ExtensionEngine Blog

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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The Big Three

Takeaways From the 2017 Open edX Conference in Madrid

Having been a sponsor of every Open edX conference since the inaugural one in 2015, this year’s conference felt simultaneously very familiar and very new.  It was familiar to see so many old friends from the community and so many leaders from edX.  What was new started with the venue -- University of Carlos III Madrid in, you guessed it, Madrid, Spain.  But I was also surprised to see more than 500 attendees; the largest attendance of any Open edX conference.

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[Webinar] Driving revenue with online training

How did a global financial services firm create a world class online education platform to drive revenue for its certification business?

What are custom learning experiences and why are leading organizations adopting them to deliver modern pedagogies and achieve online learning 3.0?

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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 Does the Purdue - Kaplan Deal Mean to Other Top Tier Universities?

The bombshell hit last week - Purdue University was acquiring Kaplan University.

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Online Learning 3.0 Webinar - May 11 at 1 PM Eastern

Think about the best class you've ever attended in person. Was it the best because you watched the instructor talk? Was it a great learning experience because there was a quiz? Doubtful. Yet that's what makes up a lot of online learning currently.

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Visualizing Big Data to Fight Pediatric Cancer

Every so often, we are presented with a project that not only offers the challenge we thrive on but that also has the potential to do exceptional good in the world. We recently completed one such project for Foundation Medicine, a molecular information company “dedicated to a transformation in cancer care in which treatment is informed by a deep understanding of the genomic changes that contribute to each patient's unique cancer”.

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A Financial Model for Online Programs: Revenue Sharing vs. Fee-for-Service Engagements [White Paper]

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the earliest decisions made for a new venture are often the most important. This is especially the case when an institution of higher learning is considering the launch of an online learning program.

In a way, it was easier a decade ago. Some colleges and universities already had platforms hosting downloadable supplemental materials that supported classroom teaching; they added complete courses to these platforms. This limited what faculty could design into the course, but it was a beginning.

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Online Learning 3.0 is Happening and You're Probably Behind [White Paper]

 We are willing to bet that there isn’t a training director anywhere who doesn’t wonder if their organization’s training is all it could be. It’s a disappointing thought, when it occurs, because in most cases your online training reflects a lot of thought, resources, and expense.

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