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2016 Online Education Trends This report is designed to inform a diverse group of stakeholders in online education. Administrators, instructors, students and parents are faced with an increasing number of online options to consider as they pursue affordability and academic goals. Our goal in conducting the research and conversations that frame this work was to […]

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From Presences to Linked Influences Within Communities of Inquiry

Much research has identified and confirmed the core elements of the well-known Community of Inquiry Framework (CoIF): Social, Cognitive and Teaching Presence (Garrison, 2011). The overlap of these Presences, their definitions and roles, and their subsequent impact on the educational experience, has received less attention. This article is prompted by the acceptance of that omission (Garrison, […]

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The Effects of a Pedagogical Agent’s Smiling Expression on the Learner’s Emotions and Motivation in a Virtual Learning Environment

The present study aimed to test the hypothesis that a smiling expression on the face of a talking pedagogical agent could positively affect a learner’s emotions, motivation, and learning outcomes in a virtual learning environment. Contrary to the hypothesis, results from Experiment 1 demonstrated that the pedagogical agent’s smile induced negative emotional and motivational responses […]

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Positioning Identity in Computer-mediated Discourse among ESOL Learners

The present study explores a linguistic mechanism in which the identity of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) learners can be influenced online. Analyzing the discourse of ESOL chat room participants and how they uptake positioning statements through online conversations, we present two vignettes that illustrate the kind of discourse in which participants position […]

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Exploring Intrinsic Gender Identity Using Second Life

Virtual worlds (VWs) provide an environment to understand and explore notions of gender and identity, particularly given the ability for users to experiment with gender in online worlds. Our study analyses gender identity using the virtual space of Second Life (SL) to explore experiences and responses to gender in an avatar. We introduced 46 novice […]

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EDUCAUSE: The top 10 IT issues in 2017

It’s that time again when almost every attendee part of the annual EDUCAUSE conference crams next to each other in a convention ballroom to hear about what their higher ed peers have to say about the IT issues and challenges they expect to face next year. eCampus News

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UW-Madison moving from three online learning management systems to one

UW-Madison students and faculty are gradually transitioning to a single learning management system — a computer application that allows students and instructors to communicate about course materials, assignments and grades — from the three now used on campus.

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Blackboard to Release Updates to Blackboard Learn

New Workflows and Enhancements to Flagship Learning Management System will Support Educator & Student Efficiency PR Newswire

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Apple Unveils Groundbreaking New MacBook Pro

Revolutionary Touch Bar, Breakthrough Performance in Apple’s Thinnest & Lightest Pro Design Ever Apple Press Release The new Apple MacBook Pro: Apple’s amazing strip show reinvents the laptop keyboard C|Net News The 7 biggest announcements from Apple’s MacBook event The Verge

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