Distance Education

What Can Online Course Designers Learn from Research on Machine-Delivered Instruction?

With the growing prevalence of massive open online courses (MOOCs), anyone with an Internet connection can gain access to college-level instruction. Organizations such as GCFLearnFree, Coursera, and Khan Academy offer courses without charge. Colleges and universities, individually and collectively, have scrambled to offer their own courses. Some courses are available without charge, though for a fee the sponsoring institution may offer certificates of satisfactory completion.

More than MOOCs

On August 13, 2013, William C. Powers, the president of the University of Texas at Austin, sent out a campuswide e-mail about educational technology. While campuswide e-mails seldom make news, this one did because few university presidents ever address this particular subject. “Rapidly advancing technology is changing virtually every aspect of our lives,” Powers wrote, “and education is no exception. The changing landscape presents challenges, but it also gives us great opportunities.

AAUP and AFT Urge Education Department to Rescind Proposed Rules for Distance Education

The AAUP and the AFT have submitted joint comments urging the Department of Education to rescind proposed rules for distance education, citing the importance of interaction between students and faculty and the dangers of outsourcing core educational responsibilities.

Statement on Online Education

This statement sets forth applicable principles and procedural standards for online education, addressing concerns related to academic freedom and shared governance, learning management systems and virtual classrooms, and intellectual property.

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