The Sloan Foundation is probably one of the most useful resources, particularly in terms of current research on online and blended learning. Their introduction reads:
"A consortium of institutions and organizations committed to quality online education. The purpose of the Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is to help learning organizations continually improve quality, scale, and breadth of their online programs according to their own distinctive missions, so that education will become a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines. Created with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Sloan-C encourages the collaborative sharing of knowledge and effective practices to improve online education in learning effectiveness, access, affordability for learners and providers, and student and faculty satisfaction."
Effective practices from Sloan-C are listed under the following:
- Learning Effectiveness The provider demonstrates that the quality of learning online is comparable to the quality of its traditional programs.
- Cost Effectiveness and Institutional Commitment Institutions continuously improve services while reducing cost.
- Access All learners who wish to learn online have the opportunity and can achieve success.
- Faculty Satisfaction Faculty achieves success with teaching online, citing appreciation and happiness.
- Student Satisfaction Students are successful in learning online and are typically pleased with their experience.
The Journal for Asynchronous Networks - JALN - includes research articles on online and hybrid/blended learning. Additional publications include: