BU Today: The DLI Team

By Azer Bestavros
July 16th, 2013

New Team Will Power BU’s Online Education Digital Learning Initiative: president’s council key recommendation 07.16.2013 By Rich Barlow A faculty-led team, helmed by a School of Management expert on information technology, will guide BU across the new terrain of enhanced online education. Chrysanthos Dellarocas, an SMG professor and chairman of information systems, will lead the new Digital Learning Initiative (DLI). The DLI will develop online courses called MOOCs (massive open online courses), which will be available to people around the world whether or not they are matriculated BU students. It will also distribute seed grants this fall to faculty to craft innovative online education... More

CETLI Report and Next Steps

By Azer Bestavros
July 15th, 2013

TO: Boston University Faculty FROM: Robert A. Brown, President; Jean Morrison, University Provost DATE: July 15, 2013 SUBJECT: Report of the Council on Educational Technology & Learning Innovation and Next Steps in Organizing BUx We are writing to update you on the results from the work of the Council on Educational Technology & Learning Innovation (CETLI). The council was formed last fall to advise us on how digital learning platforms might change residential education and expand our capacity to educate new communities of learners. CETLI’s report and our initial charge to the committee are now available to BU faculty on our internal website. We want... More

BU Joins Leading Online Course Platform edX

By Azer Bestavros
May 21st, 2013

05.21.2013 By Rich Barlow (from BU Today) BU has joined edX, the Harvard-and-MIT-led online learning platform that shares the University’s commitment to using technology’s benefits for students on campus as well as off. The partnership will give BU professors more flexibility in designing their courses and discerning which educational methods work best with students. Membership obligates BU to offer five MOOCs (massive open online courses) via edX, says Jean Morrison, University provost. MOOCs typically enable people around the world to take a university class for free, sans credit. But BU and edX also espouse blended, or hybrid, courses: for-credit classes that mingle... More

BU Joins edX

By Azer Bestavros
May 21st, 2013

EdX Expands xConsortium to Asia and Doubles in Size with Addition of 15 New Global Institutions EdX continues to grow its network of the world's leading institutions of higher education to meet global demand and increase access to quality education CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- EdX, the not-for-profit online learning initiative composed of the leading global institutions of the xConsortium, today announced another doubling of its university membership with the addition of its first Asian institutions and further expansion in the Ivy League. The xConsortium is gaining 15 prestigious higher education institutions, bringing its total to 27, including Tsinghua University and... More

CETLI Symposium: Program

By Azer Bestavros
April 21st, 2013

The advance program for the CETLI Symposium on Online Technology & the Future of Higher Education is now available from  

CETLI activities on BU Today

By Azer Bestavros
April 4th, 2013

Faculty Urged to Help Design Online Offerings Presidential council studies technology’s benefits on and off campus By Rich Barlow April 4, 2013 [Original Article on BU Today] President Brown and the Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation want professors to help design the education of the future. Academe is abuzz over MOOCs, massive open online courses, which could allow a Siberian with a laptop to take a class taught on Commonwealth Avenue. But the group charged by President Robert A. Brown with refining BU’s online education has different marching orders: students on campus should benefit as much as people far from Boston. To realize that vision, More

CETLI Spring Activities

By Azer Bestavros
March 20th, 2013

The Council on Educational Technology & Learning Innovation (CETLI) invites all faculty, staff and students to join in the many opportunities this spring to discuss and learn more about the uses of educational technology to support residential education and reach new audiences. Please check out the CETLI community blog and comment on posts. When it appears in your inbox, please respond to the CETLI survey later this month. Please contact CETLI at with any questions. We hope to see you this spring! Roundtable Series If you are interested in attending any of these roundtable discussions, RSVP by emailing ... More

A Lecture Heard ‘Round The World

By Azer Bestavros
November 6th, 2012

BU Today published an article summarizing the work of the Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation. The article by Rich Barlow, entitled "A Lecture Heard 'Round The World", examines a number of ways that BU might leverage and contribute to emerging on-line educational technologies and services, and to the increased connectedness.

Announcing New Council on Educational Technology & Learning Innovation

By awhipple
October 16th, 2012

TO: Boston University Community FROM: Robert A. Brown, President Jean Morrison, University Provost SUBJECT: Council on Educational Technology and Learning Innovation DATE: October 12, 2012 Much has been written in recent years about the potentially transformative impact of new, technology-enabled teaching methods on higher education. From higher education analysts and leaders to the popular press, new initiatives, research, and commentary on this topic appear daily, expressing enthusiasm, delivering rebukes, and sounding alarms. Simultaneously, the recession has brought into focus the dialogue about the sustainability of our model of higher education and the cost disease caused by its lack of scalability to student demand. Over the last seven years, Boston University... More