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April 20, 2016

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APRIL 18, 2016
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A Computational Model of Learners Achievement Emotions Using Control- Value Theory

Game-based Learning (GBL) environments make instruction flexible and interactive. Positive experiences depend on personalization. Student modelling has focused on affect. Three methods are used: (1) recognizing the physiological effects of emotion, (2) reasoning about emotion from its origin and (3) an approach combining 1 and 2. These have proven successful only in labs, or use […]

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Affective Behavior and Nonverbal Interaction in Collaborative Virtual Environments

While a person’s internal state might not be easily inferred through an automatic computer system, within a group, people express themselves through their interaction with others. The group members’ interaction can be then helpful to understand, to certain extent, its members’ affective behavior in any case toward the task at hand. In this context, a […]

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Humanities Data in the Library: Integrity, Form, Access

Digitally inflected Humanities scholarship and pedagogy is on the rise. Librarians are engaging this activity in part through a range of digital scholarship initiatives. While these engagements bear value, efforts to reshape library collections in light of demand remain nascent. This paper advances principles derived from practice to inform development of collections that can better […]

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Learners’ Interpersonal Beliefs and Generated Feedback in an Online Role-Playing Peer- Feedback Activity: An Exploratory Study

Peer feedback affords interaction and critical thinking opportunities for learners in online courses. However, various factors prevent learners from taking advantage of these promising benefits. This study explored learners’ perceptions of the interpersonal factors in a role-playing peer-feedback activity, and examined the types of peer feedback that learners generated when playing a role. Participants were […]

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IN THE NEWS
MOOC With a Community College Twist

The steep investment is preventing two-year institutions from creating massive open online courses, but SUNY Broome Community College found a way — and a purpose for one. Inside Higher Ed

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Half of MOOC Users in Developing Countries Get Certificates

A new study by researchers at the University of Washington has found that the use of massive open online courses is much different in emerging countries than in the United States and, in some ways, more in line with what MOOC’s original proponents had in mind. Campus Technology

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2016 Higher Education Online Learning Landscape

Let’s face it, online learning is becoming mainstream. And why not? This learning modality provides ease of access, affordability and inclusion for an evolving, growing higher education population. Increased digital learning opportunities, such as learning analytics, competency-based education and adaptive learning are quickly being embraced by today’s students and allow for new learning methods to […]

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Where you live rather than what you know? The problem with education deserts

To increase educational attainment levels, the process of preparing and applying for college needs to improve. Students need to know when to apply for financial aid, how to choose a college that matches their academic and social preferences, and develop awareness about what happens after college in terms of repaying debt and finding a job. […]

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