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May 11, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (05-08-2017)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee Newsletter
Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
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The Future of Jobs and Jobs Training As robots, automation and artificial intelligence perform more tasks and there is massive disruption of jobs, experts say a wider array of education and skills-building programs will be created to meet new demands. There are two uncertainties: Will well-prepared workers be able to keep up in the race […]

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Reaching Students in Online Courses Using Alternative Formats

This research was conducted to explore whether students enrolled in graduate level courses found some Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies useful and if they actually used them. The strategies we investigated were presenting course information in alternative formats including PowerPoints with voiceover, screencasts, and videos as an alternative to text resources. In addition, students […]

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Networked Scholarship and Motivations for Social Media use in Scholarly Communication

Research on scholars’ use of social media suggests that these sites are increasingly being used to enhance scholarly communication by strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration among peers, publishing and sharing research products, and discussing research topics in open and public formats. However, very few studies have investigated perceptions and attitudes towards social media use for scholarly […]

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Social media in undergraduate learning: categories and characteristics

This study investigates the core categories and characteristics of the social media technologies (SMTs) that undergraduate students choose to use in their own learning, outside of the formal curriculum. Within a mixed method research methodology, this inquiry employed 30 semi-structured interviews and an online survey (N=679) to explore why and how undergraduates across disciplines view […]

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Identity and agency in school and afterschool settings: Investigating digital media’s supporting role

This study documents opportunities for identity and agency experienced by students in urban school and afterschool contexts, with a focus on digital media’s role in shaping these opportunities. We conducted focus groups and interviews with 43 students and six teachers affiliated with an urban public high school and a network of afterschool programs in the […]

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House favors adding state to online learning compact

BOSTON — The $40.3 billion budget that cleared the House last week includes language higher education officials say will make it easier for colleges and universities to offer online learning programs.

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USDLA 2017 International Awards Presented for Excellence in Distance Learning for Individuals, Organizations and Companies Honoring their Outstanding Achievements.

The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2017 International Distance Learning Awards in conjunction with the 2017 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. USDLA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit association, founded in 1987, as the nation’s leading distance learning organization. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing […]

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5 Invisible Barriers Preventing Change in Higher Ed

Everyone has an opinion when it comes to issues facing higher education. But there are a few things we know for certain: Textbook and tuition costs are too high, student engagement is too low, and students want choice in how they learn. Plus, there are new literacies that are not yet addressed in formal curriculum. […]

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Small College Conversations and the Big Purdue / Kaplan Online Learning News

How might online learning align with the mission of your (small) college? Inside Higher Ed

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