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Looking Ahead to 2017

Online Education in the News Read More Online Enrollments Continue to Increase Research conducted by multiple organizations over the past several years shows that online options continue to grow in popularity, even as overall college enrollment begins to decrease. As educational technologies evolve and new formats for learning emerge online (e.g., certificates, badges, certifications), there will be more opportunities to access education in settings that provide high-quality experiences for students. Who Colleges and universities, as well as learning organizations such as bootcamps, continue to explore the possibilities of online learning…

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December’s Letter from the Editor

Melissa’s December Insights Online Education in the News Read More College Completion Rates are on the Rise A new study from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center finds that overall completion rates are increasing, after several years of decreasing numbers. Who The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center (NSCRC) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to provide data and research services that help educators understand current trends in student enrollment and performance. What How is “college completion” defined? Completion rate usually describes how many students graduated six years after enrolling…

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November’s Letter from the Editor

Melissa’s November Insights Online Education in the News Read More Faculty Attitudes on Technology College and university leaders are continuously faced with decisions related to technology. Which tools are the most effective? How do they affect the quality of online teaching and learning? A new study seeks input on these and other questions from faculty members. Who Inside Higher Ed (IHE) and Gallup What 2016 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology – This new study provides a look at how faculty members view a wide range of technologies for teaching…

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October’s Letter from the Editor

Melissa’s October Insights Trends I’m Following this Month Alternative Credentials There has been a lot of news recently about professional credentials (e.g., badges, certification, micro-credentials) as not only a supplement to a college degree, but also as a potential alternative. What are employers looking for in your industry? Many are focused on skills and training over academic accomplishments, and so credential programs have the potential to grow in popularity among hiring managers and job seekers. A new nonprofit organization, the Credential Transparency Initiative, hopes to make it easier for students,…

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September’s Letter from the Editor

Trends I’m Following this Month It’s All About Multimedia Innovation in online education is moving forward, and it’s not just because the technology is getting better. Designers, program managers, and faculty members are making the most of the tools available in the context of online learning. My students are even surprising me these days with multimedia submissions of the usual text-based assignments and discussion posts. Video in particular is gaining ground in online courses as it becomes easier to create and stream. In a recent #IOLchat conversation, instructors shared how…

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August’s Letter from the Editor

Trends I’m Following this Month Augmented and Virtual Reality in Online Education Last month I was introduced to virtual reality! And my Google Cardboard viewer is already in the mail. I became an instant fan of this new digital media experience and the potential it has for educational use and career preparation. The possibilities seem endless for colleges to connect with students in all kinds of ways from class assignments to outreach about services. Pokemon Go’s popularity on college campuses provides a peek into the future. Are you using these…

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July’s Letter from the Editor

Trends I’m Following this Month Participating, Planning … Prioritizing Once a time of rest and relaxation, the college “summer break” (if we get one at all) is now one of the busiest times of the academic year. In most online programs, accelerated terms (i.e., 5- to 10-week classes) continue through the summer, and campus-based programs are in the middle of their summer schedules. This is also when many instructors participate in professional development activities, plan for the fall, and try to take time off from work. I’m teaching this summer,…

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June’s Letter from the Editor

Trends I’m Following this Month Professional Development – Is it time to refresh your skills? Summer is upon us and it’s a good time in the academic year to pursue professional development activities. No matter your field of study or employment, continued training and education will almost certainly be required. You may have the opportunity to attend a workshop, take an extra class, or attend a conference. But there are also low- and no-cost ways to pursue professional development on your own. What are the latest books in your area…

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May’s Letter From the Editor

Trends I’m Following this Month the open education movement is going strong Open Education Week is an annual event coordinated by the Open Education Consortium. The goal is to “raise awareness about the movement and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide.” I have incorporated open textbooks in my online courses, and used open education resources (OER) as supplemental materials when I was a student. While this movement is not new, it’s still relevant. Find out more about how open resources can affect your classes. Episode 11 of the Teaching…

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