State Requirements for Distance Education

Last week, on Wednesday, April 20 to be exact, all of us in distance education breathed a little easier.  The Department of Education released a revised “Dear Colleague” letter regarding the state authorization requirement for distance education-http://ifap.ed.gov/dpcletters/GEN1111.html.  The revised letter extended the compliance date from July 1, 2011 to July 1, 2014 for the requirement that the…

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Exemplary Courses!

This week, we in CIDDE learned that one of the courses offered through Pitt Online is a recipient of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award.  Congratulations go to Nursing’s Dr. Gail Wolf and members of the Pitt Online team, including Lorna Kearns, Dr. Carol Washburn and Lynn Cooper, for the development of NURSP 2261 – Organizational…

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A Question of Standards

The year 2010 was a banner one for eBooks.  The New Media Center (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Leaning Initiative (ELI) named eBooks as one of six important emerging instructional technologies in their 2010 Horizon Report.  In mid-year, Amazon announced that, for the first time in history, it sold more digital Kindle books than paper ones.  These…

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