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December 13, 2017

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DECEMBER 12, 2017
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HOW COMPETENCY- BASED EDUCATION MAY HELP REDUCE OUR NATION’S TOUGHEST INEQUITIES This paper considers how CBE can be used to educate, equip, and empower learners who struggle in postsecondary learning programs because of who they are and where they live. Recommended starting points — places and programs — are provided throughout the paper to highlight […]

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Research Trends in Mobile Learning in Higher Education: A Systematic Review of Articles (2011 – 2015)

The potential and use of mobile devices in higher education has been a key issue for educational research and practice since the widespread adoption of these devices. Due to the evolving nature and affordances of mobile technologies, it is an area that requires ongoing investigation. This study aims to identify emerging trends in mobile learning […]

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Assessing the Savings from Open Educational Resources on Student Academic Goals

Our study found that most students considered OER to be as good or better in terms of quality and engagement as traditional texts, while also allowing them to put saved funds toward their educational pursuits. As rising costs in higher education affect current and potential students, faculty and students are looking for ways to cut […]

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A DBR framework for designing mobile virtual reality learning environments

This paper proposes a design based research (DBR) framework for designing mobile virtual reality learning environments. The application of the framework is illustrated by two design-based research projects that aim to develop more authentic educational experiences and learner-centred pedagogies in higher education. The projects highlight the first two phases of the DBR framework, involving the […]

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Improving paramedic distance education through mobile mixed reality simulation

There is growing evidence that the use of simulation in teaching is a key means of improving learning, skills, and outcomes, particularly for practical skills. In the health sciences, the use of high-fidelity task trainers has been shown to be ideal for reducing cognitive load and leading to enhanced learning outcomes. However, how do we […]

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IN THE NEWS
Indiana educators benefitting from state’s commitment to OER

Candice Dodson describes the work Indiana has done to promote openly licensed digital resources during an interview with EdScoop TV. edscoop

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New Zealand revamping digital technology education in school curriculum

Schools will be expected to fully integrate the revised learning area into their curriculum by the start of the 2020 school year. OPENGOV

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A Cengage Buffet

Cengage, the publisher and technology company, is introducing a subscription service that will enable students to access Cengage’s entire digital portfolio for one set price, no matter how many products they use. Inside Higher Ed

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NYC broadband initiative looks to eliminate the homework gap

With this effort, every student in the city could have home access to high-speed internet by 2025. edscoop

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