In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching (CHE)

September 16, 2015 by Ellen Wexler When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos — without also engaging interactively — is an ineffective way to learn, according to a study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University. The study, “Learning Is Not a Spectator Sport: Doing … Read moreIn Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching (CHE)

Websites Tracking America’s Failed Colleges Show That Struggles Are Nothing New (CHE)

September 15, 2015 By Ellen Wexler When Sweet Briar announced that it planned to close its doors back in March, traffic on the college’s website was so heavy that the servers crashed. For many, the news meant renewed anxiety over the fate of small liberal-arts colleges. For Ray Brown, it meant another name to add … Read moreWebsites Tracking America’s Failed Colleges Show That Struggles Are Nothing New (CHE)

Preparing Lectures for Large Online Classes (CHE)

September 14, 2015 by Anastasia Salter This semester, I’m teaching a fairly large (130 at final count) online course in digital media. I wrote last month about some of the strategies I’ve used to prepare the course, including thinking about replacements for in-class activities and planning a highly structured series of content. However, one of … Read morePreparing Lectures for Large Online Classes (CHE)

HBCUs Aren’t Sold on Course Partnerships With U. of Phoenix (CHE)

September 11, 2015 By Goldie Blumenstyk Nearly a year after the Thurgood Marshall College Fund announced an alliance to encourage historically black colleges to make use of the online courses and distance-education expertise of the University of Phoenix, few of the 100-plus eligible institutions seem to be taking the for-profit provider up on its offer. … Read moreHBCUs Aren’t Sold on Course Partnerships With U. of Phoenix (CHE)

Facing Online Enrollment Challenges, Florida Rethinks Pearson Partnership (CHE)

September 11, 2015 By Sarah Brown The University of Florida is discussing changes in its partnership with Pearson Embanet for running the university’s online bachelor’s-degree-granting arm, UF Online, including possible termination of the contract. Pearson was brought on in the fall of 2013 to handle marketing, recruitment, and student support for UF Online, a $35-million … Read moreFacing Online Enrollment Challenges, Florida Rethinks Pearson Partnership (CHE)