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November 8, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (11-05-2018)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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Dr. Reggie Smith III
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Conflicted Views of Technology: A Survey of Faculty Attitudes The proportion of college instructors who are teaching online and blended courses is growing. So is their support for using technology to deliver instruction. But their belief in the quality and effectiveness of online courses and digital technology isn’t keeping pace. Those are among the findings […]

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Effective Tagging Practices for Online Learning Environments: An Exploratory Study of Tag Approach and Accuracy

This exploratory study examines student tagging activity within a five-week social bookmarking unit. Students in six sections of a course were tasked with locating, tagging, and then highlighting and discussing course-related materials using Diigo, a social bookmarking tool. Three different tagging approaches were tested: dictionary only, freestyle only, and dictionary + freestyle. Analysis focused on […]

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Doing the courses without stopping my life: Time in a professional Master’s program

This study investigates how time intersects with student learning in Canada’s first, and only, Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) in an online teaching and learning stream. Thirty-two students responded to a survey that asked about their experiences, perceptions, and challenges after their first year of the program. Descriptive statistics and NVIVO 10 were […]

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A Framework for Implementing OER-Based Lesson Design Activities for Pre-Service Teachers

The demand for qualified teachers with sufficient pedagogical knowledge and skills is high. However, existing teacher education programs do not provide adequate experiences through which to develop pre-service teachers professional foundations. This study recognized Open Educational Resources (OER) as a means by which to address the issue of enhancing teacher education. The purpose of this […]

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Open Universities: the next phase

The purpose of this paper is to report on research on the views of Presidents and Vice Chancellors of Open Universities of current threats and opportunities for their institutions as the author marks the 50th anniversary of the first Open University in the UK established in 1969. The paper offers a historical account of the […]

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IU Libraries receives $1.2 million grant to develop ability to search digitized audiovisual files

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Current access to text-based data and knowledge is unprecedented in human history. Now, enabled by a $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Indiana University Libraries is setting its sights on the next research frontier: hundreds of millions of hours of audiovisual content. Indiana University

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Athabasca University first Canadian post-secondary institution to officially collaborate with Amazon Web Services

Athabasca, Alberta Athabasca University (AU) announced today that it is the first Canadian post- secondary institution to enter into a formal collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). Not only will this collaboration modernize AU’s IT infrastructure, the two organizations will also be designing, implementing and managing cloud education programs, artificial intelligence and […]

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Cengage Partners with MobLab to Integrate Gaming into MindTap Economics Courses

BOSTON and PASADENA, CA, October 25, 2018 – Cengage, an education and technology company, is partnering with MobLab, a provider of online games and experiments for Business and Economics, to incorporate application-based games into MindTap for Economics learning experiences. More than one million students take Principles of Economics each year, and MindTap is the leading […]

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D2L Extends Its Education Customer Base Across EMEA: D2L is reaching more students in the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa

D2L, the global learning technology leader, announced further growth in the EMEA region, with new education customers deploying its Brightspace learning platform. This year, educational institutions across the EMEA region have chosen D2L’s Brightspace platform to make the student learning experience more flexible, personalised and engaging. Created for the mobile learner, Brightspace offers rich multimedia […]

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