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April 13, 2016 e-Newsletter – 4/11/16

Now that AERA is over, back to a more normal schedule of posting.  Anyway, from Monday’s inbox…

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Historically, much of education research has focused on exploring the classroom as a context for learning, explaining the learning processes that occur in the classroom, and designing lessons that help students learn. e past decades have seen considerable research on the various social factors that a ect learning; they have also seen increasing research into […]

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Self-presentation in scholarly profiles: Characteristics of images and perceptions of professionalism and attractiveness on academic social networking sitesOnline self-presentation is of increasing importance in modern life, from establishing and maintaining personal relationships to forging professional identities. Academic scholars are no exception, and a host of social networking platforms designed specifically for scholars abound. This study used Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to code 10,500 profile pictures used by scholars on three platforms — […]

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From Written to Digital: The New LiteracyBoth the 21st-century economy and the careers needed to fuel it are changing at an unprecedented rate. Students must be prepared for nonlinear careers, pivoting to match the ever-changing work landscape. We thus need to rethink not just how we teach our students but what we teach our students. EDUCAUSE Review

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Twitter-Based EFL Pronunciation InstructionThis paper looks at the use of Twitter as a language teaching/learning tool. It describes the results of a study aimed at testing Twitter’s effectiveness for pronunciation teaching. The purpose of the study was to determine whether Twitter can foster online participation and whether it may have a positive effect on the pronunciation of a number of words commonly mispronounced […]

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Language Learning Through Social Networks: Perceptions and RealityLanguage Learning Social Network Sites (LLSNSs) have attracted millions of users around the world. However, little is known about how people participate in these sites and what they learn from them. This study investigated learners’ attitudes, usage, and progress in a major LLSNS through a survey of 4,174 as well as 20 individual case studies. […]

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MIT Professional Education announces new online course on the Internet of ThingsMIT Professional Education has announced the introduction of a new online course, Internet of Things: Roadmap to a Connected World. Making its debut on April 12, this first-of-its-kind digital course will teach key IoT concepts including identification, sensors, localization, wireless protocols, data storage, and security. Designed for technical professionals across all industries, the innovative, six-week […]

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Berkeley to accept University of the People graduatesThe Californian institution said it will recruit top-performing graduates from the online university Times Higher Education

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D2L Launches The Learning Analytics Blueprint to Help Organizations Get Started With Data in the ClassroomToday, D2L, a global edtech leader and the creator of Brightspace, releases The Learning Analytics Blueprint, a visual guide to rolling out a successful Learning Analytics solution organization-wide. The Learning Analytics Blueprint provides organizations with a best practice framework for optimizing learning data. The Learning Analytics Blueprint is supported by D2L’s team of experts in change management, data […]

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UC Irvine Offering Scholarships for Gamers, Building Gaming Arena and Webcasting StudioUniversity of California, Irvine is launching a new e-sports initiative this fall, which it’s describing as “the first of its kind at a public research university.” Campus Technology

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