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September 12, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (09-09-2019)

A newsletter from earlier in the week. Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor

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 and mention USDLA.

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Orchestrating Learning Analytics (ORLA): Supporting Inter-Stakeholder Communication About Adoption Of Learning Analytics At The Classroom Level

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The Collaborative Mapping Model: Relationship-Centered Design for Higher Education

Instructional designers list one of their primary obstacles as collaborating with faculty (Intentional Futures, 2016). Additionally, instructional designers experience a high degree of role misperception and struggle to advocate for clear and defined roles (Drysdale, 2018). In order to address these challenges, I created the Collaborative Mapping Model (CMM), a model of instructional design for […]

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Digital divide: addressing Internet skills. Educational implications in the validation of a scale

Recent studies indicate that Internet skills have a positive impact on academic achievement. This article presents a national study that seeks to validate an Internet skills scale that was already tested in other EU countries (the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) to understand the competence level of the population as a whole as well as […]

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Drawing on findings from two studies, this article focuses on the expectations of students and teachers in higher education, when learning via asynchronous online discussions. In particular, this synthesis highlights a divergence of expectations. The first study investigated how students and teachers experienced asynchronous online discussion within initial teacher education at undergraduate level. The second […]

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One higher education institution, South Texas College, is winning the battle for student success, fighting against poverty and language barriers with the help of a mobile communication tool. EDUCAUSE Review

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Remote Triggered Blackhole Filtering (RTBH) is one among several mitigation techniques offered to the Internet2 community for mitigating Denial of Service (DoS) threats. Recently, the Internet2 network added support for RTBH signaling and filtering over the IPv6 R&E network. Inter-domain RTBH signaling requires a consistent and standardized approach that also conforms to best practices adopted […]

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