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July 22, 2014

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

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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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July 16, 2014

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

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Identifying and Addressing the Mental Health Needs of Online Students in Higher Education89% of colleges and universities in the United States offer online courses and of those institutions 58% offer degree programs that are completely online (Parker, Lenhart & Moore, 2011).Providing online student services is an important component of these distance programs and is often required by accrediting bodies. Health and wellness services for online students are […]

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Mediating knowledge through peer-to-peer interaction in a multicultural online learning environment: A case of international students in the USThe continuous growth of online learning and its movement towards cross-border and cross-culture education has recently taken a new turn with the epic hype that currently surrounds the development of massive open online courses (MOOCs) (Beattie-Moss, 2013). This development brings to focus the experiences of international students who take online courses designed and offered within […]

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Success factors for e-learning in a developing country: A case study of SerbiaIn this paper, DeLone and McLean’s updated information system model was used to evaluate the success of an e-Learning system and its courses in a transitional country like Serbia. In order to adapt this model to an e-Learning system, suitable success metrics were chosen for each of the evaluation stages. Furthermore, the success metrics for […]

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Editorial: The Weakest Link -­‐-­‐Assessment and Accreditation in MOOCsIn his blog, the renowned distance educator Tony Bates makes known his utter disappointment with developments in relation to Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) suggesting that its proponents, “mostly Ivy League institutions in North America have simply ignored the research and evidence we already have on what works in online distance education to create MOOCs […]

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Reinventing Decision-Making With Data for AllLooking to better serve its 115,000-plus student population, the City Colleges of Chicago system built a “data democracy,” empowering all faculty and staff with a flexible reporting and analytics system. Campus Technology Full Article

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FCC takes key step toward modernizing eRateVoting along party lines, the FCC approves more funding for Wi-Fi connectivity—but doesn’t raise the funding cap eSchool News Full Article

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One Professor Schemes to Keep Colleges in the Web’s Fast LaneWilliam F. Baker has no quarrel with net neutrality, the principle that says all Internet traffic should be treated equally regardless of substance or source. He’s all for it—in the abstract. Chronicle of Higher Education Full Article

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11 University and Library Groups Release Net-Neutrality PrinciplesThe nation’s colleges and libraries have a message for the Federal Communications Commission: Don’t mess with net neutrality. Echoing almost a decade of pro-neutrality sentiment in academe, 11 higher-education and library groups released a set of 11 principles on Thursday that promote the notion that all Internet content, regardless of origin, should be treated equally. […]

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July 8, 2014

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

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Harvesting Alternative Credit Transfer Students: Redefining Selectivity in Your Online Learning Program Enrollment LeadsSeveral recent issues and trends in online education have resulted in consolidation of efforts for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), increased Open Educational Resources (OER) in the form of asynchronous course repositories, with noticeable increases in governance and policy amplification. These emerging enrollment trends in alternative online education are highlighted as a means of tackling […]

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Build It But Will They Teach?: Strategies for Increasing Faculty Participation & Retention in Online & Blended EducationThe need for online and blended programs within higher education continues to grow as the student population in the United States becomes increasingly non-traditional. As administrators strategically offer and expand online and blended programs, faculty recruitment and retention will be key. This case study highlights how a public comprehensive university utilized the results of a […]

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Motivation in Synchronous Hybrid Graduate Business Programs: A Self-Determination Approach to Contrasting Online and On-Campus StudentsSynchronous hybrid delivery, defined as a course option where mutually exclusive groups of online and on-campus students are taught simultaneously using real-time audio and video technology, is becoming more common in higher education. This paper reports on a study whose objective was to investigate how online versus on-campus attendance in synchronous hybrid graduate business programs […]

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State Authorization Negotiated Rulemaking Concludes Without Reaching ConsensusState authorization of distance education programs has been under the focus of Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) , as well as colleges and universities and the United States Department of Education (USDE) in the recent past. This month CHEA reported the results of the USDE negotiated rule making regarding authorization of distance education programs. The report stated […]

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16 OER Sites Every Educator Should KnowOpen educational resources not only save students from triple-digit (or more!) textbook costs, but they also allow instructors to mix-and-match content for a more personalized, engaging learning experience. Here are 16 resources that offer a wide range of content and tools to help implement OER in just about any course. Campus Technology Full Article

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Ed-Tech Companies Oppose U.S. Agency’s Plan to End Net NeutralityFour educational-technology businesses have filed objections to a Federal Communications Commission plan under which companies could pay extra to have their content delivered more quickly over the Internet. Wired Campus Full Article

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June 24, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 6/23/14

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Co-Teaching an Online Action Research ClassTwo instructors report our experience co-teaching an action research (AR) required as part of an e-learning master’s degree. Adopting a practice-centered stance we focus on the course activities of participants (instructors and students), with particular attention to the careful crafting of course elements with the goal of achieving an excellent learning experience for students. The […]

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Digitizing practical production work for high-stakes assessmentsHigh-stakes external assessment for practical courses is fraught with problems impacting on the manageability, validity and reliability of scoring. Alternative approaches to assessment using digital technologies have the potential to address these problems. This paper describes a study that investigated the use of these technologies to create and submit digital representations of practical production work […]

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The University Library as Incubator for Digital ScholarshipBy leveraging technology, we can open new doors to scholarly inquiry for ourselves and our students. Through new collaborations, we can create exciting shared spaces, both virtual and physical, where that inquiry can take place. The library is a natural home for these technology-rich spaces. EDUCAUSE Full Article

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Research: Online Students Take 5 Forms, Each Calling for Unique OfferingsOnline instruction needs to become as nuanced as the institutions and high schools delivering it if it is to grow as a force in education, according to a new survey by the Boston Consulting Group. The management firm has identified five distinct types of students who take online courses; each type differs from the others […]

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SREB Readiness Courses on iTunes UBoth SREB Readiness Courses are now available — free of charge to any school — for online teaching via SREB on iTunes. The Math Ready and Literacy Ready courses are also searchable, by name, on the iTunes U apps for desktop and mobile devices. Watch for training videos and more teaching resources here in the […]

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Can South African higher education institutions embrace the digital era?While opinions of implementation and other factors differ, many authors, experts and researchers agree on one point: the future of education is digital. Institutions around the world have embraced online learning as a means to attract more students and provide the public with alternative ways of learning. In South Africa, though, the situation is constrained […]

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From MOOCs to the Tenure TrackWhen Jim Fowler becomes an assistant professor of mathematics at Ohio State University this fall, he can thank his massive open online courses — and former president E. Gordon Gee. Inside Higher Ed Full Article

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June 11, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 6/10/14

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JUNE 10, 2014
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About the Book Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda offers a systematic overview of the major issues, trends, and areas of priority in online distance education research. In each chapter, an international expert or team of experts provides an overview of one timely issue in online distance education, summarizing major research on the topic, discussing […]

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The Temporal Perspective in Higher Education Learners: Comparisons between Online and Onsite LearningHigher Education increases flexibility with online learning solutions. Nevertheless, dropout rates in online university are large. Among the reasons, one aspect deserving further study is students’ Time Perspective (TP), which has been studied in onsite HE. It is necessary to know the TP profile of the growing population of online students, and consider its relation […]

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Research priorities in mobile learning: An international Delphi studyAlong with advancing mobile technologies and proliferating mobile devices and applications, mobile learning research has gained great momentum in recent years. While there have been review articles summarizing past research, studies identifying mobile learning research priorities based on experts’ latest insights have been lacking. This study employed the Delphi method to obtain a consensus from […]

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Critical Success Factors of Technological InnovationHigher-education institutions are under increasing pressure to innovate with technology and disseminate the results, but it can prove challenging to please diverse stakeholders in the process. This study surveyed faculty members and IT leaders within the University System of Georgia to examine their perceptions of and priorities for technological innovation. Survey responses were categorized into 17 critical success factors (CSFs) that respondents identified […]

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Closing the Wi-Fi Gap in America’s Schools and LibrariesI had the pleasure of visiting Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia yesterday. The visit confirmed my deep belief that broadband-enabled technologies have the power to revolutionize education – empowering students and teachers. I saw students using laptops to access science lessons and collaborate in the cloud on year-end projects. I saw English as a […]

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3 Ways to Get Faculty Up to Speed With TechnologyWhen it comes to teaching with technology, or even teaching in general, most faculty could use a little support. To provide the resources, ideas and inspiration faculty need to become better instructors, higher education institutions typically create some form of Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), devoted to fostering teaching excellence across the board. Campus […]

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