Research & Best Practices

Academic Rigor: A Comprehensive Definition

In light of today’s higher education environment — an environment where the value of higher education is being questioned and a focus on degree completion is paramount — it is imperative to improve the quality of the courses and programs being offered. Academic rigor is often a signal for the kind of education that is desirable, but the lack of a clear definition of it can actually erode academic expectations and impede student learning. To begin to address these issues, a comprehensive definition of academic rigor is needed.

2019 CHLOE 3 Report

See the results from the third survey conducted by QM and Eduventures as part of The Changing Landscape of Online Education (CHLOE) project. The results provide relevant and actionable information on a wide range of topics, including enrollment trends, the structure of online courses, institutional governance practices, and online quality assurance.

The Effect of Cultural Awareness in Online Instruction: An International Perspective

2018 Research Colleague Stella Porto and her Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) colleagues Carolina Suarez and Miriam Campos share the challenges they faced and the solutions they found to make their courses culturally inclusive for all. The co-authored paper provides a discussion of specific examples of cultural differences in the courses offered by IDB and how the authors addressed them in course design.
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