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December 6, 2016

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 12/5/16

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Top trends to disrupt education over next decade New findings in a report from The Open University outline future trends which will impact on education and teaching. The Innovating Pedagogy report says that the productive failure, formative analytics and design thinking are amongst the stand-out developments for the sector over the next 10 years. The […]

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Virtual Collaborative Learning Using Wiki for Adult ODL Learners: The Case of Wawasan Open University

Virtual collaborative learning has been gaining in popularity in open and distance learning (ODL) over the last decade. In collaborative learning environments, the instructors facilitate and initiate discussion on particular issues of concern. Students are given the chance to share their knowledge in a way they have not been used to and the possibility of […]

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The Impact of Cultural Dimensions on Online Learning

Due to the increasingly multicultural nature of e-learning environments, it is critical that instructors and instructional designers be aware of the importance of cultural factors in education and that they deliver culturally adaptive instruction. The main challenge of this paper is identifying the critical success factors for multicultural online learning from learners’ perceptions and their […]

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Different views on Digital Scholarship: separate worlds or cohesive research field?

This article presents a systematic review of the literature on Digital Scholarship, aimed at better understanding the collocation of this research area at the crossroad of several disciplines and strands of research. The authors analysed 45 articlesin order to draw a picture of research in this area. In the first phase, the articles were classified, […]

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The Influence of Social Media on Collaborative Learning in a Cohort Environment

This paper provides an overview of the impact that social media has on the development of collaborative learning within a cohort environment in a doctoral program. The researchers surveyed doctoral students in an education program to determine how social media use has influenced the doctoral students. The study looked at the following areas: a) the […]

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View Recorded Webinar: Increasing Student Engagement

College graduation rates are declining, with only 55 percent of students who matriculated in 2008 having graduated within six years. How can educators turn this around? Fostering a sense of excitement about learning can help students stay engaged and motivated to learn. Now, learn how to get students engaged with their instructors, their course material, […]

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Web Science

Nothing like the Web has ever happened in all of human history. The scale of its impact and the rate of its adoption are unparalleled. This is a great opportunity as well as an obligation. If we are to ensure the Web benefits the human race we must first do our best to understand it. […]

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4 ways admin and IT can work together for better campus security

Admin need to better enable IT staff to train faculty on security measures and combat threats with effective tools. eCampus News

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For Colleges and Universities, Complex Networks Require a Layered Approach to Security

Colleges and universities experienced something of a wakeup call in 2010, when hackers breached an Ohio State University system containing the social security numbers, dates of birth and physical addresses of 760,000 people. Though it was unlikely that data was released, the investigation and remediation effort was massive and incredibly costly, including offering 12 months […]

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November 29, 2016

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 11/28/16

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United Nations International Telecommunications Union: ICT Facts and Figures 2016 “2016 marks the year when the international community is embarking on the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets. The International Telecommunication Union, given the tremendous development of ICTs, has a key role to play in facilitating their attainment. Our new […]

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Teacher-Student Perspectives of Invisible Pedagogy: New Directions in Online Problem-Based Learning EnvironmentsUniversities and institutions of higher education are facing economic pressures to sustain large classes, while simultaneously maintaining the quality of the online learning environment (Deming et al, 2015).. Digital learning environments require significant pedagogical shifts on the part of the teacher.. This paper is a qualitative examination of the nature of teaching in the digital age, and the […]

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The Forms and Functions of Teaching and Learning Innovations on Blackboard; Substantial or Superficial?This study is an Information and Computer Technology evaluation of the Blackboard Learning Management System into teaching and learning at an institution of higher education in South Africa. In view of the institution’s objective of developing a context-driven, transformative, and innovative teaching and learning practices involving the integration of technology, the study sought to classify and evaluate the […]

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Redesigning Design: Field Testing a Revised Design Rubric Based of iNACOL Quality Course StandardsDesigners have a limited selection of K-12 online course creation standards to choose from that are not blocked behind proprietary or pay walls. For numerous institutions and states, the use of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses is becoming a widely used resource. This article presents the final phase in a three-part study to test […]

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Strengthening Deeper Learning Through Virtual Teams in E-learning: A Synthesis of Determinants and Best PracticesGlobally, e-learning is gaining popularity as its potential contributions to economic and social development are recognised. However, its full potential has not been realised, as most e-learning practices merely replicate traditional existing teaching methods and have not fully exploited the interactive and social components of peer learning. Recently, there has been an increased focus on […]

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Modeling an IT Strategy for Student SuccessFor institutions to fully benefit from their investments in student success and to position themselves for continued improvement, IT leadership must get engaged and develop an IT strategy that supports student success and can evolve with the institution’s needs. EDUCAUSE Review

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Gamification Is Simply Bells and WhistlesGamification has become latest buzzword in the learning community. Just as “rapid elearning” was supposed to make everyone able to develop “high quality” elearning content a few years back, vendors and others with vested interest are praising the merits of gamification as a silver bullet to improve the learning experience. eLearn Magazine

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How Should Reading Be Taught in a Digital Era?With the many enhancements to mobile devices, multimedia websites, e-books, interactive graphics, and social media, there’s no question that the nature of reading has changed during the past decade. Education Week

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2016 Top Gamification Companies ListTrainingIndustry.com continuously monitors the training marketplace looking for the best providers of gamification services/technologies in support of corporate learning and development. TrainingIndustry.com

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November 22, 2016

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Meeting The Every Student Succeeds Act’s Promise: State Policy to Support Personalized Learning This report provides recommendations for state policymakers to support local and statewide efforts to transform student learning in K-12 education through personalized, competency-based learning. Taken as a whole, the recommendations in this report present a comprehensive state policy approach to support student-centered learning. […]

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Motives and tensions in the release of open educational resources: The UKOER program

Open educational resources (OER) have been promoted as a path to universal education, supporting economic development and intercultural dialogue. However, to realise these benefits requires greater understanding of the factors that influence both OER supply and use. This paper examines an aspect of the supply side of the OER lifecycle – the motives prompting release […]

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Modelling relationships between students’ academic achievement and community of inquiry in an online learning environment for a blended course

With the advancement in technology, learners are spending a substantial amount of time on online learning. Guided by the community of inquiry (CoI) framework (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 1999), this study examined the relationships among students’ perceived teaching element, social element, cognitive element, satisfaction, continuous academic-related online performance, and academic achievement. A revised form of […]

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An Empirical Framework for ePortfolio Assessment

This research focuses on ePortfolio assessment strategies that yield important accountability and reporting information. Under foundational categories of reliability, validity, and fairness, we present methods of gathering evidence from ePortfolio scores and their relationship to demographic information (gender, race/ethnicity, and socio-economic status) and criterion variables (admission tests and course grades) as a means for stakeholders […]

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How Authors and Readers of ePortfolios Make Collaborative Meaning

This article reports on a case study, using a think-aloud approach (Boren & Ramey, 2000; Jaspers, Steen, van den Bos & Geenen, 2004; Kilsdonk et al., 2016), to investigate how different types of audiences interpret ePortfolios. During recorded viewing, students, instructors, and business professionals narrated their experience of reading two ePortfolios. Consistent with findings by […]

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How to Select the Right E-Portfolio Platform

Electronic portfolio experts from colleges and universities across the country offer their key considerations for choosing a campuswide e-portfolio system. Campus Technology

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Oxford University to launch first online ‘Mooc’ course

Oxford University has announced its first “massive open online course” – or so-called Mooc – in a partnership with a US online university network. BBC

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Government called on to help adults gain new skills

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement later this month The Open University is calling for government to lift the funding restriction, in England, preventing adults from retraining with a second degree. The Open University

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Mobile and Community Colleges

In “Community Colleges: Somewhat Different,” a recent Connections: Community College Insights column, Bret Ingerman addressed a number of issues regarding the role of information technology in community colleges and the conversations that community college IT organizations need to have to help support our students.1 One area to discuss is how to ensure that our Internet/web-based systems can be […]

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November 15, 2016

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NMC And EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Release The NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Ed Edition The New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) are jointly releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2016 Higher Education Edition at the 2016 ELI Annual Meeting. This 13th edition describes annual findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project […]

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A Far Cry from School History: Massive Online Open Courses as a Generative Source for Historical ResearchCurrent research into Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) has neglected the potential of using learner comments for discipline-specific analysis. This article explores how MOOCs, within the historical discipline, can be used to generate, investigate, and document personal narratives, and argues that they serve as a rich platform for historical resource generation. Through these narratives, this […]

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Understanding Cognitive Engagement in Online Discussion: Use of a Scaffolded, Audio-based Argumentation ActivityThe purpose of this paper is to explore how adult learners engage in asynchronous online discussion through the implementation of an audio-based argumentation activity. The study designed scaffolded audio-based argumentation activities to promote students’ cognitive engagement. The research was conducted in an online graduate course at a liberal arts university. Primary data sources were learners’ […]

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Teaching Competencies for the Online EnvironmentThe goals of this study are to identify key competency areas that lead to success in online instruction and to develop a framework that supports professional development and self-assessment. To identify the key competency areas, skills and behaviours presented within current literature were analyzed. Secondly, gaps were identified and levels of competence were determined within […]

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Academic success is about self-efficacy rather than frequency of use of the learning management systemPrevious studies have investigated the association between the frequency of student learning management system (LMS) use (logins, discussion board use, resources used, etc.) and academic achievement. These studies indicate that low LMS use by students is likely to result in less academic success. However, these models fail to take into account self-beliefs that may also […]

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These Google Forms turn video from passive to active learningVideo-based questions and Google forms get students invested in current events eSchool News

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E-Books and a Distance Education Program: A Library’s Failure Rate in Supplying Course Readings for One ProgramWhen Purdue University’s College of Education decided to offer its first fully online master’s program in Learning Design and Technology, the education librarian volunteered to find and organize all the course readings by creating a LibGuide web page with links to the readings for each course. This paper analyzes these course readings, delivered to distance […]

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Not Everyone’s HeroWebsites that offer students online study guides and tutoring services grow, but faculty members find they raise copyright and academic integrity issues — as case at U Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows. Inside Higher Ed

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Which Edtech Companies Are Producing the Best Research-Based Products?When edtech entrepreneurs design and develop their products, high-quality research is not always at the top of their minds. After all, it takes extra time, money and effort for edtech developers to use research as they design and develop their products. And while many entrepreneurs claim that their products are ‘research-based,” it’s difficult for consumers […]

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November 8, 2016

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 11/7/16

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Reading Subtitles and Taking Enotes While Learning Scientific Materials in a Multimedia Environment: Cognitive Load Perspectives on EFL Students

The present study investigated the effects of providing subtitles and taking enotes on cognitive load and performance. A total of 73 English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) undergraduates learned brain anatomy and cognitive functions through multimedia programs. We used a 2 (subtitle/no) x 2 (taking enotes/no) factorial design to test the following: (1) if cognitive demand would vary among […]

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The Effects of Captioning Videos on Academic Achievement and Motivation: Reconsideration of Redundancy Principle in Instructional Videos

The purpose of the present study was to investigate the effect of captioned vs. non-captioned instructional videos on the motivation and achievement. To this end, a pre-test and post-test experimental design was used on 109 sophomores from a Turkish state university. Videos with and without captions of the unit in question were prepared by the […]

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Student perspectives: redesigning a research assignment handout through the academic literacies model

This study explores student responses to a research assignment handout that was redesigned in light of the recommendations from a 2010 Project Information Literacy report. Framed through Lea and Street’s Academic Literacies model, which positions information literacy as a social and situated practice rather than as a generic skill set or a process of socialisation, […]

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Instructor perceptions of student information literacy: comparing international IL models to reality

This study assesses the information literacy (IL) perceptions of instructors at a technical college in the Middle East, the College of the North Atlantic – Qatar. Students at this college are instructed in four areas of study – engineering technology, information technology, business studies and health sciences – which takes place exclusively in English and […]

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‘I Create Therefore I Virtually Exist’: Digital Content Creation, Virtual Consumption, and Motivation in Second Life

User-generated content (UGC) has been receiving increasing attention given its spread throughout digital media platforms and applications. Previous research focusing on Web 2.0 based platforms highlighted linkages with personal characteristics, user attitudes, and social as well as individual motivators. Interestingly, UGC has not been addressed on other platforms such as 3D virtual worlds, and the […]

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4 ways technology is effectively bridging higher ed to the workforce

Internet- and technology-based supports are helping traditional colleges and universities reach the national goal of helping students find their place in the workforce. eCampus News

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‘The Pulse’: Labster

This month’s edition of the “Pulse” podcast features an interview with Mikkel Marfelt and Aaron Knox of Labster, which develops interactive laboratory simulations. Inside Higher Ed

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Blackboard acquires Sequoia Retail Systems

Blackboard has acquired point-of-sale manufacturer Sequoia Retail Systems, a provider of comprehensive POS solutions for educational institutions. The move will bring new dining, retail and bookstore POS and inventory/operations management capabilities to Blackboard Transact, the education technology company’s campus ID, transaction, security and financial solutions arm. Blackboard

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Advances in Computing, Neuroscience Will Change How Students Learn

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Advances in the science of how the brain learns and in computerized models of human thought processes will not just make their way into education, but will change the way learning happens. Converge Magazine

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