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Exploring the Dimensions of Self-Efficacy in Virtual World Learning: Environment, Task, and ContentThis study explores the dimensionality of college students’ self-efficacy related to their academic activities in the open-ended virtual world of Second Life (SL). To do this, relevant dimensions of self-efficacy were theoretically derived, and items to measure these dimensions were developed and then assessed using a survey methodology. Using data from 486 students enrolled in […]

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Does the Online Environment Promote Plagiarism? A Comparative Study of Dissertations from Brick-and-Mortar versus Online InstitutionsIn recent years, there has been a concern that the Internet has been contributing to a growth in student plagiarism. This paper reports on a study aimed at investigating if there were differences between plagiarism levels in doctoral dissertations submitted by students enrolled at traditional, brick-and-mortar institutions and those by students attending online counterparts. A […]

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Download Report: International Institue of Educational Planning Medium Term Strategy 2014-2017IIEP’s vision is rooted in the understanding that education is a basic human right. No child, youth or adult should be excluded from learning opportunities that will allow him or her to live decently, access and exercise their rights, and engage in civic life. IIEP is particularly concerned with expanding quality education to provide equitable […]

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Revisiting the “Sleeping Giant” Metaphor: Is It Still Sleeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Is It Still Really a Giant?In order to revisit Martorella’s metaphor of technology as a sleeping giant this paper analyzes data collected over multiple years in order to provide a portrait of how preservice teachers make sense of and choose (if at all) to integrate digital technologies within their internship classrooms. Findings indicate that in the Commonwealth of Virginia, within […]

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Call for Chapters: Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and CasesDigital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases Publisher: Routledge (Imprint of Taylor and Francis Group) Call for Chapters – Proposals Due 30 October 2014 More than any other time in history, learners have access to a multitude of learning opportunities. In large part, greater availability of learning options is possible because of the Internet […]

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Baroness Lane-Fox installed as sixth Chancellor of The Open UniversityCo-Founder of and digital pioneer, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, has become the sixth Chancellor of The Open University (OU). Martha Lane Fox delivered her inaugural speech as Chancellor at an official installation ceremony today (Wednesday 10 September 2014). Open University Press Release

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Apple Watch: Coming to a Classroom Near You?Wearable technology has entered the mainstream. The Apple Watch, announced on Tuesday, ushers in the possibility that, one day soon, campuses across the country will contend with students who are literally attached to their gadgets. Wired Campus Full Article

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Free webinar, facing the challenges in Open Educational Resources for Less Used LanguagesA forthcoming webinar on 19 September presents a great opportunity to connect around Educational Resources (OER) for Less Used Languages in an increasingly digital everyday culture. International Council for Open and Distance Education Press Release

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[CNIE-L] Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) Webinar Series On Community of Inquiry

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The Canadian Initiative for Distance Education Research (CIDER) Community of Inquiry Webinar Series will include monthly sessions running from September 2014 to June 2015. These sessions will feature presentations by leading researchers on the CoI framework and its application to blended, distance, and online learning. The Community of Inquiry website will act as a companion site for the series and includes a wealth of background materials and further readings.



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JRRE Publication Announcement: The Role of Postsecondary Institutional Urbanicity in College Persistence

Another JRRE publication alert…  But I am now caught up posting all of the items that were in my inbox as of noon on Saturday…  Hopefully some original content to come in the next few days…

The Journal of Research in Rural Education is pleased to announce the publication of:

Sparks, P.J., & Nuñez, A. (2014). The role of postsecondary institutional urbanicity in college persistence. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 29(6), 1-19.

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The Journal of Research in Rural Education publishes research that is of demonstrable relevance to educational issues within rural settings. JRRE welcomes single-study investigations, historical and philosophical analyses, research syntheses, theoretical pieces, and policy analyses from multiple disciplinary perspectives.  We welcome manuscripts concerning learning and instruction; preservice and inservice teacher education; educational leadership; educational policy; rural education and community development, and the cultural, historical, and economic context of rural education.  Brief commentary on recently published JRRE articles is also appropriate

Kai A. Schafft
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Department of Education Policy Studies
Penn State University

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FREE Research Webinar 9/16, 3-4pm EDT – Florida Virtual School Research – Register Now!

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Hi everyone!

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MVLRI will host the next Research Webinar tomorrow, September 16, 3-4pm EDT. Presenters Teresa King, Instructional Programs Manager, and Jodi Marshall, Executive Vice President, Business and School Solutions, of Florida Virtual School (FLVS) will present FLVS Research.

Florida Virtual School, the nation’s largest state K-12 virtual school, engages in multiple instructional research partnerships each year. In this presentation, members of the FLVS leadership team will discuss the process of designing organizational research goals and partnering with external researchers, in addition to sharing the challenges and best practices in managing research partnerships—from research methods/design to data collection and security.  Additionally, a summary of ongoing instructional research projects at FLVS will be offered. This presentation will appeal to both providers and researchers as an opportunity to learn more about working together in the important process of research partnership.

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