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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

 

THREE WAYS ONLINE EDUCATION IS MAKING HIGHER EDUCATION MORE AFFORDABLE

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