Category Archives: Reimagining Education

Over 70% of CAOs Say Online Learning is Critical to Their Long-Term Strategy

The new Babson Study – Tracking Online Education in the United States, indicates that over 70% of Chief Academic Officers say online learning is critical to their long-term strategy.  Even more, 74.1%, rated learning outcomes in online education as the same or superior to face-to-face courses.

Online is still growing at a much greater rate than face-to-face college enrollments.  There was a 3.7% increase in the number of distance education students, which accounts for almost 75% of all enrollment growth in higher education in the US.  That includes in the average a 7.9% decrease in online enrollments at for profit colleges.  At public colleges, the percentage of growth is even higher – 4.6%.

What concerns remain?  Only 28% of academic leaders believe that their faculty accept the “value and legitimacy” of online education.

Retention and success metrics remain a persistent challenge, though many studies including the US DOE’s own research, has concluded that online courses are as effective as face-to-face courses.  Community College students face specific challenges in online courses, with retention rates lower across the board.

Tri-C students who take one or more online course graduate in greater percentages than those who do not, a trend that has been widening over the past few years.

Find the full Babson report here:

Find the accompanying infographic here:

Follow eLi at Learning Solutions and Eco Systems 2014

Members of the Office of eLearning and Innovation team are researching resources, trends and strategies for helping faculty use Social Media effectively in e-learning! Follow on Twitter at #EliSocMedia4u, #ecocon, and #lscon.

If you don’t have a Twitter account, you can still read the thoughts of eLi team members and other conference attendees with the following search links:

MOOC Grant Report – What were the results of that MOOC anyways?

At long last, we’ve analyzed the first level data and have some encouraging results to share regarding our experiment with the MOOC.

We had an 18.4% completion/success rate – over double the national average for MOOCs.  We reached our target audience, with many high school students, as well as many adults with some college credit.  About a quarter of MOOC participants were enrolled in a degree program of some sort – the majority at the associate’s degree level.

How did it work out for Tri-C students?  Of the Tri-C students who took a pre- and post-test (a very small sample size of 13!), over 75% either improved their dev ed course placement or tested out of developmental math entirely – a fantastic finding, as the course itself does not cover content designed to take a student to college-level math!

Learn more by reading the full report to the Gates Foundation HERE.

Want to learn more about the MOOC, the process, and how to check it out for yourself?  Visit the MOOC page.

Congratulations US! Tri-C receives MOOC grant from Gates Foundation!


Yay!  Yesterday, the Gates Foundation announced that Tri-C was awarded one of three MOOC grants awarded to community colleges nationally!  The project includes 10 colleges total, the goal of which is aimed at investing in scaling post-secondary education.

This is Tri-C’s FIRST experimentation with Massively Open Online Courses!

Want to read more?

This is the formal announcement from the Gates Foundation.

This is the information from Quality Matters about the project.  It will be the first time that Quality Matters is involved in a MOOC!

Want to hear it from Inside Higher Ed?  Check out their article HERE.

Our very own has info on it too!  Check out their article HERE.

Want to know more about Tri-C’s MOOC, what we’re doing and how we’re doing it? We’re currently crafting an FAQ to help answer any questions faculty might have about MOOCs, and this MOOC at Tri-C!

NDLWeek – Highlighting Our Partners!

Get in on the game!

electronic gameJoin our Virtual Scavenger Hunt!  Students can win one of three $25 Tri-C gift cards!  Submit your completed scavenger hunt to:

Want to find out more of what’s going on with distance learning in other great Northeast Ohio organizations?  Check out our partner links on our NDLWeek 2012 page!

Find out what they’re doing online, and get involved!

  • The Cleveland Museum of Art
  • The Western Reserve Historical Society
  • WVIZ/PBS ideastream
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History


TED-Ed aka “Lessons Worth Sharing”

Are you a TED fan?  Now there’s TED-Ed, currently in Beta, that has an interesting, simplified way to share content and provoke thought for students.

As an amusing introduction, check out this “Some Study that I Used to Know.”  It a “Best Flips” – TED-Ed’s term for a user-generated lesson.  Featuring a YouTube video parody of “Somebody that I used to know,” it questions what from high school was really necessary learning.

If you’ve got another five minutes, go through the questions.  It will cause some interesting reflection, guaranteed.  (Did you hear that?  It’s a guarantee!)

Keep those synapses jumpin!


Prior learning – what’s up with that?

You may have heard a lot of buzz about colleges responding to the need to provide credit for prior learning experiences – like work experience or informal learning.  The idea is that these real-world experiences that students (mostly adult learners) have had should be looked on as skill development and information acquisition and application – just like college classes.  It seems to make sense, so why is there all this controversy surrounding it?

Anything that makes major changes in the way the educational system works is often controversial when first proposed.  In the new world of education that we’re moving towards, perhaps it won’t be so foreign.

Check out these links and gather your own conclusions:

College Credit Without College from Inside Higher Ed

Check out this article on Prior Learning Assessment from Wikipedia

This is American Council on Education’s page on PLA.

This article – also from Higher Ed – focuses on MOOCs and college credit.

This study, reported on by the CollegeBoard, shares how a new study reveals students with PLA do much better in college.

Heard of edupunks?  This link takes you to a free download for “The Edupunk’s Guide to a DIY Credential.”

Or, if you want a cool new visual way to check out these links, check out the board I created for it with even more resources HERE.

Signing off from one edupunk to another – Sasha

eLearning 2.0 – Are you in the nextgen world of teaching and learning?

 How do you feel about connectivism, social constructivism, student-created and curated content?  Not sure how edugaming and mLearning fit into the picture?  Check out this board that attempts to explain the concepts surrounding eLearning 2.0.  Check out the board HERE, or by clicking on the screenshot from the page. 

Love Pintrest? Try Learnist!

screenshot of learnistSo I have been trying to get an invite to Learnist’s Beta for WEEKS and finally got it this weekend!  I feel like I just got an invite to the best party of the season!  And I immediately started posting learning.  So simple, and frankly I prefer the functionality to Pintrest already.  Vastly.

Check out their website HERE.

The implications for this are really endless.  Think Pintrest, but more seamless, and focused on education – all topics, of course, and all ages and types of learners.  I just started and already found a ton of cool stuff.  I think I’ve found a new favorite!

Now if Diigo and Learnist could somehow get together and have a technology child, that would be the best tool ever.  (If it could have import/export to Dropbox, all my dreams would come true!)