Provide educational materials to instructors for designing or supplementing curriculum
Virtual platforms may include learning modules, virtual laboratories, examples and practice problems, and instructor feedback
Content varies from several hours of lecture to semester-long courses
Outcomes and impact
Inconsistent effect on academic achievement
May increase credit accumulation and persistence
Keys to successful implementation
Technology-enhanced learning resources will not be useful if students do not have internet access. Community-driven partnerships between educational institutions and internet service providers can help strengthen student access to the internet.
The most effective online learning experiences are developed by teams that include instructors and other experts, like designers, technologists, user experience experts, and other digital learning specialists.
Implementation of a strong feedback system allows students and instructors to adapt to learners' needs and challenges.
Implementing open learning initiatives often require increased funding for public institutions of higher learning, frequently to help strengthen technology infrastructure.
Professional development and support for educators to integrate learning technologies into their instructional practice is important for achieving positive outcomes.