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3 Articles You Should Read Now: from the OLC Journal

If you’re not already aware, the Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan Consortium) is a superb resource for online learning materials and information. Their official journal, called OLJ, is published quarterly, and we get excited when a new one comes out. The first issue of 2017 was just published, so we figured it’s a good time to share three of our favorite OLJ articles.

The first article is from 2015, and is an illuminating study of online instructors’ need for a sense of community with their online-instructor colleagues. The authors found that such a sense is mostly lacking amongst online instructors compared to their face-to-face counterparts, and they provide possible solutions to this problem.

Next is an article from 2016 on MOOCs. The authors investigated multiple MOOC offerings at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from August 2012 — December 2013. They sought to answer three central questions: Who are MOOC participants, how do they participate, and were they able to get what they wanted out of the course?

Finally, here is an article from the most recent OLJ issue about accessibility concerns in YouTube closed-captioning. We use YouTube extensively at MCAD for publishing our instructional videos, so this article is of great interest to us. The authors examine the accuracy and quality of YouTube’s automatic captioning feature, and their findings might surprise you.