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Developing a Policy for Technology-Mediated Content

As colleges and universities continue to develop and invest in online courses, have their policies kept pace? In An Academic Policy Framework for Technology-Mediated Content, published today, authors Randal C. Picker, Lawrence S. Bacow, and Nancy Kopans argue that clear policies—on governance, conflicts of interest, and intellectual property—are critical to promoting innovation in the development of new educational technologies. As the authors caution “without adequate policies, the development of potentially…

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An Academic Policy Framework for Technology-Mediated Content

I. Introduction In this report, we recommend a set of policies regarding governance, conflicts of interest, conflicts of commitment, and intellectual property to guide academic institutions in developing ways to create and promote technologically-mediated content. These policies are intended to encourage innovation in the development of new educational technologies by creating incentives for both institutions and their faculty …


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Yes, Higher Education Has Changed More Than We Think

At the recent annual meeting of the American Council on Education, I was asked to moderate a panel on the future of higher education. In preparing for the session, I read a myriad of reports and news articles about how slow higher education is to change at a time when the world around us is rapidly shifting. The truth is that if you step back from the headlines, it becomes…

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Online Learning Markets: Inter-Institutional Challenges

In my last blog post, I described some of the challenges that must be addressed in the institutional context if online learning technologies are going to have maximum impact on the way registered students at existing institutions learn and on the costs associated with that instruction. The barriers described in that post are intra-institutional in nature: faculty concerns, addressing teaching specialization, governance, and cost management. In this post, I want…

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Learning with MOOCs II
Conference Review (October 2-3, 2015)

A couple of weeks ago I attended “Learning with MOOCs: II,” a conference at Teacher’s College at Columbia University (the conference was the second of its type; the first, which I was unable to attend was held at MIT in October of 2014). In many ways, Learning with MOOCS II seemed a well-timed follow up to an Inside Higher Ed article written by Candace Thille, John Mitchell, and Mitchell Stevens…

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Online Learning Markets: Institutional Challenges

In late July I posted on the different markets that exist for technology enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. To summarize the assertion from that post: there are substantial differences between the activities and impact of courses delivered by online learning platforms directly to individuals and those delivered through institutions to students. The latter represents a “business-to-business” case that must overcome different obstacles for success than “direct-to-consumer” offerings like…

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The Birth of an Uber Learning Economy

Before the financial crisis of 2008, the typical answer to differentiating yourself in a job market crowded with bachelor’s degrees was to get yet more college by earning a master’s degree. But since the recession, enrollment in graduate school has been essentially flat as fewer students seem to want to take on the debt of going back to school or question the return on investment in a tough job market.…

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Webinar with Rebecca Griffiths: Using Third-Party MOOCs on Campus

As part of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) webinar series on Libraries and MOOCs, Rebecca Griffiths is presenting on new research on the opportunities and challenges associated with using third-party MOOCs in campus-based courses. In collaboration with the University System of Maryland, Ithaka S+R worked with faculty members at six campuses to try incorporating MOOCs in more than a dozen courses. Griffiths will share findings from…

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Rebecca Griffiths and Deanna Marcum Present on Interactive Online Learning Systems at AASCU Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale

Rebecca Griffiths and Deanna Marcum speak on "How Interactive Online Learning Systems—Including MOOCs—Can Improve Student Learning and Lower Costs in Higher Education" at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Academic Affairs Summer Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.  The theme of this year's meeting is "Fostering Student Success: Programs and Practices." Online learning technologies show promise for enhancing student learning and lowering costs for universities and colleges. Ithaka S+R…

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Webinar with Rebecca Griffiths: MOOCs in the Classroom?

MOOCs in the Classroom? Results from a Controlled Study of Blended MOOCs in Public Universities Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Rebecca Griffiths, Ithaka S+R's Program Director for Online Learning. From 2012 to 2014, Ithaka S+R conducted a study with the University System of Maryland to explore the benefits and challenges of embedding MOOCs in traditional courses.…

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