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August 29, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (08-26-2019)

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. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION

The USDLA is proud to be an official partner of the ICDE World Conference being held November 3-7, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland. We have arranged a special early bird conference rate for all USDLA members & friends as well as a special late paper submission opportunity for USDLA member if you register by September 1st . To register just click here and for paper submission please contact conference organizer Mark Brown at mark.brown@dcu.ieand mention USDLA.

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Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2019 As proponents continue to make the case that virtual education can expand student choices and improve the efficiency of public education, full-time virtual schools have attracted a great deal of attention. Advocates contend that this potential for individualization allows virtual schools to promote greater student achievement than can be […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
“So I Feel Like We Were Just Theoretical, Whereas They Actually Do It”: Navigating Twitter Chats for Teacher EducationIn this qualitative study, the authors analyzed the participation of preservice teachers in a discipline specific Twitter chat known as #sschat. Findings indicated that preservice teachers found value in the chat when they shared resources with practicing teachers, had resources shared with them, and built professional networks. However, there were instances when the preservice teachers […]

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Using Technology Tools for Formative AssessmentsIn recent years, online teaching has become extremely popular. Most institutions of higher learning are offering online courses in almost every field of study. Teaching any course online is challenging, but teaching quantitative courses, such as operations management, management science, statistics, and others, have added a more challenging dimension to online teaching. Publishers have been […]

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Creative and Innovative Online Teaching Strategies: Facilitation for Active ParticipationFacilitating an online course in today’s student population requires an educator to be innovative and creative and to have an impactful online presence. In the current online learning environment (also known as e-learning), keeping students’ thoughtfully engaged and motivated while dispensing the required course content necessitates faculty enabling a safe, nonjudgmental environment whereby views, perspectives, […]

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Connecting physical and virtual spaces in a HyFlex pedagogic model with a focus on teacher interactionThis article highlights interaction within physical and virtual spaces in a higher education HyFlex learning environment with live streamed lectures and seminars. What kinds of learning spaces do we shape when we connect physical and virtual spaces? How do we interact in these spaces, and how do they affect our interaction? The perspective of ‘designs […]

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Using Online Lectures to Promote Engagement: Recognising the Self-Directed Learner as Critical for Practical InquiryThis study analyzed the relationships between teaching presence, social presence and cognitive presence in online learning environments (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000), with an emphasis on examining ways in which the design of instructor presentation formats relates to student responses within discussion forums. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were used to determine the nature of […]

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Designing for distance learning in developing countries: a case studyTeaching and learning in higher education are being transformed through complex configurations of people, tasks, material and digital resources. Successful designs for innovative learning require understanding how these complex configurations relate to learner’s activity. This paper illustrates the application of a networked learning approach to frame the design of distance learning in higher education in […]

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IN THE NEWS
Taking IT Way beyond Accessibility: 5 + 4 = 1 ApproachWe all agree that accessibility is the right thing to do. What concrete steps should IT professionals take in order to support access for learners, faculty, and staff across our colleges and universities? EDUCAUSE Review

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At Indiana U., video platform blends traditional and distance educationStudents attending Indiana University are now able to combine the collaborative benefits of a traditional classroom education with the ease of access that comes with distance learning, through video conferencing technology. edscooop

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Salesforce Joins Forces with SNHU to Offer College CreditsA new partnership between Southern New Hampshire University and Salesforce will give students the opportunity to earn college credits for completing Salesforce training badges. Campus Technology

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New Plugins On The Block! Compatible With Moodle, Totara, Blackboard Open LMSDespite the limited options to commercialize and promote Moodle plugins from within, and the prodigiously long review queue, the entrepreneurial spirit that comes along with open source learning remains defiant. Many of the new plugins here are the perfect illustration. Freemium, licenses, donationware or simply a talent showcase defy the barricades and enhance the experience of […]

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Trust and Identity in Research and Education Program Report Released, Highlights Key Accomplishments for Simplifying Campus Processes and Advancing Inter-Institutional Collaboration and ResearchThe time involved in installing and configuring key software components has been significantly reduced, and training opportunities have expanded to help organizations come up to speed more quickly. Those are two of the findings of the final report from the Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER) program, which was released earlier this week. […]

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Online Education Start-Up, Backed by Research University CreditOutlier, from founder of MasterClass, aims to create high-quality, low-priced ($400) gen-ed courses to help community college students transfer. Credits will bear University of Pittsburgh’s name. Inside Higher ED

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