In the News
Di Xu, quoted in "Online Education Offers New Ways to Identify and Support At-Risk Students" (May 13, 2020), Diverse Issues in Higher Education: "Xu finds a pitfall of online education – and one of the root causes of performance gaps – is that students feel disconnected from their instructors, so a personal touch and individualized information about supports can convey that professors are paying attention to and care about students’ academic progress, a “strong incentive” to stay motivated, she said."
Mark Warschauer, quoted in "The Post-Pandemic Education Landscape" (May 11, 2020), UCI News.
UC Irvine Opens Online Learning Research Center as Coronavirus Forces Faculty Online, by Sara Weissman, in Diverse Education (March 24, 2020):
Richard Arum, OpEd in the New York Times (March 18, 2020), "Well-resourced institutions should use their capital and scientific endowments to create and model best practices: building best-in-class online learning platforms and then adopting and promoting research-based approaches to iterate and improve on instructional design. Here the nation’s esteemed research universities are ideally positioned to serve the entire sector: they have the scale, expertise, and research infrastructure to make signal advances in applied learning science."
Di Xu, in the Seattle Times, comments on her "2018 study — this time conducted at California community colleges — [that] showed disadvantaged students were most likely to flounder in online courses, said Di Xu."
Center Directors Warschauer & Xu presented at the UCI Teaching & Learning Summit on March 6, 2020
Michael Dennin, Five Evidence-Based Ways to Improve Online Courses (March 26, 2020)