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6 ways to gain faculty support for online learning

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I have the unique privilege of viewing the development of online learning from three different lenses — as former faculty and program head at the Michigan Ross School of Business, as former dean at Babson College, and now as Principal Learning Strategist at ExtensionEngine.

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An introduction to choosing an online learning platform for revenue generating training

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One of the most important, and complex, decisions to make when building online training to generate revenue or impact comes upfront: what online learning platform should you use?

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The Evolution of Online Learning in Higher Ed 2017

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As 2017 has proven, online learning has been top-of-mind for many institutional leaders. Scaling offerings through online programs or courses has become an inherent part of growth for public, private, and non-traditional colleges and universities.

As an end of the year tribute to the evolution of online learning in 2017, here’s a recap of a few topics that resonated with us, our perspective on those topics, and a few topics that we hope to see discussed more broadly in 2018.

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Online Master's Programs at Law Schools: Why Online Learning? — Guest Blog Post

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Roger Pao, J.D., is an attorney and educator with extensive experience in online education and an interest in dynamic, innovative pedagogies. He is currently Assistant Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at the New England College of Business and Finance. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, and Duke University, summa cum laude.

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Think like a product company

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“Online learning businesses have it all wrong—they are not thinking like a product company.”

Every day, we speak to universities, nonprofits and corporations who are looking to put their training or education online with the goal of generating revenue, creating impact or influencing an audience. And these conversations are very similar – people usually anchor their thinking to the existing and ask “how do we create an online course.”

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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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ExtensionEngine Named One of Eduventures EdTech Companies to Watch

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We’re delighted to learn that ExtensionEngine has been included as one of Eduventures’ EdTech Companies to Watch.

At ExtensionEngine, we are shifting the conversation about online learning. We challenge institutions to think beyond the limitations of out-of-the-box learning technology and cookie-cutter courses created by revenue sharing engagements with online program managers (OPM). For those who create courses in-house, we encourage them to avoid limiting online learning and pedagogy to what traditional LMS solutions and off-the-shelf 

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Poll: Biggest challenges for developing online programs — and opinions on viable solutions

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This week, I had the pleasure of conducting a webinar with Howard Lurie, Principal Analyst, Adult and Online Learning at Eduventures. The topic was Building Online Programs Without an OPM.

Conventional OPMs, estimated to be used by about 15-20% of universities in the U.S., are a popular option to outsource online degree program development, management, and marketing in return for a share of the revenue. In the webinar, we discussed the pros and cons of this model and also introduced an alternative model: professional services firms (e.g., ExtensionEngine).

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Maximizing Training Revenue with Custom Learning Experiences: Webinar Recap

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Our mission at Talented Learning is to independently research the learning technology marketplace and help organizations choose and use the right solutions for their unique business needs. We recently uncovered a new trend that’s reshaping the way we’re think about online training for revenue, Custom Learning Experiences.

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