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LATEST ONLINE COLLEGE STUDENTS RESEARCH SHOWS CHANGING ATTITUDES AND EXPECTATIONS OF ONLINE EDUCATION Findings from The Learning House, Inc. and Aslanian Market Research report reveal that colleges need to adapt to a more sophisticated online student. The Learninghouse

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A Concierge Model for Supporting Faculty in Online Course Design

Individualized approaches to online course design benefit faculty in numerous ways. Using a “concierge” model approach, this paper describes the working principles and steps used in course development. The general approach directly addresses many inherent problems with instructional design processes, which often highlight discrepancies in preparation and background between instructional designers and faculty as “subject […]

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A Comparative Typology of Student and Institutional Expectations of Online Faculty

Online faculty must uphold institutional expectations for their performance. Typically, online institutions have specific guidelines for faculty-to-student interactions; yet, student expectations of faculty may not necessarily align with institutional requirements. This study included a typological analysis of institutional requirements for online faculty in terms of student engagement. Then, student comments regarding faculty performance expectations were […]

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Exploring Open Educational Resources for College Algebra

It is estimated that the average student spends around 1200 USD on books and supplies every school year; thus, textbook affordability has become more and more of a challenge for students. Replacing traditionally expensive learning resources with open educational resources (OER) can have a great impact in the reduction of cost for post-secondary education and […]

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The Adoption of an Open Textbook in a Large Physics Course: An Analysis of Cost, Outcomes, Use, and Perceptions

Assigning open textbooks in college and university courses can help students save money on increasingly expensive commercial textbooks, and recent research shows that this savings can often be achieved with little to no sacrifice in textbook quality or student learning outcomes. We add to this body of research by examining the use of an open […]

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Center for Online Innovation in Learning announces spring 2017 grant recipients

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Center for Online Innovation in Learning at Penn State has announced it will fund four new projects through its Research Initiation Grant Program. The goal of the COIL grant program is to provide seed money for Penn State researchers to gather preliminary evidence to pursue external funding for larger studies […]

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Edmentum™ Introduces New Summer Enhancements to Study Island, Courseware, and Exact Path

Minneapolis June 21, 2017 – Edmentum, a leading provider of web-based learning solutions, is rolling out a series of powerful enhancements to its Study Island, Courseware, and Exact Path products. Each enhancement is based entirely on educator feedback and designed to save teachers time and increase student engagement. Improvements are being made in both educator […]

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Providing some clarity on Open Badges 2.0

It’s been five years since the public beta of the Open Badgesspecification was released. Since then version 1.0 was released (2013) followed by some smaller updates. The next major release happens in the next few weeks with version 2.0.

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These are the top 10 workforce skills students will need by 2020

Today’s workforce, as nearly everyone knows, is increasingly global. And with that global nature comes fierce competition–students will need an arsenal of workforce skills in order to stand out from their peers. eCampus News

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