While the fields of online and hybrid learning have received much media attention recently, many have spent decades of researching, developing and refining strategies for effective digital instruction. Those with a history in the field have come to recognize the contribution of several varied disciplines - data mining & analytics, learning theory, educational technology, evaluation, and games & simulations - in creating rich, scalable digital learning experiences. Experts and EducationXPress community members have identified their ‘short list’ or recommended reading in their respective disciplines to share the best of their fields with you. For your convenience, these seminal readings have been compiled in our Reading List with the intent of providing those new to these varied disciplines the best of the current and historical writing in each of the areas critical to success in online and hybrid learning.

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Online Education: A Catalyst for Higher Education Reforms
Karen E. Willcox, Sanjay Sarma, Philip H. Lippel
The final report of Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Online Education Policy Initiative presents findings from discussions among the members of the Institute-wide initiative supported by advice from the advisory group. The report reflects comments and responses received from many sources, including education experts, government education officials, and representatives of university...
MOOCs and Open Education Around the World
MOOCs and Open Education Around the World explores and illuminates unique implementations of MOOCs and open education across regions and nations. The book also focuses on the various opportunities as well as the dilemmas presented in this rapidly evolving age of technology-enabled learning.
Modern Instructor: Keys to Exceptional Online Teaching
A comprehensive guide to becoming an exceptional online instructor from experienced instructors. Written by eight experts in the field of higher education, topics include managing plagiarism, better time management, improving student engagement online, and ideas on how to improve as an online instructor in order to become an exceptional online instructor.
MOOCs (The MIT Press Essential Knowledge series)
Jonathan Haber
In this volume in the Essential Knowledge series, Jonathan Haber offers an account of MOOCs that avoids both hype and doomsaying. Instead, he provides an engaging, straightforward explanation of a rare phenomenon: an education innovation that captures the imagination of the public while moving at the speed of an Internet startup. Haber explains the origins of MOOCs, what they consist of, the...
A History of E-Learning
Paul Nicholson
In many contemporary sectors, e-learning is often regarded as a "new" form of learning that uses the affordances of the Internet to deliver customized, often interactive, learning materials and programs to diverse local and distant communities of practice. This view, however, is historically disconnected from its antecedent instantiations, failing to recognize the extensive links between...
Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education: Foundations for Success
A. W. Bates, Gary Poole
The aim of this book is to assist instructors to make the best use of technology for teaching in post-secondary education. To do this, the book explores the fundamental educational and organizational principles that should drive the use of technology for teaching. These principles and the authors’ extensive experience of teaching and technology, form the foundation for guidance on how best to...
Diversity in MOOC Students’ Backgrounds and Behaviors in Relationship to Performance in 6.002x
Jennifer DeBoer, Glenda Stump, Lori Breslow, Daniel Seaton
The first edX course had over 150,000 students enrolled, which included registrants from nearly every country in the world, bringing with them massive international diversity. These students were also diverse in a number of background characteristics. To augment the behavioral and geographical location data available from edX clickstream data, the authors gathered detailed individual background...
A Guide to Quality in Online Learning
What constitutes quality when it comes to online learning? Existing quality assurance frameworks, guidelines, and benchmarks show that quality in online learning has many dimensions. But we can distill these into a number of common issues to which practitioners and students should attend.
New Technology-Based Models for Postsecondary Learning: Conceptual Frameworks and Research Agendas
Working Group on Postsecondary Learning
Report of a National Science Foundation-sponsored Computing Research Association workshop held at MIT on January 9-11, 2013.
Connected Learning: An Agenda for Research and Design
Mizuko Ito, Kris Gutiérrez, Sonia Livingstone, Bill Penuel, Jean Rhodes, Katie Salen, Juliet Schor, Julian Sefton-Green, S. Craig Watkins
This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the...