Distance Education Report
Current Issue: April 15, 2014
Thomas Cavanagh is associate vice president of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). At the 2013 Sloan-C Conference, he gave a presentation on the process involved in successfully selecting a new LMS for his institution. He recently discussed for DER seven key considerations that can make the selection process easier, more efficient, and more likely to meet the needs of educators and students.
How Can Universities Stop Students Cheating Online?
The Revolution Is Not Being MOOC-ized
Understanding the Learning Personalities of Successful Online Students
Catching a Cheater Online
With Eye Toward Financial Self-Sufficiency, edX Hires Businesswoman Cebula as President and COO
Coursera Names Former Yale President as its New CEO
The Effects of Online Teaching Experience and Institution Type on Faculty Perceptions of Teaching Online
Factors Influencing Faculty Participation & Retention In Online & Blended Education
When MOOC Profs Move
Has your distance learning program used keyword or other paid advertising on Facebook in the past year?
Although a very small percentage of institutions of higher education are currently offering MOOCs, debate surrounds whether these courses will bring education to the masses who cannot or choose not to enroll in a university, and whether or not they dilute the power and rigor of traditional college courses. Karen Vignare is associate provost in the Center for Innovation in Learning at the University of Maryland University College. Vignare explains that MOOCs may well provide particular opportunities for blended courses to take advantage of the rich amounts of well-curated and delivered content available in these large, open classes. On increasing numbers of campuses, MOOC content is being used to enhance blended courses, acting as a kind of textbook and freeing instructors to spend more time working with their students and tailoring education to their needs.
The Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965 expired at the end of 2013. The process of reauthorization is taking place this year. The HEA is the major law regulating higher education in the United States, and its reauthorization entails a critical conversation about the future of higher education. The outcome will affect all stakeholders in higher education for years to come.
As Director for Communication, Information and Technology at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Dr. Janet Poley of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln worked closely with Clinton-Gore Administration to develop the extension and outreach capabilities of the national information infrastructure, and received the Excalibur Award from the United States Congress for exceptional government service. She is a long-time observer of and commentator on federal activity as it effects higher education. She has compiled this annotated list of online resources to help higher education administrators—especially those involved with distance learning—to keep informed of the issues and developments in the reauthorization process.
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