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May 24, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (05-22-2017)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
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The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education Predictive analytics–using massive amounts of historical data to predict future events–is a practice that’s making it easier and faster for colleges to decide which students to enroll and how to get them to graduation. But using data in this way may make decision-making processes harder, […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
A Comparison of Learning Outcomes for Adult Students in On-Site and Online Service-Learning

As noted by Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning theory, adults learn best through experiences. Typically delivered in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting, service-learning integrates the knowledge learned in the classroom with real-world experience and community service. E-service-learning, service-learning delivered in part or entirely online, is uniquely positioned to provide adult students in online programs with access […]

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Does Online Learning Deliver? A Comparison of Student Teacher Outcomes from Candidates in Face-to-Face and Online Program Pathways

Although a growing number of students are accessing online learning programs, there are concerns about the quality of these programs. Multiple reports examined online program quality, but many of those studies had methodology and design issues that make it difficult to interpret the findings conclusively. This study attempted to address the methodological concerns by comparing […]

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Talent Management Implementation at an Open Distance E-Learning Higher Educational Institution: The Views of Senior Line Managers

The war for talent remains a challenge that many organisations face but more so for distance education institutions to deliver on its mandate to provide effective online academic offerings. The question that remains is: How can intellectual capital be managed effectively in order to recruit and retain talent that is necessary for success? This study […]

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Improving the K-12 Online Course Design Review Process: Experts Weigh in on iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses

Within the K-12 online learning environment there are a variety of standards that designers can utilize when creating online courses. To date, the only research-based standards available are proprietary in manner. As such, many jurisdictions have begun adopting online course design standards from the leading advocacy organization, which that have yet to be validated from […]

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IN THE NEWS
Modernizing Document Recordation

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations concerning the recordation of transfers of copyright ownership and other documents pertaining to a copyright under 17 U.S.C. § 205, and notices of termination under sections 203, 304(c), and 304(d). The current recordation process is a time-consuming and labor-intensive paper-based one, requiring remitters to submit […]

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Glacial Progress’ on Digital Accessibility

Data from 700,000 classes show digital course materials have gotten only slightly more accessible to students with disabilities over the last five years. Inside Higher Ed

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Student Success Handbook for Higher Education

With higher education enrollment rates steadily declining, it’s more important than ever for institutions to invest in student success. Higher education is an increasingly crowded, competitive landscape, one in which retention and graduation rates are an ever-increasing blip on any institution’s radar, particularly tuition-dependent institutions. Putting solid support behind student success can be a key […]

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft Battle for K-12 Market, and Loyalties of Educators

If there’s a common thread that unites the rival technology giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft in the education market, it’s this: They’re big. The three major tech companies”along with Amazon, a relatively new player on the scene”go head-to-head in vying for big chunks of school business, most notably in sales of devices and operating systems, […]

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