You can hardly “open” an online education resource without stumbling into much ado about MOOCs. I am still in the formative stage of my own opinions about them but I just found a great resource with bunches of articles giving the background and current status of MOOCs: http://alturl.com/v26ff
If you have taken one of my online classes, you are probably aware that I am a fan of Khan Academy how-to videos. Well not everyone feels the way I do and there has been much discussion in the higher education circles about the pros and cons of Khan Academy. Today, an author proposed a rigorous study (http://chronicle.com/blognetwork/castingoutnines/2013/02/11/does-khan-academy-help-learners-a-proposal/) of the possible benefits of Khan Academy using a well-known experiment previously conducted on a specific type of learning – peer instruction. While such a study would possibly add valuable information to the discussion, I tend to agree with a comment one of the readers posted about the merits of the study. She said something to the effect “if a student tells me he was helped by the Khan Academy videos, I tend to believe him.” True this is anecdotal but it rings true with me.
Of the many elearning software applications, three seem to be the most popular: Captivate, Lectora and Articulate. I am in the process of trying out each of these applications to gain my own perspective but Thomas Toth on his blog has a good discussion comparing the three. Trainers Talk Tech
The Chronicle has published a report that provides a glimpse of the college of 2020 based upon trends identified in higher education today. Read the Executive Summary or order the entire report. The College of 2020