ExtensionEngine Blog

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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Developing the Minimum Lovable Course for External Training

We would like to bring your attention to a webinar we recently presented with one of our clients, Fitch Learning. The webinar, Choosing a Platform for Revenue-Generating Online Training, provides a succinct and understandable breakdown of when to develop a custom learning experience — such as those we create — versus relying solely on a traditional learning management system (LMS).

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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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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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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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ExtensionEngine Presents at Wharton's Inaugural Business Education Online Learning Summit

Last week, a diverse crowd from four continents, 25 institutions and 26 corporations gathered to attend the inaugural Business Education Online Learning Summit

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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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