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

Can an LMS Be Designed for Humans First, Tech Second?

August 6, 2018

Despite the evolution of learning management systems over the past two decades, LMSs seem to remain tech-oriented rather than learner oriented – is this likely to change?  Online: Trending Now #138 Learning management systems have been around since the last century.  The World Wide Web, of course, provided great impetus to the LMS through the…

Learning for “New Collar” Jobs in a Competitive Time

July 23, 2018

Online: Trending Now #157 How can we effectively compete in the field of online professional education during a time of dropping price points and rising competitors?  It is a time of high competition for the professional education market. Udacity has been successful in launching just-in-time Nanodegrees at very competitive price with flexible completion features. EdX…

Planning in a Time of Change

July 9, 2018

Online: Trending Now #136 How can we effectively plan for our online programs in this environment?  This is an unprecedented time in higher education. We are facing rapid change in nearly all facets of our programs. Federal and state support is diminishing; employers in many fields are turning entry-level jobs over to artificial intelligence rather than…

Giving a Voice to Thoughts

July 2, 2018

Online: Trending Now #135 This piece was originally published in Inside Higher Ed on May 23, 2018. A new technology tool from MIT enables silent communication between human and computer MIT, once again, has taken a huge step toward further embedding technology into our lives.  In this case, it is giving voice to thoughts, speech to the speechless…

Augmenting Reality in Learning Online

June 18, 2018

Online: Trending Now #134 Augmented Reality is emerging as a powerful tool in distance online learning.  It is common that Virtual Reality (VR) is confused with Augmented Reality (AR). They are often conflated because some technologies apply to both. Augmented reality, by definition includes the “real world” around the user. Virtual reality is entirely virtual.…

The Digital Student Assistant

June 4, 2018

Online: Trending Now #133 The potential digital student assistant is on the near horizon, and it promises alter practices and pedagogies in a big way. All the parts are there; almost certainly some developers are in product testing for a digital student assistant. By assistant, I don’t mean the “Jill Watson” AI graduate assistant that…

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.