The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) frequently publishes its findings in journals, conference proceedings, and other educational publications.

Recent Publications


  • CHANGING THE PRODUCTION FUNCTION IN HIGHER EDUCATION

    This is the second essay in a series that seeks to provide campus leaders with the latest scholarship and perspectives in the topic of academic productivity.

    Thille, C. (2012). Changing the Production Function in Higher Education. Making Productivity Real. American Council on Education 2012.


  • GAMES CHANGERS: EDUCATION AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES

    This is a collection of chapters and case studies contributed by college and university presidents, provosts, faculty, and other stakeholders. Institutions are finding new ways of achieving higher education’s mission without being crippled by constraints or overpowered by greater expectations.

    Strader, R. & Thille, C. (2012). The Open Learning Initiative: Enacting Instruction Online. In Oblinger, D.G. (Ed.) Game Changers: Education and Information Technologies (201-213). Educause.


  • COLD ROLLED STEEL AND KNOWLEDGE: WHAT CAN HIGHER EDUCATION LEARN ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY?

    How is teaching introductory statistics like producing a high-quality coil of cold rolled steel? Can educators learn techniques from the manufacturing sector that make instruction more productive? Such questions typically create immediate controversy when raised with an academic audience. Indeed, almost any suggestion that there may be analogies between instruction and the production of goods is met with unease.

    The unease is appropriate, because the mechanisms by which humans develop knowledge and skills are far more complex, non-linear, and—as of now, at least—less well understood than the processes for producing cold rolled steel or any other manufactured good. However, the time has come to get past the discomfort: there is something to be gained by exploring the potential similarities.

    Thille, C. & Smith, J. (2011). Cold Rolled Steel and Knowledge: What Can Higher Education Learn about Productivity? Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning. March/April 2011.

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