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2018 Top 10 IT Issues Higher education’s biggest concerns are converging with technology’s greatest capabilities. Evidence is mounting that digital technology is a major differentiator and a key to productivity and success within higher education. The 2018 Top 10 Issues reveal the broader strategic impact of technology on the entire institution. EDUCAUSE

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Revisiting the Reusability and Openness of Resources in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware

The marketing of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Courseware gives the impression that it has the potential to contribute to quality open learning and opening up higher education globally. It is from this perspective that the potential contribution of Open Educational Resources (OER) units in the MIT Open Courseware to opening up higher […]

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Conversational Functions for Knowledge Building: a Study of an Online Course at University

Interactions in online courses have been studied by analyzing Conversational Functions used by participants. Cacciamani, Perrucci Khanlari (2016) developed a coding scheme, named CF4KB, consisting of four Global Conversational Functions (GCF), each articulated in two Specific Conversational Functions (SCF). The aims of the present study were to explore: 1) What are the more frequently SCF […]

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Implementation of New Communication Tools to an Online Chemistry Course

Online courses provide flexibility and convenience for students and have become very popular in recent years. With the advance of technology and change of habits for the uses of traditional communication tools among students, there is a need for educators to explore effective ways to communicate with students that fit their social-media life styles. Two […]

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Effect of Motivational Scaffolding on E-Learning Environments: Self-Efficacy, Learning Achievement, and Cognitive Style

The present research studies the effects of motivational scaffolding that favor self-efficacy and improve learning achievement in students with different cognitive styles in the Field Dependence/Independence (FDI) dimension, when they interact in an e-learning environment on mathematics. The research has an experimental design with two groups and a posttest. One group of students interacted with […]

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Online Degree Program Virtual Orientation: What to Expect

Online degree programs may require new students to attend orientation to acclimate them to the virtual classroom. One orientation format is asynchronous, meaning students read text or watch videos and complete the requirements whenever it’s convenient for them within a certain time frame; they don’t, for instance, need to participate in sessions in person or […]

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Online learning: Universities’ push for physical classes battles virtual trends

Australian universities are pushing back against Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff who has argued for a heavy shift to online learning, especially for undergraduate degrees. Although domestic unis admit in the long run circumstances may push some of them into it. Financial Review

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Virtual Reality for Learning Raises High Hopes and Serious Concerns

Is virtual reality finally ready to make inroads in K-12? Technology companies are making a fresh push, and some market dynamics could provide them a tailwind. But there’s plenty of reason to remain skeptical. Education Week

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How learning analytics can provide students (and teachers) what they want

The words ‘analytics’ and ‘data’ might seem alien or even intimidating to most of us – unless you are a number-cruncher or a market analyst, why would they be of any use, right? However, Professor of Learning Analytics at The Open University, Bart Rienties, has spent much of his career researching how data can improve […]

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