The Open Access Movement in Higher Education

by Patrick

No doubt you’ve heard or at least benefitted from the Open Access movement in publishing. Open Access, or OA, is the practice of making scholarly research, book chapters, journal articles, and other professional content available online and free of charge. Designed to give unrestricted access to published work for the common good, OA is typically defined by degrees — Gratis open access, where full access is provided completely free of charge; and Libre open access, where content is delivered free of charge and other usage privileges may be applied.

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Your Quick Guide to Competency-Based Learning

by Patrick

Competency-based learning, sometimes referred to by the abbreviation, CBL, is a learner-focused educational approach that’s buffeted and supported by other flexible learning tools such as MOOCs, flipped classrooms, and adaptive learning environments. It’s designed to give students a highly-personalized online education experience so they can learn at their own pace and apply prior knowledge that’s been gained through personal, professional, or academic experience.

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Spiking Student Loan Interest Rates – What’s it Mean?

by Patrick

On July 1, the interest rate for federally-subsidized Stafford loans doubled — jumping from 3.4% to 6.8%. After months of heated debate and weeks of wrangling, members of Congress were unable to coalesce on an action plan that would have reduced or avoided or delayed or the spike in interest. A last-ditch effort to reach agreement failed in the Senate on July 10 and, though there is some hope that retroactively-applied solution can be reached that would cap annual interest rate increases for Stafford loans, negotiations will likely remain ongoing.

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Fast Forward: The Future of Blended Learning

by Patrick

Earlier in June, we covered the benefits of blended learning and how it can offer very real advantages for students, instructors, and institutions. But with blended learning continuing to take a more prominent role in education, let’s explore what its future holds and see what current trends will likely shape the next phases of this learning model:

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Why Blended Learning Works

by Patrick

No doubt you’ve heard about blended learning and the opportunities it presents to students and institutions alike. Defined broadly, blended learning combines in-class instruction with some component of computer-mediated activity, giving students an element of control over the pace, timing, or method of their education.

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Behind the Hype: Understanding MOOCs

by Patrick

If there were a competition for hot buzzword of the year, MOOC would certainly be in the running for top honors. MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Course and both the term and the idea has proliferated wildly throughout higher ed recently. But what’s behind all the buzz and what permanent role, if any, will MOOCs play in the ever-evolving learning landscape?

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The Flipped Classroom: An Old Model Gets a New Twist

by Patrick

As education in general, and learning tools and methods in particular, continue to evolve, flipped classrooms are getting a lot of press. The idea is intriguing—the flipped classroom is a type of blended learning approach that “flips” the old teaching model most of us are familiar with. The traditional approach goes something like this: students read a section of text outside of class, discuss it the next day during class and then write a paper or complete a project to demonstrate their knowledge. But in the flipped classroom, students begin by studying topics independently, usually via video-based lessons that are prepared by their instructor. During class time, instructors take on a more tutorial or coaching role as students apply their learning through project-centered or task-based work.

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New Learning Tools: ePortfolio Basics

by Patrick

Electronic portfolios have been getting a lot of attention lately as they become an even more central part of learning and assessment processes. Defined simply, an ePortfolio is a digitized collection of work that demonstrates learning or accomplishment over time and in various contexts. ePortfolios allow students, faculty, and professionals to archive, display, share, assess, and continuously update their work through an electronic format. Hosted websites, jump drives, CD-ROMs, or videos are all tools that are leveraged in the creation and distribution of ePortfolios.

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Printing and Mailing Services: 5 Questions to Ask Before You Outsource

by Patrick

As institutions of all sizes take a critical look at their bottom-line, outsourcing is getting more attention than ever before. The need to streamline services, optimize personnel costs, and refocus on fundamental competencies leads many institutions to contract out non-core functions like printing and mailing.

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The Evolution of eLearning: New Trends in Learning Management Systems

by Patrick

In our last post, we provided a general overview of LMS solutions and outlined the top players in the LMS space based on market share and popularity. But still, we’ve only scratched the surface of this broad and complex topic. With its central role in eLearning, we thought it would be valuable to examine the LMS trends that are driving change in the industry and shaping the products of tomorrow.

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