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March 16, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (03-13-2017)

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Using Social Learning Networks (SLNs) in Higher Education: Edmodo Through the Lenses of Academics With its total number of users (around 62 million) throughout the world, it is important to determine the views of academics who use Edmodo (the leading SLN. In this respect in the first part of this two-part research, the purpose was […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Download ArticleUsing Social Learning Networks (SLNs) in Higher Education: Edmodo Through the Lenses of Academics With its total number of users (around 62 million) throughout the world, it is important to determine the views of academics who use Edmodo (the leading SLN. In this respect in the first part of this two-part research, the purpose was […]

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Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOCSocial Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC This study aimed to analyze the student’s behaviour in relation to their degree of commitment, participation, and contribution in a MOOC based on a social learning approach. Interaction data was collected on the learning platform and in social networks, […]

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Effective e-learning? Multi-tasking, distractions and boundary management by graduate students in an online environmentThis paper reports the findings of a small-scale study that documented the use of information technology for learning by a small group of postgraduate students. Our findings support current knowledge about characteristics displayed by effective e-learners, but also highlight a less researched but potentially important issue in developing e-learning expertise: the ability of students to […]

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Common Challenges for Instructors in Large Online Courses: Strategies to Mitigate Student and Instructor FrustrationTeaching in the online classroom is becoming commonplace for instructors as universities seek to grow enrollments and tap into unexplored markets. Many instructors, however, are often unprepared for the nuances of distance education and apprehensive about making the transition to online learning. This article aims to discuss common challenges for instructors of high-enrollment online courses […]

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Quizlet Debuts Study Feature That Helps Students Study EfficientlyLet’s face it: Most students don’t want to study more than they have to. As a result, many exhibit poor study habits, like cramming the night before (or the class before) a test, or blindly reviewing class notes. To help students kick bad study habits, Quizlet has added a new feature to its free app […]

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‘Data Wise’ Course Featured in Resource for Education LeadersThe HarvardX course “Introduction to Data Wise: A Collaborative Process to Improve Learning & Teaching” is featured in Digitally Enabled Learning, a handbook produced by The Hive Knowledge Group that helps leaders in education make the most of digital resources. HarvardX

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Dropbox Gains Momentum in Education, Joins Internet2 NET+ ProgramSAN FRANCISCO, March 7, 2017 – Continuing its momentum in the education space, Dropbox today announced its participation with Internet2, an advanced technology community comprised of 319 leading research and education institutions. As part of the Internet2 NET+ program, Dropbox’s file storage and collaboration platform will be available to member universities across the country. The relationship is […]

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IBM Building First Universal Quantum Computers for Business and ScienceIBM unveils roadmap for commercial “IBM Q” quantum systems Releases API for developers to build interfaces between quantum computers and classical computers Following Watson and blockchain, quantum computing to deliver next powerful set of services on IBM Cloud platform IBM

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