The deal could increase competition for online students who live in the state, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported. Currently, the online-only Penn State World Campus charges students between $576 and $617 per credit for its undergraduate classes. ​

Ten Higher Education Predictions for a New Decade

Colleges closing, NCAA transformation, reinvention of accreditation, and more.

How (and Whether) to Balance Online and On-Ground Enrollment

If the federal government believes more than 50 percent of an institution’s enrollments come from “correspondence study” and that faculty oversight is lacking, it can revoke the entire institution’s eligibility for federal aid.

“It becomes of critical importance for institutions approaching that threshold to assure that their courses are meeting the Department of Education’s recommendations,” Russ Poulin.

College Won’t Have to Repay $42M in Federal Aid

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College will not have to repay $42 million in federal student aid funding after a nine-year legal debacle, reports the Tribune Star. However, the college has spent over $800,000 in legal fees since the beginning of this disagreement.

Professors’ Slow, Steady Acceptance of Online Learning: A Survey

“Embrace” is probably too strong. “Acquiescence” suggests too much passivity. Whatever word you choose, though, the data indicate that American faculty members — whether grudgingly or enthusiastically — are increasingly participating in and, to a lesser extent, accepting the validity of online education.

Community Colleges Need to Evolve as Students’ Needs Do

Community colleges of the future must determine how to successfully walk a tightrope of paradoxes and contradictory expectations. Leaders of these colleges must simultaneously deal with growth and reduction, abundance and scarcity, continuity and change, access and completion.

The quality of online higher education must be assured

Perhaps one of the biggest challenges associated with online education is assuring parents, employers and students that the quality of what learners receive is just as good as that delivered in face-to-face mode. That challenge of course, is often compounded by the quality of what is actually offered and the ad hoc nature in which online education companies have sprung up.

Learning to Cross the Road: What Do You Show Your Students?

The question for us to reflect on is how can we better use showing, certainly a powerful means of communicating, to increase student learning and retention?

Why One Advocate Believes the Phrase ‘Go Back to School’ Needs to Go

Over the past couple of years, there’s been a lot of talk about the need to improve services and programs for adult students. But is any of that moving the needle?

Ending Tuition Unfairness for Online (and Part-Time) Students

Southern Utah’s policies disadvantage students who take fewer credits — like most who study online. The university is cutting the per-credit price by nearly a third as it tries to ramp up enrollment.

9 Things That Will Shape The Future Of Education: What Learning Will Look Like In 20 Years?

Students will be learning outside, armed with different devices, listening to a teacher of choice. Skills will not be assessed on paper but based on their performance in the field. What on earth are we talking about? Welcome to the future of education.

Most institutions developing online programs have it all wrong—here’s how to do it right

Instead of thinking about your new online initiative—whether it’s a single course or an entire degree program—as a generic rework of your on-campus courses, we recommend thinking of it as an entirely new educational experience. A new product. One that demands that you carefully evaluate all your requirements and ensure the program is designed specifically with your target audience of current students and prospective students in mind.

Harvard Business School professor: Half of American colleges will be bankrupt in 10 to 15 years

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the United States, but Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen says that half are bound for bankruptcy in the next few decades.

7 Instructional Design Tips Proven To Boost Learner Engagement

You can have the best training content and the most charismatic instructors. ?ut unless your learners are engaged, knowledge retention will suffer. Here are the 7 most effective Instructional Design strategies for engaging eLearning to get their attention. – E-Learning Industry

Professor, Please Meet Your Instructional Designer

“The fact that only a quarter of instructors worked with an instructional designer on online courses (about the same as the share who worked with an instructional designer on face-to-face courses) suggests that many of those working in online teaching are still more or less experimenting on their own,” said Martin Kurzweil – Inside Higher Ed

Longtime Higher Ed Leader (and Former U.S. Congressman) Argues For a Networked College

The operating reality is that for any college that wants to be up-to-date however they define that in terms of technologically-enhanced services they’ll rise or fall on the quality of their partnerships. – EdSurge

What Faculty Need to Know About Learner Experience Design

Learning is about personal relationships. Deep learning doesn’t happen through reading or rote memorization online any more than in the physical world. It is the experiences and meaningful conversations (or maybe human interactions) within a course that enable students to critically reflect, and deepen their learning. All too often, online students feel isolated, which can decrease motivation and increase attrition. – EdSurge

Syllabi and Depositions

If a professor’s grading practices or classroom practices are challenged by outside agencies — whether private attorneys or state divisions of civil rights enforcement — what matters is whether the professor stuck to the policies denoted in the syllabus. – Inside Higher Ed

Trump Education Secretary DeVos proposes new protections for college students accused of sexual assault

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Friday proposed a major overhaul to the way colleges and universities handle complaints of sexual misconduct, adding protections for students accused of assault and harassment, and narrowing the types of cases schools would be required to investigate. – CNBC

Who’s Taking Nondegree Courses — and Why?

Most students enrolled in nondegree online programs already have degrees, and a minority actually want a credential, new data show. – Inside Higher Ed


In an era of rising student debts, a growing number of people are concluding that higher education simply isn’t worth the financial risk. – eLearning Inside

3 Ways To Overcome Resistance To Online Learning

We’ve all experienced resistance to our online learning initiatives. The question is, how do we overcome it? Here are 3 ideas that work in practice. – eLearning Industry

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

When professors shift to assigning Open Educational Resources instead of publisher-produced textbooks, the move typically saves students money (and it can be a significant amount). But OER is not free, since it costs money to develop the materials, takes time for professors to evaluate and adopt them, and typically involves other campus-support services as well. – EdSurge