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Dr. Scott Moore

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Use a traditional OPM, or you could simply light a pile of money on fire

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Recently I have had separate in-depth talks with high level administrators and faculty leaders at multiple schools—public and private, large and small, coastal and middle-of-the country—where the obvious conclusions, usually unspoken, were reached by all in the conversation. The difference was, each of these times the conclusions were spoken out loud:

One said “A school can work with a traditional revenue-sharing OPM if its goal is to simply get online. But given the financial implications of such a partnership, it would be just as effective but faster and put much less of a burden on faculty for the school to simply pile up a bunch of money in the middle of a room and light it on fire.”

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MOOCs Are Not Dead — Reflections from Learning with MOOCs 2017

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ExtensionEngine was one of two sponsors of the Learning with MOOCs 2017 conference, held October 8–10, 2017 in Austin, TX. Furqan Nazeeri, Partner at ExtensionEngine, participated as a panel member in the session “What should drive the design of MOOCs? What is driving current trends?”, where he discussed how online learning has evolved to be more adaptive, customized, and engaging.

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Shifting the Conversation

Screen Shot 2017-08-15 at 1.24.55 PM.pngThe value of online program management (OPM) companies is much debated these days. The piece at the top of everyone’s minds is a highly critical report produced by The Century Foundation which suggests these profit-driven companies “present potential risks to quality and value in the education.”

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How to Bring Your Online Learning Program Up to Its Full Potential [White Paper]

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Schools are realizing the grandiose potential of new technologies, but are now scratching their heads to answer questions such as these: How can my online program use 3D animators to create virtual worlds for online classrooms? How can my online program tap into cyber-replication of the vigorous discussion and debate that characterizes a vibrant college classroom? Where are the simulations that allow students to learn by manipulating variables and what-if scenarios?

These and a mass of other conundrums ultimately boil down to how can online programs actualize the potential promised by 21st century technology?

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Rethinking the Bundle

Here’s a thought we ran into recently in an article in Edsurge regarding the future of online learning development:

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CHLOE Provides Insights into the Changing Landscape of Online Education

“Transformative change will always depend on a small number of risk takers.” - CHLOE 2017 

A welcome and impressive piece of research crossed our desk last week, one that we look forward to revisiting far into the foreseeable future. The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) is the result of a partnership between the research and advisory firm, Eduventures, and Quality Matters, an international nonprofit dedicated to support organizations’ quality assurance goals.

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Reflections on ASU+GSV Summit 2017: Competition, differentiation, and complexity

I just returned from a few days at the ASU+GSV Summit in Salt Lake City during which I talked with many dozens of attendees — professionals in higher ed, nonprofits, technology firms, and edtech venture capital. The overwhelming themes of the summit related to the intertwined trio of competition, differentiation, and complexity. Let me explain.

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What is a Custom Learning Experience?

We believe that organizations with a mission to do great things, things that really matter, can advance their strategy and mission through learning. But we think most learning, especially online learning, fails at this. It’s boring. It doesn’t stick. It’s antiquated. It’s hard. It all looks the same.  

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We're Sponsoring the 2016 Open edX Conference

We're excited to sponsor the 2016 Open edX Conference at Stanford University from June  14-16.

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It’s not about discount rates, it’s about declining net tuition

On Tuesday, Inside Higher Ed published an article discussing the impact of rising discount rates across higher education institutions. The article hinges on the data shown in the chart below. It indicates discount rates now average 48.6% for first-time freshman and 42.5% for all undergraduates. These rates are at all time highs.

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