While the fields of online and hybrid learning have received much media attention recently, many have spent decades of researching, developing and refining strategies for effective digital instruction. Those with a history in the field have come to recognize the contribution of several varied disciplines - data mining & analytics, learning theory, educational technology, evaluation, and games & simulations - in creating rich, scalable digital learning experiences. Experts and EducationXPress community members have identified their ‘short list’ or recommended reading in their respective disciplines to share the best of their fields with you. For your convenience, these seminal readings have been compiled in our Reading List with the intent of providing those new to these varied disciplines the best of the current and historical writing in each of the areas critical to success in online and hybrid learning.

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Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms
Karen E. Willcox, Sanjay Sarma, Philip H. Lippel
The final report of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Online Education Policy Initiative presents findings from discussions among the members of the Institute-wide initiative supported by advice from the advisory group. The report reflects comments and responses received from many sources, including education experts, government education officials, and representatives of university...
2016
MOOCs and Open Education Around the World
MOOCs and Open Education Around the World explores and illuminates unique implementations of MOOCs and open education across regions and nations. The book also focuses on the various opportunities as well as the dilemmas presented in this rapidly evolving age of technology-enabled learning.
2015
Data mining and education
Kenneth Koedinger
An emerging field of educational data mining (EDM) is building on and contributing to a wide variety of disciplines through analysis of data coming from various educational technologies. EDM researchers are addressing questions of cognition, metacognition, motivation, affect, language, social discourse, etc. using data from intelligent tutoring systems, massive open online courses, educational...
2015
Modern Instructor: Keys to Exceptional Online Teaching
A comprehensive guide to becoming an exceptional online instructor from experienced instructors. Written by eight experts in the field of higher education, topics include managing plagiarism, better time management, improving student engagement online, and ideas on how to improve as an online instructor in order to become an exceptional online instructor.
2015
The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition
Larry Johnson, Samantha Adams Becker, V. Estrada, A. Freeman
The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.
2015
Technology-Enhanced Education at Public Flagship Universities Opportunities and Challenges
Public research universities are under great pressure to increase access, lower costs, and improve instruction, even as they face diminishing financial support from the states they serve. Against this backdrop, Ithaka S+R, with funding from Lumina Foundation, undertook a study of ten institutions in the Public Flagships Network (PFN). Over the course of the 2013/2014 academic year, Ithaka S+R...
2014
MOOCs (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)
Jonathan Haber
In this volume in the Essential Knowledge series, Jonathan Haber offers an account of MOOCs that avoids both hype and doomsaying. Instead, he provides an engaging, straightforward explanation of a rare phenomenon: an education innovation that captures the imagination of the public while moving at the speed of an Internet startup. Haber explains the origins of MOOCs, what they consist of, the...
2014
The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition
Larry Johnson, Samantha Adams Becker, V. Estrada, A. Freeman
The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in...
2014
Situated Cognition and the Culture of Learning
John Seely Brown, Allan Collins, Paul Duguid
Many teaching practices implicitly assume that conceptual knowledge can be abstracted from the situations in which it is learned and used. This article argues that this assumption inevitably limits the effectiveness of such practices. Drawing on recent research into cognition as it is manifest in everyday activity, the authors argue that knowledge is situated, being in part a product of the...
2013
A History of E-Learning
Paul Nicholson
In many contemporary sectors, e-learning is often regarded as a "new" form of learning that uses the affordances of the Internet to deliver customized, often interactive, learning materials and programs to diverse local and distant communities of practice. This view, however, is historically disconnected from its antecedent instantiations, failing to recognize the extensive links between...
2013

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