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August 8, 2017

Four Questions for Two Experts on the Future of Higher Education

Cappy Hill and Kevin Guthrie in the Chronicle of Higher Education

Recently ITHAKA president Kevin Guthrie and Ithaka S+R managing director Catharine Bond Hill sat down with the Chronicle of Higher Education’s Goldie Blumenstyk to discuss trends in higher education. Which innovations show the most promise and which are over-hyped? Join the conversation about adaptive learning technologies, data analytics, MOOCs, and OERs, and share your comments below.
Blog Post
November 15, 2016

Developing a Policy for Technology-Mediated Content

As colleges and universities continue to develop and invest in online courses, have their policies kept pace? In An Academic Policy Framework for Technology-Mediated Content, published today, authors Randal C. Picker, Lawrence S. Bacow, and Nancy Kopans argue that clear policies—on governance, conflicts of interest, and intellectual property—are critical to promoting innovation in the development of new educational technologies. As the authors caution “without adequate policies, the development of potentially interesting and valuable new educational technologies…
Research Report
November 15, 2016

An Academic Policy Framework for Technology-Mediated Content

I. Introduction In this report, we recommend a set of policies regarding governance, conflicts of interest, conflicts of commitment, and intellectual property to guide academic institutions in developing ways to create and promote technologically-mediated content. These policies are intended to encourage innovation in the development of new educational technologies by creating incentives for both institutions and their faculty to produce new scholarly materials in support of teaching and learning. We address these policies in the context of three…
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March 30, 2016

Yes, Higher Education Has Changed More Than We Think

At the recent annual meeting of the American Council on Education, I was asked to moderate a panel on the future of higher education. In preparing for the session, I read a myriad of reports and news articles about how slow higher education is to change at a time when the world around us is rapidly shifting. The truth is that if you step back from the headlines, it becomes obvious that much more has changed in the last…
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October 20, 2015

Online Learning Markets: Inter-Institutional Challenges

In my last blog post, I described some of the challenges that must be addressed in the institutional context if online learning technologies are going to have maximum impact on the way registered students at existing institutions learn and on the costs associated with that instruction. The barriers described in that post are intra-institutional in nature: faculty concerns, addressing teaching specialization, governance, and cost management. In this post, I want to address important inter-institutional challenges to a robust “business-to-business”…
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October 16, 2015

Learning with MOOCs II

Conference Review (October 2-3, 2015)

A couple of weeks ago I attended “Learning with MOOCs: II,” a conference at Teacher’s College at Columbia University (the conference was the second of its type; the first, which I was unable to attend was held at MIT in October of 2014). In many ways, Learning with MOOCS II seemed a well-timed follow up to an Inside Higher Ed article written by Candace Thille, John Mitchell, and Mitchell Stevens published in late September. In this article, Thille,…
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September 15, 2015

Online Learning Markets: Institutional Challenges

In late July I posted on the different markets that exist for technology enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. To summarize the assertion from that post: there are substantial differences between the activities and impact of courses delivered by online learning platforms directly to individuals and those delivered through institutions to students. The latter represents a “business-to-business” case that must overcome different obstacles for success than “direct-to-consumer” offerings like MOOCs. I promised in that post to highlight a…
Blog Post
August 31, 2015

The Birth of an Uber Learning Economy

Before the financial crisis of 2008, the typical answer to differentiating yourself in a job market crowded with bachelor’s degrees was to get yet more college by earning a master’s degree. But since the recession, enrollment in graduate school has been essentially flat as fewer students seem to want to take on the debt of going back to school or question the return on investment in a tough job market. A front-page article in the Wall Street Journal earlier this…
Past Event
May 21, 2014

Webinar with Rebecca Griffiths: Using Third-Party MOOCs on Campus

As part of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) webinar series on Libraries and MOOCs, Rebecca Griffiths is presenting on new research on the opportunities and challenges associated with using third-party MOOCs in campus-based courses. In collaboration with the University System of Maryland, Ithaka S+R worked with faculty members at six campuses to try incorporating MOOCs in more than a dozen courses. Griffiths will share findings from these tests: What was the implementation process and what challenges…
Past Event
July 31, 2014

Rebecca Griffiths and Deanna Marcum Present on Interactive Online Learning Systems at AASCU Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale

Rebecca Griffiths and Deanna Marcum speak on “How Interactive Online Learning Systems—Including MOOCs—Can Improve Student Learning and Lower Costs in Higher Education” at the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Academic Affairs Summer Meeting in Ft. Lauderdale.  The theme of this year’s meeting is “Fostering Student Success: Programs and Practices.” Online learning technologies show promise for enhancing student learning and lowering costs for universities and colleges. Ithaka S+R has conducted a number of studies to examine the “what”…
Past Event
November 3, 2014

Webinar with Rebecca Griffiths: MOOCs in the Classroom?

MOOCs in the Classroom? Results from a Controlled Study of Blended MOOCs in Public Universities Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Rebecca Griffiths, Ithaka S+R’s Program Director for Online Learning. From 2012 to 2014, Ithaka S+R conducted a study with the University System of Maryland to explore the benefits and challenges of embedding MOOCs in traditional courses. MOOCs taught by professors from a range of universities on…
Past Event
November 20, 2014

Rebecca Griffiths at the Association for the Study of Higher Education Meeting

Rebecca Griffiths, Ithaka S+R’s program director for online learning, will present on “A Collaborative Effort to Test MOOCs and other Online Learning Platforms on Campuses of the University System of Maryland” at the annual conference of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) in Washington, DC. Griffiths will be joined by M.J. Bishop, director of the Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland. Griffiths and Bishop will speak at 2:15 pm on Thursday, November 20. For more…
Past Event
February 23, 2015

Teaching with Technology: A Webinar with Rebecca Griffiths

On Monday, February 23, Rebecca Griffiths is leading an EDUCAUSE ELI webinar on “Teaching with Technology: An In-Depth View of 5 Hybrid Courses Using Existing Online Course Materials.” In a November webinar for ELI, Griffiths provided an overview of a large-scale study involving 17 hybrid courses using interactive online courseware, including MOOCs. In this webinar, she will provide a deeper view of selected test cases, delving into how the courses were structured, how online materials were integrated into the courses,…
Past Event
April 23, 2015

Can Faculty Members Blend Their Courses with Existing MOOCs? Rebecca Griffiths Shares Findings from the University System of Maryland

Rebecca Griffiths is presenting on a multi-campus study with the University System of Maryland at the Eighth Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Annual Symposium in Dallas, Texas. “Can Faculty Members Blend Their Courses with Existing MOOCs?” describes a set of fourteen test cases using MOOCs in blended formats with the University System of Maryland. As more and more faculty members experiment with blended and hybrid formats, they have tried a range of options for sourcing online course content to…
Blog Post
July 30, 2015

Two Online Learning Markets

The discussion about MOOCs and their impact on higher education has changed dramatically in the last couple of years. The fear and foreboding that accompanied MOOCs’ explosive debut has dissipated. It seems that the MOOC storm has passed. Much of that hype was predicated on the expectation that these new free courses were going to replace traditionally delivered higher education and reduce the price of pursuing degrees. There was also a belief that these courses would undermine or “unbundle” the…
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May 12, 2015

Unbundling Higher Education

To What End?

Recently, Arizona State University announced that it would partner with edX, the online platform for MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) founded by MIT and Harvard, to offer an online freshman year of college that students could take for free without admissions and apply for credit after the fact. The announcement is just another example of efforts in recent years to rethink the bachelor’s degree from a bundle of services offered by one college over four years (usually in a…
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April 10, 2015

Gaining a Technology Platform

But Losing a University's Brand Name

The competitive pressures facing higher education these days are often compared to the massive changes that overwhelmed the music and publishing industries in the last decade. The music industry seems to have emerged at the other end of that transformation in better shape than it entered. The same can’t be said of newspapers, of course. But publishing companies continue to evolve and colleges and universities might still be able to learn lessons from the decisions they are now making about…
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March 18, 2015

Higher Education’s Free Agent Future

What happens when Professor Everybody teaches at the University of Everywhere? I’ve been grappling with this question for the last week after I heard talks at SXSWedu in Austin and then in Washington, DC about the coming free-agent, unbundled era of higher education. At SXSWedu—the education offshoot of the popular music and film festival—Jeff Young, a senior editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, explained how the so-called “sharing economy” might disrupt the higher education teaching model in…
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March 12, 2015

Competency-Based Creducation

It was announced last week that Paul Le Blanc, the President of Southern New Hampshire University, will take a three-month leave to work with the U.S. Department of Education, where he will “assist the Department’s innovation agenda, focusing on the competency-based education experimental sites project and developing new pathways for innovative programs in higher education.” SNHU is responsible for College for America, a partnership between the university and corporations to provide a new kind of learning experience that…
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February 5, 2015

Blended MOOCs

Is the Second Time the Charm?

Students at Bowie State discuss their experience with a MOOC in this video. Much of the hype surrounding MOOCS has faded and as Steve Kolowich shows in a recent Chronicle piece, “Few people would now be willing to argue that massive open online courses are the future of higher education.” As the Babson Survey Research Group (that Kolowich cites) shows, higher ed leaders are less certain that MOOCs “are a sustainable way to offer courses,” that…