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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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Improve Your Online Programs: 10 Best Practices for Custom Learning Experiences

Higher education institutions, corporations, and non-profits are all investing heavily in online education. In fact, the online program management sector alone, the industry for providing services to enable online education (e.g., student retention, enrollment management, online learning delivery and student support services) is growing at an estimated 35% annual rate and is expected to be a $1.5+ billion domestic market in 2015.

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Examples of distinctive online learning

In a previous post, I outline what it takes for an organization to move beyond the filmed movie stage of online learning to the point at which it is creating distinctive online learning experiences. To quote from that article: An online university class should not be the educational equivalent of a filmed play. It should deeply integrate new technologies for …

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