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” and the “how” of adopting these technologies in universities and colleges—what impact does their use have on learning outcomes and the costs of delivering undergraduate instruction? If these technologies are shown to be effective, how can their use be accelerated and scaled up across institutions in strategic ways?  How can traditional barriers to adoption of externally developed online courseware be overcome?

Marcum and Griffiths will share findings and lessons learned from new research on these topics, including a large scale study conducted in collaboration with the University System of Maryland, in which existing MOOCs and other interactive online learning systems were embedded in hybrid courses.  They will also share findings from an evaluation of the Public Flagships Network, in which scores of interviews were conducted with senior administrators, deans and department chairs to understand how they are approaching online learning opportunities within their institutions. Marcum published an issue brief on the PFN research which is available here.

Online registration for this event is open on the AASCU website.