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September 7, 2016 e-Newsletter – 9/6/16

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Trends of Online Learning in Higher Education: How Online Learning Will Shape Higher Education Online learning has been touted as a way to address some of the challenges higher education institutions face and extol as a tactic for staying competitive. Various external and internal forces have brought about the expansion and growth of online learning […]

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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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Teaching and learning in competency-based education courses and programs: faculty and student perspectives

From January through May 2015, interviews were conducted with faculty and students at three community colleges supporting new competency-based education (CBE) courses and programs to better understand faculty and student experiences in the early phases of implementation. Participation in CBE certificate and degree-granting programs required faculty to redesign existing and/or develop new courses as well […]

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Can Computers Foster Human Users’ Creativity? Theory and Praxis of Mixed-Initiative Co-Creativity

This article discusses the impact of artificially intelligent computers to the process of design, play and educational activities. A computational process which has the necessary intelligence and creativity to take a proactive role in such activities can not only support human creativity but also foster it and prompt lateral thinking. The argument is made both […]

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Download Online Learning Journal, Special Issue on Learning Analytics

Online Learning Volume 20 Issue 2 – June 2016 SPECIAL ISSUE: LEARNING ANALYTICS Table of Contents SECTION I: LEARNING ANALYTICS Introduction 9 Karen Vignare, Patsy Moskal Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review 13 John T. Avella, Mansureh Kebritchi, Sandra G. Nunn, Therese Kanai Let’s Talk Learning Analytics: A […]

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Write Ideas an app for iOS

Write Ideas offers students the best prewriting tool to get a jump-start on their writing assignments. It eases students through their writing assignments using structured prompts and questions. Using Write ideas, students are able to express their creativity in a variety of ways such as voice, doodles and text. Students can then export their work […]

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SaaS Deployment For Blackboard Learn Available To Customers In Australia And New Zealand

SYDNEY, 29 August 2016 – Blackboard announced today at the annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Sydney that its flagship Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard Learn (commonly referred to as Learn 9.1) is available as a software as a service (SaaS) solution to its customers in Australia and New Zealand. Delivered via the local Amazon […]

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Amazon Web Services Joins Georgia Tech’s Internet of Things Research Center

Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) has added Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) to its growing list of members and launched four new working groups. Georgia Tech

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Embracing e-textbooks: Yakima Valley-area colleges lag in replacing costly books with more affordable options

YAKIMA, Wash. — Much like news, music and banking, a digital transition has taken place inside college classrooms. With each passing year, more students and instructors have incorporated e-books, online documents and media into lectures and homework. The materials open up new ways, such as real-time note sharing or interactive content, to learn. They also […]

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