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March 30, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (03-27-2017)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
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OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Last week Dr. John G. Flores, CEO and Executive Director of Distance Learning Association (USDLA) attended the President’s Forum for Collaborative for Quality in Alternative Learning (CQAL). The meeting focused on the development and creation of an entity that will be responsible for certifying alternative educational course credentials. In addition , Dr. Flores attended the E-Learning caucus meeting at […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
An evaluation of competency-based education programs: A study of the development process of competency-based programs

Competency-based education (CBE) has already shifted dramatically across the landscape of higher education. As a result of the Department of Education’s Experimental Sites Program announcement in 2013 (Baker, 2013), several universities and colleges were given the opportunity to allow students to achieve college credits through competency-based assessments. CBE is expected to broaden access to higher education by assessing student-based workforce ready skills. Once competency is […]

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Assessing Online Readiness of Students

Assessing Online Readiness of Students The rise of distance education has created a need to understand students’ readiness for online learning and to predict their success. Several survey instruments have been developed to assess this construct of online readiness. However, a review of the extant literature shows that these instruments have varying limitations in capturing […]

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DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A WEB-BASED SYSTEM TO SUPPORT COLLECTIVE REFLECTIVE PRACTICE

DESIGN AND IMPLEMENTATION OF A WEB-BASED SYSTEM TO SUPPORT COLLECTIVE REFLECTIVE PRACTICE The objective of this paper is to describe the design case of a web-based system that aims to facilitate the collective reflective practice of a learning group in an academic setting. The technical infrastructure of the system is fully implemented using free web services, which requires minimum […]

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Properties of Teacher Networks in Twitter: Are They Related to Community-Based Peer Production?

Teachers participate in social networking sites to share knowledge and collaborate with other teachers to create education-related content. In this study we selected several communities in order to better understand the networks that these participants establish in Twitter and the role that the social network plays in their activity within the community, especially related with […]

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Kansas State University’s Selection of Mediasite Leads to Explosive Growth in Campus Video Usage

MADISON, Wis. ” March 21, 2017 ” Sonic Foundry, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOFO), the trusted global leader for video creation and management solutions, today announces Kansas State University has standardized on Mediasite to create online learning content and serve as the central repository for all academic video files on campus. Sonic Foundry

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Finding Credibility Clues on Twitter

Millions of tweets analyzed to measure perceived trustworthiness By scanning 66 million tweets linked to nearly 1,400 real-world events, Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have built a language model that identifies words and phrases that lead to strong or weak perceived levels of credibility on Twitter. Their findings suggest that the words of millions of […]

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AI, VR, IoT and Kate McKinnon Headline Adobe “Summit Sneaks”

LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–At Adobe Summit, Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) will reveal its latest innovations in areas including Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR) and the Internet of Things (IoT) during the annual “Summit Sneaks.” Hosted bySaturday Night Live’s Kate McKinnon, attendees will get a sneak peek at new technologies designed to dramatically improve customer experience. Fueling […]

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Finding a Niche in a Niche Market

Despite the buzz, competency-based education remains a challenging market for software vendors. Inside Higher Ed

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