ExtensionEngine Blog

Online Learning without Revenue Sharing? [Webinar Recap]

ExtensionEngine teamed up with Eduventures to present a webinar on “Online Learning without Revenue Sharing.” What did we learn? Well first, we learned you can cover a lot of ground in 30 minutes if you speak fast and stay focused. We love short webinars — they are better learning experiences. We also learned that many of those who attended were excited to learn about the fee-for-service and a la carte models. The OPM model, which has dominated online learning in higher education for many years, is changing — new entrants, new approaches, and new demands from institutions.

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Canvas & edX vs. Custom Learning Experiences - A UX/UI Designer’s Perspective

Canvas and edX cater to learning for the masses and it’s no surprise that their UX/UI (user experience and user interface) matches this approach. But what are the key UI/UX elements that make up MOOCs (massive open online courses) on these platforms? 

The challenge comes when you want to do something that strays from this learning path or alter the navigation items.

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4 admission metrics can be enhanced with online learning

Faculty and the courses they teach are big drivers for exceptional students to enroll at a university.  Due to this, bringing impressive and engaging faculty into the pre-matriculation process can lead to a more successful admissions program.  However, the manner in which the faculty are involved, must respect their time and deliver results that are effective and far reaching. 
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4 examples of increasing engagement in online learning

Leading practitioners in online learning are tasked with creating distinctive online programs on-time and on-budget. These programs presumably need to enhance collaboration, promote action, and offer greater flexibility than current off-the-shelf solutions.
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Deliver distinctive online learning programs in higher education

We’ve found that many centers for digital and online learning are operating at capacity with existing work, and are typically unable to take on new projects.  Additionally, most are experimenting with special projects that require specific skills and expertise.  For these two reasons, many of the world’s top colleges and universities turn to ExtensionEngine. 
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Getting Started with Adaptive Learning Recap

Recently we hosted a webinar featuring panelists who are committee leaders of the Open edX Adaptive Working Group. More about the working group can be found here. The panel consisted of leaders at prominent organizations like edX, McKinsey, and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.  We asked panelists a series of questions relating to adaptive learning, including their motivations for implementing adaptive learning projects, challenges they’ve seen along the way, and best practices for getting started. 

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Is the OPM model dead?

A few weeks ago, The Atlantic published an excellent article on OPMs. The article was critical of both the revenue share model and marketing techniques OPMs use on behalf of not-for-profit higher education institutions. As a leading provider of custom learning experiences to higher education, an alternative to OPMs, we share this point of view.

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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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