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February 2, 2017

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Americans and Cybersecurity Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives Pew Research Center

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Web-based Collaborative Writing in L2 Contexts: Methodological Insights from Text MiningThe increasingly widespread use of social software (e.g., Wikis, Google Docs) in second language (L2) settings has brought a renewed attention to collaborative writing. Although the current methodological approaches to examining collaborative writing are valuable to understand L2 students’ interactional patterns or perceived experiences, they can be insufficient to capture the quantity and quality of […]

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Sharing a Multimodal Corpus to Study Webcam-mediated Language TeachingThis article proposes a methodology to create a multimodal corpus that can be shared with a group of researchers in order to analyze synchronous online pedagogical interactions. Epistemological aspects involved in studying online interactions from a multimodal and semiotic perspective are addressed. Then, issues and challenges raised by corpus creation and sharing are examined with […]

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Online vs. Face-to-Face Course Evaluations: Considerations for Administrators and FacultyThe purpose of this study was to determine whether students evaluate courses differently, and perhaps more critically, when delivered online vs. face-to-face (F2F). Course evaluations are associated with the instructor that taught the course. Course evaluation continues to be a significant assessment vehicle of faculty performance used by many administrators. This analysis attempted to control […]

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Current Issue Another Simple Yet Effective Best Practice for Increasing Enrollments at an Extended CampusThis article is a follow-up to a previous article, “Six Ways to Increase Enrollments at an Extended Campus,” published in this journal (vol. 17, no. 4, winter 2015), wherein a seventh best practice to increase course offerings and increase enrollments at an extended campus is presented. This best practice seeks to identify those areas of […]

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6 Ways to Sample an Online Degree ProgramWhen Lisa Dowdell heard about the for-profit, online Capella University through her daughter, a student, she was excited about the prospect of earning a bachelor’s degree on her own schedule. U.S. News & World Report

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MSU offers class on Montana’s changing climate via distance learningThe course will explore three key aspects of Montana’s climate–agriculture, forests and water resources, as well as the Montana Climate Assessment, an effort that is currently underway to describe past and future climate trends that affect different sectors of the state’s economy. Montana State University

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Not all towns are created equal, digitallyHow a Colorado school district struggles to give its students a technology boost The Hechinger Report

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Top 10 IT IssuesColleges and universities are concentrating on student success to address concerns about the costs, value, and outcomes of higher education. Student success initiatives are making use of every available resource and opportunity and involving every relevant stakeholder. Institutional technology is all three: resource, opportunity, and stakeholder. The 2017 issues list identifies the four focus areas […]

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