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The Credential Registry: How Open Standards Benefit All Stakeholders

What makes a credential valuable? How does that value vary for different stakeholders, including learners, higher education institutions and employers? What constitutes quality, and how are credentials connected to each other and to opportunities for the people who have earned them?

Credentials Drive the Knowledge Economy

Credentials have rapidly evolved in recent years to meet the needs of our knowledge economy. By 2020, 65% of jobs will require postsecondary education or training. But the lack of transparency and comparability among credentials is causing confusion and mistrust that inhibit the development of valuable ecosystems among stakeholders. Individuals don’t know Read More…


On Being “Open for Learning”

Earlier this month, Cengage and Learning Objects—a Cengage business unit—announced the launch of OpenNow, “a suite of digital products for general education courses with open educational resources (OER) content.” Responses to media coverage of this new offering focused mainly on the business model, the adherence to the “5 Rs” of OER and the contributions of materials from Cengage back to the OER community. While these reactions are to be expected, they reminded me that “open” is much more than OER content and its associated implementation and business models. An open approach to education and learning also encompasses Read More…


Badges for Modulary Learning Achievements

Could achievement badges be the motivation your students need? One of the common causes of learners’ lack of motivation and failure to complete is a failure to understand why the learning activities are valuable. Are learners in your courses asking themselves:

    Why am I doing this?
    When will I be done?
    Why does this matter?
If they are, they might also be coming to conclusions like:
    I’d rather spend my time on something else.
    I’m not going to make it to the end—I can’t even see where the end is.
    This doesn’t matter to me.

Badges Boost Student Motivation

One way of addressing these problematic perspectives is to Read More…


Persistence Prevails in Student Success with Learning Objects

Students at Arizona State University needed a personalized online solution to support the flipped classroom model—Learning Objects to the rescue! Using excellent instructional design and technology demonstrably helps students, faculty and institutions. This case study describes our work with Arizona State University’s Psychology department where we developed personalized tools—using our Learning Objects platform—to heighten retention and persistence in students using LO. Here’s what we found:

    Targeted feedback for incorrect answers motivated students to persist until they got it right
    Engagement increased as students used easy-to-follow videos and interactive tools within LO, along with their psych book
    And, most importantly, students who used the
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Arizona State University Psychology Dept. Gets Psyched with Learning Objects

Using excellent instructional design and technology demonstrably helps students, faculty and institutions. This case study describes our work with Arizona State University’s Psychology department where we developed personalized tools (using our Learning Objects platform) to support a flipped classroom model. The results were outstanding:

    Double-digit improvement in student retention
    Unanimous acclaim by the students that the platform was easy to use and navigate
    And, most importantly: students who used the tools did demonstrably better in the course

Partnering with Cengage for Instructional Design

One of the many reasons to partner with Cengage is to take advantage of our incredibly skilled and Read More…


SXSWedu 2017: Vote for Cengage Learning and Learning Objects to Present!

The SXSWedu® Conference & Festival fosters innovation in learning by hosting a passionate and diverse community of education stakeholders. The seventh annual SXSWedu will return to Austin, March 6-9, 2017, for four days of compelling sessions, in-depth workshops, engaging learning experiences, mentorship, film screenings, startup events, policy-centered discussions, business opportunities, networking and so much more! Through collaboration, creativity and social action, SXSWedu empowers its global community to connect, discover and impact. We’re already looking forward to 2017’s SXSWedu! In fact, we’re throwing a few hats in the ring for an opportunity to present some of our own innovative Read More…


Affordable College Credits: Partnering with Excelsior College

This week, it was our pleasure to announce our partnership with Excelsior College to create a low-cost, alternative way for students to earn college credit. This very special partnership surrounds a set of self-paced digital courses using Cengage Learning content, each with integrated diagnostic and formative assessments. The courses end with a college credit bearing exam developed by Excelsior’s Center for Educational Measurement, among the most respected higher education assessment organizations.

Degree pathways

The program, which will be delivered online via Cengage Learning’s own “Learning Objects Difference Engine®” platform, will first focus on two degree pathways: An associates in criminal justice
An MBA More options will be coming soon. Upon Read More…


Answers Revealed: Data Analytics and Interoperability

Data analytics and interoperability are two ubiquitous—and interdependent–topics on the minds of institutional leaders as they strive to implement innovative teaching and learning models to improve outcomes. What interoperability issues and technologies do institution need to address in order to gain greater insight into their students’ learning outcomes? As digital learning continues to evolve, the user experience and underlying interoperability of courseware, tools, apps can enable the aggregation of data from multiple sources to drive personalized learning. Today, digital resource integration within institutional systems can be lengthy, expensive process. In some cases, proprietary tools can’t be integrated at all Read More…


OLC Innovate: Innovations in Blended and Online Learning

The Big Easy played host to the inaugural conference geared to education leaders, faculty, system administrators, and course designers in pursuit of quality online learning. Attendees were invited to challenge existing barriers to innovation and re-imagine the learning experience. Through diverse sessions, workshops, and labs, the conference fostered dialogue and networking around emerging ideas in instructional design, pedagogical innovation, mobile technology, accessibility, online learning and course delivery, adaptive learning, and many more.

Thinking beyond the course

In partnership with Learning Objects, Cengage Learning hosted the lively session: Thinking Beyond the Course in Curriculum Design. The hosts, Natalie Skadra, Director of Instructional Design Read More…


Webinar: Next Generation Digital Learning Environment

Next generation is a term that is used widely and, on occasion, vaguely within Higher Education.  To uncover what next generation learning could mean, hundreds of educational leaders from across the country met virtually with Jon Mott, Chief Learning Officer of Learning Objects to discuss. Mott, previously Managing Director for Instructional Design and Innovation at Brigham Young University, outlined learning science, rich content, digital learning environments, learning design, curriculum development, and how all of these components help shape a next generation learning experiences. So, what is a next generation transformational learning experience?

Next generation digital

Many educational leaders are familiar with Read More…