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

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…

Blockchain Securing the Future

September 14, 2018

Online: Trending Now #141  Securing networking, empowering dissemination of credentials by students; blockchain opens the doors to large-scale change in higher education. Much has been made of blockchain since it first enabled Bitcoin. Blockchain is a distributed ledger platform that has facilitated anonymous transfer of funds and much more. There are public and private blockchains…

Preparing for Future Jobs and Careers

August 31, 2018

Online: Trending Now #140  Jobs and careers are changing rapidly, influenced by emerging and maturing technologies and an evolving marketplace mix for human and AI skills and functionalities. It seems that the most popular book for summer reading this year at my university has been Robot-Proof: Higher Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence by…

Practice What You Preach

August 20, 2018

Online: Trending Now #139 We all are in higher education; we encourage prospective students to enroll; we extol the benefits of continuing to learn throughout life; the question is, how well do we practice what we preach?  With a commitment to higher education and with many of us in professional and continuing education, one would…

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…

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.