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July 6, 2016 e-Newsletter – 7/5/16

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Facebook is ubiquitous on university campuses, and yet, at the time of this writing, there was a distinct absence of Facebook in the higher education classroom – except when used by distracted students during a lecture. Facebook has pedagogical potential. Why are some faculty resistant to using Facebook for purposes of teaching and learning? What […]

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Influence of Word Clouds on Critical Thinking in Online Discussions: A Content Analysis

This article presents an exploratory research study about the influence of word clouds on critical thinking when they are incorporated into online discussions. In an online discussion, students were asked to critically analyze two speeches, being assigned to one of two conditions: one in which the text was linear, and one in which the text […]

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Faculty supporting and developing a CBE program – strategies implemented at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Faculty play key roles in developing and supporting academic programs. For traditional modes of delivery, the ways faculty support and develop academic offerings are well-defined and understood. However, for new modes of delivery like CBE, successful faculty support will only occur through the use of intentional strategies aimed at inspiring support and encouraging lasting involvement. […]

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E-mentoring and its relevance for competency-based education for students with disabilities: research from the GSAA BreakThru model

Background Communication and learning technologies to enable mentoring for students are important topics for online courses and competency-based education approaches. However, research results have been limited. The Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance (GSAA) is a research project of the US National Science Foundation’s Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program. It is a collaborative RDE Alliance between […]

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Cheating the System?

Even if they could cheat without being penalized, most students will take an honest stab at homework questions, study finds. Inside Higher Ed

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Preparing for ‘Era of Data Ubiquity’

Researchers convene to discuss how the deluge of data collected about students can be used to benefit higher education without compromising privacy. Inside Higher Ed

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