The Need for Greater Productivity through Online Learning, Part 2

January 23, 2014 This is the second of two parts of a guest post by noted educational technology thinker, Tony Bates.  The first part focused on Main Concepts and Principles.  Again, thank you to Tony Bates for his contribution. Russ Poulin, WCET Part 2:  Identifying Promising Areas of Productivity for Online Learning In my previous […]

Read More

The Need for Greater Productivity through Online Learning, Part 1

January 21, 2014 In some circles, online learning has become the panacea for increasing access and productivity in higher education.  As distance education professionals, we’ve been comfortable with the access issue, but politicians have pulled us into the productivity mix without fully acknowledging the higher education quagmire that they have created or the fundamental changes […]

Read More

California Switches Driver on Road to Future of Higher Education

In dealing with tight budgets, limited access to courses, growing costs to students, and concerns about educational quality, we’re noticing that governors and legislators in states and provinces are asking tough questions.  Many see technology as part of the answer and they are engaging their higher education leaders in designing ways to better serve their […]

Read More

Let’s Work Together to Improve College Completion and Affordability

At last year’s WCET Annual Meeting, the “Forging the Future” preconference engaged participants in addressing the question of whether a $10,000 degree was doable.  Together, the participants developed fascinating options on how an institution could be created to address this issue.  In this guest blog post, the three leaders of this year’s Forging the Future […]

Read More

WCET Digital Learning Content Summit: First Day Highlights

Greetings from Salt Lake City where WCET is holding its Leadership Summit on New Directions for Digital Learning Content.  Academic leaders, elearning professionals, and corporate executives are sharing advances in both proprietary and open digital resources.  Below is a taste of some of the notable comments heard at the meeting.  You’ll note that there are […]

Read More

Should Online Courses Charge Less? It Doesn’t Just Happen

I was recently invited to address the Indiana Commission for Higher Education on this issue.  They had received several proposals for distance programs in recent months.  Each one was pricing its courses at a rate higher than its on-campus counterpart.   The Commissioners asked, “If technology is bringing down costs in other industries, why isn’t that […]

Read More

Forging the Future: How Much Affordability Can Higher Education Afford?

Increased affordability is a hot topic for 2012, but just how much affordability can higher education afford?  How do we increase affordability and what are the pitfalls? The Forging the Future workshop, developed and directed by Myk Garn, Southern Regional Education Board; Hae Okimoto, University of Hawai’i System; Rob Robinson, University of Texas – San […]

Read More