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August 30, 2016

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2016 Roadmap To Web Accessibility In Higher Education Web accessibility is one of the most critical issues facing higher education. New web technologies have been a boon for distance and online education, yet 11% of undergraduates have a disability that impairs access to websites and online content. When creating an accessible infrastructure, many questions abound: […]

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An Empirical Study of Factors Driving the Adoption of Mobile Learning in Omani Higher Education

Mobile learning (M-learning) provides a new learning channel in which learners can access content and just in time information as required irrespective of the time and location. Even though M-learning is fast evolving in many regions of the world, research addressing the driving factors of M-learning adoption is in short supply. This article focuses on […]

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Using the mTSES to Evaluate and Optimize mLearning Professional Development

The impact of targeted professional development activities on teachers’ perceptions of self-efficacy with mobile learning remains understudied. Power (2015a) used the Mobile Teacher’s Sense of Efficacy Scale (mTSES) survey instrument to measure the effects of a mobile learning themed professional development course on teachers’ confidence with and interest in mobile learning. The current study looks […]

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Video Captions for Online Courses: Do YouTube’s Auto-generated Captions Meet Deaf Students’ Needs?

Providing captions for videos used in online courses is an area of interest for institutions of higher education. There are legal and ethical ramifications as well as time constraints to consider. Captioning tools are available, but some universities rely on the auto-generated YouTube captions. This study looked at a particular type of video—the weekly informal […]

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Promoting Open, Flexible and Distance Learning in Increasingly Challenging Times

Although the potential to increase equitable access to education is threatened by economic and technical developments, the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning is working to address these threats. This editorial describes actions over the lifetime of one leader in the field and the lifetime of this journal. Our move to align with and take advantage […]

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Peter Horrocks: it’s time for the OU to reinvent itself again

The Open University’s vice-chancellor says now is the moment to turn around decline in part-time study Times Higher Education

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Predictive Analytics: Nudging, Shoving, and Smacking Behaviors in Higher Education

With predictive analytics, colleges and universities are able to “nudge” individuals toward making better decisions and exercising rational behavior to enhance their probabilities of success. EDUCAUSE Review

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Six decisions to make when designing software training.

A new expense reimbursement system, an update to your web conferencing platform, a new version of Microsoft Office: If you are designing training for software systems, you have special considerations over what you’d have when creating policy, product knowledge, or business skills training. If your software rollout plan includes creating self-paced e-learning, here are six […]

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MIT launches first online architecture, systems engineering program

MIT Professional Education’s new four-course online professional certificate program, Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems will provide a state-of-the-practice view on model-based systems engineering for technical professionals and engineers. eCampus News

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