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May 3, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (05-02-2017)

A newsletter from Tuesday’s inbox.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
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Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
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FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates by Race and Ethnicity Supplement to National Student Clearinghouse’s Signature 12 report provides six-year completion rates, including degree and certificate completion, disaggregated by race and ethnicity for students who began postsecondary education in fall 2010. Lumina Foundation

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Building Reflective Practice Through an Online Diversity Simulation in an Undergraduate Teacher Education Program

This paper discusses preservice teachers’ perceptions of an online, in-house diversity simulation in an undergraduate teacher education program conducted over a 3-year period. The diversity simulation was a nontraditional capstone experience for 193 preservice teachers in majors ranging from early childhood to secondary education. The diversity simulation included scenarios at the kindergarten, middle school, and […]

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Student success and retention using new definitions created for nonterm, direct assessment CBE

Nonterm, direct assessment competency-based education gives students unique options for tailoring their coursework to fit their individual needs. These options invalidate traditional measures of student retention and success (such as such as yearly retention, grade point average, or 4-year graduation rates) that assume all students will complete courses at the same rate and will remain […]

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Development of an interactive mathematics learning system based on a two-tier test diagnostic and guiding strategy

Mathematical skills have been recognised as a core competence for engineering and science students. However, learning mathematics has been recognised as a difficult and challenging task for most students, in particular, calculus for first-year students in university. Consequently, the development of effective learning strategies and environments for mathematics courses has become an important issue. To […]

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Using PeerWise to develop a contributing student pedagogy for postgraduate psychology

The importance of the role of peer and self-assessment in developing formative and sustainable assessment practice in higher education is increasingly becoming evident. PeerWise is an online software tool that engages students in contributing to their own and others’ learning by authoring, answering and providing feedback on multiple choice questions. Using a mixed methods approach, […]

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IN THE NEWS
FCC asks whether to ‘keep, modify, or eliminate’ net neutrality rules

A U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposal to scrap the foundation for its own 2015 net neutrality rules nevertheless asks for public comment on whether it should “keep, modify, or eliminate” basic protections. Macworld

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Purdue’s Bold Move

Purdue University’s acquisition of Kaplan University is an unexpected tectonic shift in American higher education, revealing both the changing roles of public universities and the dwindling fortunes of for-profit colleges. Inside Higher Ed

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The dark side of higher ed’s ePortfolios-what really happened

Pre-dating the widespread use of blogs and personal websites, the 1990s era ePortfolio inspired storytelling about lifelong learning and everything that entails: formal schooling, personal reflection, career planning, presentations of evidence to assist in life transitions, and snapshots of abilities and character. This generalized uses the ability to do many things reasonably well made the ePortfolio a […]

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Professional Certificate Programs: Delivering real job impact and critical skills you need to stand out

Today, we are proud to announce the launch of Professional Certificate programs, the latest offering to further our mission to increase access to education that today’s global, connected learner demands. edX

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