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February 7, 2013

[JALN] New JALN Issue Published

From late on Tuesday…  Doesn’t appear to be any K-12 content again…

Dear Readers:

Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks has published 17.1 We invite you
to review the Table of Contents at
http://jaln.sloanconsortium.org/index.php/jaln and then visit
http://www.sloanconsortium.org to review articles and items of interest.

If you do not yet have one, please create an account at
http://www.sloanconsortium.org

. You are welcome to use the tinyurls below to
share articles with your networks.

Thank you for your continuing interest in JALN,

Janet C. Moore
jmoore@sloanconsortium.org

Learner Feedback Helping Develop New Online Education Services, According to
Latest Issue of Sloan Consortium’s ‘Journal of Asynchronous Learning
Networks’

Contributors to this issue represent research initiatives at 20 higher
education institutions across the U.S. and Canada.

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Feb. 5, 2013) – The latest issue of the Sloan
Consortium’s (Sloan-C’s) Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN
Volume 17, Issue 1) looks at how feedback from online learners is helping
evolve and improve online education services. Contributors to the issue
represent research initiatives at 20 higher education institutions across
the U.S. and Canada.

Editors Anita Crawley (University of California Los Angeles Extension and
Illinois Online Network) and Marie Fetzner (Monroe Community College) open
the current issue with an article titled, “Providing Service Innovations
to Students Inside and Outside of the Online Classroom: Focusing on Student
Success.” This piece provides an overview of the scope of student
services, acknowledging that the most effective approaches for developing
and delivering services are not always clear. As understanding of online
education evolves, student-centered support “inside and outside the online
classroom calls for collaborative efforts from many constituencies.”
bit.ly/11BK1ux

Drawn from student perspectives, the articles in this issue illustrate
practices designed to improve academic success and retention. Highlights
from JALN Volume 17, Issue 1 include:

“What Do Unsuccessful Online Students Want Us To Know?” –Marie Fetzner
shares the results of Monroe Community College’s (Rochester, NY) online
student retention surveys conducted over a span of 12 years. The survey
responses—from unsuccessful (Grade F or W) online students, a population
whose perspectives are not typically included in online program
evaluation—include the reasons why students felt they were not successful
and advice they would share with other learners interested in taking an
online course.                              bit.ly/WKWisY

“Developing and Implementing Comprehensive Student Support Services for
Online Students” -Marwin Britto and Susan Rush (Lone Star College System)
present the efforts of Lone Star College-Online to improve online student
retention rates through the development of comprehensive support services,
including technology support, an early alert system, advising services, case
management advising, readiness assessment and student orientation.
bit.ly/VAeaU4

“Developing and Implementing a Mandatory Online Student Orientation” -
Kona Renee Jones (Richland Community College (RCC)) provides compelling
information about how a mandatory online student orientation for first time
online students at RCC improved online student retention rates.
bit.ly/11LXNGB

“Online Advising Pilot at the Community College of Vermont” -Kimberly
Nolan (Community College of Vermont (CCV)) summarizes feedback gathered from
students at the CCV who were a part of an online advising pilot. The
students had a slightly higher retention rate then the overall online
student population and reported a strong desire for an advisor who would
stay with them throughout their academic experience.
bit.ly/11lR8Z4

“Social and Student Engagement and Support: The Sloan-C Quality Scorecard
for the Administration of Online Programs” -Janet C. Moore (The Sloan
Consortium) and Kaye Shelton (Lamar University) take the Student Engagement
and Support indicators from the Quality Scorecard and cluster them into
categories that reflect criteria from regional accreditation commissions and
offer examples of effective practices in each category.
bit.ly/VAeqT0

“Defining the Role Adjustment Profile of Learners and Instructors
Online” – Martha Burkle (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council
of Canada/Informatics Circle of Research Excellence) and Martha
Cleveland-Innes (Athabasca University) examine the dynamic and evolving
roles of instructors and learners in online education.  bit.ly/WVSYLx

“Online Mentoring for Biotechnology Graduate Students: An
Industry-Academic Partnership” – Rana Khan (University of Maryland
University College (UMUC)) and Arhonda Gogos describe an online graduate
biotechnology mentoring program at the UMUC that utilizes mentors from the
biotechnology industry. The mentees indicated that interaction with their
mentors improved their understanding of the biotechnology industry, helped
them to focus on their career goals, and gave them greater initiative to
pursue networking opportunities.
bit.ly/VNzLdK

“Accommodating Mobile Learning in College Programs” – JayAlden
(National Defense University (NDU)), in a study of student’s perceptions
of education with mobile devices at NDU, recommends a strategic approach for
choosing and introducing applications. Alden also reviews steps for
developing institutional mobile device policies.
bit.ly/Wp2Z2E

“Implementing Electronic Portfolios through Social Media Platforms: Steps
and Student Perceptions” -David W. Denton and David Wicks (Seattle Pacific
University (SPU)) explain the use of electronic student portfolios
(eportfolios) based on easy to use, free, and customizable social media
applications. A case study at SPU identifies student perceptions of using
social media as a repository for electronic portfolio content; the authors
also provide a guide for instructors for implementing social media based
eportfolios.                                             bit.ly/WN4i9M

“The Social & Mobile Learning Experiences of Students Using Mobile
E-books” – Jeff S. Kissinger (Florida State College (FSC)) shares case
study findings of FSC students who used mobile electronic textbook (e-book)
readers in their college introductory sociology course. The students
reported that they were competent in their use of e-books, and that they
valued the use of e-books for their learning, although they would also like
to have more interactive, socially-embedded learning experiences with their
e-books.                                                    bit.ly/Wp2Z2E

“Educational Leadership in an Online World: Connecting Students to
Technology Responsibly, Safely, and Ethically” – Mike Ribble
(Manhattan/Ogden Public Schools) and Teresa Northern Miller (Kansas State
University) introduce a digital citizenship model for school administrators,
students, and parents to use for digital interactions. This nine-factor
framework addresses the gap in technology knowledge, provides good practice
for using social media, and includes technology strategies for personal
safety and responsibility online.
bit.ly/14NMZfh

“U-Pace Instruction: Improving Student Success by Integrating Content
Mastery and Amplified Assistance” – Diane M. Reddy, Raymond Fleming, Laura
E. Pedrick, Danielle L. Jirovec, Heidi M. Pfeiffer, Rodney A. Swain
(University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Katie A. Ports (Virginia Commonwealth
University), Jessica L. Barnack-Tavlaris (The College of New Jersey), and
Alicia M. Helion (Lakeland College) discuss U-Pace, an application that
integrates content mastery with Amplified Assistance (instructor-initiated,
individually tailored feedback to students), including the important result
that a significantly higher percentage of U-Pace students earned a final
course grade of A or B compared with conventionally taught students.
bit.ly/VNB3p9

About JALN
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), published by the Sloan
Consortium, is a major source of knowledge about online education. The aim
of the JALN is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks
(ALN), including experimental results. It is available online and in print.
For more information, visit
http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/jaln_main.

About Sloan-C
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional
leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the
mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual
educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of education. For more
information, visit www.sloanconsortium.org.

Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks
Vol 17, No 1 (2013)
Table of Contents
http://jaln.sloanconsortium.org/index.php/jaln/issue/view/34

Student Perspectives
——–
Providing Innovative Service to Students Inside and Outside of the Online
Classroom: A Student Perspective
Anita Crawley,  Marie Fetzner

What Do Unsuccessful Online Students Want Us To Know?
Marie Fetzner

DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING COMPREHENSIVE STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES FOR
ONLINE STUDENTS
Marwin Britto,  Susan Rush

DEVELOPING AND IMPLEMENTING A MANDATORY ONLINE STUDENT ORIENTATION
Kona Renee Jones

Online Advising Pilot at the Community College of Vermont
Kimberly Nolan

Social and Student Engagement and Support: The Sloan-C Quality Scorecard for
the Administration of Online Programs
Janet C. Moore, Kaye Shelton

Defining the role adjustment profile of learners and instructors online
Martha Burkle,  Marti Cleveland-Innes

ONLINE MENTORING FOR BIOTECHNOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS: AN INDUSTRY ACADEMIA
PARTNERSHIP
Rana Khan,      Arhonda Gogos

ACCOMMODATING MOBILE LEARNING IN COLLEGE PROGRAMS
Jay Alden

IMPLEMENTING ELECTRONIC PORTFOLIOS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS: STEPS AND
STUDENT PERCEPTIONS
David Denton,   David Andrew Wicks

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP IN AN ONLINE WORLD: CONNECTING STUDENTS TO TECHNOLOGY
RESPONSIBLY, SAFELY, AND ETHICALLY
Mike Ribble,    Teresa Northern Miller

U-PACE INSTRUCTION: IMPROVING STUDENT SUCCESS BY INTEGRATING CONTENT MASTERY
AND AMPLIFIED ASSISTANCE
Diane M. Reddy, Raymond Fleming,        Laura E. Pedrick,       Danielle L.
Jirovec,        Heidi M. Pfeiffer,      Katie A. Ports, Jessica L.
Barnack-Tavlaris,       Alicia M. Helion,       Rodney A. Swain

The Social & Mobile Learning Experiences of Students Using Mobile E-books
Jeff S Kissinger

________________________________________________________________________
JALN – Journal Of Asynchronous Learning Networks
http://jaln.sloanconsortium.org/index.php/jaln

 

May 3, 2012

The Sloan-C View: May 2012

And another item from Tuesday…

VOLUME 11, ISSUE 5, MAY 2012
Individuals, Institutions and Organizations Committed to Quality Online Education

New Issue of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN) Reports Faculty Development Impacts Success of Online Programs

Effective faculty are key to student success and to the success of online programs, according to a new special issue of the Sloan Consortium’s Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (Volume 16.2). The issue features insights about professional development for faculty and guidelines from successful programs.

Read the full press release. Read all eleven articles in this special issue.

Sloan-C Adjunct Finder – NEW Member Benefit

Sloan-C is helping adjuncts and institutions find each other. Sloan-C members (Individual or Institutional) may post your qualifications to your user account profile to be found by any institution searching for talent. Browse the listings.

FREE Sloan Consortium Online Education Research Symposium Series: “STEM in Online Education: Energizing the Future”

Live Panel Convenes on May 3 (session will be recorded.) This Research Symposium will discuss research-based solutions to one of the most daunting problems in American higher education – the continued loss of graduates in STEM areas. This series is free and open to all. More information.

Call for Nominations Open for the 2012 Sloan-C Awards

The Sloan Consortium has recognized outstanding work in the field of online education through an annual awards process since 2001. The deadline for the submission of nominations for all of the 2012 Sloan-C awards is July 15, 2012.

New Membership Pricing for Systems

In an effort to better serve large college and university systems, a new pricing structure has been implemented including multi-campus and multi-year discounts and a “Global Membership” for systems with 21 or more campuses. See details.

Call for Sloan-C Webinar Topics

The Sloan-C Institute welcomes ideas and proposals for webinars from our members and colleagues in online higher education. All webinars are to be non-commercial in nature and be focused on topics that would interest educators in online and blended higher education.

Thank You to the Participants of the Membership Survey

We appreciate the participation in our membership surveys! The winners of the drawing to win a Sloan-C jacket from Land’s End are:

Individual Member – Henry Williams, Central Washington University
Institutional Member – Cynthia Gallatin, Quinnipiac University

  Sloan-C Conference News
 

Call for Proposals Ends May 7: 18th Annual Intl Conference on Online Learning

Discounted Early Bird Pricing Ends May 25 – Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium (Las Vegas)

Conference Wrap Up & Save the Date! 10th Annual Blended Learning Conference and Workshop is July 8-9, 2013 (Milwaukee)

   Featured Certificate Graduate & Facilitator
May’s Featured Graduate


Scott Hamm, Abilene Christian University – Read more about Scott.

May’s Featured Facilitator


Valerie Haven, University of Massachusetts – Read more about Valerie.

  Newest Sloan-C Certificate Graduates
Congratulations to the latest graduates of the Sloan-C Certificate Program. Learn more about the program here.

- Linda Bruenjes, Lasell College
- David Ginnings, Southwest Baptist University
- Scott Hamm, Abilene Christian University
- David W. Kelley, Air Force Chaplain Corps College
- Doug Matacio, Canadian University College

  Quick Links

- Membership
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- Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN)

- Survey Reports

- Publications

- College Pass

- Effective Practices


  Workshops

May 9 – 25:
Getting Started: The First Steps in Online Teaching

May 16 – 25: The Equation: Collaboration + Discussion + Facilitation = Better Online Learning

May 16 – 25: Now Hear This! A Look at Podcasting Trends in Higher Education

May 16 – 25: Enhancing Your Course’s Accessibility The Easy Way

May 16 – 25: Friend, Fan or Foe: Using Facebook in A Teaching Context

May 16 – 25: Effective Leadership for Online Learning

Jun 6 – 15: Disability Access and Online Learning: From Precedents to Practice

Jun 6 – 22: Implementing the Quality Scorecard for the Administration of Online Education Programs

Jun 6 – 29: Overcoming the Challenges of Moving Your Course Content Online

Jun 13 – 29: Getting Started: The First Steps in Online Teaching

  Webinars

May 1, 3 – 4 PM ET:
Are You Ready to Teach Online? Learn More About the Sloan-C Certificate Program – FREE

May 15, 2 – 3:30 PM ET: Learning Escapes: Summer with Sloan-C – FREE

May 22, 2 – 3:30 PM ET: Getting Started in Online Teaching – A Brief Overview – FREE

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February 6, 2012

Synthesis of Sloan-C Effective Practices – Free Download

Yesterday I mentioned the Evidence-Based Practice Increases Success in Online Education, According to Research Presented in January Issue of Sloan-C’s JALN, well today I wanted to post an item that showed up in my inbox on Friday.  Note that this is not K-12 specific, but likely of interest all the same.

   Synthesis of Sloan-C Effective Practices
Dear Colleague,As online education becomes pervasive, emerging research guides rapidly developing practice in online teaching and learning. The newest issue of the Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Volume 16.1 , focuses on factors that increase student and faculty success online. Contributors to the issue include faculty researchers from Cabrini College, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania State University, Rowan University, Texas Tech University, the University of Memphis and hundreds of institutions who have contributed to the Sloan Consortium’s collection of effective practices. Click here to read the press release on this issue of the journal.

The Sloan Consortium would like to offer you a FREE download from this issue, “Synthesis of Sloan-C Effective Practices.” This article provides solutions contributed by hundreds of institutions that are advancing education. The synthesis links directly to replicable practices that are based on Sloan-C’s Five Pillars of Quality: learning effectiveness, scale, access, faculty satisfaction, and student satisfaction.

“Synthesis of Sloan-C Effective Practices”

Click here to download your free article (.PDF)

Please note that you should use Internet Explorer or Fire Fox. Google Chrome users will need to go into your Chrome plugins and disable the PDF viewer in order to download.

Did you know that members receive access to all of the JALN articles in PDF format for free? Join the Sloan Consortium community today at the discounted rate of $90. Click here to see a list of membership benefits. Use the coupon code below on the payment page.

Discount Coupon Code: INDJALNJAN2012

Register here today.

This offer ends on February 10, 2012

If you have questions, email us at info@sloanconsortium.org .Regards,

The Sloan Consortium Staff

The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C), sponsored by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is composed of institutions and organizations dedicated to continually improving the quality, scale, and breadth of their online programs, according to their own distinctive missions, so that education becomes a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines.The Sloan Consortium – PO Box 1238 – Newburyport, MA 01950-8238

February 5, 2012

Evidence-Based Practice Increases Success in Online Education, According to Research Presented in January Issue of Sloan-C’s JALN

This media release came across my electronic desk on Thursday or Friday.  Note that while none of the articles have a K-12 focus, some interesting findings that I believe would translate well to the K-12 environment.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Evidence-Based Practice Increases Success in Online Education, According to Research Presented in January Issue of Sloan-C’s JALN

January’s Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks features findings contributed by faculty researchers at six top institutions and solutions from Sloan-C’s collection of effective practices

 

NEWBURYPORT, Mass. (Jan. 31, 2011) – As online education becomes pervasive, emerging research guides rapidly developing practice in online teaching and learning. The new issue of the Sloan Consortium’s (Sloan-C’s) Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, Volume 16.1, focuses on factors that increase student and faculty success online. Contributors to the January issue include faculty researchers from Cabrini College, Drexel University, the Pennsylvania State University, Rowan University, Texas Tech University, the University of Memphis and hundreds of institutions that have contributed to Sloan-C’s collection of effective practices.

Highlights from the January Issue of JALN

Positive perceptions of learning online are essential to student success, thus researchers seek evidence for practices that enhance perceptions.  Katrina Meyers and Stephanie Jones examine student perspectives in “Graduate Students Rate Institutional Websites: The Must Have, Nice to Have, and Delighted to Have Services.” In this study, students reveal what services they really want and use; what they want is not always what websites typically provide.

“Thought-leaders in Asynchronous Learning Environments,” by Jim Waters, details the factors that affect how students view each other and themselves as leaders, via analysis of their contributions to online discussions. His insights explain how thought-leaders influence classmates and guide continuous course improvement.

Instructors also can motivate more proactive learning, according to Scott Warnock, Kenneth Bingham, Dan Driscoll, Jennifer Fromal, and Nicholas Rouse, whose “Early Participation in Asynchronous Writing Environments and Course Success,” shows that posting early in an online course is a “key behavior that allows students to be more engaged in the course material with a concomitant rise in their performance.”

“Reading Between the Lines of Online Course Evaluations: Predictable Actions that Improve Student Perceptions of Teaching Effectiveness and Course Value,” by Stephanie Jones, identifies specific factors that improve student perceptions of teaching effectiveness and value.

Evidence-based practice is also evolving for faculty and for institutions. Authors Paula Mae Bigatel, Lawrence C. Ragan, Shannon Kennan, Janet May, and Brian F. Redmond present phase one of a multi-phase research project: “The Identification of Competencies for Online Teaching Success” compares and evaluates factors for effective faculty professional development.

In a large scale study with data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Survey, “Enrollment in Distance Education Classes in 2008 is Associated with Fewer Enrollment Gaps Among Independent Undergraduate Students in the US,” Manuel Cosmas Pontes and Nancy Marie Hurley Pontes confirm that “enrollment in distance education classes in 2008 is significantly related to a decreased likelihood of an enrollment gap among independent students but not among dependent students.” Institutions can do more to help the growing population of independent students succeed when they acknowledge the time- and place-restrictions that lead students to choose online education.

Janet C. Moore’s “Synthesis of Sloan-C Effective Practices” provides solutions contributed by hundreds of institutions that are advancing education. The synthesis links directly to replicable practices that are based on Sloan-C’s Five Pillars of Quality: learning effectiveness, scale, access, faculty satisfaction, and student satisfaction

About JALN
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks (JALN), published by the Sloan Consortium, is a major source of knowledge about online education. The aim of the JALN is to describe original work in asynchronous learning networks (ALN), including experimental results. It is available online and in print. For more information, visit http://sloanconsortium.org/publications/jaln_main.

About Sloan-C
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of education. For more information, visit www.sloanconsortium.org.

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