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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning for the Future of Higher Education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD) provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, this pragmatic approach offers instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a comprehensive planning method to assess the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and to develop alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution. This complex, self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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Collaborative Design Reasoning in a Large Interdisciplinary Learning Tool Design Project

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A Content Analysis of the Emergent Scholarship on Digital and Open Badges in Higher Education

Higher education is subjected to demands of accountability and reform in terms of cost and student success (Morris, 2016), with some American states also demanding shorter times to degree and alternate pathways that recognize prior learning in other settings (Ohio Department of Education, n.d.). Education reforms refer to policies and practices that promote academic quality […]

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Using Learning Analytics to Improve MOOC Instructional Design

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) allows teaching and learning for everyone. This means that people from any learning background can join any of the courses offered through MOOC platforms. Although learning materials are offered for free, learning retention and learning engagement were found to be consistently low alt-hough some MOOC are offered by well-known instructors. […]

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Teaching and Learning Experiences with Enhanced Books in Engineering Math and Science Courses

This study focuses on understanding the implementation of three interactive digital products in the first-year foundational courses (General Chemistry, Physics I & II, Calculus I & II) at the Faculty of Engineering, and the perceptions of teaching and learning experiences with those products. The data were gathered from the instructors, students and Distance Education Unit […]

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Design of e-learning and online tutoring as learning support for academic writing

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the development and assessment of learning support environments for academic writing that utilize ICT, such as e-learning and online tutoring, in Japanese higher education. First, the authors introduce the design of an e-learning writing program for the Japanese language and assess whether the program is an effective […]

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A systematic review of immersive virtual reality applications for higher education: Design elements, lessons learned, and research agenda

Researchers have explored the benefits and applications of virtual reality (VR) in different scenarios. VR possesses much potential and its application in education has seen much research interest lately. However, little systematic work currently exists on how researchers have applied immersive VR for higher education purposes that considers the usage of both high-end and budget […]

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The Sun Has Risen on Learning Experience Design

You’re an instructional designer who has invested lots of time and energy into creating beautiful online modules for a corporate course. You’ve followed your stakeholders’ wants and needs to a T. You’ve created animations and quizzes. However, once your course is live, you find learner engagement is dismal and your completion rates low. Does this […]

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EdX launches for-credit credentials that stack into bachelor’s degrees

With MicroBachelors, EdX is targeting adults who don’t have the time or funds for a traditional undergraduate education. “This could be transformative in the undergraduate space, particularly for learners that are in the workforce and are looking to get additional skills,” said Anant Agarwal, founder and CEO of EdX, in an interview with Education Dive. Major […]

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U Michigan Tool Helps Students Learn How to Work in Teams

Three engineering faculty members at the University of Michigan — all female — who have co-taught an Introduction to Engineering course have come up with a new tool at the institution to help students learn how to work in teams. The faculty team pursued the new solution as a replacement for doing weekly check-ins with […]

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The 4 biggest challenges to our higher education model – and what to do about them

In a future of unprecedented societal shifts, education is crucial to managing the challenges ahead. With more automated, digitized and fluid job markets, today’s higher education systems are quickly becoming incompatible with the future we are looking towards. We are two decades into the 21st century, yet higher education is generally still geared to succeeding […]

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Microlearning, xAPI, And Training ROI (And Other Jargon) Is Not A Thing

Yes, jargon exists everywhere. If you work, you hear jargon. And in business, there’s certainly no shortage of it. It’s been around for as long as people had a need to simplify complex ideas and concepts. But those involved with Learning and Development seem to have stepped up the jargon rhetoric. Sadly, some learning practitioners […]

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