Postsecondary Learning

Faculty Say Online Programs ‘Cannibalize’ On-Campus Courses at George Washington University

Who oversees online programs at colleges? The question sparked an internal investigation at George Washington University, after a lawsuit last year raised questions about whether the academic quality of online programs was on par with their in-person versions.“There was concern among members of the faculty senate that little was known about online programs at the university, how large there were or how many there were,” says Kurt Darr, professor emeritus of hospital administration at GW. “The purpose was to investigate what we have and how it was being managed.”

?Anticipating and Addressing Challenges With Technology in Developmental Education

Colleges and universities in the United States are increasingly integrating technology into developmental education programs, which are designed to bring underprepared students up to college level. The uptick in tools used to address challenges with developmental education arrives both in response to state policy mandates as well as institutions’ own desire to improve student outcomes and conserve resources. Policymakers in Tennessee and Texas, for example, have explicitly encouraged the use of technology in developmental education reform.

Woz U? Apple Co-Founder Steve Wozniak Launches Online School to Teach Software Development

He may be best known for co-founding Apple with Steve Jobs, but now, Steve Wozniak is dipping his toes in online education. Today, Wozniak announced his latest project, an online school called Woz U, which aims to provide tech training to aspiring software developers. The startup venture is part of Southern Careers Institute (SCI), a private for-profit school based in Austin, Texas. The business offers 15 online and in-person programs in fields such as technology, medical services and cosmetology.

MIT Moves Beyond the MOOC to Court Companies, Professional Learners

Providing courses to companies, and adults not enrolled in a full-time degree program, has long been a way for universities to extend their reach (and pockets) beyond the physical lecture hall. In 2013, MIT began offering online programs for working professionals to meet learners across the globe.

Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs).

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?Major Publishers Dismiss Lawsuit Against Follett Corporation

Follett Corporation, a textbook distribution company, announced this week that it has agreed to adopt a set of “Anti-Counterfeit Best Practices,” a list of guidelines co-developed and endorsed by four major textbook publishers. But up until last week, three of those publishers—Pearson Education, McGraw-Hill Education and Cengage Learning—were suing Follett over alleged counterfeit sales.

?Inside the Incubators: the Anatomy of a University Innovation Team

More than ever universities today are carving out fresh ways to bypass bureaucracy and drive innovation in higher education—and it’s working.Colleges are pioneering novel forms of credentialing and breakthrough education technologies for non-traditional learners around the globe. They are experimenting with more intensive ways to partner with the K-12 system and with employers, and they are creating new lines of revenue and educational business models.

More Colleges Are Offering Microcredentials—And Developing Them The Way Businesses Make New Products

If 2012 was “The Year of the MOOC”—massive open online courses, usually offered for free—2017 could be “The Year of the Microcredential.”

A South Texas University Turns to Online Courses to Help Commuters, Students in Mexico

For the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley, geography is everything. Split into two satellite campuses in South Texas—one in Edinburgh and another nearly 60 miles away in Brownsville—students and professors may commute more than an hour to get to their next class. And that’s just for those who live who live in the United States.

Can Technology-augmented Academic Advising Improve College Graduation Rates?

According to a 2016 report by the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, only 40 percent of students finish their bachelor’s degree within four years, and only 60 percent graduate from the college they began at within six years of starting. And while gaps in graduation rates across “race and ethnicity are narrowing,” those based on “gender and income are increasing.”

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