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[AECT] News & Notes – August 21, 2017

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August 21, 2017

NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

ELEARNING AFRICA 2017: LEARNING IN CONTEXT. This year’s conference, to be held in the Republic of Mauritius on 27-29 September 2017, will offer three exciting days packed with more than 65 innovative sessions, including hands-on workshops, inspiring Plenary Sessions, interactive Breakout Sessions, Poster Presentations, and more!  Be sure to take a look at the online conference program.  If you have questions about eLearning Africa, you can contact them at

CELEBRATING 65 YEARS! We are delighted to announce that Educational Technology Research and Development is celebrating its 65th anniversary in 2017. To mark this occasion, we are sharing the five most downloaded articles. We invite you to freely read, download and share these articles until August 30th.  Open access articles are freely available online on a permanent basis. All other articles have been made available until August 30thPlease feel free to forward this message along to non-member colleagues.

Open educational resources and college textbook choices: a review of research on efficacy and perceptions, John Hilton III, August 2016, Volume 64, Issue 4, pp 573-590.

Animated pedagogical agents effects on enhancing student motivation and learning in a science inquiry learning environment, Hans van der Meij, Jan van der Meij, Ruth Harmsen, June 2015, Volume 63, Issue 3, pp 381-403.

A design framework for enhancing engagement in student-centered learning: own it, learn it, and share it, Eunbae Lee, Michael J. Hannafin, August 2016, Volume 64, Issue 4, pp 707-734.

Development of an instructional design model for flipped learning in higher education, Jihyun Lee, Cheolil Lim, Hyeonsu Kim, April 2017, Volume 65, Issue 2, pp 427-453.

Teacher pedagogical beliefs: The final frontier in our quest for technology integration? Peggy A. Ertmer, December 2005, Volume 53, Issue 4, pp 25-39.

All Open Access articles from this journal

SEEKING MENTORS FOR AECT LEADERSHIP INTERNS. The Leadership Development Committee (LDC) is looking to create a Mentor pool for our emerging leaders identified through the AECT Leadership Internship Program. We invite you to apply to be a Mentor by filling out this short questionnaire. We anticipate being a mentor will take 1-3 hours per month.  The following resource will provide you with an introduction to what being a mentor for AECT is all about. AECT Intern Mentoring Guidelines. In addition, the LDC is sponsoring a workshop at the 2017 International Convention in Jacksonville titled Everything You Wanted to Know About the Mentoring Relationship* (*but were afraid to ask). This workshop is being offered onTuesday, November 7 from 9am – 4pm. We suggest all those interested in being a mentor attend the workshop. Please send any questions about the mentoring program to the AECT Leadership Intern Coordinator Megan Murtaugh.

AECT PRIVACY POSITION STATEMENT. The AECT Leadership has approved a new position statement. This new statement is available on AECT’s website. Check it out and send it out to leaders in your area!

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Due Today: E-Learn 2017 Final Call for Papers

A reminder of this deadline today.

FINAL Call for Proposals

Due: August 22, 2017

Joint Call for Papers for : 
Special Journal Issue: JILR
 Interactive Learning Research 
 Perspectives on Mobile Technologies for Learning
This special issue calls for contributions that engage in a conversation about mobile learning, offering a platform for diverse positions.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
  • Mobile technologies, digital literacy and civic reasoning
  • Mobile learning in different contexts (Preschool, K-12, HigherEd)
  • Tranlanguaging with mobile technologies
  • International perspectives on mobile technologies: Public Health recommendations, guidelines and attitudes towards mobile devices in different countries
  • Mobile learning and social connections
  • Mobile learning content: apps, podcasts, e-books
Discounted Rates Include
Lunch & Internet
Reservation Deadline: September 13th


Presented papers will be published in the Conference Proceedings and internationally  distributed by:
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Repositories of Open Educational Resources: An Assessment of Reuse and Educational Aspects

This article provides an overview of the current state of repositories of open educational resources (ROER) in higher education at international level. It analyses a series of educational indicators to determine whether ROER can meet the specific needs of the education context, and to clarify understanding of the reuse of open educational resources (OER) provided […]

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Openness and Praxis: Exploring the Use of Open Educational Practices in Higher Education

Open educational practices (OEP) is a broad descriptor of practices that include the creation, use, and reuse of open educational resources (OER) as well as open pedagogies and open sharing of teaching practices. As compared with OER, there has been little empirical research on individual educators’ use of OEP for teaching in higher education. This […]

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Flow in e-learning: What drives it and why it matters

This paper seeks to explain why some individuals sink further into states of flow than others, and what effects flow has in the context of a virtual education environment. Our findings—gathered from both questionnaire and behavioural data—reveal that flow states are elicited by the e-learners’ senses of controlling the virtual education environment, their attention centred […]

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Editorial 33(3): TPCK/TPACK research and development: Past, present, and future directions

Scholarship addressing technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK or TPACK) has examined how to develop, apply, and assess it in diverse educational settings and content areas. During the last 12 years, multiple ways to understand this knowledge and support its development have emerged, generating approximately 1,200 publications that utilise the construct, impacting the practice of postsecondary […]

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New digital video technology improves engagement ’10 times’

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First-time students to receive “Success Coaching” to improve retention and grad rates

FSU partnership with InsideTrack leverages cutting-edge technology and behavioral science to provide personalized support for first-time students. eCampus News

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Apex Learning Introduces Adaptive Tutorials for the GED, HiSET and TASC

Apex Learning, known for rigorous, standards-based curriculum proven to increase student outcomes, introduces Tutorials designed to support student success on high school equivalency exams. The Apex Learning Tutorials for the General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), are each specifically developed to help students pass the […]

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With emerging last-mile training programs, is college necessary?

Over the past few months, I’ve begun to outline the idea of last-mile training: the combination of technical education and placement services that has the potential to fill the skills gap across many sectors of the economy. TechCrunch

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21 August 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ August 21, 2017
K12 Inc. (LRN) Is At $17.21 Formed Wedge; Zimmer Partners LP Lowered Its Boardwalk Pipeline …

K12 Inc. (LRN) formed wedge down with $16.35 target or 5.00% below today’s $17.21 share price. K12 Inc. (LRN) has $701.68M valuation. The stock …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ August 21, 2017
State Street Corp Has $14.32 Million Stake in K12 Inc (LRN)

K12 logo State Street Corp lowered its position in K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) by 2.9% during the first quarter, according to its most recent disclosure with the …
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