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Digital Learning Innovation Trends


The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) received a three-year grant (2015-2018) to conduct the Digital Learning Innovation (DLI) competition, which was designed to “accelerate the adoption of digital courseware for general education or gateway courses at accredited institutions in higher education.” With grant funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the DLI Awards (DLIA) recognized faculty and institutions that were judged to have produced exemplary work in digital learning and innovations. The purpose of the DLIA was to identify effective practices in postsecondary digital learning targeted at improving outcomes for underserved students. The National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) partnered with OLC to analyze DLI submissions and identify important trends in digital learning and innovation.

In 2018, as an Every Learner Everywhere partner, the Online Learning Consortium assumed the role of the digital learning innovations coordinator with a goal to identify new and emerging trends in that space, focusing in particular on adaptive technology. In order to achieve that goal, OLC again partnered with DETA to perform an adapted environmental scan to systematically review relevant data and identify opportunities that could influence future pathways of the network.

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