Online: Trending Now

Unique biweekly insights and news review from Ray Schroeder, Director of the National Council for Online Education

Jobs, Education and the Learner/Worker

December 6, 2018

Much is written about strengthening the link between education and employment. Jobs are changing and likely to continue to evolve over the coming decades. Education must evolve, too. How do we make sense of all that is being written and said about the linkage between education and employment? Certainly, we are seeing effects of a…

Search in the Post-Truth Era

November 15, 2018

Google has dominated search for 20 years. But results today are far too often tainted with information that is incomplete, misleading or false. MIT aims to address that problem with the knowledge graph Underlay. I recall the very early days of Google’s search engine — just after it changed its name from BackRub (really!). It was renamed…

Affordable and At-Scale

November 5, 2018

Affordable degrees at scale have arrived. The momentum behind this movement is undeniable, and its impact will be significant. How many times have we been told that major change in our field is on the near horizon? Too many times, indeed. The promises of technologies and practices have fallen short more often than not. Just…

Virtual Labs Coming of Age

October 25, 2018

Online: Trending Now #144 Have we finally arrived at a point where we can effectively teach laboratory classes online? Recently, the University of Pennsylvania announced that they will launch a baccalaureate degree at scale online next fall. They are not the only ones to offer entire undergraduate degrees online, but they are the first from…

Right-Sizing Online Classes

October 12, 2018

Online: Trending Now #143 A persistent source of controversy and contention in our field is the “right size” for caps on an online class.  It it’s too large, there’s not enough individualized attention; too small, there’s not enough interaction and too costly.  On behalf of UPCEA, I have the good fortune to talk with many…

Pedagogy, Andragogy, and Now Heutagogy

September 28, 2018

Online: Trending Now #142 Teaching adults is not the same as teaching children; done well, it affords the adults a level of autonomy, even including the opportunity to determine and direct their learning. Regrettably, we still find university instructors who teach their students as if they were in 19th or 20th century elementary or high…

Ray Schroeder 2016 Summit for Online Leadership

Ray Schroeder is Professor Emeritus, Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and Senior Fellow, and Founding Director of the National Council for Online Education at UPCEA. Each year, Ray publishes and presents nationally on emerging topics in online and technology-enhanced learning. Ray’s social media publications daily reach more than 12,000 professionals. He is the inaugural recipient of the A. Frank Mayadas Online Leadership Award, recipient of the University of Illinois Distinguished Service Award, the United States Distance Learning Association Hall of Fame Award, and the American Journal of Distance Education/University of Wisconsin Wedemeyer Excellence in Distance Education Award 2016.

The National Council for Online Education is dedicated to advancing quality online learning at the institutional level. The National Council is uniquely focused on excellence at the highest levels – leadership, administration, strategy – applying a macro lens to the online teaching and learning enterprise. Its engaged members include the stewards of online learning at most of the leading universities in the nation.