A Tool for Faculty at Every Juncture: AP Course Building 101

AP Course Building 101

As university instructors, we are all subject matter experts; whether one is an adjunct, a doctoral candidate, or a tenured professor, we know our content. After all, we worked those many years to become experts in our field: extensive research, days of grading, oral exams, dissertating – our subject-field passion has motivated us to endure the rigor and tribulations constitutive of our advanced education.

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A Guide to Quality in Post-Traditional Online Higher Education

In 2013, Academic Partnerships published A Guide to Quality in Online Learning. Neil Butcher and Merridy Wilson-Strydom co-authored the text, and we served as editors. That document focused on formal online courses and programmed leading to certification. Reaction to the guide from around the world was very positive, but, because it appeared at a time of intense press coverage of massive open online courses (MOOCs), some readers asked if we could prepare another document that would explore quality issues in less formal types of online learning.

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AP Publishes Guide to Quality in Online Learning

We have published a pioneering primer on the key quality issues in online education. Edited by international higher education authorities Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić and Sir John Daniel and authored by learning experts Neil Butcher and Merridy Wilson-Strydom, A Guide to Quality in Online Learning is designed to provide insight into opportunities presented by online learning and is available to readers free of charge.

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April Theme: The Sloan Consortium

Sloan-CThe Sloan Consortium’s 7th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium is April 9-11 so, throughout the month of April, we will be highlighting The Sloan-Consortium and all of the important work they contribute to the field of online education.

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The Power(ful Perception) of Learning Analytics – Excerpts from MOOC Research

Note: I will use this space over the next month to share excerpts from my dissertation The Evolution & Impact of the Massive Open Online Course. The research was a Delphi study bringing together 20 MOOC experts to discuss the MOOC in educational, political, and sociocultural terms (slides from the oral presentation can be seen here).

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The new class: Non-traditional students are changing the market for higher education

iStock_000020345837SmallIn light of our focus on globalization, Academic Partnerships teamed up with The Economist Intelligence Unit to publish case studies on the subject of the globalization of higher education. Below is one of the case studies.

The demographic profile of students at US colleges and universities has changed dramatically in recent decades.

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Open Education Week 2014

It is Open Education Week 2014 this week! In light of our focus on globalization and open courses, this is the perfect time to celebrate and learn more about open education. Join us as we engage in discussion and participate in various events that are taking place across the world.

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The MOOCademy Awards

This tweet, from the co-founder of Coursera, highlights several troublesome aspects of the MOOC phenomenon and the manner in which we envision online education in an age of technological solutionism (see Morozov).…

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The Disruption of Higher Education

As we wrap up our series on retention, we turn to Dr. Clayton Christensen, senior advisor to Academic Partnerships.

Clayton Christensen on The disruption of higher education
An interview by The Economist Intelligence Unit

December 9, 2013
Harvard Business School

What causes successful companies or institutions to stumble and fail?  It’s almost never that a competitor comes in to sell a better product or service.  What kills them is when somebody comes in with a simple product that the customers of the mainstream competitors can’t use.  Historically, this has not happened in higher education, and the reason is that in order for disruption to occur, there has to be what we call a technological core that can start at the bottom and then extend itself upmarket to do the same model at higher and higher prices.

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TED-Ed Flipped Lesson: Strategies for Retaining Online Students

In light of our focus on retention, Ed Tech du Jour hosts, Dr. Melissa Kaulbach and Dr. Heather Farmakis share factors contributing to attrition rates originate from a variety of sources, many that are beyond your control. As an instructor and course designer, you do have control over your course’s environment, which can influence students’ choice to remain enrolled.

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