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April 27, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (04-24-2017)

A newsletter from earlier this week.

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Limited Means, Limited Options College Remains Unaffordable for Many Americans This paper offers five recommendations to address issues of affordability that negatively affect college access and completion: Federal policymakers should protect and strengthen the Pell Grant. States should strengthen direct investment in public colleges and need-based aid programs. Colleges should manage institutional costs to concentrate […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
A Conceptual Framework for Building UDL in a Special Education Distance Education CourseOnline graduate programs have been increasing in number and attendance over the past decade. Ensuring that the quality of teacher preparation programs is maintained in an online learning environment is essential. After reviewing the pedagogies of both special education and online learning, it was determined that Universal Design for Learning (UDL) was the best framework […]

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A Design Case of Scaffolding Hybrid/Online Student-Centered Learning with MultimediaImplementing student-centered learning in hybrid/online settings is very challenging due to the physical separation of instructor and students. This article discusses the need for instructors to provide scaffolds and multimedia modules to facilitate knowledge construction in the student-centered learning process. To offer students solid learning supports, four types of scaffolds and multimedia modules were used […]

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A Team of Instructors’ Use of Social Presence, Teaching Presence, and Attitudinal Dissonance Strategies: An Animal Behaviour and Welfare MOOCThis case study examined a team of instructors’ use of social presence, teaching presence, and attitudinal dissonance in a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Animal Behaviour and Welfare (ABW), designed to facilitate attitudinal learning. The study reviewed a team of six instructors’ use of social presence and teaching presence by applying the Community of […]

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Examining MOOCs: A Comparative Study among Educational Technology Experts in Traditional and Open UniversitiesThe proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in recent years has generated much debate. MOOCs have been presented as technology-based educational practices, but many researchers question if this kind of open courses really respects some of the consolidated principles behind the education offered at universities. In light of this situation, consulting the teachers most […]

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Learning in Bursts: Microlearning with Social MediaMicrolearning refers to any pedagogy that encourages learning in short segments, and it can be supported through many platforms, including social media. The research goal was to investigate the tools and best pedagogical practices for effectively creating and delivering microlearning, with results reported in this article. These short bursts of learning seem to come naturally […]

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Back to the Future of Edtech: A MeditationUnderstanding the past is important, and thinking about the future is fundamentally human, but more fascinating still is the combination, the history of the future: the road pointing back to where you were, the road pointing ahead to where you’re going, and the moment at the crossroads contemplating both. Here EDUCAUSE President and CEO John […]

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GoAnimateGoAnimate enables people to produce a wide range of custom videos from scratch in the cloud using drag-and-drop tools. Businesses and educators recognize the power of video but find it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to produce high-quality content. GoAnimate is the quickest, simplest, and most cost-effective solution for producing and sharing a […]

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California State University East Bay Partners With Cognii to Offer Artificial Intelligence Powered Online LearningCognii’s Virtual Learning Assistant technology will provide intelligent tutoring and assessments to students in a chatbot-style conversation Cognii

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