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May 27, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 5/26/15

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Examining workload models in online and blended teachingOver the past decade, most Australian universities have moved increasingly towards “blended” and online course delivery for both undergraduate and graduate programs. In almost all cases, elements of online teaching are part of routine teaching loads. Yet detailed and accurate workload data associated with “e-teaching” are not readily available. A search of the international literature […]

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Using an ‘open approach’ to create a new, innovative higher education modelNavigating learning, formal or informal, can be overwhelming, confusing, and impersonal. With more options than ever, the process of deciding what, where, and when can be overwhelming to a learner. The concept of Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU) was to bring organization, purpose, and personalization of learning caused by vast resources and numerous options. […]

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Leaders discuss taking online learning from an alternative to a “must”Until recently, online learning has been viewed as either solely for those interested in adult education or as a branding tactic for innovative institutions. eCampus News

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From the Ground UpThe University of Cincinnati is covering its campuses with a Canopy of software and hardware tools intended to benefit the entire institution. Inside Higher Education

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When Your Online Course Is Put Up for AdoptionJennifer V. Ebbeler always knew that somebody else would end up teaching her online Roman-history course. But that didn’t make giving it up any easier. Wired Campus

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Picking a PlatformThe Learning House, an online program management company, is acquiring Carnegie Mellon University spinoff Acatar in a bid to be more competitive among prestigious universities. Inside Higher Education

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May 19, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 5/18/15

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A Web-Based Course Assessment Tool with Direct Mapping to Student Outcomes

The assessment of curriculum outcomes is an essential element for continuous academic improvement. However, the collection, aggregation and analysis of assessment data are notoriously complex and time-consuming processes. At the same time, only few developments of supporting electronic processes and tools for continuous academic program assessment and curriculum performance feedback have emerged. In this paper, […]

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Tablet-Based Math Assessment: What Can We Learn from Math Apps?

In this report, we describe a survey of mathematics education apps in the Apple App Store, conducted as part of a research project to develop a tablet-based assessment prototype for elementary mathematics. This survey was performed with the goal of understanding the design principles and techniques used in mathematics apps designed for tablets. We focused […]

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Linking learning styles and learning on mobile Facebook

With continued development of related technologies, Web 2.0 has become an important site of learning innovation. In particular, social networking sites such as Facebook, which have become popular, have the potential to function as an educational tool enabling peer feedback, interaction, and learning in a social context. Preparing appropriate environments for learners with different needs […]

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A usability evaluation of a blended MOOC environment: An experimental case study

In the past few years, there has been an increasing interest in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as a new form of Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL), in higher education and beyond. Recognizing the limitations of standalone MOOCs, blended MOOCs (bMOOCs) that aim at bringing in-class (i.e. face-to-face) interactions and online learning components together have emerged as […]

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Recommendations on Formative Assessment and Feedback Practices for stronger engagement in MOOCs

Many publications and surveys refer to the high drop out rate in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) which is around 90%, especially if we compare the number of students who register against those who finish. Working towards improving student engagement in MOOCs, we focus on providing specific research-based recommendations on formative assessment and feedback practices […]

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Small College, Big Online Partners

Champlain College is making a surprising play in the online adult learner market, slashing its private college tuition rates for corporate partners to compete for their employees’ tuition assistance dollars. Inside Higher Ed

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U.S. Higher Education Institutions Expected to Spend $6.6 billion on IT In 2015, According to IDC Government Insights

Framingham, MA – May 11th, 2015 – According to a new IT spending guide from IDC Government Insights, U.S. Higher education institutions are expected to spend about $6.6 billion on IT in 2015, much of that driven by investments in enterprise networks and higher end notebook computers. The first guide of its kind, , “Pivot […]

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When Actors Replace Instructors as On-Camera Talent

If your school has been producing course videos the same way for years, it may be time to update your technique to make sure students are still watching. Purdue shares lessons learned from an unconventional approach. Campus Technology

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New Consortium’s Mission: Improve Liberal-Arts Teaching Online

Four liberal-arts colleges on Mondayformed a consortium to share information about their experiments with online education, and more members may soon join in. Wired Campus

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May 12, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 5/11/15

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Influencing factors in OER usage of adult learners in Korea

Open Educational Resources (OER) is terminology that refers to educational resources (content and software) distributed through the Internet, free of charge and freely accessible, expanding learning opportunities for adult learners. This terminology first appeared around 2002, although its roots can be traced to the open architecture of the Internet. Until recently, OER development has focused […]

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Coursera’s introductory human physiology course: Factors that characterize successful completion of a MOOC

Since Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are accessible by anyone in the world at no cost, they have large enrollments that are conducive to educational research. This study examines students in the Coursera MOOC, Introductory Human Physiology. Of the 33,378 students who accessed the course, around 15,000 students responded to items on the pre-course survey […]

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MOOCs and The Silicon Valley Narrative

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have generated considerable media interest, more than other education initiatives such as Open Education Resources (OERs). In this article the author argues that this can be seen as an example of the battle for narrative in open education. MOOCs attracted media interest because they appealed to broader narratives such as […]

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Mobile and Accessible Learning for MOOCs

Many modern web-based systems provide a ‘responsive’ design that allows material and services to be accessed on mobile and desktop devices, with the aim of providing ubiquitous access. Besides offering access to learning materials such as podcasts and videos across multiple locations, mobile, wearable and ubiquitous technologies have some additional affordances that may enable new forms […]

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The Open Library at AU (Athabasca University): Supporting Open Access and Open Educational Resources

To address challenges that learners, course creators, librarians and academics involved with OER and MOOCs are facing when looking for scholarly materials, Athabasca University Library has initiated the development of the Open Library at AU. This open library is a full library website that provides easy access to open and free resources. Tools and information literacy […]

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International Women Online Journal of Distance Education

International Women Online Journal of Distance Education (int.WOJDE) is a peer-reviewed quarterly e-journal. International in scope, this scholarly e-journal publishes refereed articles focusing on the issues and challenges of providing theory, research and information services to global learners in any kind of distance education or open learning applications. int.WOJDE will particularly strive to meet the continuing […]

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Collaborating to improve efficiency of the cloud in the increasingly connected world of big data

The cloud is getting crowded. As more and more devices connect to the Internet and more and more data flows to and from the cloud, the networking fabric once deemed sufficient to handle such traffic quickly is getting stretched. Microsoft

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Universities find a collaborative way to measure and obtain success

An Amazon Web Services infrastructure has allowed for a predictive analytics framework to determine college and university at-risk students. eCampus News

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Berkeley to Stop Adding Lecture Videos to YouTube, Citing Budget Cuts

Since well before MOOCs emerged, the University of California at Berkeley has been giving away recordings of its lectures on YouTube and iTunesU. In fact, Berkeley has become one of the most-generous distributors of free lectures on the web, adding some 4,500 hours of video per year. Wired Campus

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April 28, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 4/27/15

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APRIL 27, 2015
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Introducing Glokalde: Official e-joiurnla of United Distance Education for Eastern Europe western Asia Northern Africa

GLOKALde is international a peer-reviewed quarterly e-journal. International in scope, this scholarly e-journal publishes refereed articles focusing on the issues and challenges of providing theory, research and information services to global learners in any kind of distance education or open learning applications. GLOKALde is an official e-journal of UDEEEWANA-United Distance Education for Eastern Europe western […]

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Mobile Learning in the UK Today: Success, Failures, Future

In the last decade, mobile learning has taken an exponential rise in both the scholarly and practitioner community in the United Kingdom (UK). This rise has stemmed from the development of new mobile technologies with unique affordances that offers opportunities to extend pedagogical boundaries. This short paper provides experts perceptions on the mobile learning movement […]

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Alexandria – A Virtual Repository of Knowledge

Virtual worlds are development platforms, similar to sandbox games where users are able to interact with each other with no predefined goal. Due to immersive visual feedback, these platforms have been successfully used in the past to create lesson plans and materials used for undergraduate and, graduate education as well as for and recreation. To […]

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Virtual Teaming and Digital Learning Strategies: Preparing Students for a Global Workplace

Many organizations use technology and social media as the cost-effective, even the preferred, rapid communication and teaming modality. University students must consequently be more than just Facebook ready to meet the greater business needs. They must possess fluency in the selection and use of computer mediated communication and virtual teaming applications. The paper examines the […]

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Augmented Reality Environments in Learning, Communicational and Professional Contexts in Higher Education

This paper explores educational and professional uses of augmented learning environment concerned with issues of training and entertainment.We analyze the state-of-art research of some scenarios based on augmented reality. Some examples for the purpose of education and simulation are described. These applications show that augmented reality can be means of enhancing, motivating and stimulating learners’ […]

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YouTube will stop working on older Apple TVs, iPads, smart TVs, consoles, and more

YouTube is saying good-bye to its past and many aging tablets, smartphones, and set-top boxes are going to be caught in the cross-fire. If you’ve got a first generation iPad, anything older than an iPhone 4, or a second-generation Apple TV or older, your device’s built-in YouTube app will stop working soon. TechHive

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10 free apps to build logic skills

These days, logic games aren’t all crosswords and pairs matching, especially not on mobile devices. Dozens of challenging and engaging puzzles, games, and brain teasers are available, and a surprising number are free—either fully or via trial versions. eSchool News

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Why mobile is creating a revolution in personalized blended learning

Nearly two decades have passed since the advent of the internet and already the face of education has been fundamentally turned on its head. Schools of every kind around the world have had to make sweeping changes to the way curriculum is designed and delivered in the internet age. eCampus News

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Change, but How Substantive?

Arizona State University has yet to brief its accreditor about plans to award credit through massive open online courses to thousands of students at the same time. While the university is unconcerned, accreditation experts are unsure if federal or regional regulations could derail the initiative. Inside Higher Ed

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April 21, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 4/20/15

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APRIL 20, 2015
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Conceptualising and measuring collaborative critical thinking on asynchronous discussion forums: Challenges and possible solutions

The use of asynchronous discussion forums (ADFs) is thought to assist in enhancing students’ collaborative learning and critical thinking throughout higher education. However, previous research has mainly focused on individual critical thinking while the investigation of critical thinking during group work has been generally overlooked. Furthermore, few studies have investigated critical thinking processes of the […]

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Distance Education for People with Visual Impairments

This paper studies the standards of higher Distance Education, focusing on the Hellenic Open University, for people who have visual impairments, so that it becomes fully accessible and thus helps reduce social exclusion. Specifically, it aims to study the operational context of Distance Education, the possibilities that modern technology provides the educational needs of the […]

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Eduonto: an ontology for Educational Assessment

The search for possible applications in the field of Education, by means of domain specific ontologies on the issues of assessment of learning (assessment) and system (evaluation), has been implemented through the construction, testing and evolution of an integrated learning environment called EduOntoWiki. It is supported by ontological structures related to science education based on […]

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Comparing Changes in Content Knowledge Between Online ProBLem Based Learning and Traditional Instruction in Undergraduate Health Professional Students

Problem Based Learning (PBL), a student centered instructional strategy, has been used as an effective pedagogical technique in the education of health care professionals to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and practical application. PBL has also been proposed as an instructional method that provides for active and collaborative learning in the online environment. Current […]

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A different perspective in building tools to collect and share educational resources

Until now, a large amount of effort has been spent on structuring educational repositories. Standard metadata for learning objects have been provided and large databases have been deployed both from academia, and private organizations following mainly a content-centric approach. Vice-versa, a pedagogy-centric approach to the collection and sharing of learning resources still remains under-investigated. In […]

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The Museum of the American Revolution

The Museum of the American Revolution will bring to life the events, people, and ideals of the founding of the United States and inspire a deep appreciation of the importance of the struggle that created the American nation. With original artifacts, immersive settings, and dynamic theaters, the experience will take visitors on a chronological journey through the […]

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California’s multi-million dollar online education flop is another blow for MOOCs

“Reinvent.” That was the giddy catchword of a plan by the University of California to create an all-digital “campus” that would revolutionize higher education by providing courses online for students shut out of the system’s brick-and-mortar classrooms at a time of high demand but falling budgets. Hechinger Report

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Can this technology help solve the distance learning isolation issue?

It’s a common problem facing universities with satellite campuses and distance learning options: How to keep students from feeling isolated from on-campus classrooms. eCampus Report

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Online Expansion Held Back

Yale University has learned that a thorough review over a period of several years may be the fastest way for its hybrid master’s degree program in medical science to become accredited. The development — while in no way killing the program — is being seen as a victory for alumni and students who have expressed skepticism about online education. Inside […]

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