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May 24, 2016

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Board Member’s Guide to Accreditation–The Basics, The Issues, The Challenges This paper presents an overview of accreditation, what it is, its values, its roles, how it operates and its relationship with government. It also addresses the impact of accreditation on a college or university and the role of governing boards in engaging accreditation. Finally, current […]

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Accreditation and competency-based education

Competency-based education or CBE is, an approach to teaching and learning that awards credit on the basis of mastery of clearly defined competencies or skills (EDUCAUSE, 2014). The current increased emphasis on CBE is resulting in institutions and programs taking fresh approaches to their academic activity. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) sought to […]

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How did we get here? A brief history of competency-based higher education in the United States

Competency-based education (CBE) programs have spread briskly in higher education over the past several years and their trajectory continues to rise. In light of the spread of competency-based models, this article provides a brief history of CBE in the United States. The Journal of Competency-Based Education

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The Predictive Relationship Among the Community of Inquiry Framework, Perceived Learning and Online, and Graduate Students’ Course Grades in Online Synchronous and Asynchronous Courses

The Community of Inquiry framework has been widely supported by research to provide a model of online learning that informs the design and implementation of distance learning courses. However, the relationship between elements of the CoI framework and perceived learning warrants further examination as a predictive model for online graduate student success. A predictive correlational […]

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Increasing Social Presence in Online Learning through Small Group Discussions

Social presence is difficult to achieve, but an imperative component of online learning. In this study, we investigated the effect of group size on students’ perceptions of social presence in two graduate-level online courses, comparing small group versus whole class discussions. Our results indicated that when in small group discussions, students perceived a higher level […]

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Artificial Intelligence Course Creates AI Teaching Assistant

College of Computing Professor Ashok Goel teaches Knowledge Based Artificial Intelligence (KBAI) every semester. It’s a core requirement of Georgia Tech’s online master’s of science in computer science program. And every time he offers it, Goel estimates, his 300 or so students post roughly 10,000 messages in the online forums — far too many inquiries […]

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Online School Enriches Affiliated Companies if Not Its Students

COLUMBUS, Ohio — , an online charter school based here, graduated 2,371 students last spring. At the commencement ceremony, a student speaker triumphantly told her classmates that the group was “the single-largest graduating high school class in the nation.” The New York Times

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What Employers Think of Your Online MBA Degree

Most employers are receptive to reputable degrees, but some still need to learn more about online education, experts say. US News & World Report

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Contours of a New Discipline

Conference at Georgetown U discusses how to train future ed-tech leaders and whether creating a new discipline is the answer. Inside Higher Ed

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May 17, 2016

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Learning to Adapt 2.0: The Evolution of Adaptive Learning in Higher Education “Rethinking Higher Ed: A Case for Adaptive Learning” “The Adaptive Learning Revolution” “The Death of Textbooks?” “L’adaptive learning, la révolution qui vient” Breathless headlines like these from the past three years have heralded the great potential for adaptive learning to transform higher education. […]

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A Review of Research on Intercultural Learning through Computer-Based Digital Technologies

Intercultural communication is now a crucial part of our globalizing lives; however, not everyone has an opportunity to engage in an intercultural interaction with people from different cultures. Computer-based technologies are promising in creating environments for people to communicate with people from diverse cultures. This qualitative synthesis of quantitative and qualitative research therefore aimed to […]

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A Social Learning Management System Supporting Feedback for Incorrect Answers based on Social Network Services

In this research, we propose a Social Learning Management System (SLMS) enabling real-time and reliable feedback for incorrect answers by learners using a social network service (SNS). The proposed system increases the accuracy of learners’ assessment results by using a confidence scale and a variety of social feedback that is created and shared through learners’ […]

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Creating Open Textbooks: A Unique Partnership Between Oregon State University Libraries and Press and Open Oregon State

This article presents Oregon State University’s experience launching an innovative Open Textbook initiative in spring 2014. The partners, Open Oregon State and the Oregon State University Libraries and Press, aimed to reduce the cost of course materials for students while ensuring the content created was peer-reviewed and employed multimedia capabilities. This initiative sought to showcase […]

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A Framework for the Ethics of Open Education

What difference does openness make to the ethics of teaching and research? This paper approaches this question both from the perspective of research into the use of open educational resources (OER) in teaching and learning. An outline of the nature and importance of ethics in education research is provided before the basic principles of research […]

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New Book: Digital Badges in Education Trends, Issues, and Cases Lin Y. Muilenburg, Zane L. Berge

In recent years, digital badging systems have become a credible means through which learners can establish portfolios and articulate knowledge and skills for both academic and professional settings. Digital Badges in Education provides the first comprehensive overview of this emerging tool. A digital badge is an online-based visual representation that uses detailed metadata to signify learners’ specific […]

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Survey: Instructional Designers ‘Pivotal’ in Tech Adoption

Managing projects is the most common task instructional designers undertake during their days, followed by technology and pedagogical training. Their biggest obstacle to success on the job is faculty resistance. Campus Technology

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Granite Geek: The art of college and online learning

Drawing animals is about as old as culture gets, if you count those beasts doodled on prehistoric cave walls. And massive online college courses are about as new as it gets, with no one really sure exactly where they are going. Concord Monitor

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Moodle 3.1 Beta Available For Download

As the run up to the release of Moodle 3.1 heats up (92% of QA tests have been passed as of this post), the Moodle HQ team has announced the release of the beta version of Moodle 3.1. Click here to download the beta now. Moodle News

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May 10, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 5/9/16

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Lumina’s annual report of progress toward the goal, A Stronger Nation offers detailed data arrays that describe postsecondary attainment at the national, state and county levels. The report also provides postsecondary attainment data for each of the nation’s 100 most populous metropolitan regions. Lumina Foundation

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Learning Management Systems: A Shift Toward Learning and Academic Analytics

This paper presents the major findings from a study conducted with six different universities in the U.S. regarding their use of the learning analytics (LA) capabilities available within their learning management systems (LMS). Data was collected from an online survey instrument, in-depth interviews with IT directors and academic administrators, and a case study in Embry-Riddle […]

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The Relationships Between Students’ Perceived Learning Styles and the Community of Inquiry Presences in a Graduate Online Course

In this paper, the author examined whether there is any correlation between students’ perceived learning styles as identified by Felder and Silverman (2002) and each of the three presences of the Garrison et al.’s Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework (2000): the teaching presence, the social presence and the cognitive presence. First, the CoI survey was […]

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Evaluation Of Content Validity Of Tests In Higher Mathematics Using Google Docs Applications

The present paper studies the issue of content validity analysis of computer tests in higher mathematics. The evaluation technology of quality of test content using Google Docs is given. It provides for organization and realization of examination to establish coincidence between test items and test content, making decisions by test compiler. The examination consists of […]

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The Factor-Criteria Model Of Assessment Of Electronic Educational Game Resources In Mathematics For Primary School Students

This article proves the need for a comprehensive assessment of electronic educational game resources in mathematics for the primary school students; gives the definition of “the factor-criteria model of the electronic educational game resources (EEGR)”. It also describes the created model, which consists of requirements for the content, methodological and program parts of the electronic […]

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Thinking about the Future of Work to Make Better Decisions about Learning Today

If you’ve participated in recent discussions about the future of higher education, inevitably you have heard people argue about the purpose of education. “It should be about preparing students to be good, educated, and engaged citizens,” some argue. EDUCAUSE Review

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Bengaluru tops chart of online learning in India: Coursera Infographic

In a recent analysis of online learning, Coursera, the world’s largest open online education provider, revealed an infographic highlighting data on online learners in India as the trend of e-learning becomes more widely adopted in India. IIFL

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New Pathways to Credentialing: The Digital Badge

With roots going back to the 13th century, the modern system of academic degrees functions as one of the most important ways to signal mastery of knowledge. The degree serves as a currency for accessing opportunities. New England Journal of Higher Education

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Donald Judges Named Interim Vice Provost for Distance Education

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – University of Arkansas Provost Ashok Saxena announced Wednesday the appointment of Donald Judges as interim vice provost for distance education and head of the Global Campus, effective July 1. University of Arkansas

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May 4, 2016

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The fourth edition of the National Education Policy Center’s annual report on online and blended learning schools provides a detailed overview and inventory of full-time virtual schools and blended learning schools, also called hybrid schools. Little rigorous research has examined their inner workings, but evidence indicates that students differ from those in traditional public schools, and […]

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The role of open educational resources in the eLearning movement

Open Educational Resources (OERs) have gained increased attention for their potential to provide equitable and accessible educational facilities for people worldwide. Obviating demographic, economic, and geographic educational boundaries can be the OERs slogan. Realization of this promise is an inevitable target of eLearning, thus offering education new challenges. In this observation paper, we express OERs […]

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Tackling complexity in an interdisciplinary scholarly network: Requirements for semantic publishing

Scholarly communication is complex. The clarification of concepts like “academic publication”, “document”, “semantics” and “ontology” facilitates tracking the limitations and benefits of the media of the current publishing system, as well as of a possible alternative medium. In this paper, requirements for such a new medium of scholarly communication, labeled Scholarly Network, have been collected […]

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A scholarly divide: Social media, Big Data, and unattainable scholarship

Recent decades have witnessed an increased growth in data generated by information, communication, and technological systems, giving birth to the ‘Big Data’ paradigm. Despite the profusion of raw data being captured by social media platforms, Big Data require specialized skills to parse and analyze — and even with the requisite skills, social media data are […]

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Culture matters ❤engaging students in redesigning coursework with digital components

In this study tertiary level curriculum was redesigned to include online and digital components for engaging, motivating, involving and exciting students. An innovative approach is offered that involves students creatively in flexible, adaptable curriculum using cultural and instructional student preferences. Traditional lecture style cultural geography curriculum at the University of Guam (UOG) was redesigned with […]

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New Directory of Online Colleges

Distance learning is here to stay. Initially on the fringes of formal education, online colleges, courses and degree programs have quickly become mainstream. Even traditional campus-based institutions have incorporated online learning into their curricula. In 2013, seven million college students — nearly 50 percent of all those enrolled — took at least one online class, […]

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Sign of the Times

Penn State U’s World Campus plans further changes to its faculty development efforts after an online teaching certificate program became a surprise hit among graduate students. Inside Higher Education

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Open University looks to the future as it celebrates 47 years of transforming lives

The Vice-Chancellor of The Open University (OU) has called on the organisation to draw inspiration from its “glorious” past as it marks the 47th anniversary of receiving its Royal Charter. A series of special events have been taking place across the OU, including keynote speeches from Peter Horrocks, as well as the University’s Pro-Chancellor, Richard […]

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Can technology help teach literacy in poor communities?

Project to provide children with tablets loaded with literacy apps reports encouraging results in Africa, U.S. MIT

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April 26, 2016

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The goal of this report is to critically examine one of the marvels of modern higher education: specialist open and distance learning (ODL) universities. These institutions, such as The Open University (UKOU), Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) and the University of South Africa (UNISA), have pioneered radically innovative instructional and support methods, opening pathways […]

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Participatory Learning Through Social Media: How and Why Social Studies Educators Use Twitter

The microblogging service Twitter offers a platform that social studies educators increasingly use for professional development, communication, and class activities, but to what ends? The authors drew on Deweyan conceptions of participatory learning and citizenship aims of the field as lenses through which to consider social media activities. To determine how and why social studies […]

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Teaching students using technology: Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian universities

Australian higher education has adopted a widening participation agenda with a focus on the participation of disadvantaged students, particularly those from low socioeconomic status (LSES) backgrounds. As these students begin to enter university in greater number and proportion than ever before, there is increasing interest in how best to facilitate their success. A recent national […]

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Evaluation of Intelligent Grouping Based on Learners’ Collaboration Competence Level in Online Collaborative Learning Environment

In this paper we explore the impact of an intelligent grouping algorithm based on learners’ collaborative competency when compared with (a) instructor based Grade Point Average (GPA) method level and (b) random method, on group outcomes and group collaboration problems in an online collaborative learning environment. An intelligent grouping algorithm has been added in a […]

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Comparative Analysis of Pedagogical Strategies Across Disciplines in Open Distance Learning at UnisaODL at Unisa

Re-engineering technological strategies in teaching and learning in an open distance learning (ODL) environment is paramount as the demand for access to quality higher education escalates drastically on a year to year basis. The organisational framework requires change in order to accommodate the increasing number of students. In view of the changing higher education landscape […]

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University contemplates 3-year, fully online degree programs

The University of Colorado is asking its faculty and staff to get creative and develop new, fully online degree programs to launch in the fall of 2018. eCampus News

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Udacity Breaks Out of the Online Education Box

Sebastian Thrun, Udacity’s chief executive officer, discusses the company’s offline plans with Bloomberg’s Emily Chang on “Bloomberg West.” Bloomberg

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Could a liberal arts approach to online learning be more successful?

Bellevue University is using small online learning classes and close oversight by faculty to improve graduation rates and reduce debt defaults. eCampus News

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The Price Is Still Right: 15 Sites for Free Digital Textbooks

“Open” has gone mainstream. The world now celebrates Open Education Week. The U.S. Department of Education announced an “Open Education” or #GoOpen initiative and ran its first “@GoOpen Exchange” to get schools and educators committed to the use of open educational resources (OER). Campus Technology

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