Purdue University Acquiring Kaplan University

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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

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Straumsheim, Blackboard’s All-of-the-Above Strategy

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Carl Straumsheim has an interesting piece over at InsideHigherEd.com about Blackboards newest release “Ultra” and its strategy to support its legacy app as well.  The real question comes down to wether or not Blackboard can transition to the cloud and still support non-cloud hosted versions.  He quotes Glenda Morgan, a research at Gartner that specializes in educational technology.  She said blackboard “is trying to do too many things and not disappoint many people.”  She continued:

Down the road that means a fragmented and unsustainable model. . . .  They need to figure out what the strategy is and just be really clear about it, and then if they end up changing it, be really hones about it.

The article provides a good overview of the growth of Instructure’s Canvas product and Blackboard attempt to upgrade itself and move past some missteps in recent years.

The full article is here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/04/25/analysts-colleges-question-blackboards-all-above-strategy

Webinar: Shifts In Video and LMS Adoption: Impact On Student Outcomes

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Shifts in Video and LMS Adoption: Impact on Student Outcomes

Although the LMS and video capture have been nearly ubiquitous for a decade, faculty use is only now beginning to accelerate, as cloud-based tools create opportunities to better engage students and experiment with new, technology-enabled pedagogical models.

How can next generation lecture capture tools enable faculty to engage students before, during – and after class?  Can data streams from LMS and lecture tools combine to provide faculty with newfound insights into student behavior?  Will shifts in LMS and video capture adoption create opportunities for entirely new categories of instructional technology to emerge? Continue reading

Online Report Card: Tracking Online Education In the United States

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The 2015 Survey of Online Learning conducted by Babson Survey Research Group has been released.  This is their 13th annual report on online learning.  This year’s survey and report was co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson, StudyPortals, WCET, and Tyton Partners.  Babson’s reports have become known as the “leading barometer of online learning in the United States.” (Previous reports are available here for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007)

The key findings of the report include: Continue reading

Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education

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This Faculty Focus Special Report on Promoting Academic Integrity in Online Education contains 9 articles from Magna Publications’ Distance Education Report newsletter.  It also contains a version of Lori McNabb and Michael Anderson’s “101 Ways to Maintain Academic Integrity In Online Courses.”  This professional development handout they developed at the University of Texas Telecampus is often quoted, but has long since disappeared from the internet.  While the special report was originally published in 2010, most of the topics covered are still pertinent to online education and academic integrity.

The special report is available here: promoting-academic-integrity-in-online-edu1

The report is also available on the Faculty Focus site.

Grade Level: Tracking Online Education In the United States

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The 2014 Survey of Online Learning conducted by Babson Research Group, the Online Learning Consortium, Pearson, etc. was recently released.  One of the findings was that the number of higher education students who are taking at least one online course was up 3.7 percent over the previous year.  While that is slower growth than in the past, it still far exceeds the the overall growth rate of higher education in general.

The key findings are:

  • The year-to-year 3.7% increase in the number of distance education students is the lowest recorded over the 13 years of this report series.
  • Public and private nonprofit institutions recorded distance enrollment growth, but these were offset by a decrease among for-profit institutions.
  • The percent of academic leaders rating the learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to those in face-to-face remained unchanged at 74.1%.
  • The proportion of chief academic leaders reporting online learning is critical to their long-term strategy reached a new high of 70.8%.
  • Only 28.0% of academic leaders say that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy of online education.”
  • The adoption of MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course) is reaching a plateau, only 8.0% of higher education institutions currently offer one, another 5.6% report MOOCs are in the planning stages.
  • The proportion of academic leaders who believe that MOOCs represent a sustainable method for offering online courses dropped to 16.3%.

The press release is available here.

The infographic is available here.

The full report is available here: gradelevel

11 Strategies for Managing Your Online Courses

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Faculty Focus has released a special report that contains reprints of articles from its Online Classroom newsletter.

Here is the table of contents:

  • Syllabus Template Development for Online Course Success
  • Virtual Sections: A Creative Strategy for Managing Large Online Classes
  • Use Participation Policies to Improve Interaction
  • On the Road Again: Keep Your Computer Happy!
  • Making Visible the Invisible
  • Internal or External Email for Online Courses?
  • Trial by Fire: Online Teaching Tips That Work
  • The Challenge of Teaching Across Generations
  • 10 Ways to Get Reluctant and Downright Scared Students Enthusiastic About Taking Online Courses
  • Playing Catch-up: How to Come Out From Behind When an “Unexpected” Broadsides Your Efforts
  • The Online Instructor’s Challenge: Helping ‘Newbies’ 19

The Special Report is available here.

Or, here: report-11-strategies-for-managing-online-courses