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May 19, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (05-15-2017)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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View Recorded Webinar: Identifying and Supporting At-Risk Students in Online Courses One of the most successful measures of a course is how many students retain, and the online environment is no exception. Yet online education also poses unique challenges for instructors when it comes to promoting retention, as students grapple with challenges like busy schedules, […]

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On the Recognition of Quality Online Course Design in Promotion and Tenure: A Survey of Higher Ed Institutions in the Western United StatesWhat constitutes excellence in teaching for university faculty when they are expected or required to create quality online courses? This is a question that will increasingly be asked of members of promotion and tenure committees as market pressures demand entire degrees be delivered online. Developing a quality online course is a significant commitment in time […]

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Examining Perceptions of Online Faculty Regarding the Value of Emotional Intelligence in Online ClassroomsDue to the growth of interest in soft skills and personality traits in education, the perceptions of the value online instructors place on emotional intelligence (EI), warrants scholarly attention. Organizations have embraced the value of emotional intelligence in employees. If online professors are instrumental in preparing students to be successful in the business world, their […]

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The Online Student Connectedness Survey: Evidence of Initial Construct ValidityThe Online Student Connectedness Survey (OSCS) was introduced to the academic community in 2012 as an instrument designed to measure feelings of connectedness between students participating in online degree and certification programs. The purpose of this study was to examine data from the instrument for initial evidence of validity and reliability and to establish a […]

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Employing the EPEC Hierarchy of Conditions (Version II) To Evaluate the Effectiveness of Using Synchronous Technologies with Multi-Location Student Cohorts in the Tertiary Education SettingAs e-learning maintains its popularity worldwide, and university enrolments continue to rise, online tertiary level coursework is increasingly being designed for groups of distributed learners, as opposed to individual students. Many institutions struggle with incorporating all facets of online learning and teaching capabilities with the range and variety of software tools available to them. This […]

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OU brings ‘Internet of Everything’ to everyone with free online courseThere has been considerable interest in the Internet of Things (IoT) recently, and whether connecting data, people, processes, and things is beneficial or a risk to data protection. Either way, the IoT is here to stay and our society needs to develop the skills to process the vast amounts of data being generated. The Open […]

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D2L Signs Loyola Marymount, St. Catherine and DePaul Through Internet2Internet2 members continue to choose D2L as their learning management system provider. Three high-profile institutions, Loyola Marymount University (LMU), St. Catherine University and DePaul University, are using the learning technology leader Brightspace platform to reach every learner. D2L

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edX Welcomes Brown UniversityWe are honored to announce that Brown University, an institution recognized for the quality of its teaching, research, and unique curriculum, has joined edX. edX

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4 major changes our colleges should undergo right nowThe information age and development of the internet have changed every aspect of human life from dating to journalism. Education did not escape this revolution. From 100 percent online courses to interactive lecture styles, the college experience has changed dramatically in the last couple decades, but some believe that the structure of higher education needs more […]

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