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August 16, 2016 e-Newsletter – 8/15/16

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Growth Opportunities In Higher Education: Degrees And Alternate Pathways Online education was once on the cutting edge of educational technology, but that is no longer the case. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 450 new providers began offering online education between 2012 and 2016. Not only did the number of providers […]

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Who enrolls in competency-based education? An examination of the demographics and finances of competency-based education programs

The concept of competency-based education (CBE), in which some or all of a student’s progression through a degree program is separated from the traditional credit hour model, has gained popularity in the last few years. However, little research has examined the types of students who enroll in CBE programs and whether CBE results in cost […]

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

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 the […]

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Perceptions of the Impact of Online Learning as a Distance-based Learning Model on the Professional Practices of Working Nurses in Northern Ontario

Nurses in Canada face diverse challenges to their ongoing educational pursuits. As a result, they have been early adopters of courses and programs based on distance education principles and, in particular, online learning models. In the study described in this paper, nurses studying at two northern universities, in programs involving online learning, were interviewed about […]

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Playing and Learning: An iPad Game Development & Implementation Case Study

There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the use of games in formal educational contexts; however, there is a notable and problematic lack of studies that make use of replicable study designs to empirically link games to learning (Young, et al., 2012). This paper documents the iterative design and development of an educationally focused […]

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