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GLOBAL QUALITY IN ONLINE, OPEN, FLEXIBLE AND TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED EDUCATION This report was developed to provide a platform for development of guidelines for quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education in all regions of the world . The intended audience includes: relevant associations that support quality in online, open, flexible and technology- enhanced […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Teachers as Connected Professionals

As education becomes increasingly complex, effective continuing professional learning is an important strategy to support teachers in schools. However, current professional development approaches may not meet contemporary teachers’ needs. Seeking to enhance teachers’ professional learning opportunities, this paper presents a model of learning as a connected professional. The model draws upon the findings of a […]

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Changes in Faculty Perceptions about Online Instruction: Comparison of Faculty Groups from 2002 and 2016

Faculty perceptions about online instruction were explored using data from a 32-item Quality Distance Education Survey (QDES) administered in 2002 (N = 120) and 2016 (N = 120) to U.S. higher education instructors with online teaching experience. Descriptive and ANOVA procedures were used to compare 2002 and 2016 group faculty perceptions about online instruction. Compared […]

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Personalizing and Extending Deliberation in the Online Classroom: Future Horizons

Research indicates that when instructors interact with students online their academic engagement increases, yet there is little research on student peer interactions and its effectiveness in terms of academic engagement. This study evaluates peer deliberations on a collaborative website for students enrolled in an American politics course at two institutions. Significant evidence reveals that student […]

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College Students’ Motivation and Confidence for ePortfolio Use

Research has consistently demonstrated the benefits of using ePortfolios in higher education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) added ePortfolios to its High-Impact Practices list (Watson, Kuh, Rhodes, Light, & Chen, 2016). The majority of studies on college students’ ePortfolio use have focused on implementation within a specific course or from a […]

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Multicultural Learning and Experiences in Design through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Framework

One of the requirements for interior design students by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is to be “prepared to work in a variety of contexts as well as across geographic, political, social, environmental, cultural, and economic conditions.” To help with this preparation, faculty partners from two institutions- the University of Minnesota Interior Design […]

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A nimble organization and a flexible degree program: A term‐based competency‐based education case study

Anderson University began re‐designing one of its online degrees using competency‐based education principles in 2015, using almost 2 years to develop the curriculum and implementation plans. The model is designed with maximum flexibility, letting students choose their path to competency at each course rather than developing both subscription and term models. In the term‐based model that […]

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IN THE NEWS
Everything Old is New Again: Textbooks, The Printing Press, The Internet, and OER

Sadly, as Audrey Watters has frequently noted, it might be impossible to find a field of endeavor outside educational technology where more of the participants are so utterly ignorant of its history. David Wiley Blog

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A University’s Online M.B.A. Is Less Expensive — and Purposely Different

Boston University’s new online business degree is $24,000 for a reason. Unlike on-campus program, it has no electives and is aimed at a different audience. Inside Higher Ed

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Vietnam National University launches distance medical training

Underpinned by a decentralised cloud network, the university is offering medical training to people in rural and poorer areas Educational Technology

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Apple Is Leading the Charge Into College Life With Mobile Credentials

Some today argue that the battle for K-12 classroom devices is over. But a new arena is stirring on college campuses. On August 13th, Apple announced that over 100,000 students at more than one dozen American universities will be able to navigate campus, gain entrance to their dorm, and buy food in the cafeteria with […]

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Google Adds Tools for Grading, Plagiarism Detection

This week, Google introduced Assignments, a revamp of its Course Kit toolkit (in beta last year), designed to streamline the process of collecting and grading student work. Campus Technology

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Georgia’s Largest Online School Rocked by Legal, Tech Trouble

With 10,000 students and $90 million in state funding, the Georgia Cyber Academy should be running at full speed. Instead, it has been hit by legal problems, tech issues and communication problems, leaving parents fuming. Center for Digital Education

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