While online instruction — including MOOCs — is frequently peddled as a way to expand access and deliver learning without barriers to students, the format is ill-suited to help those who could most benefit from a college education. Those are the parting thoughts from the Campaign for the Future of Higher Education, a coalition of faculty groups, in its last of three reports examining the potential fallout from higher ed's seemingly unstoppable rush to adopt online forms of education.
A new report, Open Access, Megajournals, and MOOCs: On the Political Economy of Academic Unbundling, in Sage Open compares the disruptive potential of open access for academic articles and massive open online courses and finds that MOOCs are more likely to change the course of higher education.
Auburn University's Harrison School of Pharmacy has implemented a video collaboration solution to enable distance learning and lecture capture, as well as remote pharmacy services for underserved areas.
Cost savings promised by the expansion of online education are tough to pinpoint, including those programs that promise to be free for students.
At the Educause 2013 conference Wednesday, Blackboard revealed several new e-learning tools, including an integrated virtual classroom for Blackboard Learn, an updated mobile learning app, and a free student response system designed to work with phones, tablets, and traditional computers.
A consortium of Chinese universities will launch the country's largest online learning portal, XuetangX (SchoolX), using the edX platform.
A coalition of faculty groups has declared war against online learning, particularly massive open online courses (MOOCs), because it said it believes that the fast expansion of this form of education is being promulgated by corporations — specifically for-profit colleges and universities and education technology companies — at the expense of student education and public interest.
The Museum of Modern Art will begin offering digital badges for completion of "Catalysts: Artists Creating with Sound, Video, and Time," a six-week online course about the history of multimedia art at the museum.
Desire2Learn has introduced a new all-encompassing version of its flagship offering, Learning Suite, and has also launched a service for delivering MOOCs that integrates with the learning platform.
An online certificate program in food security, several programs of study that help educators learn how to deliver instruction online, and multi-degree program that includes online career fairs and webinars with experts were among the recipients of this year's innovation awards from Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C).