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Professional Publications, Reports and Organizations

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Online Professional Publications

The Chronicle of Higher Education
Based in Washington, D.C., The Chronicle of Higher Education is an online resource that provides a variety of information and services to university faculty, staff, and administrators.

Faculty Focus
A website focusing on higher ed teaching strategies via weekly articles on teaching, online webinars and professional development opportunities. A great resource for teaching with technology. Faculty Focus strives to discuss both traditional and online classroom strategies. You can also sign up (free) for emails with the latest newsletters.

Inside Higher Ed
An online source for news, opinion, and jobs for higher education. Inside Higher Ed focuses on being a collection of news, views, blogs, and career advice focused on higher education professionals, and updates daily. 


ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2014
The EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) has published this report each year since 2004. 2014's study was the result of ECAR's collaboration with 213 institutions. More than 75,000 students responded to the survey about their experiences with various hardware and software technologies, including those used for the purposes of teaching and learning. This report highlights student satisfaction with technology in their educational experience, including use of Learning Management Systems and student-faculty interaction.

NMC Horizon Report, 2014 Higher Ed Edition
A collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, this is the 11th edition describing findings from the NMC Horizon Project, a research project identifying six emerging trends, challenges, and technologies most likely to impact learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in higher education over the next few years. The report can be viewed and/or downloaded as a PDF document via the above link.

Organizations and Associations

Academic Impressions
Serves Pacific through webcasts, conferences, and on-campus workshops. They also produce three electronic news publications under the title of "Higher Ed Impact".

Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U)
The AAC&U is the leading national association advocating quality undergraduate liberal education, and provides publications, meetings, and other programs.

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Founded in 1905, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is an independent policy and research center focused on promoting teaching and learning. 

Creative Commons (CC)
A non-profit organization created to provide a standardized infrastructure to increase options to share creative works. It has released several copyright-licenses free of charge to the public. These licenses enable creators to specify the rights they reserve and/or waive for the benefit of others.

A non-profit organization with a mission "to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology." With a current membership of more than 2,000 colleges, universities, educational organizations, and corporations, it sponsors a number of major initiatives related to the use of technology in institutions of higher education, including the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (see next entry.)

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)
An EDUCAUSE strategic initiative, ELI focuses on learners, learning principles, and learning technologies (in that order.) It recognizes that the value of technology is determined by the learning innovation it can enable.

Gallery of Teaching and Learning
Sponsored by the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL,) sites in this Higher Education collection were created and shared by faculty from various disciplines. They present faculty investigations of teaching, collaborative inquiry, along with discipilinary and interdisciplinary teaching and learning. 

Magna Publications serves the higher education community by producing online seminars, publications, conferences and other products that support faculty and staff development. Use the coupon "TALKHIGHERED" to gain free access to their repository of podcasts.

Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT)
Peer reviewed online teaching and learning materials, presented by the California State University system.

New Media Consortium (NMC)
A not-for-profit consortium of more than 250 colleges, universitites, museums, corporations, and other learning-focused organizations, the NMC is dedicated to exploring and using new media and technologies.

Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
Formerly the Alfred P. Sloan Consortium, the OLC provides online educators with original research, leading-edge instruction and best-practice publications.

Quality Matters 
Quality Matters is a collective coalition of collaborators who routinely publish materials concerning quality of online courses and programs.  Their quality assurance program is designed to improve and certify the design of online and blended courses.  

WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)
WCET brings together colleges and universities, higher education organizations and companies to collectively improve the quality and reach of e-learning programs. Pacific maintains a membership in WCET.