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August 27, 2014

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A final word today from the neo-liberals…

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A small but growing number of New York City schools are making assessments more meaningful for teachers and students through mastery-based approaches to learning. There are early and encouraging signs that mastery can motivate and engage students…
Getting Smart
Summer is good for many things: spending time with family, traveling, and for kids, taking a break from classes. But while students may take time off, their teachers are preparing for the upcoming school year – because learning never stops. And it never should. That…
Baltimore Sun
Tomorrow is not just the first day of the 2014-2015 school year for 110,000 students in Baltimore County Public Schools. It’s also the launch of initiatives to create opportunity-rich environments in every school, in every classroom and for every student. It has never…
Impatient Optimists
As I’ve discussed in previous posts, one of the Gates Foundation’s most pressing priorities is to remove the obstacles that impede quality teaching and learning. The College Ready team and I spend lots of time visiting schools, listening to teachers, and…
School administrators are looking to Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies as a way to bring technology resources in the community to bear in the classroom when there is little funding for school-owned devices. We are examining how three different teachers in…
Next Generation Learning Challenges
The Education Achievement Authority of Michigan calls the academic model employed at their schools “student-centered learning.” Perhaps their professional development for teachers – the subject of the latest Next Gen Tools brief – could be categorized as…
Kyle Foli hugged his daughter, Kyndall, as she prepared to enter Dugger/Union school as a high school freshman. It was just after 7:30 a.m., and they had joined about 80 other people to pray around a flagpole and launch a new year – and a new era. Dugger/Union…
Fast Company
Some people are born with natural intelligence or ability. Other people learn through their mistakes and become skilled through effort. Most people combine both. But which is more important: effort or talent? The online learning portal Khan Academy is launching a…
Just two years ago, some were heralding “the year of the MOOC” – the age when Massive Open Online Courses would permanently disrupt the higher education landscape and open instruction free to the masses. We’re now in what some call the “trough of…
Wall Street Journal
The nation’s second-largest school district is slowing down its $1 billion initiative to outfit every student with an iPad or laptop computer, in a setback for Apple Inc. and Pearson. Following the leak of its own internal report critical of the program and questions about…
Judging by headlines, public support for the Common Core standards appears to be waning. But that doesn’t necessarily suggest that people are against adopting a unified academic standard for American school children. Instead it seems that there’s some…
Post and Courier
Brick-and-mortar classrooms will no longer be the only learning space available to Berkeley County students. The Berkeley County School Board voted 6-0 to approve a new district policy allowing online learning. The online learning program is through the…
Huffington Post
As many students and teachers are returning to school this week, we should take a moment to reflect on something positive that happened in the dog days of summer – in our nation’s capital of all places – that will have a profound effect on the nation’s public…
Business Day
It might not be happening as fast as we’d like in South Africa, but education is evolving. And although schools worldwide have been criticised for being the final holdout against the digital revolution, digital learning technologies are widely accepted as being integral to…
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[DEANZ] Call for papers – JOFDL

From today’s inbox…  One more for my Kiwi readers, but any academics out there…


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Hello & Kia ora koutouThe Editors of the Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning are looking forward to reviewing papers for our second issue of 2014 – the deadline authors have been given is 1st September.
Those who attended the DEANZ2014 conference and other members of the national association of open flexible and distance learning, DEANZ, are particularly welcome.
We are already reviewing some papers and keen to receive more.

JOFDL issue 1, earlier this month, provides an exciting set of papers and introduces the new team of editors.

If you are finding the 1/9/14 deadline difficult to meet or need some support, then please let us know so that we can help you.

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British Journal of Educational Technology: Content Alert (New Articles)

And another item from Monday’s inbox…

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British Journal of Educational Technology

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

These Early View articles are now available on Wiley Online Library

Original Articles

Making in-class skills training more effective: The scope for interactive videos to complement the delivery of practical pedestrian training
James Hammond, Tom Cherrett and Ben Waterson
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12205
How and why academics do and do not use iPads for academic teaching?
Olaojo Aiyegbayo
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12202
Exploring factors that influence adoption of e-learning within higher education
Emma King and Russell Boyatt
Article first published online: 25 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12195
Personalized workplace learning: An exploratory study on digital badging within a teacher professional development program
Christopher Gamrat, Heather Toomey Zimmerman, Jaclyn Dudek and Kyle Peck
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12200
Scripting and monitoring meet each other: Aligning learning analytics and learning design to support teachers in orchestrating CSCL situations
María Jesús Rodríguez-Triana, Alejandra Martínez-Monés, Juan I. Asensio-Pérez and Yannis Dimitriadis
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12198
Scaling informal learning at the workplace: A model and four designs from a large-scale design-based research effort
Tobias Ley, John Cook, Sebastian Dennerlein, Milos Kravcik, Christine Kunzmann, Kai Pata, Jukka Purma, John Sandars, Patricia Santos, Andreas Schmidt, Mohammad Al-Smadi and Christoph Trattner
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12197 e-Newsletter – 8/25/14

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Guest Editorial: Powering Up: Insights from Distinguished Mobile and Ubiquitous Learning Projects across the World: Gwo-Jen Hwang and Lung-Hsiang WongRecent progress in mobile and wireless communication technologies has led to new development of technology- enhanced learning, enabling students to learn in the way that encompasses formal and informal learning across locations and time with supports or guidance from learning systems (Hwang, Wu, Zhuang, & Huang, 2013). Educational Technology & Society Editorial

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Learning with and from Facebook: Uncovering power asymmetries in educational interactionsAlthough social networking sites (SNS) are increasingly popular among students, their academic application is unfolding on trial basis and best practices for integration into mainstream teaching are yet to be fully realised. More importantly, is the need to understand how these sites shape academic relations and participation of heterogeneous students, particularly in resource-constrained African environments. […]

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The changing landscape of ePortfolios: A case study in one Australian universityThe potential of ePortfolios for both students and staff has generated considerable interest and investment by universities over the past ten years or so within Australia. Despite funded projects, ePortfolio specific conferences and a range of commercial and open software, there is not wide spread uptake of ePortfolios, although many universities continue to try and […]

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‘It Takes Time’The University of California System, after five years and millions of dollars spent, is asking for more time and money to get its systemwide online education initiative off the ground. Inside Higher Ed Full Article

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Only a Few More Days For Early Bird Discounts – 20th Annual OLC (Sloan-C) Conference

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Register before Aug 29:

20th Annual International Conference on Online Learning

October 29 – 31, 2014

Early Bird discounts end this Friday, August 29. Don’t miss out on savings.

Online learning is one of the most talked about and fastest growing sectors in higher education and corporate training today. Join us at the premier global gathering covering this field at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


“Driving Innovation with Online Learning”


  • New for 2014! Technology Test Kitchen Designed as a Maker Space, each Test Kitchen station will feature an expert “Chef” who will guide you through hands-on exercises focused on practical applications of the technology featured at that station.
  • Three keynotes announced:
    • John Medina on How Brains Learn with Technology
    • William E. Kirwan on Academic Innovation Landscape
    • Dave Cormier on Rhizomatic Learning
  • Get the inside scoop on the event from key presenters, sponsors and OLC executives in these interviews.
  • Disney Event Ticket Purchase now available (Thursday, October 30) – 2 Options:
    • Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Partylimited number of tickets, purchase early; or
    • Entrance to EPCOT Food and Wine Festival + IllumiNations fireworks display
    • $30 for registered conference attendees and $50 for guests. Don’t forget to sign up or amend your registration.
  • HBCU Leadership Summit for Online LearningThis one day event on October 29 provides an opportunity for the HBCU community to create a space to discover ways to empower and strengthen online education efforts. The summit features informative and stimulating presentations and discussions on strategies and resources that can assist in the creation of a sustainable online learning environment.

We hope you join us in celebrating 20 years of teaching and learning online.


Best Regards,


Christine Hinkley


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