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The Worst Four-Letter Word in Higher Education Today? Uber.

By Dan Sarofian-Butin / October 6, 2016

Uber has become the worst four-letter word in higher education. It connotes the unbundling and deprofessionalization of faculty work. The only way to get over this worry is to realize Uber and similar technologies are just another four-letter word: a tool. This will allow us to rethink and recreate our role in this "age of disruption." » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION, HIGHER EDUCATION

How Online Training Can Help Businesses Prepare for Brexit Uncertainty

By Keir McDonald / July 21, 2016

In the wake of the results of UK's Brexit referendum, various uncertainties that different sectors will be facing under shifting legislation need to be addressed. Online training can help businesses prepare for this period of uncertainty. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Strategic Planning in e-Learning

By Alison Carr-Chellman / May 17, 2016

As most in leadership know well, online learning, e-learning and other forms of distributed learning are increasingly important as parts of strategic plans for organizations, higher education, and k-12 schools. This article briefly takes up a few of the critical elements of strong strategic plans including the uses and importance of needs assessment, reflection, identifying organizational e-learning strengths, opportunities, and resources, seeing novel and unique program opportunities, and the importance of a core group of supporters for the programs forwarded in the strategic plan. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION, CORPORATE LEARNING, HIGHER EDUCATION, K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Technologies from Classroom to e-learning

By Alison Carr-Chellman / November 19, 2015

Many new technology devices hit the market each year. Most of them are targeted at traditional, face-to-face settings. This article takes a look at recent technologies that might be adapted in the future for an e-learning setting. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Back to Cyber School?

By Alison Carr-Chellman / August 25, 2015

When it comes to K-12 education, should public dollars be used to make individuals or investors rich? Cyber charters do fill an important role for certain students, but more sophisticated forms of oversight are needed to regulate this burgeoning industry. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Will E-Learning Kill the University

By Alison Carr-Chellman / July 6, 2015

With many predicting the end of higher education, will e-learning be the final blow that kills the university? » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Online Learning and the Doctorate

By Alison Carr-Chellman / December 2, 2014

As the popularity of online doctoral programs grows, its vital for learners to have an accurate picture of the professional opportunities that await them within industry and academia. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

The Significance of Educational Technology History and Research

By George Veletsianos / November 11, 2014

What impacts learning are changes in instructional design and pedagogical practices supported by the introduction of new technologies, not the technology itself. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

You Think You Know Online Learners? Think Again

By Jill Cross / August 28, 2014

Online learning is a dynamically evolving practice, and many companies operate under outdated assumptions about their audience. InReach, a continuing education solution provider, recently conducted a survey to uncover the wants and preferences of online learners. The findings, which are shared within, can help identify the key factors that make up a successful online program. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Where the Boys Are: Understanding online learning and gender

By Alison Carr-Chellman / August 20, 2014

This opinion piece explores the nature of the learners in elearning environments with a special focus on gender. Unexpectedly, more girls than boys are enrolling in all levels of online learning and the implications for elearning professionals are explored here. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

The Revolution in Higher Education and the Needs of the New Academic

By Alison Carr-Chellman / June 9, 2014

This new e-Lead from the editor's desk is an introspective look at what eLearning means to the daily rituals of the ivory tower, and the impact eLearning is having on academic life today. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Bridging the Gap: The Role of Ongoing Training and Coaching

By Kurt Andersen / January 31, 2014

Did you know there is a major gap in the sales training process? This article shares the results of a survey that explores the gap, analyzes why it exists, and proposes strategic methods for addressing this issue. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

eLearn Enters a New Era

By Alison Carr-Chellman / January 29, 2014

eLearn Magazine is entering a new era and will look and feel rather different in the coming months. The editor-in-chief shares a preview of what is new and what is coming. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

eLearning: From the enclosure to the global learning commons

By David Price / November 21, 2013

In assessing the impact of eLearning, and the disruption of formal learning, David Price has devised six imperatives of social learning, which he describes as values, motivations, and actions that make social learning exciting. The challenge for eLearning is to incorporate these characteristics into online learning programs. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Online Done Right: The importance of human interaction for student success

By Jayson M. Boyers / September 12, 2013

Though more connected than any previous generation, many online learners report feeling something is missing from their educational experience. A quality online course provides the scheduling flexibility of distance learning, but does so with a reasonable student-professor ratio that makes interaction and connection possible. Boyers opines on why engagement matters. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

The Accidental Student

By Maria L. Hughes / August 8, 2013

In this editorial, Maria L. Hughes discusses her first-hand experience with MOOCs as a Coursera student. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Open Educational Resources in the Post MOOC Era

By Gary W Matkin / April 4, 2013

It's clear that the landscape of the open education movement is changing every day. The history of MOOCs has been a fascinating tale of supply and demand. The need for open educational resources (OER) have been demanded from learners all over the world and with the immense supply of open educational resources available from schools everywhere demonstrate the importance of MOOC. In response to the ever changing OER movement, UC Irvines Open Chemistry project leads the way in offering a full, coherent curriculum of lectures and coursesrather than individual courses. Another major milestone for MOOCs is the opportunity for learners to earn credits for certain coursesagain furthering the possibilities of the OER movement by lowering the cost of higher education. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION