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November 19, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 11/17/14

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The Effects of Meta-Cognitive Instruction on Students’ Reading Comprehension in Computerized Reading Contexts: A Quantitative Meta-Analysis

Comprehension is the essence of reading. Finding appropriate and effective reading strategies to support students’ reading comprehension has always been a critical issue for educators. This article presents findings from a meta-analysis of 17 studies of metacognitive strategy instruction on students’ reading comprehension in computerized reading contexts. Overall, some instances of metacognitive strategy instruction tended […]

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The Case for ‘Passive’ Learning – The ‘Silent’ Community of Online LearnersThis paper examines two modules within the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University (OU) and considers the extent to which ‘passive’ learning may be taking place. Both are level one modules (first year undergraduate) and use a combination of asynchronous (forums) and synchronous (Blackboard Collaborate technology, branded ‘OU Live’) technologies for teaching. The […]

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iSELF: The development of an Internet‑Tool for Self‑Evaluation and Learner FeedbackThis paper describes the theoretical basis and development of the iSELF: an Internet-tool for Self-Evaluation and Learner Feedback to stimulate self-directed learning in ubiquitous learning environments. In ubiquitous learning, learners follow their own trails of interest, scaffolded by coaches, peers and tools for thinking and learning. Ubiquitous learning solutions include on- and off-line, formal and […]

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Effect of Geographic Distance on Distance Education: An Empirical StudyThis study investigates the effect of geographic distance on students’ distance learning experience with the aim to provide tentative answers to a fundamental question – does geographic distance matter in distance education? Using educational outcome data collected from an online master’s program in Geographic Information Systems, this study calculates the distance between students’ residences and […]

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Student Online Readiness Assessment Tools: A Systematic Review ApproachAlthough there are tools to assess student’s readiness in an online learning context, little is known about the psychometric properties of the tools used or not. A systematic review of 5107 published and unpublished papers identified in a literature search on student online readiness assessment tools between 1990 and 2010 was conducted. The objective of […]

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At Liberal-Arts Colleges, Debate About Online Courses Is Really About OutsourcingLifetime residents of Maine tend to look askance at people who are “from away,” an epithet reserved for transplants, summer vacationers, and college students. Such people might mean well, the thinking goes, but ultimately they do not belong. Wired Campus Full Article

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Accidental ExposureProQuest will no longer sell the dissertations in its database through third-party retailers such as Amazon, the company announced on Monday, responding to confused scholars who found their research for sale online. Inside Higher Education Full Article

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Education & Technology in an Age of Pandemics (revisited)MOOCs — massively open online courses of the sort that can simultaneously enroll thousands, even tens of thousands, of learners simultaneously — have been a hot topic of discussion for a few years now in both the worlds of education and ‘international development’ (and, for what it’s worth, the subject of numerous related posts here […]

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Saying No to Fully OnlineUF Online, the University of Florida’s online education arm, won’t offer a political science degree after the department, concerned about quality and the state’s shifting leadership, voted against the idea. Inside Higher Education Full Article

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November 12, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 11/12/14

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Learning in cyber-physical worlds

What lies in the space where the cyber world and physical world converge? A spectrum of blended augmented experiences and a fount of new opportunities for educational practice. The success of this projected convergence depends on the availability of affordable virtual reality hardware, such as wearable haptic and movement tracking devices, and the use of […]

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YouTubing: Challenging Traditional Literacies and Encouraging Self-Organisation and Connecting in a Connectivist Approach to Learning in the K-12 SystemThis article argues that a new research trajectory in the Connectivism debate should be open to the K-12 system, and that education should consider the Web 2.0 application YouTube as a pedagogical tool in learning. We aim to show that YouTube facilitates students’ self-organised learning in informal and formal education. YouTube is potentially a meaningful […]

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E-counselling implementation: Students’ life stories and counselling technologies in perspectiveGiven the current global trend of mimicking real life situations into digital counselling games and its related digital counselling platforms, we decided to contextually understand from the Ghanaian senior high school students, their life challenges arising from their life stories. The study also explores the extent to which ICT is currently being used to provide […]

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Investigating students’ behavioural intention to adopt and use mobile learning in higher education in East AfricaRecent penetration of mobile technologies and its services in East Africa has provided a new platform for institutions to widen access to education through mobile learning. Mobile technologies provide learners with flexibility and ubiquity to learn anytime and anywhere via wireless Internet. However, far too little research has been conducted to investigate factors that contribute towards students’ adoption and […]

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The evolution of open access to research and data in Australian higher educationOpen access (OA) in the Australian tertiary education sector is evolving rapidly and, in this article, we review developments in two related areas: OA to scholarly research publications and open data. OA can support open educational resource (OER) efforts by providing access to research for learning and teaching, and a range of actors including universities, […]

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Training Online Teachers Through A Badge Driven CourseGeorgia Virtual School (GaVS) is a supplemental program of the Georgia Department of Education serving students in grades 6-12. During the 2013-2014 school year, more than 23,000 students enrolled in GaVS courses. eLearn Magazine Full Article

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Adaptive Testing Shaping InstructionAt the Waukesha STEM Academy-Saratoga Campus, students can find themselves taking adaptive tests once a day, or once a month, depending on the subject matter and how quickly they work through the curriculum. But the Wisconsin charter school found the customized assessments that adjust the level of difficulty based on the responses of the test-taker […]

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College creates digital teaching certificate for professorsThe School of Economics and Business Administration (SEBA) at Saint Mary’s College has announced the launch of a Digital Driver’s License (DDL) program, aimed at ensuring quality of hybrid and online courses. eCampus News Full Article

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4 communication, curation tools for Common Core successEducators throughout our state, nation, and world are always trying to save time and get better resources in order to provide the best available for their students. There are so many resources available, what’s an over-scheduled educator to do? eSchool News Full Article

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November 3, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 11/3/14

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Where is research on massive open online courses headed? A data analysis of the MOOC Research Initiative

This paper reports on the results of an analysis of the research proposals submitted to the MOOC Research Initiative (MRI) funded by the Gates Foundation and administered by Athabasca University. The goal of MRI was to mobilize researchers to engage into critical interrogation of MOOCs. The submissions – 266 in Phase 1, out of which […]

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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS): Emerging Trends in Assessment and Accreditation

In 2014, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are expected towitness a phenomenal growth in student registration compared to the previous years. As MOOCs continue to grow in number, therehas been an increasing focus on assessment and evaluation. Because of the huge enrollments in a MOOC, it is impossible for the instructor to grade homework and evaluate each student. […]

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Integrating an Information Literacy Quiz into the Learning Management System

The [Library Name] [Department Name] developed a Quiz that could be integrated into the consortial learning management software to accompany a local online, open-source IL tutorial. The Quiz is integrated into individual course pages, allowing students to receive a grade for completion and improving buy-in at the faculty and student level. Piloted in nine first-year […]

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Academics and their online networks: Exploring the role of academic social networking sites

The rapid rise in popularity of online social networking has been followed by a slew of services aimed at an academic audience. This project sought to explore network structure in these sites, and to explore trends in network structure by surveying participants about their use of sites and motivations for making connections. Social network analysis […]

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Resource requirements and costs of developing and delivering MOOCs

Given the ongoing alarm regarding uncontrollable costs of higher education, it would be reasonable to expect not only concern about the impact of MOOCs on educational outcomes, but also systematic efforts to document the resources expended on their development and delivery. However, there is little publicly available information on MOOC costs that is based on […]

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Flexibility spurs iPad online degree program

As of fall 2015, Lynn University will deliver its evening undergraduate degree programs via its award-winning iPad platform. Adult students will be able to pursue their undergraduate degrees online, on campus or through a combination of both for about the cost of a single year’s tuition for a traditional degree program. eCampus News Full Article

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The Quest for Data that Really Impacts Student Success

As colleges and universities accumulate more and more information from campus systems, researchers are looking for ways to turn big data into learning insights. Campus Technology Full Article

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Tips to boost response rates for online evaluations

More Canadian universities are moving to online student evaluations, which unfortunately produce lower response rates. Students either don’t care to fill them out, don’t understand their purpose, or just plain forget. What they don’t usually realize is that these evaluations are used to hire and fire sessional instructors and can also be used for tenure […]

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Unlimited Access Learning

The warfighter requires on-demand training, but traditional methods can be costly and time-consuming and keep warfighters away from their families. Today’s military is capable of delivering this training to the warfighter 24/7 on most mobile devices through distributed learning (DL). Military Training Full Article

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October 27, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 10/27/14

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A Review of Research on Mobile Learning in Teacher Education

Mobile devices have become attractive learning devices for education. While the majority of the existing research has focused primarily on the value of mobile learning for students, researchers have recently started exploring its potentials within teacher development. The present qualitative synthesis of quantitative and qualitative research aimed to address trends and gaps observed in the […]

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Educational triage in open distance learning: Walking a moral tightrope

This article provides a conceptual framework to realise the potential of educational triage to responsibly and ethically respond to legitimate concerns about the “revolving door” in distance and online learning and the sustainability of higher education, without compromising ‘openness.’ The conceptual framework does not attempt to provide a detailed map, but rather a compass consisting […]

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The Role of Enrollment Choice in Online Education: Course Selection

There is well-documented evidence that online retention rates are lower than face-to-face retention rates. However, most past research on online retention focuses on student characteristics, with little knowledge existing on the impact of course type. This study uses a matched sample of 2,330 students at a large urban community college to analyze two key course-level […]

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Why do Institutions Offer MOOCs?

By reviewing the literature and interviewing 83 individuals knowledgeable about massive open online courses (MOOCs), we investigate the goals of institutions of higher education that are currently developing and delivering such courses. We identify six major goals for MOOC initiatives: extending reach and access, building and maintaining brand, improving economics by reducing costs or increasing […]

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Remediation of print: On the current restructuration of higher education

The educational establishment was built and structured on a communication pattern at the core of the Gutenberg Galaxy that combines the spoken word with printed and handwritten resources. The current digitization of text is a pacesetter for retooling the workplace in the “industries of signs”, for replacing skills on a broad scale and for developing […]

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TigerHub is new course planning, academic information site

Princeton University will launch a new online student portal, TigerHub, where undergraduate and graduate students plan and enroll in courses, access academic records and maintain personal information. TigerHub will launch the first week of November at www.princeton.edu/tigerhub and will replace the homepage of SCORE (the Student Course Online Registration Engine). Princeton University Press Release

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Another Brick in the Wall? Increased Challenges Face the Physical Campus

Presidents, trustees and senior administrators at New England colleges and universities all feel the pressures: keep tuition down, be competitive academically and make sure the physical campus draws talent from a shrinking pool of traditional high school graduates and new nontraditional students. Given resource limitations, something’s got to give and, for many campuses, investment in […]

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How Will Campus Networks Handle the Internet of Things’ 26 Billion Devices?

The exponential growth of the Internet of Things will challenge college and university wireless networks with large quantities of data, security concerns, bandwidth demands and more. Campus Technology Full Article

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Ga. State’s Loss in ‘E-Reserves’ Case Might Actually Be a Win for Librarians

In May 2012 fair-use advocates celebrated a federal judge’s decision in a high-profile copyright case. The ruling was seen as a decisive victory for Georgia State University, whose librarians wanted to be able to make freely available as much copyrighted material as possible to students via its electronic reserve system. Wired Campus Full Article

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October 21, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 10/20/14

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OCTOBER 20, 2014
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Resources: Understanding Quantum ComputingWe know that quantum computing is a complex subject, but the resources section has content aimed at people with differing levels of knowledge. Watch a video, read a tutorial or white paper or one of the many scientific papers that have been published about all aspects of D-Wave and quantum computing. D-Wave Visit website

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Improving Virtual Collaborative Learning through Canonical Action ResearchVirtual collaboration continues to gain in significance and is attracting attention also as virtual collaborative learning (VCL) in education. This paper addresses aspects of VCL that we identified as critical in a series of courses named ‘Net Economy’: (1) technical infrastructure, (2) motivation and collaboration, and (3) assessment and evaluation. Net Economy is an international […]Keep Reading

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iSELF: The development of an Internet-Tool for Self-Evaluation and Learner FeedbackThis paper describes the theoretical basis and development of the iSELF: an Internet-tool for Self-Evaluation and Learner Feedback to stimulate self-directed learning in ubiquitous learning environments. In ubiquitous learning, learners follow their own trails of interest, scaffolded by coaches, peers and tools for thinking and learning. Ubiquitous learning solutions include on- and off-line, formal and […]Keep Reading

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Using wikis for online group projects: Student and tutor perspectivesThis paper presents a study of the use of wikis to support online group projects in two courses at the UK Open University. The research aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a wiki in supporting (i) student collaboration and (ii) tutors’ marking of the students’ collaborative work. The paper uses the main factors previously identified […]Keep Reading

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Diving into Lake Devo: Modes of representation and means of interaction and reflection in online role-playThis paper outlines an action research project involving the development of an educational online role-playing website, known as Lake Devo. Designed in keeping with constructivist principles, the website is used in select post-secondary courses at Ryerson University and allows learners to work synchronously, using visual, audio, and text elements to create avatars and interact in […]Keep Reading

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A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open AccessFunded by tertiary institutions rather than individual researchers, this new model seeks to provide open access not just to traditional academic publications but to all forms of scholarly output. EDUCAUSE Full ArticleKeep Reading

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Coursera Expands Its MOOC Certificate ProgramCoursera, the online education company, announced on Wednesday that it was expanding a program that awards special certificates to students who pass multiple MOOCs. Wired Campus Full ArticleKeep Reading

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Reaching Out With TechA former New York City schools chancellor plans to use technology — and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation’s $700 million endowment — to connect more low-income students with prestigious colleges and universities. Inside Higher Education Full ArticleKeep Reading

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HP hopes its breakup will benefit higher edVenerable Silicon Valley company HP is splitting into two separate firms—one for printers and computers and one for enterprise solutions Innovations in mobile computing, 3D printing, and cloud services are what HP hopes to deliver to colleges, universities, and other customers as a result of its decision this week to split into two separate companies. […]Keep Reading

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