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Strategies for Building Community among Learners in Online Courses

Building relationships and community in online courses can be challenging, particularly if those courses are also limited by tight time constraints. In this brief commentary, I share some of the strategies that helped me to build relationships with students over distance and within … Continue reading

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Can Online College Education Make Students Smarter and More Moral?

Higher education institutions have been tasked with the responsibility of scaffolding the moral development of students. Although empirical evidence suggests that attending colleges and universities can foster students’ moral development and reasoning, the effect of online higher education remains mainly … Continue reading

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Moving teaching online as COVID-19 takes hold

Universities are closing worldwide, forcing instructors to turn to remote teaching. Here’s some expert advice on how to embrace the digital classroom. With technological help from colleagues at NYU Shanghai, he developed a strategy for teaching remotely from the other … Continue reading

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The Crowdsourced Guide to Learning

In April 2015, FutureLearn invited people around the world to share their top study tips with us, to create The Crowdsourced Guide to Learning. We asked them why they start and continue to learn; how they organise their study and … Continue reading

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Quality Models in Online and Open Education around the Globe

The global Higher Educational landscape is in a period of dramatic change. Although it is too early to say whether these changes will be disruptive, revolutionary or merely evolutionary, a significant driver of change has been the dramatic rise in … Continue reading

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Online by Design: The Essentials of Creating Information Literacy Courses

As more and more academic libraries consider offering online credit courses or converting face-to-face courses to online, instructional librarians need to quickly get up to speed about online course design and delivery. Even the most seasoned instruction librarian may be … Continue reading

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Online university courses can’t change the world alone

They promise equality of access to higher learning, but online courses will only succeed with better general education in place first, say two educationalists.  Proponents have made bold claims for a fundamental change in higher education – drastically decreasing price … Continue reading

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OER University

The OER university (OERu): aims to widen access and reduce the cost of tertiary study for learners who are excluded from the formal education sector; is an international innovation partnership of accredited universities, colleges and polytechnics coordinated by the OER … Continue reading

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Don’t Call It a Course – Learning experience

As ed tech companies and universities search for the most effective way to teach students online, some have found the term “course” no longer captures what it means to pursue an education. Enter the “learning experience” — a term being … Continue reading

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A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

The concept of quality in online learning is as complex as the reality of online learning itself. There is a vast literature on quality in higher education, with a profusion of terms and concepts. It often identifies a tension between … Continue reading

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