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This section features links to other national initiatives focused on improving quality and reducing costs in higher education. Please subscribe to our quarterly newsletter, The Learning MarketSpace, where we regularly feature examples of other innovative course redesign efforts and excellence in the use of information technology to improve learning.

Large-Scale Initiatives: Significant efforts that contribute to improving quality while reducing costs using information technology.

Asynchronous Learning Networks (ALN)
The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation's initiative to establish, promote and evaluate Asynchronous Learning Networks.

IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. (IMS)
IMS is developing and promoting open specifications for facilitating online distributed learning activities such as locating and using educational content, tracking learner progress, reporting learner performance, and exchanging student records between administrative systems.

Learning Communities: Strategies That Improve the Undergraduate Experience
This project strives to strengthen curricular learning community efforts on individual campuses, as well as to foster more robust communities of learning community practice.

Mellon Foundation Initiative on Cost Effective Uses of Technology in Teaching
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation's initiative to test technological applications that are both cost effective and educationally effective.

The National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience
Increasing student success during the freshman year has been the goal of The National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition program since its inception. For more than 20 years, this program has provided resources on assessment and innovative curricular reform initiatives.

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)
A gateway to information about policy, programming and services supporting the South's “electronic marketplace” for online learning.

SUNY Learning Network
The State University of New York's award-winning online education program.

Western Governor’s University
An accredited university in the U.S. offering competency-based, online degrees.

Redesigned Courses: Examples of courses employing techniques similar to those used in the Program in Course Redesign.


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