• Online PD Enhances Teaching Skills and Improves Best Practices

    By Scott B. Freiberger A commitment to lifelong learning may be a hallmark of the vast majority of effective school administrators and well-regarded, erudite educators, yet targeted training to improve teaching skills and improve best educational practices has not always been the paradigm in our...

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  • ID2ID Program to Connect Instructional Designers Nationwide

    Sometimes grassroots ideas spread like wildfire--even in higher education. What began as an organic movement within Penn State’s instructional design community has grown into a national partnership program between the university and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI...

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  • Humanizing Online Teaching and Learning: The Quest for Authenticity

    By Nicole Schmidt In one of his more philosophical ponderings, David D. Thornburg crafts the metaphor of digital social platforms as campfires, places where humans gather to socialize, to teach, and to connect with others. This symbolism lends itself to a discussion of human nature, and...

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  • Tracking Key Issues in Teaching & Learning: What Matters Most in 2017

    By Malcolm Brown and Veronica Diaz Since 2011, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) has been tracking key issues for higher education teaching and learning. We solicit input from the full breadth of the teaching and learning community, including faculty members, students, and professionals from the...

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  • Digital Badges and Academic Transformation

    By Veronica Diaz It seems that digital badges are everywhere these days: in fitness apps, on social networking websites, and in company loyalty programs. In higher education, they’re taking the form of microcredentials, representing successful completion of a variety of learning...

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  • Tanya Joosten: Bringing Rigorous Academic Research to Online Learning

    Online learning is widely employed by higher ed institutions of all Carnegie classifications. It’s no mystery why: online programs benefit students of all demographic backgrounds; they are incredibly cost effective, and they add gravitas to an institution’s commitment to accessibility...

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  • Personalizing Higher Ed: A Bold Experiment at ASU

    First-movers and early adopters throughout industry know that innovation rarely—if ever—happens in silos. Within the higher education landscape, Arizona State University (ASU) is no exception to this rule. With a number of first-of-their-kind programs and projects, ASU has made a name...

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  • Infographic: ELI’s 2016 Key Issues in Teaching & Learning

    When you have a virtual ‘brain trust’ at the ready, you don’t squander an opportunity to uncover what challenges or new areas are reshaping your discipline. You ask them. And then you prioritize a rich and robust year of programming, including webinars, courses, sessions and...

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  • Post-Secondary Trending Now: An Impenetrable EdTech ‘Bubble’?

    C’mon, what’s a few million dollars between friends? Sorry to burst your bubble: it appears that the ballooning edtech industry continues to grow even several years after critics predicted its downfall. The claims, reminiscent of the tech boom of the late 90s and early 2000s, weren...

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  • Online Education behind Bars

    By Michelle Weise In early October in New York, three talented and motivated prison inmates from the Bard Prison Initiative inspired the nation by defeating Harvard University’s debate team on the topic of public education for undocumented students. The inmates’ success served as the...

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