Georgia Tech has adopted Canvas by Instructure as its new learning management system (lms) for both its global learners both in residence and for online courses. They plan on rolling out a few courses this fall and then a large scale implementation in the Spring 2018 semester. Migration will be completed in 2019. The decision was made after a two-year lms review by the Office of Provost and evaluation by faculty, staff, and students.
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Inside Higher Ed is reporting that the Indiana Commission for Higher Education has approved Purdue University’s planned acquisition of Kaplan University. This is the first of three required approvals. Next up, the United States Department of Education and the Higher Learning Commission, the regional accreditation body for both universities.
Inside Higher Ed has just released a new booklet called New Directions In Online Education and announced a corresponding webinar. Information about the booklet is available here. The webinar information is provided below with a link to the registration page.
New Directions in Online Education
Online education is ubiquitous in American higher education. Some colleges deliver most or all of their instruction online. Other colleges – including institutions with traditional-age students and residential campuses – also have embraced online education. And hybrid education mixes face-to-face with online elements.
This webcast will explore some of the ways colleges are delivering instruction to students online, and some of the innovations in learning technologies and pedagogy. Increasingly, developments in online education influence traditional face-to-face instruction, so tracking online education has never been more important.
Join Inside Higher Ed editors Scott Jaschik and Doug Lederman for a lively discussion on these topics Thursday, September 7 at 2:00 PM ET.
Inside Higher Ed
Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed, has been published in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, and Salon. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Inside Higher Ed
Doug Lederman, Editor, Inside Higher Ed, has been published in The New York Times, USA Today, the Nieman Foundation Journal, and The Christian Science Monitor. Doug was managing editor of The Chroniclefrom 1999-2003.
Inside Higher Ed has an opinion piece today regarding research about what leads to success in online math classes. The post is by Claire Stuve and addresses research conducted at the University of Toledo. She says that blended and adaptive learning lead to the most successful outcomes.
She provides 6 tips for implementing these findings:
- Use a flipped model
- Spaced practice, interleaving and retrieval
- Incorporate adaptive learning
- Set up synchronous sessions
- Keep students engaged
- make content accessible
Inside Higher Ed has released a new document called New Directions in Online Education. The booklet is a compilation of articles from Inside Higher Ed and is sponsored by Pearson.
- Collaborating to Add Upper-Level Humanities Courses
- Going All In on Personalized Learning
- Try Before You Buy
- “Access Moves”: How One Instructor Seeks Accessibility
- Online and Homegrown
- Effective Teaching Online
- “Volatile” but Growing Online Ed Market
- Breaking Through the Stigma of Online Education
- Online Education: What I Got Wrong
- Online Courses As Good As In-Person Classes
The study can be downloaded for free from: https://www.insidehighered.com/booklet/new-directions-online-education
This is an interesting look by Paul Fain at Inside Higher Ed at the Purdue-Kaplan deal in a little more detail.
The Babson Distance Education Enrollment Report for 2017 was recently released. This is a new iteration of the report, a series which has been around for a decade. This new endeavor is a collaboration of a number of leaders in the space that have decided to join forces. As the website says:
Realizing that we accomplish more together (and that we liked each other’s data wonk personalities), the three organizations partnered in 2017 to create the Digital Learning Compass. Our goal: To be the definitive source of information on the patterns and trends of U.S. postsecondary distance learning.
The Chronicle of Higher Education updated its 2012 statistics on online education providers. Using information from the Digital Learning Compass: Digital Education Enrollment Report 2017, the chronicle states that over 6 million students, or nearly 30 of college students, took online distance education classes in 2015. Only 5 percent of institutions account for nearly half of these students. In fact, 50 institutions account for nearly 1.5 million students. Private non-profits are going the fastest, while for-profit colleges have declines since 2012.
Top Online Schools 2015 with Growth from 2012
- University of Phoenix: 162,003 (-94,343)
- Liberty University: 72,519 (2,584)
- Western Governors University: 41,369 (29,135)
- Southern New Hampshire University: 56,371 (45,085)
- Grand Canyon University: 44,006 (10,537
The University of Phoenix’s reduced numbers is in line with its announced plans to “shrink itself” though eliminating most of its associate degrees and closing more is its physical campuses.
The full Chronicle story is here.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels announced that Purdue would acquire Kaplan University. That announcement has drawn the ire of Purdue faculty, who found out about the acquisition when the announcement was made. Obviously the negotiations to buy Kaplan had to be done in private as Kaplan’s owner is a publicly traded company. However, this has raised shared governance issues that could draw scrutiny from Purdue’s accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission.
That story is here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/05/05/purdue-faculty-votes-against-kaplan-process
Other stories are here:
This is a useful infographic on online discussion board netiquette by Touro College’s Online Education Department.