Digital Learning

Digital Learning
Two men in hard hats in a warehouse.
Aug 25, 2022
Several colleges have increased enrollment and reaped financial gains from using Rize Education’s courses in high-demand fields, largely overcoming faculty concerns about loss of control.
Mar 18, 2021
As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.

Opinion

August 24, 2022

We have read for years that artificial intelligence will make us more efficient and effective. We’re seeing the impact now in gathering big data, identifying and predicting trends, and providing quick answers to the run-of-the-mill questions from students and others.

August 10, 2022

Climate change is heating up -- perhaps online learning is part of the solution.

July 27, 2022

Online learning has evolved over the past 25 years from a niche position on the margins of higher ed to the leading driver of growth in enrollment and innovation.

July 13, 2022

Higher education is suffering from the failure of a couple of essential linkages, resulting in mega-declines in enrollments—down three million over the past decade.

June 22, 2022

Not everyone agrees about what Web 3.0 will be, let alone how it will impact higher education, but the time to begin preparing is now.

June 8, 2022

One of higher ed’s challenges is to close the loop on relevancy for every student in every module of every class.

May 25, 2022

In 1997, Sylvia Manning, then VPAA of the University of Illinois system, later president of the Higher Learning Commission, declared, “The online learning train is leaving the station—get on board or be left behind!”

May 11, 2022

This is a challenging time to lead, as a provost, dean, director or department chair at a college or university. That is not to say that there are not successes and rewards to be achieved, but they come harder than in decades past.

April 27, 2022

This is a rather dark Dickensian time in higher education, caught in the storm of societal and economic sea change. Yet, there is hope for those institutions who recognize and respond to the changes that are upon us.

April 12, 2022

Too often we assess our own learning by how pleasant the learning experience is, rather than assessing retention as well as how authentically relevantly and meaningfully those experiences and outcomes apply to real-life situations.

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Surveys

Oct. 30, 2019 -- Inside Higher Ed's 2019 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology, conducted in association with Gallup, can be downloaded here, free.

Inside Higher Ed regularly surveys key higher ed professionals on a range of topics.

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed will present a free webcast to discuss the results of the survey. Register for the webcast here.

The Inside Higher Ed Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology was made possible in part with support from Sonic Foundry, Course Hero and Portfolium.

Booklets

"Providing Flexible Learning Models in Higher Education" is a new free compilation of articles and essays from Inside Higher Ed. You may download the print-on-demand booklet here.

On Wednesday, September 7, at 2 p.m. Eastern, Inside Higher Ed editors will lead a free webcast to discuss the themes of this collection. Click here to register.

This booklet was made possible in part by the support of D2L.

Archive

August 25, 2022
Several colleges have increased enrollment and reaped financial gains from using Rize Education’s courses in high-demand fields, largely overcoming faculty concerns about loss of control.
August 16, 2022
An MIT team’s artificial intelligence, which can solve and explain problems in seconds, could help professors create content and assist with tutoring students. But some see subpar explanations and new ways for students to cheat.
August 9, 2022
Chief online officers believe most students' academic paths will feature prominent online components by 2025, a new survey finds. Other campus leaders see bigger role for in-person learning.
August 5, 2022
Can technology help equalize students’ access to relationships that provide support, information and opportunity?
July 13, 2022
Since the start of the pandemic, law school faculty members have gained proficiency in online teaching best practices and students have gained appreciation for hybrid and online learning options.
January 4, 2022
The company is giving $3 million to kick-start a computer science bachelor’s degree program at community and technical colleges throughout Washington State.
June 8, 2021
A report exploring the impact of the pandemic on the future of online learning suggests many campus leaders want to offer increased flexibility in teaching modality to students. How they will achieve this goal remains to be seen.
May 18, 2021
New report recommends investigating structures impeding success among students of color before throwing money at problems -- and also says more research and research funding are needed.
February 15, 2021
New University of Maryland Global Campus president answers questions, sharing his vision for meeting students where they are and expanding the online university's national footprint.
April 10, 2020
Colleges announce shifts to their summer sessions and consider tuition discounts or fee waivers in some cases.

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March 18, 2021

As COVID-19 forced professors to embrace digital texts, they were likelier to know about -- but not to use -- free, openly licensed materials. Progress was greatest at colleges that promoted OER, especially minority-serving ones.

May 13, 2020

The HyFlex course model is getting buzz as one way colleges could educate students if their campuses are open but physical distancing remains. A panel of experts discusses the pros and cons.

April 29, 2020

Might high-touch, residential colleges be better off tweaking the synchronous instruction they've done this spring rather than making a bigger shift if campuses are still closed to students in the fall? One campus official makes that case.

April 22, 2020

New survey documents how professors view this spring's mass move to virtual courses. Key findings: most used new teaching methods, half lowered their expectations for the volume of student work -- and a third for its quality.

March 18, 2020

Because of COVID-19, most professors and students suddenly find themselves forced to use technology as they teach and learn. A panel of experts explores whether that will help or hurt attitudes about online education.

February 19, 2020

The company's website for sharing course materials is popular with students but a decade ago raised faculty hackles over copyright and enabling cheating. Has its outreach to professors changed the narrative?

January 15, 2020

The traditional university credential faces growing competition and criticism, but postsecondary institutions around the world are responding with new designs and delivery models, Jeff Maggioncalda writes.

January 15, 2020

"Inside Digital Learning" is morphing into something new, exploring the ways colleges and professors are changing how and what they teach and students learn -- with or without technology.

January 13, 2020

Macmillan Learning took the unusual step of sharing early faculty feedback on a product not yet ready for prime time. Could the publisher’s openness differentiate it from competitors?

January 9, 2020

With the launch of MicroBachelors, MOOC platform edX lays the groundwork for a fully online undergraduate degree taught by multiple universities.

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