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September 27, 2016 e-Newsletter 9/26/16

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SEPTEMBER 26, 2016
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Digital Readiness Gaps Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online, and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge Pew Research Center

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Factors for Successful Evolution and Sustainability of Quality Distance Education

Distance education (DE) is entering its fourth generation, requiring universities to consider how to sustain this continually evolving delivery method. Competition from for-profit entities, open-source depositories, and an increasing number of non-profit universities has created a competitive marketplace for academia to navigate. Rather than consider implementation of distance education, this research focuses on defining success […]

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Factors that Influence Student Attrition in Online Courses

Research was conducted to explore predictors for online higher education student attrition. This research was conducted using results from the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator to track students in their degree programs. In addition, student outreach was conducted with an experimental group of at-risk students to determine if additional academic support promoted retention. Results demonstrated that […]

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Exploratory study of MOOC learners’ demographics and motivation: The case of students involved in groups

This paper reports preliminary findings on students enrolled in a massive open online course, who were also assigned to work in groups. Part of a larger study on the effect of groups on retention and completion in MOOCs, the paper provides students’ demographics (i.e., location, gender, education level, and employment status), and motivation for taking […]

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Research Trends in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Theses and Dissertations: Surfing the Tsunami Wave

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have attracted a great deal of attention by higher education and private enterprises. MOOCs have evolved considerably since their emergence in 2008, all the while given rise to academic discussions on MOOC impact, design and reach. In an effort to understand MOOCs more comprehensively, this study analyzes theses and dissertations […]

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Demand for online classes grows at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University professor Patricia Hart was a little hesitant about shifting her traditional, in-person Spanish film class to an entirely online course. jconline

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[Massachusetts] State government explores partnership with online education company

Massachusetts state government announced a new partnership with an online education company on Thursdayto help public employees and the state’s public universities take advantage of online classes. MassLive

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In The Battle Of Online Language Learning Programs, Who Is Winning?

Online language programs seem to be growing substantially in users and revenue. According to Ambient Insight, the worldwide market for the digital English learning products (the most popular language) was $2.8 billion in 2015, projected to grow to $3.8 billion by 2020. Forbes

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Planting the Seeds of Analytics

Key Takeaways The use of analytics across multiple industries has inspired higher education institutions like Valdosta State University to explore innovative uses of insights from data for both academic and operational functions. While many might perceive visually appealing dashboards as representing analytics in higher education, VSU’s IT team understood the importance of focusing on how […]

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