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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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.
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
Technology Outlook for STEM+ Education 2012-2017
L. Johnson, S. Adams, M. Cummins, V. Estrada
This report was produced to explore emerging technologies and forecast their potential impact expressly in a STEM+ context. In the effort that ran from July through September 2012, the carefully selected group of 46 experts who contributed to the report considered hundreds of relevant articles, news, blog posts, research, and project examples as part of the preparation that ultimately pinpointed...
2012
The Open Learning Initiative: Measuring the Effectiveness of the OLI Statistics Course in Accelerating Student Learning
Marsha Lovett, Oded Meyer, Candice Thille
The Open Learning Initiative (OLI) is an open educational resources project at Carnegie Mellon University that began in 2002 with a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. OLI creates web-based courses that are designed so that students can learn effectively without an instructor.
2008
The Foundations of Assessment
James W. Pellegrino, Naomi Chudowsky
This article presents major messages from the National Research Council report, "Knowing What Students Know: The Science and Design of Educational Assessment" (2001). The committee issuing this report was charged with synthesizing advances in the cognitive sciences and measurement, and exploring their implications for improving educational assessment. It opens with a vision for the future of...
2007