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NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition The NMC Horizon Report > 2017 Higher Education Edition is a collaborative effort between the NMC and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). This 14th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact […]

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Tele-proximity: Tele-community of Inquiry Model. Facial Cues for Social, Cognitive, and Teacher Presence in Distance EducationDistance education is expanding in all continents, and the use of video has dominated internet. Synchronous Video Communication (SVC) has not been an option thoroughly investigated and practitioners, who use and design synchronous learning scenarios, are in urgent need of guidance. Distant learners face many barriers, and as a result, they drop out more frequently […]

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Women Leaders In Online/Distance Education Associations/OrganizationsThere is no doubt that more women are needed in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. Numerous reports (cf. Cook, Mason, Morse, & Neuhauser, 2015; Corbett & Hill, 2015; Landivar, 2013), articles (cf. Marks, 2015), books (cf. Sandberg, 2013), and data represented in infographics (cf. “Women who tech,” n.d.) substantiate the need, not […]

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An Empirical Framework for ePortfolio AssessmentThis research focuses on ePortfolio assessment strategies that yield important accountability and reporting information. Under foundational categories of reliability, validity, and fairness, we present methods of gathering evidence from ePortfolio scores and their relationship to demographic information (gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status) and criterion variables (admission tests and course grades) as a means for stakeholders […]

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The Cart Before the Horse? Exploring the Potential of ePortfolios in a Western Australian Medical SchoolIn 2014, the School of Medicine Fremantle of the University of Notre Dame Australia initiated a study to explore the curriculum underpinning portfolios used by first-year medical students. The School had used portfolios since 2005 and judged it timely to consider digital technologies as a mechanism to enhance student learning and improve efficiencies. A qualitative […]

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Online Education Costs More, Not LessStudy challenges the myth that digital instruction costs less — both for students and for the colleges producing the courses. Inside Higher Education

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DeVos Institute at UMD Launches Online Course – The Cycle: Management of Successful Arts and Cultural OrganizationsWASHINGTON, D.C. — The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland, a global leader in providing training, consultation, and implementation support for arts managers and their boards, announces a free online course for arts managers, students, and arts enthusiasts around the globe as one of the University’s Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). […]

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Stanford Radio on SiriusXM features ‘living room conversations’ with facultyThe satellite radio company will begin broadcasting two new programs in February featuring Stanford faculty members – as hosts and guests – on its “Insight Channel,” which is devoted to informative and entertaining conversations. After the programs have aired on SiriusXM, they will be available for free on a new Stanford Radio website. Stanford University

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IBM Launches “Digital – Nation Africa”: Invests $70 Million to Bring Digital Skills to Africa with Free, Watson-Powered Skills Platform for 25 million peopleJohannesburg, South Africa and Armonk, NY – 08 Feb 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) is investing $70 million (approximately ZAR 945 million) in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital – Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free […]

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