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October 11, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 10/10/2016

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OCTOBER 10, 2016
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The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning The bar has moved. Access to high-speed broadband in K-12 education is no longer an afterthought; instead it is fundamental for implementing the student-centered learning models critical in preparing all students for college and careers in the digital age. Schools and districts are moving towards student-centered, personalized […]

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Understanding the Online Doctoral Learning Experience: Factors that Contribute to Students’ Sense of CommunityAs the number of students taking online courses continues to grow steadily, it is becoming increasingly important to inquire about the experiences of these students in order to understand the factors that contribute to their success. It is imperative that the social needs of students be understood, as interaction is an important aspect of the […]

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The Relationship Between an Online Synchronous Learning Environment and Knowledge Acquisition Skills and Traits: The Blackboard Collaborate ExperienceOnline learning is becoming more attractive to perspective students because it offers them greater accessibility, convenience and flexibility to study at a reduced cost. While these benefits may attract prospective learners to embark on an online learning environment there remains little empirical evidence relating the skills and traits of knowledge acquisition with a synchronous online […]

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Barriers and Opportunities of E-Learning Implementation in Iraq: A Case of Public UniversitiesAlthough the implementation of e-learning initiatives has reached advanced stages in developed countries, it is still in its infancy in many developing nations and the Middle East in particular. Recently, few public universities in Iraq have initiated limited attempts to use e-learning alongside traditional classrooms. However, different obstacles are preventing successful adoption of this technology. […]

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The effectiveness of instructor personalized and formative feedback provided by instructor in an online setting: some unresolved issuesFormative feedback has great potential for teaching and learning in online undergraduate programmes. There is a large number of courses where the main source of feedback is provided by the instructor. This is particularly seen in subjects where assessments are designed based on specific activities which are the same for all students, and where the […]

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U.S. Education Department Approves Extension of New Hampshire’s Competency-Based Assessment PilotOCTOBER 6, 2016 Contact: Press Office, (202) 401-1576, press@ed.govThe U.S. Department of Education today announced a one-year extension of New Hampshire’s existing competency-based assessment pilot to include a total of nine districts across the state. The pilot will continue to provide students, families and educators with timely and actionable feedback on student progress towards college and […]

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‘Dream Big, Start Small’Less than a year after the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s M.B.A.-through-MOOCs program launched, its College of Business says it is seeing the contours of a model it can use to promote the university abroad, enroll previously untapped groups of students and attract corporate partners. Inside Higher Ed

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Campus Considers Learning Management System SwitchThis fall, the University of Missouri-St. Louis is in the process of deciding whether to keep its current learning management system (LMS), Blackboard, or migrate to a different system called Canvas. The decision must be made by November 30 and input is being gathered from students, faculty, and staff about which system’s features will best […]

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Australian start-up OpenLearning underpins Malaysian universities’ push into online learningAustralian start-up OpenLearning is the backbone for the Malaysian higher education system’s ambitious push into online courses with its platform being used to teach nearly 200,000 students in public universities. Financial Review

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