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October 21, 2014

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

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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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October 14, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 10/13/14

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OCTOBER 13, 2014
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ePortfolios and Audience: Teaching a Critical Twenty-First Century Skill

This article reports on a three-year investigation into how and to what extent ePortfolios sponsor teacher and student learning about audience in first-year writing classes at a mid-sized research university. Through interviews with students and instructors and detailed analysis of students’ ePortfolios, we found that, more often than not, the audience for ePortfolios is multiple. […]

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Editorial: A Call for More Rigorous ePortfolio ResearchThis special issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio is entitled “Defining Practice and a Research Agenda: Selections from AAC&U’s Fifth Annual E-Portfolio Forum.” This article serves as an introduction to the special issue, provides highlights from the E-Portfolio Forum, and concludes with a call concerning new directions for rigorous ePortfolio research. International Journal of […]

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Learners’ views regarding the use of social networking sites in distance learningIn this study, it was aimed to examine the use of learning management systems supported by social networking sites in distance education and to determine the views of learners regarding these platforms. The study group of this study, which uses a qualitative research approach, consists of 15 undergraduate students who resumed their education in Turkey. […]

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An investigation into social learning activities by practitioners in open educational practicesBy investigating how educational practitioners participate in activities around open educational practices (OEP), this paper aims at contributing to an understanding of open practices and how these practitioners learn to use OEP. Our research is guided by the following hypothesis: Different social configurations support a variety of social learning activities. The social configuration of OEPs […]

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Co-Curricular Engagement for Non-Traditional Online LearnersEngagement in co-curricular activities is a means of educating the whole student, providing an opportunity for the integration of academic, professional, and personal development. Residential programs offer students campus-based, co-curricular experiences that foster the development of student knowledge and personal development outside of the classroom. For online learners, engagement in co-curricular campus experiences is limited […]

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Google Glass Gives Learners a New Point of ViewWhat if a paramedic student could view a delicate medical procedure directly through the eyes of his instructor, and then apply that experience to his own practice? A new pilot program at State University of New York Cobleskill will allow students to do just that, using Google Glass to provide first-person point-of-view video capture and […]

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Online and In ControlThe spread of adaptive learning technology in higher education, to some, is the rise of the machines — replacing professors with software and an automated, cheapened form of instruction. To Ariel Anbar it’s a tool that helps him teach in new ways. Inside Higher Education Full Article

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New PBS Documentary Reveals the Untold Story of the U.S. Navy SEALsUPDATED: ARLINGTON, VA; OCTOBER 8, 2014 — PBS will premiere a new documentary about the history of the Navy SEALs. Narrated by actor and humanitarian Gary Sinise, NAVY SEALS – THEIR UNTOLD STORY premieres on Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. Despite the widespread attention paid to the SEALs (Sea, Air and Land) since […]

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October 8, 2014

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

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OCTOBER 6, 2014
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What It Will Take for Computers to Be Conscious

Is a worm conscious? How about a bumblebee? Does a computer that can play chess “feel” anything? To Christof Koch, chief scientific officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science in Seattle, the answer to these questions may lie in the fabric of the universe itself. Consciousness, he believes, is an intrinsic property of matter, […]

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Publish, not Perish: Supporting Graduate Students as Aspiring AuthorsBACKGROUND Students pursuing advanced degrees are increasingly expected to contribute to their discipline’s scholarly discourse during their tenure in graduate school. However, they are often unsure of how or where to begin the publishing process, and do not always feel comfortable asking for help from their faculty advisors or fellow students. Scholars, including librarians, have attempted […]

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Meta-theoretic Assumptions and Bibliometric Evidence Assessment on 3-D Virtual Worlds as Collaborative Learning EcosystemsComputer-supported online 3-D virtual world environments have been waxed and waned in interest and representativeness for supporting collaborative- and simulation-based practices. In a post-modern societal framework that requires inexpensive solutions for high-risk situations, research efforts in virtual worlds have developed a basis for understanding the use of virtual reality for multidisciplinary scenarios such as distance […]

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Online Learning: Outcomes and Satisfaction among Underprepared Students in an Upper-Level Psychology CourseOnline learning is on the rise, but research on outcomes and student satisfaction has produced conflicting results, and systematic, targeted research on underprepared college students is generally lacking. This study compared three sections (traditional, online, and 50% hybrid) of the same upper-level psychology course, taught with identical materials by the same instructor. Although exam scores […]

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Distance Learning and Jihad: The Dark Side of the ForceThe ability to reach a variety of audiences in diverse environments has made distance learning a major form of education and training in the 21st century. Though traditionally encountered in the educational and business communities, distance learning has proven an important resource for a variety of other constituencies. Terrorist groups have exploited the digital domain […]

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Higher education: It’s all about the user experience“I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but higher education is in the user experience industry right now,” said one big-name vendor during EDUCAUSE’s annual conference in Orlando. “It’s the first time anyone’s ever really seen this level of dedication to the ‘customer,’ as they like to call it.” eCampus News Full Article

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K12 teachers: Develop and refine your skills in online and hybrid educationK12 teachers: The totally online, self-paced UW-Madison K12 Certificate in Online Education will help you develop and refine your skills in online and hybrid education. Achieve your professional goals and enhance your credibility with maximum convenience, flexibility, and affordability. For the first time, we’re offering this popular certificate program in the fall. The next cohort begins Nov 4. To […]

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MIT launches Laboratory for Social Machines with major Twitter investmentThe MIT Media Lab today announced the creation of the Laboratory for Social Machines (LSM), funded by a five-year, $10 million commitment from Twitter. As part of the new program, Twitter will also provide full access to its real-time, public stream of tweets, as well as the archive of every tweet dating back to the […]

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Donald P. Ely (1930-2014)By Farahd (Fred) Saba, Founder, Distance-Educator.com It is with sadness that I report the passing of Donald P. Ely a pioneer in educational technology who literally defined the filed in his outstanding career as a teacher, a guide and a friend to many of his students. I met Don in the Summer of 1969 when […]

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September 30, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 9/29/14

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Higher Education in 2024: Glimpsing the FutureA conversation about possible futures and multiple present trends could help those of us involved in higher education and technology to think more clearly about how what comes next emerges from what is now. EDUCAUSE Full Article

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Implementation of a mobile peer assessment system with augmented reality in a fundamental design courseThis study proposes a framework that incorporates mobile peer assessment and augmented reality (AR) technology to enhance interaction and learning effectiveness. According to the framework, a mobile AR peer assessment system has been developed to facilitate students to improve work interpretation, frequently interact with peers, represent their thinking and reflect upon their own works anytime […]Keep Reading

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A quantitative analysis of learning object repositories as knowledge management systemsLearning Object Repositories (LORs) are a core element of the Opening up Education movement around the word. Despite, the wide efforts and investments in this topic, still most of the existing LORs are designed mainly as digital libraries that facilitate discovery and provide open access to educational resources in the form of Learning Objects (LOs). […]Keep Reading

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Layered Approaches to Educational TechnologyThis case study provides a glimpse of the layered approaches to university-wide educational technology training and course development (including online and blended course development) instituted at Western Washington University. The array of opportunities for faculty professional development at WWU span formal campus-wide training to spontaneous peer-to-peer mentoring, crossing institutional layers to support integrated technology. On-demand help or impromptu sharing of information led to […]Keep Reading

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Class blogs as a teaching tool to promote writing and student interactionBlogs are a useful teaching tool for improving student writing and increasing class interaction. However, most studies have looked at individual blogs rather than blogs maintained by a whole class. We introduced assignments involving participation in class blogs to four science communication classes with enrolments of between 15 and 36 students. We administered paper-based surveys […]Keep Reading

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School stakeholders urge FCC to adopt net neutralityEducators, ed-tech companies ask for stronger net neutrality rules to protect innovation and preserve the democratizing power of the web eSchool News Full ArticleKeep Reading

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Free Online Training for Educators and Students!You may have seen some buzz on our social media about a project that we’re deeply involved in: HP LIFE e-Learning. This free, online platform provides training for educators to integrate entrepreneurship, business, and IT lessons into their classrooms and programs. Once you register through the HP LIFE e-Learning form, you will have access to […]Keep Reading

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The Evolution of Time Measurement through the AgesThe Time and Frequency Division, part of the NIST Physical Measurement Laboratory, maintains the standard for frequency and time interval for the United States, provides official time to the United States, and carries out a broad program of research and service activities in time and frequency metrology. The Physical Measurement Laboratory Visit the siteKeep Reading

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San Diego Global Knowledge University (SDGKU) and the Council for Normalization and Certification of Labor Competencies of Mexico (CONOCER) have signed a historic international cooperation agreementDr. Carlos Leon Hinojosa, distinguished Director General of CONOCER, and Dr. Miguel A. Cardenas, Founder and President of SDGKU, in representation of their respective organizations, have formalized a strategic alliance. The purpose of which is the promotion, development, and certification of global competencies in education, business, government and civil society sectors in Mexico as a […]Keep Reading

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September 22, 2014

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 9/22/14

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
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Distance Education Policy Standards: A Review of Current Regional and National Accrediting Organizations in the United States

A review of distance education accreditation policies and standards written by the six United States regional accrediting commissions and two national accrediting organizations: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The […]

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Enhancing Interdisciplinary Learning with a Learning Management SystemInterdisciplinary learning is a form of knowledge production that is increasingly being embraced as an educational approach in higher education. A role of information and communication technologies (ICT) is to enhance interdisciplinary learning. Issues surrounding the mix of interdisciplinary pedagogic methodologies and emerging digital technologies are worthy of investigation. In this paper, the authors report […]

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Ubiquitous Learning: Determinants Impacting Learners’ Satisfaction and Expectation with SmartphonesAlthough the concept of ubiquitous technologies has been introduced to many parts of society, there have been limited applications, and little is known about learners’ behavior toward ubiquitous technologies, particularly in the context of English learning. This study considers a sample of Korean students to identify the key factors that influence English-language learners’ (ELLs’) satisfaction […]

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Evaluating the Impact of the Administrator and Administrative Structure of Online Programs at Nonprofit Private CollegesNonprofit private colleges lag behind their public and for-profit counterparts in offering online programs. Many nonprofit private colleges affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) launched their first online programs within the past five years. As a result, administrative structures to manage online programs at those institutions may be underdeveloped. Unfortunately there […]

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Revisiting the “Sleeping Giant” Metaphor: Is It Still Sleeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Is It Still Really a Giant?In order to revisit Martorella’s metaphor of technology as a sleeping giant this paper analyzes data collected over multiple years in order to provide a portrait of how preservice teachers make sense of and choose (if at all) to integrate digital technologies within their internship classrooms. Findings indicate that in the Commonwealth of Virginia, within […]

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Ball State Online and Distance Education lauded for excellenceSeptember 15, 2014 The Online Learning Consortium (formerly The Sloan Consortium) has honored Ball State University with the 2014 Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education Award. Committee members recognized the school for “embracing online education as a key strategic element of its mission, leading to outstanding online academic programs of quality, scale and breadth.” Jennifer Bott, […]

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Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to considerThe promise of digital badges for alternative credentials and skills pathways has not been lost on higher education; yet, there are many concerns—from business, faculty, and students—on the design, and use, of these badges for real meaning. A new framework condenses these concerns into nine critical questions concerning digital badges. eCampus News Full Article

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Ed-Tech Leader Gender Gaps Identified in New StudyFemale technology leaders working for U.S. school districts appear to earn less money than their male counterparts and face more limited access to the top positions in their field—despite tending to be more experienced and equally, if not better, credentialed. Education Week Full Article

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Will the Next Classroom Disruption Be in 3-D? Facebook’s Virtual-Reality Company Thinks SoCollege Park, Md. — Brendan Iribe dropped out of the University of Maryland here, but before he did he amassed 227 parking tickets. And he managed to meet two business partners who would help him build the virtual-reality company Oculus VR, which Facebook bought this year for about $2-billion. Wired Campus Full Article

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