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July 14, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (07-10-2017)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

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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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2025 Online Education Plan for the Florida State University System Steering Committee This white paper was prepared to address Tactic Access 2.1.4 within the 2025 Online Education Strategic Plan for the Florida State University System. The plan was developed upon the request of the Online and Innovation Committee of the Florida Board of Governors. The […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Higher Education Faculty Perceptions of Open Textbook AdoptionThe high cost of tuition and textbooks can have a negative impact on potential students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Open Educational Resources (OER) offers students a way to save educational costs while utilizing high-quality open textbooks. Up until now, there have been few studies focused on a specific provider of open textbooks. This study investigates […]

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Evaluating NTU’s OpenCourseWare Project with Google Analytics: User Characteristics, Course Preferences, and Usage PatternsAs freely adoptable digital resources, OpenCourseWare (OCW) have become a prominent form of Open Educational Resources (OER). More than 275 institutions in the worldwide OCW consortium have committed to creating free access open course materials. Despite the resources and efforts to create OCW worldwide, little understanding of its use exists. This paper reports OCW project […]

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Study Protocol for a Scoping Review on Social PresenceIn the field of e-learning and distance education, there has been a significant amount of research activity surrounding the construct social presence. However, a scoping review on social presence has yet to be conducted. Therefore, the purpose of this brief review is to provide an overview of the research protocol developed for a scoping review […]

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The Incorporation of Quality Attributes into Online Course Design in Higher EducationA survey was designed incorporating questions on 28 attributes (compiled through a literature review) and considered to be quality features in online academic courses in higher education. This study sought to investigate the ongoing practice of instructional designers and instructors in the United States with respect to their incorporation of these quality best practices into […]

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IN THE NEWS
OU brings astronomical telescopes to students in their homeThe OU Faculty of STEM is celebrating the inauguration of its remotely-controlled robotic telescopes, which will bring astronomy and space science to life for students whenever and wherever they are in the world. For almost half a century, the OU has been developing the latest digital technology to enhance the learning experience of students. The […]

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University of Minnesota should go all in with online learningThis would not be just about the school’s future but about the state’s. The alternative is a hollowing-out, faster than you might think. Star Tribune

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Building Real Community Online with Free AppsGiving students “voice, choice and connectivity” will help them gain a sense of belonging in a group even when they’re states and countries apart. Campus Technology

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3 big ways today’s college students are different from just a decade agoRecent data shows just how much college students, and their experiences, have changed in just a few short years. eCampus News

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