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October 10, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (10-09-2019)

Another newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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Using Social Media as a Platform for a Virtual Professional Learning Community

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Well Begun is Half Done: Using Online Orientation to Foster Online Students’ Academic Self-Efficacy

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Student Retention in Online Courses: University Role

As the growth in technology enables academic institutions to offer online courses to students globally, it is essential for universities to provide quality services to meet the needs and expectations of learners. Student retention in online courses is one of the challenges facing universities today. This is an important concern and should be addressed. The […]

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Efficient Online Instruction: Maximum Impact in Minimal Time

Higher education faculty have numerous responsibilities that are not limited to instruction of classes. While it is well established in literature that faculty have a diverse set of responsibilities that extend well beyond a 40-hour work week, this information has yet to be cohesively transferred into suggestions for institutions to utilize when promoting instructional efficiency. […]

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Swords and sorcery: a structural gamification framework for higher education using role-playing game elements

Students attend the first sessions of your units and then disappear, some of them forever, and some of them have no clue what is going on or they work for other units’ assessments. When it comes to providing them with formative assessment, it is not always well received as it is perceived as extra work. […]

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The crowd in crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing as a pragmatic research method

Crowdsourcing, as a digital process employed to obtain information, ideas, and solicit contributions of work, creativity, etc., from large online crowds stems from business, yet is increasingly used in research. Engaging with previous literature and a symposium on academic crowdsourcing this study explores the underlying assumptions about crowdsourcing as a potential academic research method and […]

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Digital Transformation in Higher Education‚ÄĒBuzzword or Opportunity?

Various institutions and scholars have proposed lists of skills likely to be needed in the next decade and beyond. [1, 2, 3] Interestingly, they do not include purely technical skills like programming but thinking (sense making, computational thinking, creativity, critical thinking), specific attitudes (design mindset, cognitive flexibility, adaptability, perseverance, agile working, ethics), and interaction with […]

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Online Professional Development: 3 Ways to Keep Faculty Coming Back for More

For students to succeed in online learning, faculty must be encouraged to go back to class themselves. Campus Technology

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Driving digital tools with pedagogical strategies

There are three critical issues that are expanding the gap between the modern classroom and today’s digital tools eCampus News

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Virginia Goes Big on Cloud Degrees

Amazon Web Services expands its curriculum development partnership with Virginia’s community colleges and four-year universities. Inside Higher Ed

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New mobile-based MOOC on corporate literacy for farmers launched

On October 1, 2019, COL and its partners, Vidiyal and Reddiarchatthiram Seed Growers Association in India, launched a massive open online course (MOOC) on corporate literacy. The content has been adapted from original materials developed by India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. Commonwealth of Learning

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Does the IoT Invasion Threaten Higher Ed Cybersecurity?

New approaches to network data analysis can help higher education IT staff deal with a myriad of new challenges created by IoT devices. EDUCAUSE Review

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