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August 23, 2016

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Emporium Model: The Key to Content Retention in Secondary Math CoursesThe math emporium model was first developed by Virginia Tech in 1999. In the emporium model students use computer-based learning resources, engage in active learning, and work toward mastery of concepts. This approach to teaching and learning mathematics was piloted in a rural STEM high school. The purpose of this experimental study was to compare […]

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A Desire for Growth: Online Full-Time Faculty’s Perceptions of Evaluation ProcessesCollege and universities evaluate the teaching performance of faculty members in a variety of ways. Benefits to effective faculty evaluation include advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as improving the functionality and innovation of courses, curriculum, departments, and ultimately the broader community (Boyer, 1990; Glassick, Huber, & Maeroff, 1997). While there is […]

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Effects of Group Awareness and Self-Regulation Level on Online Learning BehaviorsGroup awareness can affect student online learning while self-regulation also can substantially influence student online learning. Although some studies identify that these two variables may partially determine learning behavior, few empirical studies or thorough analyses elucidate the simultaneous impact of these two variables (group awareness and self-regulation) on online learning behavior. This paper compared one […]

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Developing Guidelines for Evaluating the Adaptation of Accessible Web-Based Learning MaterialsE-learning is a rapidly developing form of education. One of the key characteristics of e-learning is flexibility, which enables easier access to knowledge for everyone. Information and communications technology (ICT), which is e-learning’s main component, enables alternative means of accessing the web-based learning materials that comprise the content of e-learning. However, these materials can help […]

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The Effects of Instructor Control of Online Learning Environments on Satisfaction and Perceived LearningThis paper explores the design of a blended learning environment in a transition from face-to-face and seeks to determine whether learner characteristics and background together with blended learning design elements are significant factors for learning outcomes such as intrinsic motivation, satisfaction, knowledge construction and learning performance in blended learning. It is aimed at examining the […]

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The Open University and KPMG launch joint apprenticeship servicesPartnership will deliver apprenticeship programmes as employers prepare for introduction of Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 KPMG and The Open University (OU) are joining forces to launch an apprenticeship service that enables employers to identify and fulfil their future training needs, following the Government’s plan to introduce the Apprenticeship Levy. The Open University

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Popular MITx philosophy MOOC introduces instructor gradingIf one of the core philosophies of online learning is to democratize education, then a new verified certificate option for a philosophy course on MITx on edX — the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the Institute — brings the concept full circle. MIT

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From Dreams to Realities: AR/VR/MR in Education“Actually, I think we aren’t that far from being able to deliver on the powerful visions of teaching faculty.’ — Daniel Christian The marketplace for augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality technologies may be heating up. Daniel Christian, a senior instructional designer at Calvin College observes that significant R&D investments, product development, and more […]

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