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June 21, 2016

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Mapping Research Trends from 35 years of Publications in Distance Education This article maps out trends in distance education research and scholarship from 35 years of publications in the Distance Education journal. Titles and abstracts of 515 full papers were analyzed using the text-mining tool LeximancerTM to identify and describe themes in distance education research […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Web 2.0 user knowledge and the limits of individual and collective power

This paper revisits and builds upon a prominent theme in First Monday’s 2008 “Critical perspectives on Web 2.0” special issue: exploration and critique of the claim that Web 2.0 “… provides novel opportunities for the articulation of individual and collective social power by enhancing participation in media production and cultural expression” (Zimmer, 2008). This article refreshes the […]

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Preface: A decade of Web 2.0 – Reflections, critical perspectives, and beyond

It has been more than 10 years since the publication of “What is Web 2.0?”, Tim O’Reilly’s influential declaration of Web 2.0’s practical and conceptual underpinnings (O’Reilly, 2005). In 2008, First Monday published a special issue on “Critical perspectives on Web 2.0” (Zimmer, 2008) bringing together a diverse group of scholars to “expose, explore and explain the […]

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“I don’t conversate with those I don’t know”: The role of trust/distrust in online engagement

Digital spaces are populated by youth who navigate, consume, create, and distribute information through their participation as designers, contributors, respondents, and distributors. A key prerequisite to collaboration, participation and distributed knowledge is trust. The literature informs us that the creation of trust involves several variables: the individual, their experiences, familiarity, and the environment (online, offline, […]

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Putting technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) in action: An integrated TPACK-design-based learning (DBL) approach

Design-based learning (DBL) has been considered a useful approach in teacher education because of its emphasis on the investigation of technology integration problems in design processes. Despite recent interest in understanding how technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) translates to action, limited research exists on how TPACK is developed within DBL contexts and what principles […]

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IN THE NEWS
Strategic Planning in e-Learning

As spring descends upon us, thoughts of innovation and new ideas start to burst forth. My thoughts are carefully concentrated on strategic planning, which my current university undertakes every five years or so. Most corporations take on the task more frequently, and those of us on the front lines recognize it is being done constantly. […]

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New PBS KIDS “Measure Up!” App Encourages Kids and Parents to Play and Learn Together

Arlington, VA, June 16, 2016 – Today, PBS KIDS debuted a new, free app designed to help kids build math skills and empower parents to support their learning. Designed for 3- to 5-year-olds, PBS KIDS Measure Up! focuses on building kids’ measurement skills through a combination of games, videos and activities from popular PBS KIDS’ […]

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ALEX Wants to Fill Classrooms Like Airbnb Fills Beds

“In a world where we can place people in empty seats in cars and empty beds in houses, why not place people in empty chairs in college classrooms?” That’s what a team of Harvard University students say about their new start-up called ALEX (Anyone’s Learning EXperience). The students recently won a Public Sector Innovation Award […]

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Logging Off, Dropping Out

Hard data on which students are failing to use learning management software can help colleges intervene to boost retention rates. Inside Higher Ed

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