There’s a terrific e-book by Diana Oblinger called, “Learning Spaces”–formerly known as classrooms. If you’re involved in classroom design this is must reading. Here’s a link to the e-book: http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/PUB7102d.pdf .
In “The Effectiveness and Development of Online Discussions” the author discusses the “importance of the effective design of online discussions and discusses ways that instructors can help students have effective discussions.”
Campus Technology.com has an article called “Serving the Online Learner”. The author says, “Support and advising systems provide a competitive edge for institutions by helping to develop a lasting relationship between eLearner and school.” You can find the article at http://campustechnology.com/articles/46400/.
The U.S. Department of Education published an excellent report that helps identify quality benchmarks in distance education. Titled “Evidence of Quality in Distance Education Programs Drawn from Interviews with the Accreditation Community”, it can be found at http://msjconline.com/Accreditation-Evidence-of-Quality-in-DE-Programs.pdf.
Online Cl@ssroom has an article titled, “Practical Tips for Preventing Cheating on Online Exams”. It can be found at http://www.vcu.edu/cte/resources/newsletters_archive/OC0704.pdf.
A collaborative effort by the students in Bloomsburg University’s Department of Instructional Design has resulted in an e-book titled, “E-Learning Concepts and Techniques”. This is a very nice overview of e-learning. To access it, go to http://iit.bloomu.edu/Spring2006_eBook_files/index.htm.
Those of you who crave reading more articles out of The Netherlands will find this interesting. The latest edition of The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning has an article titled, “Feedback Model to Support Designers of Blended-Learning Courses“. More than just a theoretical overview it offers practical steps for incorporating feedback into blended courses.