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October 28, 2013

Testing MOOCs and Other Online Learning Platforms on Campuses of the University System of Maryland

Online technologies show promise for educating more people in innovative ways that can lower costs for universities and colleges, but how can higher education leaders move forward, confident in their choices about how best to integrate these technologies on their campuses? With a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ithaka S+R is working to help provide the answer.

 

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March 21, 2013

Current Status of Research on Online Learning in Postsecondary Education

As online courses continue to gain in popularity at colleges and universities throughout the country, knowledge about the effectiveness of this mode of instruction, relative to that of traditional, face-to-face courses, becomes increasingly important. A 2009 report by the U.S. Department of Education provides a meta-analysis of studies published up to 2008, examining the relative effectiveness of the different delivery formats in helping various populations of students learn different types of course content. This Ithaka S+R literature review complements that effort.

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Author(s): Kelly A. Lack

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May 22, 2012

Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials

Online learning is quickly gaining in importance in U.S. higher education, but little rigorous evidence exists as to its effect on student learning outcomes.

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Author(s): William G. Bowen & Matthew M. Chingos & Kelly A. Lack & Thomas I. Nygren

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May 01, 2012

Barriers to Adoption of Online Learning Systems in U.S. Higher Education

This Ithaka S+R report is a landscape review of important developments in online learning today. It is the first in a series that will provide leaders in higher education with lessons learned from existing online learning efforts to help accelerate productive use of these systems in the future. The goal of this research was to understand what benefits colleges and universities expect from online learning technologies, what barriers they face in implementing them, and how these technologies might be best shaped to serve different types of institutions.

 

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Author(s): Lawrence S. Bacow & William G. Bowen & Kevin M. Guthrie & Kelly A. Lack & Matthew P. Long

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January 01, 2011

Unlocking the Gates: How and Why Leading Universities are Opening Up Access to Their Courses

Over the past decade, top universities have begun to experiment with online courseware, leveraging one of their core assets—the undergraduate course—to reach out to new constituencies of learners. Ithaka S+R embarked on a project intended to chronicle the development of several key initiatives in this space, in an effort to provide senior academic leadership with actionable, strategic intelligence around activity in this emerging field.

 

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Author(s): Taylor Walsh

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April 03, 2006

The Visual Resources Environment at Liberal Arts Colleges

The increasing availability of digital images at colleges and universities has offered new opportunities for teaching and learning. In some disciplines and on some campuses, the opportunities are nothing short of transformative. In other cases, however, digital images have had only a modest impact. What are some of the factors associated with the more successful and transformative opportunities that digital images afford?

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Author(s): Roger C. Schonfeld

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