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October 23, 2014

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

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British Journal of Educational Technology

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Original Articles

Internal structure of virtual communications in communities of inquiry in higher education: Phases, evolution and participants’ satisfaction
Elba Gutierrez-Santiuste and Maria-Jesus Gallego-Arrufat
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12218
The scale for the self-efficacy and perceptions in the safe use of the Internet for teachers: The validity and reliability studies
Nadire Cavus and Erinc Ercag
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12217
The perils of a lack of student engagement: Reflections of a “lonely, brave, and rather exposed” online instructor
Philip Stott
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12215
Foundations of dynamic learning analytics: Using university student data to increase retention
Sara de Freitas, David Gibson, Coert Du Plessis, Pat Halloran, Ed Williams, Matt Ambrose, Ian Dunwell and Sylvester Arnab
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12212
Increasing performance by differentiated teaching? Experimental evidence of the student benefits of digital differentiation
Carla Haelermans, Joris Ghysels and Fernao Prince
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12209
Construction of a digital learning environment based on cloud computing
Jihong Ding, Caiping Xiong and Huazhong Liu
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12208


Informing learning design with learning analytics to improve teacher inquiry
Donatella Persico and Francesca Pozzi
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12207

Original Articles

Papier-mach(in)e: Thinking with “sticky paper in the cloud
Judith Enriquez-Gibson
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12206
Examining the characteristics of student postings that are liked and linked in a CSCL environment
Alexandra Makos, Kyungmee Lee and Daniel Zingaro
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12201


Editorial: TEL in the workplace
Heather Short and Sue Greener
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12213

Original Articles

Barriers to blended digital distance vocational learning for non-traditional students
Kimberly Safford and Julia Stinton
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12222
Developing new teacher inquiry and criticality: The role of online discussions
Adam Unwin
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12194
Beyond performance data: Improving student help seeking by collecting and displaying influential data in an online middle-school science curriculum
Samantha G. Daley, Garron Hillaire and LeeAnn M. Sutherland
Article first published online: 15 OCT 2014 | DOI: 10.1111/bjet.12221
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October 22, 2014

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The Hechinger Report
Steve Jobs once called the personal computer “a bicycle for our minds,” a tool that helps us go farther with the same amount of energy. But for many teachers, it has been a bumpy ride. Educators have long held new technology at arm’s length, and…
Discussions about the future of school curricula tend to be cannibalized by the sensationalized debate over the Common Core, but for those able to glimpse the long-term future, a key issue is open educational resources (OER). For many, the…
Getting Smart
The convergence of key trends across technology, education and communications policy presents the United States with an unprecedented opportunity to develop a plan to leverage 21st century technologies and broadband Internet platforms to enhance…
Kingsport Times-News
Successful U.S. presidential candidate Herbert Hoover in 1928 promised “a chicken in every pot and a car in every garage.” For the 21st Century, Kingsport City Schools is preparing to promise and provide a laptop in every student’s hands in grades 4-12 by…
The Learning Accelerator
As we began developing our human capital strategy in the summer of 2013, we heard two things about leadership in blended and personalized schools: principals are absolutely critical to successful design and implementation, and there is a dearth of…
For a decade, MDRC has tracked the New York City Department of Education’s new school development. Last week they released another brief confirming what we knew a decade ago – small high schools “have markedly increased graduation rates for…
Last week the New America Foundation’s Chelsea Wilhelm wrote about a startling trend in state education technology planning: by and large, it’s not happening. As Wilhelm summarized, after combing through public records she found that: [J]ust 19…
Jessie Woolley-Wilson has big ideas about education technology. I sat down with the CEO of DreamBox Learning – an adaptive math learning system used by students in all 50 states and more than 20 districts in Washington – to get her take on what’s…
The Globe and Mail
The first hint that Arizona State University is not a typical school are signs punctuating the palm tree-lined pedestrian mall where students seek refuge from the unrelenting desert sun. One sign directs visitors to the School of Human Evolution and Social…
As part of Connected Educator Month, I participated in a blended learning webinar this past week. The topic of conversation: What is it like to be a blended learning teacher? I really enjoyed connecting with teachers across the country to hear about their…
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