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Nicole L. Weber; Kristen Gay – Online Learning Consortium, 2024
As the higher education landscape undergoes rapid transformation, educators continue to seek best practices for creating quality digital, blended, and online learning experiences. However, disparate definitions of quality and differing instructor and student preferences complicate this work. This report addresses the pressing need to bridge the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Student Attitudes, In Person Learning
Means, Tawnya; Raymond-Hagen, Linda; Swindell, Andrew; Shellgren, Maddie; Gay, Kristen; Taylor, Deborah L.; Barrie, Elizabeth; Vick, Matt; Culver, Jennifer; White, Jessica; Gering, Carol; Herron, Josh; Lashley, Jonathan – Online Learning Consortium, 2023
The 2022 Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Blended Learning Symposium was a response to the events of the past decade, such as an absence of a concerted blended learning program, the pandemic, flagging student interest in higher education, technology's explosive development, and pressures to reconsider what constitutes a responsive and effective…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Consortia, Conferences (Gatherings)
Loepp, Eric; Hinz, Will – Online Learning Consortium, 2023
In January 2021, Eric Loepp, a faculty member in the department of political science at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Will Hinz, a member of the student government, administered a survey to students in order to answer big questions surrounding higher education during the fall 2020 semester. Like other institutions, theirs was working…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Student Experience, Student Satisfaction, Learner Engagement
Bouchey, Bettyjo, Ed.; Gratz, Erin, Ed.; Kurland, Shelley, Ed. – Online Learning Consortium, 2023
"From Grassroots to the Highly-Orchestrated: Online Leaders Share Their Stories of the Evolving Online Organizational Landscape in Higher Ed" aims to illuminate the organizational structures and leadership strategies of online education units at higher education institutions through Chief Online Officer's first-person stories, practices,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Leaders
Bartosek, Michele; Ford, Cristi; Gay, Kristen; McGuire, Abby; Swindell, Andrew; Thomas, Minzi A.; Weber, Nicole – Online Learning Consortium, 2023
Recent research describes a gap between the workforce skills employers need and the skills college graduates bring to the workforce. Making strides toward closing the workforce skills gap means that institutions, employers, and students must work together to cultivate a shared understanding of how strategic collaboration and communication are…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Communication Skills, College Graduates, Education Work Relationship
Bartosek, Michele; Ford, Cristi; Gay, Kristen; McGuire, Abby; Swindell, Andrew; Thomas, Minzi A.; Weber, Nicole – Online Learning Consortium, 2023
This yearlong qualitative research project examined the perspectives, experiences, and expertise of academic leaders, program directors, and faculty in tying learning outcomes to workforce skills at a variety of public and private two-year and four-year institutions across the United States. This research centered on students' workforce skills…
Descriptors: Job Skills, Communication Skills, College Graduates, Education Work Relationship
Swindell, Andrew; McGurk, Shannon; McGuire, Abby – Online Learning Consortium, 2022
This brief presents original research that explored the value and future use of online tools for science teaching, like at-home lab kits. Data collection took place in May 2022 during which time five virtual focus groups on various STEM subjects (Biology, Physics and Engineering, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental Science, and Chemistry) were…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Science Education, Higher Education, Educational Quality
Gunder, Angela; Shellgren, Madeline – Online Learning Consortium, 2022
In this two-part report, the authors share a pair of unique and interconnected case studies of digital learning change work in support of the advancement of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals: (1) "Developing an International Leadership Institute on Global Coalition Building and Digital Learning Change Work," discusses the…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Quality, Electronic Learning, Sustainable Development
Online Learning Consortium, 2022
The purpose of this report is to explore global trends, emerging research, innovative models, and expert insights regarding the future of learning by detailing the present context of a rapidly changing and hyper-connected world. Our innovation framework for describing the future of digital learning, which emerged during the research process,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Online Courses, Electronic Learning
Shellgren, Madeline; Gunder, Angela; Lashley, Jonathan – Online Learning Consortium, 2021
The "OLC Framework for Storying Digital Learning Change Work" provides an open resource for educators using narrative and storytelling to map the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to online, blended, and digital learning. The OLC Framework for Storying Digital Learning Change Work (p. 5) provides users the ability to…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Educational Change, Story Telling, Open Educational Resources
Gunder, Angela; Vignare, Karen; Adams, Susan; McGuire, Abby; Rafferty, Jennifer Paloma – Online Learning Consortium, 2021
High-quality digital learning experiences are built on the foundational principles of providing equitable, inclusive, accessible learning environments for all students. In addition, high-quality digital learning experiences are well-organized and thoughtfully designed. These experiences rely on instructional design principles and strategies to…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Learning Experience, College Instruction, Minority Group Students
Online Learning Consortium, 2021
The commitment to learning during a global pandemic has taken an emotional and financial toll on students, parents, teachers, and administrators. While all stakeholder groups are working to improve learning experiences and to ensure strategic planning in allocating resources and services to move towards high quality online learning, the Kingdom of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, Online Courses
O'Keefe, Lynette; Gunder, Angela; Long, Kim Cliett – Online Learning Consortium, 2021
On May 14th and 15th, 2020, the historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU) Action Nation Town Hall, co-hosted by United States Distance Learning Association, the Online Learning Consortium, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and Tennessee State University, brought together many esteemed panels of experts that came together to share…
Descriptors: Black Colleges, COVID-19, Pandemics, College Students
Joosten, Tanya; Lee-McCarthy, Kate; Harness, Lindsey; Paulus, Ryan – Online Learning Consortium, 2020
Underrepresented students enrolled in postsecondary educational institutions in the U.S. are faced with key barriers and challenges that have created an equity gap. By considering the needs of underrepresented students, faculty and institutions are able to implement digital course ware solutions to take a step towards closing the equity gap and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Innovation, Educational Trends, Technology Uses in Education
O'Keefe, Lynette; Dellinger, Justin T.; Scragg, Benjamin; Amelina, Natalia; Mathes, Jennifer – Online Learning Consortium, 2020
To ensure that high quality online learning is being offered in the future, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) commissioned a study to understand the state of online K-12 education pre-, peri- and post-COVID based on the academic period from March 9-May 14, 2020. The intention was to determine opportunities for improvement while identifying areas…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education
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