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June 1, 2016 e-Newsletter – 5/31/16

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National Center for Education Statistics has a mandate to report to Congress on the condition of education by June 1 of each year. The Condition of Education 2016 summarizes important developments and trends in education using the latest available data. The 2016 report presents 43 key indicators on the status and condition of education and […]

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The Best of Two Open Worlds at the National Open University of Nigeria

It will be wise for educational institutions, from primary to tertiary level, globally, to reflect on their position and profile with respect to the new concepts of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Responses will be diverse of course but the potential is so manifest that many institutions probably will consider […]

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Dimensions of open research: critical reflections on openness in the ROER4D project

Open Research has the potential to advance the scientific process by improving the transparency, rigour, scope and reach of research, but choosing to experiment with Open Research carries with it a set of ideological, legal, technical and operational considerations. Researchers, especially those in resource-constrained situations, may not be aware of the complex interrelations between these […]

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Instructor’s Use of Social Presence, Teaching Presence, and Attitudinal Dissonance: A Case Study of an Attitudinal Change MOOC

This study examines a MOOC instructor’s use of social presence, teaching presence, and dissonance for attitudinal change in a MOOC on Human Trafficking, designed to promote attitudinal change. Researchers explored the MOOC instructor’s use of social presence and teaching presence, using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework as a lens, and examined the facilitation of […]

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Revising the Community of Inquiry Framework for the Analysis of One-To-One Online Learning Relationships

In online learning research, the theoretical community of inquiry framework has been used extensively to analyze processes of inquiry among learners and instructors within a community. This paper examines a special case of community of inquiry consisting of only one learner and one instructor. Together they en­gage in an online coaching discourse to form a […]

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New Global Online Education Projects Selected for Duke Support

Six faculty-led projects reflect the state of online education on campus and beyond. Duke University

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Cranium Cafe: Campus style student services — now available online

Cranium Cafe has developed a 4-in-1 software that replicates on-campus style student services. Accessible entirely online with no downloads or software installations. Our goal is to democratize student services, such as online advising, enrollment, financial aid, recruitment, tutoring, professor office hours, career services, regardless of ability or location. Cranium Cafe

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University passes MOOC milestone

The University of Melbourne has passed the one million enrolments milestone for its massive open online courses (MOOCs) delivered in partnership with Coursera. The University of Melbourne

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New adult education master’s degree, certificate respond to changing workplace

The workplace is evolving rapidly, creating new demands for workforce training and professional development. In response, Penn State is offering a new certificate and a revamped master’s degree online for professionals looking to advance their skills in adult education. The Pennsylvania State University

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