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Are microdegrees a sustainable business model?

As universities move toward unbundled degrees — most often referred to as “microcredentials” or “microdegrees” — we have to ask, “What’s going on here? Is this the next wave in online learning evolution? Is this some sort of shift to blended learning? Is this really about technology at all?”

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Online programs in higher ed: Who determines strategy? Excellence or standardization?

Extension Engine’s perspective — We believe that online strategy should be set at the highest levels and that excellence should be prioritized over standardization. What did recent webinar attendees think?

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What is the role of standardization in online learning?

Extension Engine’s perspective — We believe that excellence should be prioritized over standardization when it comes to developing online programs, but that’s not what we hear when we speak with leaders in higher ed.

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Online Learning Gap? A Problem with a Solution.

The New York Times recently ran an editorial, “Online Courses are Harming the Students who Need the Most Help,” that paints a picture of online learning as a wedge further dividing those with strong academic skills from less proficient students.  

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Extension Engine Tapped by Fitch Learning to Develop Adaptive Online Learning Program

Extension Engine, a leading provider of Custom Learning Experiences, was selected by Fitch Learning, a leader in training and professional development, to partner on the development of ‘Fitch Learning Cognition’, an adaptive online learning platform for delegates preparing to take the Chartered Financial Analyst® (CFA®) Program exam. The new Fitch Learning Cognition platform delivers CFA® Program exam preparation courses through a highly visual, adaptive learning experience.

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How to choose an Online Program Manager (OPM)

It used to be simple. If a university wanted to create an online program, they had two choices. One was to outsource to an Online Program Manager (OPM). The other was to do it in-house. Neither was perfect, but both had advantages.

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Two Biggest Mistakes Management Consultants Make with Online Learning

Management consultants sit prominently on the leading edge of business — which explains why so many of them have implemented online learning programs.

Educational outreach that teaches basic and advanced business skills can not only be a profitable venture in its own right, but it can also help a consultancy to differentiate in the market, leverage their intellectual property or brand, generate new client relationships, and consolidate long-term relationships with existing clients.

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Outsourcing Online Programs: The Shape of Things to Come or a Bad Moon Rising?

Recently I was on a panel at the LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference. The panel — titled “Outsourcing Online Programs: The Shape of Things to Come or a Bad Moon Rising?” — was moderated by Howard Lurie, Principal Analyst at Eduventures and author of a soon-to-be-released research report on the state of the Online Program Management (OPM) market.  

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Extension Engine Helps Create, Launch Kauffman FastTrac Online Learning Program for Entrepreneurs

Extension Engine, a leading provider of Custom Learning Experiences, announced that it was selected to help create Kauffman FastTrac®, an innovative online learning program. FastTrac equips aspiring entrepreneurs with business skills, resources, tools and insights, and enables affiliate groups to create peer networks and provide community members with the confidence and information they need to start and grow businesses. FastTrac is a program of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the largest foundation in the world devoted to entrepreneurship.

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Virtual Reality at Penn State — Why Bother?

I recently attended the 2018 ELI Annual Meeting, a conference dedicated to progress in higher education innovation, as most of them are these days.

One of the best sessions I went to was “Effective Educational Applications,” and it wasn’t the best just because we were introduced to an interesting application of virtual reality in the classroom.

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