Category Archives: distance education

Advising in a New Media World — The Next Frontier

As education is increasingly mediated through technology, how can we provide a model for advising that can keep pace?  In a related discussion on pedagogy, the structure of the opportunity was framed by Terry Anderson and Jon Dron: McLuhan 1964 … Continue reading

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Chronicle Profiles 12 Tech Innovators in HigherEd

Among the 12 tech innovators honored by the Chronicle of Higher Education, Candace Thille at Carnegie Mellon University stands out for the real pact she is having on the higher education model. Her work is improving education quality by using … Continue reading

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Will Open Education Turn the Corner in 2012?

The “open revolution” in higher education — much anticipated in 2010 — finally began taking root in 2011.  Some observers, including Paul Stacey at BC have anointed 2011  “The Year of Open”: It’s not just publications, research, theses and other … Continue reading

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MIT Will Offer Certificates to Outside Students Who Take Its Online Courses – Technology – The Chronicle of Higher Education

MIT accelerates the online course arms race among elite universities.  Starting in spring 2012, students who participate in MIT’s free online courses will have the opportunity to receive a certificate of completion from MIT: Millions of learners have enjoyed the … Continue reading

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Hybrid Education – A Highly Flexible Form Of Schooling By Ross Whiting

From Kambeo.com: Hybrid education refers to a form of teaching that combines regular online training with less frequent or occasional on-campus classes… People who lack the time and financial resources to take up a course in a regular institution would … Continue reading

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Onsite and Online learning: A Meaningful Distinction Any Longer? in WCET Frontiers

From Trent Batston for WCET Frontiers: The presumption that students in a completely online course cannot have the real-life social interactions and informal learning opportunities is, ironically, an unreal argument.  Imaginatively designed courses leverage the experiences learners have wherever they … Continue reading

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Free is Free: Popular Standford ComSci & Entrepreneurship Classes

With barricades blocking the registrar’s offices at UC Davis & Berkeley, online education may be the only way some of us get to class this spring.  Just in time, Stanford has put some of its most popular entrepreneurship classes online…for … Continue reading

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Massive Eduventures Study Confirms Student Demand for Hybrid Learning

There is no lack of anecdotal information on the rising demand for — and value of — blended learning.  Eduventures has recently backed this up with solid research on the mismatch beween student demand and available programs: [T]he Eduventures survey … Continue reading

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Federal Regulation and Distance Learning

For anyone tracking the impact of the Higher Education Opportunity Act on distance learning, I highly recommend this resource from WICHE. The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has been a model for inter-state cooperation…and a leading innovator on … Continue reading

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