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August 27, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/25/14

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Watch the Video: “The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company”

Michael Malone is a regular editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and has covered Silicon Valley for over 30 years. His books include “The Guardian of All Things” and “Learning Curve.” For more, visit: michaelsmalone.com. In this program Mr. Malone talks about the rise and importance of Intel and the men who created it. […]

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Mindtool-Assisted In-Field Learning (MAIL): An Advanced Ubiquitous Learning Project in TaiwanScholars have identified that learning in an authentic environment with quality contextual and procedural supports can engage students in thorough observations and knowledge construction. Moreover, the target is that students are able to experience and make sense of all of the learning activities in the real-world environment with meaningful supports, such that their learning motivation […]

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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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States Focus On Preparing Future Workforce To Strengthen EconomyWASHINGTON—To further governors’ efforts to align education and training systems to the needs of state economies, the National Governors Association (NGA) today announced support for 14 states Colorado,Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oklahoma,Virginia, Washington and West Virginia. By increasing the number of citizens with a postsecondary degree or relevant workforce certificate, more people will have access to the middle class and beyond, […]

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AI, Robotics, and the Future of JobsThe vast majority of respondents to the 2014 Future of the Internet canvassing anticipate that robotics and artificial intelligence will permeate wide segments of daily life by 2025, with huge implications for a range of industries such as health care, transport and logistics, customer service, and home maintenance. But even as they are largely consistent […]

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Press Release: New Startup “SitWith” Brings Strangers Together For Productive Networking LunchesPITTSBURGH—The challenge of meeting new people and expanding your personal network just got a lot easier for individuals in Pittsburgh. This is great news for people, such as young professionals, who are new to the area or those who are long-time residents and simply enjoy sharing conversation. SitWith, a startup company incubated by the entrepreneurship […]

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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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August 12, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/11/14

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The Quest for a Quantum Future

STATION Q, headquarters of potentially world-changing quantum computing research, is located just past where the Pacific Ocean meets the sand, up through a grove of palm trees and across a bike path. (Do mind the shirtless college student zipping past on a skateboard wearing only a backpack and swim trunks.) In some ways, Station Q […]

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Social presence in online learning communities: the role of personal profilesOnline communication is increasingly used in education, but it is not without problems. One significant difficulty is a lack of social presence. Social presence relates to the need for users of technology-based communication to perceive each other as real people. Low social presence can be a particular issue in text-based, asynchronous systems such as discussion […]

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Consensus, Compromise, and Persistence: Implementing a Single ERP for 13 CollegesUsing the multi-entity processing (MEP) model let the Colorado Community College System transform 13 instances of ERP at its individual community colleges into a single installation. The new system handles all major transactions, including student, financial aid, human resource, and finance transactions, as well as allowing across-the-board updates for financial aid and legislative changes that impact all 13 colleges. Aligning 13 colleges on consistent business practices was […]

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Quality Experiences Of Inquiry In Blended Contexts – University Student Approaches To Inquiry, Technologies, And Conceptions Of LearningEvaluating the quality of inquiry using technology in blended contexts at university is a complex phenomenon as there are many variables which could account for qualitative variation in the experience. This study looks at reasons for qualitative variation in the university student experience of inquiry using technologies. It considers approaches to inquiry and technologies, conceptions […]

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Patterns And Principles For Blended Synchronous Learning: Engaging Remote And Face-To-Face Learners In Rich-Media Real-Time Collaborative ActivitiesBlended synchronous learning involves using rich-media technologies to enable remote and face-to-face students to jointly participate in the same live classes. This article presents blended synchronous learning designs from seven case studies that were part of a project funded by the Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching and articulates principles for implementation as espoused […]

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Online Learning Consortium Names Kathleen Ives CEO and Executive DirectorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE On the heels of the rebranding of the Sloan Consortium to the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), this appointment signifies OLC’s firm commitment to its mission of helping member institutions advance the quality of their online learning initiatives. NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (July 21, 2014) — The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), formerly The Sloan […]

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Consensus, Compromise, and Persistence: Implementing a Single ERP for 13 CollegesUsing the multi-entity processing (MEP) model let the Colorado Community College System transform 13 instances of ERP at its individual community colleges into a single installation. The new system handles all major transactions, including student, financial aid, human resource, and finance transactions, as well as allowing across-the-board updates for financial aid and legislative changes that impact all 13 colleges. Aligning 13 colleges on consistent business practices was […]

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Can young students master digital writing assessments?How did young students perform with a computer-based writing assessment pilot?

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StoryScape from MIT Media Lab: Create Stories TogetherWriting a storybook has never been easier! Access StoryScape

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August 5, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/4/14

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Peer Grading in a MOOC: Reliability, Validity, and Perceived EffectsPeer grading offers a scalable and sustainable way of providing assessment and feedback to a massive student population. However, currently there is little empirical evidence to support the credentials of peer grading as a learning assessment method in the MOOC context. To address this research need, this study examined 1,825 peer grading assignments collected from […]

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Understanding Social Learning Behaviors via a Virtual Field TripThis is a multidisciplinary study investigating how a virtual rather than face-to-face field trip can be conducted in a real-world setting and how students respond to such a social learning opportunity. Our participants followed a story of a stroke patient at her virtual home and in a virtual hospital via a teaching vignette. They were […]

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Digital Cameras and Information Literacy: Innovations from the FieldThe authors describe a learning exercise for an English composition information literacy instruction session that merges technology with active learning and is fun and engaging. Librarians introduced digital cameras into library instruction. Students filmed one another as they searched the online catalog to locate call numbers, investigate subject headings, and find books on the shelves. […]

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A case study of blended teaching and learning in a New Zealand secondary school, using an ecological frameworkThis paper reports on the findings of a case study that investigated how blended teaching and learning was implemented in a New Zealand secondary school. An ecological perspective was taken, in an attempt to clarify the complexity of blended teaching and learning implementation, by researching the roles of students, teachers, school leaders and other educational […]

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University faculty’s perspectives on the roles of e-instructors and their online instruction practiceDespite the rapid use of e-Learning in higher education, the beliefs of instructors about and their practices during online instruction have been seldom addressed. This study explores the role perceptions of e-instructors in higher education. In total, 106 instructors from 20 Taiwanese universities filled out a questionnaire. Analytical results indicate that “content expertise” and “instructional […]

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Promising uses of technology in education in poor, rural and isolated communities around the worldOne persistent challenge for educational policymakers and planners related to the potential use of informational and communication technologies (ICTs) in remote, low income communities around the world is that most products, services, usage models, expertise, and research related to ICT use in education come from high-income contexts and environments. The World Bank Blog Post

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New Book: Culture and Online Learning –Global Perspectives and ResearchEdited by Insung Jung , Charlotte Nirmalani Gunawardena Culture plays an overarching role that impacts investment, planning, design, development, delivery, and the learning outcomes of online education. This groundbreaking book remedies a dearth of empirical research on how digital cultures and teaching and learning cultures intersect, and offers grounded theory and practical guidance on how […]

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Distance learning needs re-tooling, captains tell chiefFORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (Army News Service, July 18, 2014) — It was to be a panacea. It could save money and reduce the carbon footprint by eliminating travel costs, decrease the need for infrastructure and perhaps even instructors, while allowing students to learn on their own time, in their own spaces, on their own devices. […]

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Six great ed-tech resources on YouTubeThe Clayton Christensen Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank dedicated to improving the world through disruptive innovation. Founded on the theories of Harvard professor Clayton M. Christensen, the Institute offers a unique framework for understanding many of society’s most pressing problems. eSchool News Full Article

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July 29, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/28/14

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Exclusive Interview with Ms. Jolie Kennedy, PhD candidate in Learning Technologies, University of MinnesotaDr. Saba: In recent years, you have been studying the field of educational technology, instructional design and distance education; you are now a doctoral candidate. What prompted you to study this field? Ms. Kennedy: Our first home computer was a Macintosh Plus. I took it out of the box, set it up, plugged it in, […]

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University virtualisation in Latin AmericaThis article analyses the process by which higher education in Latin America is being digitalised, and how it is radically changing the educational dynamics in the region. The incorporation of digital technology implies a transformation of traditional distance education and the creation of new distance education dynamics. Indeed, some institutions are now offering fully online […]

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Questions of quality in repositories of open educational resources: a literature reviewOpen educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials which are freely available and openly licensed. Repositories of OER (ROER) are platforms that host and facilitate access to these resources. ROER should not just be designed to store this content – in keeping with the aims of the OER movement, they should support educators in […]

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Learning from the early adopters: developing the Digital PractitionerThis paper explores how Sharpe and Beetham’s Digital Literacies Framework which was derived to model students’ digital literacies, can be applied to lecturers’ digital literacy practices. Data from a small-scale phenomenological study of higher education lecturers who used Web 2.0 in their teaching and learning practices are used to examine if this pyramid model represents […]

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Students’ Learning Behavior, Motivation and Critical Thinking in Learning Management SystemsComputer mediated communication (CMC) offers new opportunities for learners to create communities of inquiry that allow for more active learning. This paper reports on the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) as a tool to facilitate students’ writing and critical thinking skills. The primary data for the study came from students’ online learning records […]

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Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle UnlimitedIn a long-expected move, Amazon on July 18 announced the launch of Kindle Unlimited, a new subscription service that will give users unlimited access to a selection of 600,000 ebooks and more than 2,000 audiobooks on Amazon Kindle devices and any device with a Kindle app for $9.99 per month. Amazon is not first to […]

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Apple Touts Strong iPad Sales in Global School MarketApple’s iPad dominates the market for tablets in K-12 schools in the United States, according to recent estimates. This week, Apple officials offered a glimpse of what they say is the device’s major, and growing, presence in the overall, worldwide education space. Education Week Full Article

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July 22, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/21/14

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JULY 21, 2014
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NMC and CoSN Release the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition

The NMC and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN), with the support of HP, are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 K-12 Edition at a special session at the 2014 NMC Summer Conference in Portland, Oregon. This sixth K-12 edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to […]

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The Influence of Instructor-Generated Video Content on Student Satisfaction with and Engagement in Asynchronous Online ClassesStudies on the influence of video content on student outcomes in online courses generally reveal two consistent and contradictory themes: students perceive value in the content, but there is no measurable difference in student outcomes in courses that use video content. This study examined the influence of instructor-generated video content on student satisfaction (measured by […]

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Conditional Release of Course Materials: Assessing Best Practice RecommendationsWith advances in learning management systems and online course delivery methods, teachers have a variety of options to control the release of course content based on specific criteria. Despite the availability of such conditional release tools, very little research has assessed student perceptions and experiences with these tools. In a 2011 article, Gardner, Fisher, Raffo, […]

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Student-centred outcomes of an e-learning course on Public Health in Hanoi and New YorkWe evaluated the satisfaction and improvement in learning outcomes of students taking a distance course in Public Health facilitated by the Institute for Preventive Medicine and Public Health at the Hanoi Medical University and the State University of New York at Albany. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning Full Article

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Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable DevicesImprint Energy is developing a long-lasting, bendable, and rechargeable battery. MIT Technology Review Full Article

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The Post-LMS LMSBlackboard has Learn, Instructure has Canvas, and now, Desire2Learn has Brightspace. With Desire2Learn’s announcement, the three leading learning management system providers have all finally put a name to their products, but analysts say vendors may be on the verge of tearing down those silos in favor of an open ecosystem. Inside Higher Ed Full Article

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The IT Service Organization for a Post-Enterprise WorldThe technology-service marketplace is increasingly focused either below the enterprise (on the consumer) or above the enterprise (on the cloud). In the space between the consumer and the cloud, the post-enterprise IT organization can make key contributions, channeling technical possibilities in service to the institutional mission. EDUCAUSE Full Story

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Apple and IBM Forge Global Partnership to Transform Enterprise MobilityCUPERTINO, California and ARMONK, New York – 15 Jul 2014: Apple® and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced an exclusive partnership that teams the market-leading strengths of each company to transform enterprise mobility through a new class of business apps—bringing IBM’s big data and analytics capabilities to iPhone® and iPad®. IBM Press Release

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