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General resources on e-learning, blended, online, and distance education.

Sloan Consortium Effective Practices Site To help make quality online education accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, the Sloan-C community shares techniques, strategies, and practices in online education that have worked for them. All effective practices are peer reviewed to both insure quality and to give submitters some documentation for tenure and promotion files.

Education for a Digital World: Advice, Guidelines, and Effective Practice from Around the Globe Links to download the book Education for a Digital World. In the authors' words, this book "contains a comprehensive collection of proven strategies and tools for effective online teaching, based on the principles of learning as a social process. It offers practical, contemporary guidance to support e-learning decision-making, instructional choices, as well as program and course planning, and development." The book is divided into these five parts: (1) The Impact of Instructional Technologies, (2) Preparing Online Courses, (3) Implementing Technology, (4) E-learning in Action, and (5) Engagement and Communication.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee Hybrid Course Site

( The University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, under the leadership of Bob Kaleta, is a leader in blended/hybrid course design and evaluation. This site includes the following links: (1) Why Teach Hybrid?, (2) Sample Hybrid Courses, and (3) Student Resources. The site also includes links to the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Blending Life and Learning program, which is supported by a $500,000 grant from the Sloan-Consortium.

EDUCAUSE Resources Related to E-learning
Includes conference presentations, webinars, journal articles, and more related to online teaching and learning. Also has a subtopic devoted to blended/hybrid learning.

University of Manitoba wiki on Blended Learning Includes a variety of definitions of blended learning, with an excellent proposed definition. Also points to additional resources.

How Does Distance Education Compare with Classroom Instruction?

A Meta-Analysis of the Empirical Literature This article submitted for publication in Review of Educational Research presents a meta-analysis of studies comparing the effectiveness of distance education and traditional, face-to-face courses. Dependent variables included student achievement, student attitudes, and retention. A total of 232 studies were included in the meta-analysis. Table 22 on page 32 summarizes significant factors affecting the dependent variables of interest.