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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Data mining and education
Kenneth Koedinger
An emerging field of educational data mining (EDM) is building on and contributing to a wide variety of disciplines through analysis of data coming from various educational technologies. EDM researchers are addressing questions of cognition, metacognition, motivation, affect, language, social discourse, etc. using data from intelligent tutoring systems, massive open online courses, educational...
2015
The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition
Larry Johnson, Samantha Adams Becker, V. Estrada, A. Freeman
The NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 12th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in education.
2015
Technology-Enhanced Education at Public Flagship Universities Opportunities and Challenges
Public research universities are under great pressure to increase access, lower costs, and improve instruction, even as they face diminishing financial support from the states they serve. Against this backdrop, Ithaka S+R, with funding from Lumina Foundation, undertook a study of ten institutions in the Public Flagships Network (PFN). Over the course of the 2013/2014 academic year, Ithaka S+R...
2014
The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition
Larry Johnson, Samantha Adams Becker, V. Estrada, A. Freeman
The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI), an EDUCAUSE Program. This eleventh edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on learning, teaching, and creative inquiry in...
2014
Deconstructing Disengagement: Analyzing Learner Subpopulations in Massive Open Online Courses
Rene Kizilcec, Chris Piech, Emily Schneider
As MOOCs grow in popularity, the relatively low completion rates of learners has been a central criticism. This focus on completion rates, however, reflects a monolithic view of disengagement that does not allow MOOC designers to target interventions or develop adaptive course features for particular subpopulations of learners. To address this, this paper presents a simple, scalable, and...
2013
Current Status of Research on Online Learning in Postsecondary Education
Kelly A. Lack
It is unfortunately the case that there have been few rigorous efforts to produce compelling evidence of the learning outcomes associated with online courses at the postsecondary level. While the presence of various forms of online learning has expanded rapidly over the past decade, the field has proliferated largely on the proverbial “wing and a prayer.” This is not to suggest that the future of...
2013
Interactive Learning Online at Public Universities: Evidence from Randomized Trials
William Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos, Kelly A. Lack, Thomas I. Nygren
Higher education is facing serious challenges in the United States.
2012
Six Provocations for Big Data
danah boyd, Kate Crawford
The era of Big Data has begun. Computer scientists, physicists, economists, mathematicians, political scientists, bio-informaticists, sociologists, and many others are clamoring for access to the massive quantities of information produced by and about people, things, and their interactions. Diverse groups argue about the potential benefits and costs of analyzing information from Twitter, Google,...
2011