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NMC And EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Ed Edition The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition at the 2016 ELI Annual Meeting. This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project […]

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A Far Cry from School History: Massive Online Open Courses as a Generative Source for Historical ResearchCurrent research into Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) has neglected the potential of using learner comments for discipline-specific analysis. This article explores how MOOCs, within the historical discipline, can be used to generate, investigate, and document personal narratives, and argues that they serve as a rich platform for historical resource generation. Through these narratives, this […]

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Understanding Cognitive Engagement in Online Discussion: Use of a Scaffolded, Audio-based Argumentation ActivityThe purpose of this paper is to explore how adult learners engage in asynchronous online discussion through the implementation of an audio-based argumentation activity. The study designed scaffolded audio-based argumentation activities to promote students’ cognitive engagement. The research was conducted in an online graduate course at a liberal arts university. Primary data sources were learners’ […]

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Teaching Competencies for the Online EnvironmentThe goals of this study are to identify key competency areas that lead to success in online instruction and to develop a framework that supports professional development and self-assessment. To identify the key competency areas, skills and behaviours presented within current literature were analyzed. Secondly, gaps were identified and levels of competence were determined within […]

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Academic success is about self-efficacy rather than frequency of use of the learning management systemPrevious studies have investigated the association between the frequency of student learning management system (LMS) use (logins, discussion board use, resources used, etc.) and academic achievement. These studies indicate that low LMS use by students is likely to result in less academic success. However, these models fail to take into account self-beliefs that may also […]

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These Google Forms turn video from passive to active learningVideo-based questions and Google forms get students invested in current events eSchool News

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E-Books and a Distance Education Program: A Library’s Failure Rate in Supplying Course Readings for One ProgramWhen Purdue University’s College of Education decided to offer its first fully online master’s program in Learning Design and Technology, the education librarian volunteered to find and organize all the course readings by creating a LibGuide web page with links to the readings for each course. This paper analyzes these course readings, delivered to distance […]

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Not Everyone’s HeroWebsites that offer students online study guides and tutoring services grow, but faculty members find they raise copyright and academic integrity issues — as case at U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows. Inside Higher Ed

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Which Edtech Companies Are Producing the Best Research-Based Products?When edtech entrepreneurs design and develop their products, high-quality research is not always at the top of their minds. After all, it takes extra time, money and effort for edtech developers to use research as they design and develop their products. And while many entrepreneurs claim that their products are ‘research-based,” it’s difficult for consumers […]

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