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December 17, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 12/15/14

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Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics and Educational Data Mining in Practice: A Systematic Literature Review of Empirical Evidence This paper aims to provide the reader with a comprehensive background for understanding current knowledge on Learning Analytics (LA) and Educational Data Mining (EDM) and its impact on adaptive learning. It constitutes an overview of empirical evidence behind key objectives […]

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Teaching the disembodied: Othering and activity systems in a blended synchronous learning situation

This study examines what happens when online and campus students participate in real time in the same campus classroom. Before this study, postgraduate students studying online in a course intended primarily as professional development for language educators were taking the course through reading the course literature including assigned articles, writing reflective texts in the asynchronous […]

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Identity and the itinerant online learner

This paper outlines a preliminary study of the kinds of strategies that master students draw upon for interpreting and enacting their identities in online learning environments. Based primarily on the seminal works of Goffman (1959) and Foucault (1988), the Web of Identity Model (Koole, 2009; Koole and Parchoma, 2012) is used as an underlying theoretical […]

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Impact of Learner’s Characteristics and Learning Behaviour on Learning Performance during a Fully Online Course

A fully online learning environment requires effective learning management in order to promote pro-active education. Since student’s notes are a reflection of the progress of their education, analysis of notes taken can be used to track the learning process of students who participate in fully online courses. This paper presents the causal relationships between student’s […]

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Using e-Portfolios to Assess Program Goals, Integrative Learning and Civic Engagement: A Case Example

Providing opportunities to foster students’ civic engagement during their undergraduate education is a goal of many universities. There are a variety of ways in which students participate in community service and in community change efforts and social change initiatives; capturing how students integrate these experiences into their broader learning goals can help both students and […]

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Beyond the MOOC Model: Changing Educational Paradigms

Four trends – MOOC-based degrees, competency-based education, the formalization of learning, and regulatory reform – are shifting educational practice away from core tenets of traditional education, indicating not a transient phenomenon but rather a fundamental change to the status quo. EDUCAUSE

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Americans Feel Better Informed Thanks to the Internet

Rather than crushing them with too much information and making it hard to find useful material, most Americans say the internet and cell phones have brought benefits in learning, sharing and diversifying the flow of information into their lives. Pew Research Internet Project

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Tracking what students grasp

Socrative mobile quiz app saves teachers time and offers real-time data on student comprehension of material. MIT

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10 Online Learning Trends to Watch in 2015 [#Infographic]

Amid the shifting sands of online education, which trends can we expect to set the tone for e-learning in the year ahead? EdTech Focus on Higher Education

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December 10, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 12/9/14

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DECEMBER 9, 2014
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Approximating the Practice of Mathematics Teaching: What Learning Can Web-Based, Multimedia Storyboarding Software Enable?

This paper builds on Grossman’s notion of approximations of practice as scaled-down opportunities for preservice teachers to learn to teach by doing. The authors propose the use of media rich, collaborative web-authoring tools for preservice teachers to create, complete, or edit scenarios in which they practice particular activities of teaching, such as explaining a mathematics […]

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New Technologies, New Possibilities for the Arts and Multimodality in English Language Arts

This article discusses the arts, multimodality, and new technologies in English language arts. It then turns to the example of the illuminated text—a multimodal book report consisting of animated text, music, and images—to consider how art, multimodality, and technology can work together to support students’ reading of literature and inspire their creativity. Illuminated texts are […]

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An interactive digital platform for preservice secondary English teachers’ reading: First iteration findings

Preservice teachers of secondary English need sustained and confident experiences of the pedagogical affordances of information and communication technologies (ICTs), to overcome the constraints perceived by their secondary teaching colleagues. They also need to rapidly develop an extensive knowledge of adolescent fiction titles for progressing the reading engagement and success of their future students. Building […]

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Effects of using mobile devices on English listening diversity and speaking for EFL elementary students

This study designed learning activities supported by a mobile learning system for students to develop listening and speaking skills in English as a foreign language (EFL). How students perceive learning activities and a mobile learning system were examined in this study. Additionally, how different practices relate to students’ language proficiency was also explored. It was […]

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An investigation of faculty perspectives on barriers, incentives, and benefits of the OER movement in Turkey

The purpose of this survey study is to investigate faculty’s perceptions of the main incentives, barriers, and benefits to publishing their course materials for free within the open educational resources (OER) movement. Data were collected from an online survey of 1,637 faculty from 56 universities in Turkey. Results showed that even though the majority of […]

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Download eBook: Stanford’s Precourt Institute and KQED launch new e-book series on climate change

The new four-part iBooks Textbook series, Clue into Climate, and an accompanying iTunes U course can be downloaded for free on iPad. Stanford University

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What Internet Users Know about Technology and the Web

American internet users’ knowledge of the modern technology landscape varies widely across a range of topics, according to a new knowledge quiz conducted by the Pew Research Center as part of its ongoing series commemorating the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. Pew Internet Research Project

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Nature journals now free, as open access model gains steam

The public now has unprecedented access to dozens more research journals, including the prestigious Nature, as publisher Macmillan announced that 49 of its titles will be available through a free content-sharing model starting Tuesday. GIGAOM

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The Coming Era of Personalized Learning Paths

Personalized learning paths, designed to meet the needs and goals of each learner, can lead to a redefinition and a new understanding of lifelong learning to include informal as well as formal learning, delivered at scale. EDUCAUSE Full Article

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December 1, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 12/1/14

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Download Report: 2014 Innovating Pedagogy Report, By Open University

The Open University are pleased to announce 2014’s Innovating Pedagogy report, the third innovation report in its series released by The OU. Produced by the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, the report identifies ten educational terms, theories and practices that have the potential to provoke major shifts in educational practice in the […]

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Pilot Program of Online Learning in Three Small High Schools: Considerations of Learning StylesThis case study was conducted in three schools in Maine, United States. The goal of this qualitative research was two-fold: to describe the process used by a small educational consortium as it initiated formal online education, and to view this experience through the lens of students’ preferred learning styles. The United States does not have […]

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Social media, Collaboration and Social Learning … a Case‑study of Foreign Language LearningSocial media has created new possibilities for digitally native students to engage, interact and collaborate in learning tasks that foster learning processes and the overall learning experience. Using both qualitative and quantitative data, this article discusses experiences and challenges of using a social media-enhanced collaborative learning environment in case-based teaching of foreign languages. Based on […]

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Improving Learning in a Traditional, Large-Scale Science Module with a Simple and Efficient Learning DesignThis article presents the experiences and results of using a simple learning design for transforming a traditional, large-scale, face-to-face science module in calculus into blended learning where all face-to-face lectures were replaced by webcasts and online activities. The article presents the impact on teaching and learning in terms of how the teacher and the students […]

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Online instruction, e-learning, and student satisfaction: A three year studyThis article presents the results of a three-year study of graduate and undergraduate students’ level of satisfaction with online instruction at one university. The study expands on earlier research into student satisfaction with e-learning. Researchers conducted a series of surveys over eight academic terms. Five hundred and fifty-three students participated in the study. Responses were […]

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I got my PhD by making YouTube videos – and so can youWhen I first began PhD studies in 2010, I didn’t have an exact idea of what my dissertation would look like; all I knew was that it wouldn’t be a traditional 90,000-word text document. It couldn’t be, because I knew if it were, I’d never last to see graduation. Four years later, I have recently […]

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Got Skills? Why Online Competency-Based Education Is the Disruptive Innovation for Higher EducationOnline competency-based education can even out the playing field by taking students to the furthest point possible in their learning experiences, regardless of their starting point, race, geographical location, or family income. EDUCAUSE Full Article

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Finding New Business Models in Unsettled TimesIf the core crisis in higher education is one of sustainability, being focused on the job to be done and having a grasp of the forces shaping higher education gives institutional leaders a new way to think about recasting their future. EDUCAUSE Full Article

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The Stevens Initiative: Educational Exchanges between the U.S. and the Middle EastThe Stevens Initiative is a multilateral public-private endeavor designed to achieve the largest-ever increase in people-to-people educational exchanges between the U.S. and the broader Middle East. A collaboration between the family of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, partner governments, foundations, international organizations, and private sector leaders, the Stevens Initiative is committed to cultivating a new generation […]

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November 25, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 11/24/14

From this afternoon’s inbox…  Not sure why it is still dated for yesterday?!?

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NOVEMBER 25, 2014
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Eliminating educational Inequality through e-learning: the case of Virtual University of Pakistan

This study aims at examining the role of e-learning in combating the issues of inequality in terms of access and quality in the field of higher education in Pakistan. The education system in Pakistan is mainly characterized by educational disparity. The standard of education is directly proportional to the investment students make in the form […]

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Using a learning management system to personalise learning for primary school studentsThis paper reports on one aspect of a descriptive multiple-case study which set out to explore the role of a learning management system (LMS) in personalising learning for students from the perspective of three teachers in one primary school in New Zealand. The intention was to provide insight into the role the LMS could play […]

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Predictors of Student Success in an Online Learning Environment in the English-Speaking Caribbean: Evidence from the University of the West Indies Open CampusThis paper investigated success rates and possible predictors of success among students at The University of the West Indies Open Campus. Archival data were mined from admissions and academic records of students from the 2008 intake to explore retention and completion rates, and for students enrolled in two online undergraduate courses in Semester 1 of […]

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Using social media to engage and develop the online learner in self-determined learningSocial media technology provides educators with an opportunity to engage learners in the online classroom, as well as to support development of learner skills and competencies. This case study explores the role of social media in promoting cognitive and meta-cognitive learner development while using a heutagogical teaching and learning approach. Research was conducted using questionnaires […]

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An empirical examination of individual and system characteristics on enhancing e-learning acceptanceDue to the continued prevalence of e-learning underutilization in Indonesia’s higher education context, this study empirically examines individual and system characteristics believed to influence students’ acceptance of e-learning systems. The proposed research model is developed to examine the influence of five characteristics of the Technology Acceptance Model using the Structural Equation Modelling technique. This study […]

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Open Education’s Publicity ProblemArlington, Va. — David Wiley calls the annual Open Education Conference, now in its 11th year, a “family reunion.” This year, the hearth is crowded. The Hilton ballroom here overflows with bodies. Wired Campus Full Article

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Open Access: Gates Foundation Funded Research Will Require Immediate Free Access to Journal Articles and Underlying DataBreaking new ground for the open-access movement, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of global health research, plans to require that the researchers it funds publish only in immediate open-access journals. The policy doesn’t kick in until January 2017; until then, grantees can publish in subscription-based journals as long as their paper […]

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Building Mobile Apps for FacultyThe University of Wisconsin-Madison’s application development team meets faculty mobile app needs by working collaboratively, managing goals and expectations, and emphasizing transparency. Campus Technology Full Article

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The Use of Fair UseWASHINGTON — Publishers are seeking “corrective authoritative guidance” from the federal government to stop the trend of court rulings they say are expanding copyright exemptions beyond their legal intent, but higher education associations argue interfering could upset the balance between copyright holders and consumers. Insider Higher Ed Full Article

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November 19, 2014

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

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NOVEMBER 17, 2014
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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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