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March 24, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 3/23/15

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Video-based feedback on student assessment: scarily personal

Assessment feedback is an important part of students’ learning experiences; however, text-based feedback has limitations. This article proposes an alternative in the form of individualised video recordings of the lecturer discussing each assignment. This research reports on 126 undergraduate and postgraduate students’ reactions to 5-minute videos recorded by their teachers. The findings confirm that the […]

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Key skills for co-learning and co-inquiry in two open platforms: a massive portal (EDUCARED) and a personal environment (weSPOT)

This paper presents a qualitative investigation on key skills for co-learning and co-inquiry in the digital age. The method applied was cyber-ethnography with asynchronous observation (forum and wiki) and synchronous discussions (webconference) for analysing skills developed by a co-learning community. This study focuses on participants from different countries who interacted during nine months in two […]

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Work Ethic, Characteristics, Attributes, and Traits of Successful Online Faculty

This study was a phenomenological study examining the experiences of faculty in an online learning environment in order to identify the factors that could produce job burnout and stress in master’s programs in education. The challenges and related stress-producing factors were also explored to identify best practices for online faculty and attributes most suited for […]

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An Investigation of Personality Traits in Relation to Job Performance of Online Instructors

This quantitative study examined the relationship between the Big 5 personality traits and how they relate to online teacher effectiveness. The primary method of data collection for this study was through the use of surveys primarily building upon the Personality Style Inventory (PSI) (Lounsbury & Gibson, 2010), a work-based personality measure, was the instrument used […]

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Technology Repaints the Payment Landscape

As technology-driven payment ideas give cash a run for its money, the big winners could be established banks and credit card companies. MIT Technology Review

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The good, the bad, and the ugly of today’s online testing

When teachers, students, and administrators at Sheridan School District No. 2 met earlier this month to kick off The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) testing, they had felt pretty sure of themselves. After all, the Denver-based district of 1,600 students and five schools had worked hard to prep itself for […]

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Top 10 IT Issues, 2015: Inflection Point

EDUCAUSE presents the top 10 IT issues facing higher education institutions this year. What is new about 2015? Nothing has changed. And everything has changed. Information technology has reached an inflection point. Visit the EDUCAUSE top 10 IT issues web page for additional resources. EDUCAUSE

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How to support a massive growth of digital content

The University of Arizona’s Center for Creative Photography has implemented Zetta.net’s cloud backup and disaster recovery (DR) solution to support its anticipated massive growth of digital content, as well as backup for mission-critical materials important for day-to-day operations. eCampus News

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March 18, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 3/16/15

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MARCH 16, 2015
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The Guide to Implementing Digital Learning

GIDL is a free web-based resource to support school and district leaders as they work to ensure that investments in digital learning spark positive results. GIDL includes six topic areas: planning, professional learning, content and software, broadband, devices and tech support. State Educational Technology Directors Association

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Comparative analysis of public policies in open access models in Latin America. Brazil and Argentina cases

This article presents public policies for open access models in Argentina and Brazil, two countries that have pioneered the subject in Latin America. The methodology used is comparative documentation, whereby the legal and political frameworks of open access systems are contrasted, paying special attention to the education, science, culture and government sectors. The main conclusion […]

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Model for democratisation of the contents hosted in MOOCs

Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have emerged as a new educational tool in higher education, based on gratuity, massiveness and ubiquity. Essentially they suggest an evolution of the Open Learning Movement based on principles of reusing, revising, remixing and redistributing open educational resources (OER). However, in contrast with the content of OERs, content hosed in […]

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Meeting the challenge of providing flexible learning opportunities: Considerations for technology adoption amongst academic staff |

This paper reports on a subset of findings from a larger study investigating resistance from academic staff to the integration of technology with on-campus foreign language teaching at one North American higher education institution. The study revealed that the factors influencing technology adoption paralleled Davis’ Technology Acceptance Model’s tenets of perceived usefulness and ease of […]

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Bilingual Facebook Users’ Cognitive Writing Processes

This study seeks to explore the cognitive processes involved as bilinguals wrote English and Spanish Facebook status updates. Three phases of data collection were employed: individual interviews, examination of participants’ Facebook status updates and a group interview. The findings suggested that regardless of the language in which participants wrote, they made a series of decisions […]

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Innovative MOOCs Take Learning in New Directions

Recent efforts are tweaking the formula for massive open online courses and expanding their reach to new audiences. Campus Technology

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20 SXSWedu higher-ed sound bites

SXSWedu offered a wide variety of thought-provoking and innovative higher-ed sessions–see what panelists and attendees had to say. eCampus News

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Innovating Together: Collaboration as a Driving Force to Improve Student Success

In the often-contentious discussions about the future of U.S. higher education, one idea garners wide agreement: our institutions need to innovate. Since collaboration is the driving force for most innovation, it follows that developing a successful model for collaborative innovation—for innovating together—is the most sorely needed disruption in higher education. EDUCAUSE

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Stanford’s computational journalism offers distinct tools for better storytelling

Stanford’s data-driven journalism program gives students powerful new ways to explore complex stories of public and social significance. The program blends computers and storytelling while upholding the journalistic values of accuracy and relevance Stanford University

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March 11, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 3/10/15

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MARCH 10, 2015
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Learn, Connect, and Engage With the Best in Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace

The UW-Madison Distance Teaching & Learning Conference is recognized internationally for its quality, integrity, and longevity. During its 30-year history, this premier conference has gathered thousands of speakers and distance education professionals to share ideas, resources, research, and best practices. Join usAugust 11-13 at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Monona Terrace in beautiful Madison, WI, […]

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Competences and knowledge: Key-factors in the smart city of the future

The effective and modern management of competence development, which represents a distinguishing key-factor in future Smart Cities, cannot be limited to the Learning Management exclusively, but rather be inclusive of aspects pertaining to Human Capital and Performance Management in a holistic vision that encompasses not only the sphere of operations but also the tactical and […]

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Editorial: Smart cities of the future: Creating tomorrow’seducation toward effective skills and career development today

This special issue is dedicated to recent opportunities, perceptions, solutions and expectations that the emergent number of cities, exploiting the Smart City concept, face in designing and providing education that is striving to shape the new generation of the Smart Citizens. Smart Cities are improving the interconnection between citizens and with governments paying regard to […]

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Friend or faculty: Social networking sites, dual relationships, and context collapse in higher education

Students and faculty have always interacted informally, on campus and off. Social networking sites (SNSs), like Facebook, introduce another space in which they interact, contributing to a blurring of boundaries between professional and personal personas. Communications on SNSs may be seen as simply an extension of on- and off-campus lives, and hence fall under the […]

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Trends in Distance Education Research: A Content Analysis of Journals 2009-2013

This study intends to explore the current trends in the field of distance education research during the period of 2009-2013. The trends were identified by an extensive review of seven peer reviewed scholarly journals: The American Journal of Distance Education (AJDE), Distance Education (DE), The European Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning (EURODL), The Journal of Distance Education(JDE), The Journal of Online Learning […]

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First look: Hands-on with Apple Watch and working software

Apple spilled additional details about its hotly anticipated Apple Watch wearable on Monday, and AppleInsider was there to take a first look at the device that could soon dominate a burgeoning smartwatch market. Apple Insider

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Here’s What Will Truly Change Higher Education: Online Degrees That Are Seen as Official

Three years ago, technology was going to transform higher education. What happened? The New York Times

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MOOCs for Wisconsin and the World

A new MOOC initiative from the University of Wisconsin–Madison ties the topics to communities in the state of Wisconsin and gives residents an opportunity to meet in person. EDUCAUSE

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The FCC’s net neutrality rules: 5 things you need to know

Advocates for open access to the Internet were popping champagne corks on Thursday after the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of reclassifying broadband Internet as a public utility. In addition to regulating fixed broadband lines that go into your home, the FCC vote also extended public utility rules to mobile broadband for the first […]

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February 24, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 2/23/15

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Professional Development: Designing Initiatives to Meet the Needs of Online Faculty

The increasing prevalence of online courses mandates an examination of the similarities – and differences – in the faculty training and development needs of those teaching online. With institutions facing increasingly limited resources, there is a need to prioritize faculty development initiatives that will encourage faculty participation. An examination of interest, attendance and completion rates […]

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An Examination of the Relationship between Online Class Size and Instructor Performance

With no physical walls, the online classroom has the potential to house a large number of students. A concern by some is what happens to the quality of instruction in courses with high enrollments. The purpose of this research was to examine online class size and its relationship to, and potential influence on, an instructor’s […]

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Rhizo14: A Rhizomatic Learning cMOOC in Sunlight and in Shade

The authors present findings from the first stage of research into a ‘home-grown’ connectivist MOOC, Rhizomatic Learning: The Community is the Curriculum (Rhizo14). We compare the surface view of the MOOC that has been presented in a range of open blog posts and articles with the view from beneath the surface that we have found […]

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Social Interaction in Self-paced Distance Education

In this paper we present a case study of a self-paced university course that was originally designed to support independent, self-paced study at distance. We developed a social media intervention, in design-based research terms, that allows these independent students to contribute archived content to enhance the course, to engage in discussions with other students and […]

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Student-created app introduces playful, introspective art prompts to museum experience

Timothy Berg stands before King Henry V Courting Princess Catherine of Valois inside the David Owsley Museum of Art. He chuckles at the words on his iPad: “Princess Catherine seems completely bored with Henry. Give him a better pickup line.” Ball State University

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UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week 2015 puts the focus on leveraging technology to empower women and girls

UNESCO’s flagship conference Mobile Learning Week 2015, taking place in Paris from 23-27 February, will focus around leveraging technology to empower women and girls around the world. The event is organised this year in partnership with UN Women. Open Education Europa

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Handwriting in OneNote for iPad and OCR everywhere

People are more overwhelmed than ever by how much they need to remember on a daily basis. In fact, according to a 2013 survey commissioned by the Post-it brand, the average person forgets 4 important things every day, or 1460 things every year. That’s a lot of valuable information! The fact is, keeping track of everything […]

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Developing Strategies for Implementing Analytics

Interviewed members of the EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel believe that analytics initiatives are critical to improving institutional business processes and ensuring student success. EDUCAUSE

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February 18, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 2/17/15

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Download Report: eLearning paper issue 40 “Assessment, certification, and quality assurance in open learning” is now online

The online journal eLearning Papers has just released its issue number 40 for which the contributing authors each present research articles on “Assessment, certification, and quality assurance in open learning” eLearning Papers

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Predictors of Enrolling in Online Courses: An Exploratory Study of Students in Undergrad Marketing Courses

An exploratory study of undergraduate students enrolled in marketing courses at a Southeastern regional university was conducted to determine the motivations and characteristics of marketing students who plan to be online learners and examined for differences between those who have taken and those who have not taken online classes. An online survey of Likert scales, […]

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Minimizing Attrition in Online Degree Courses

The number of online programs in the higher education sector has increased dramatically in the last decade, and with it, an increase in attrition has become a recurring problem worldwide. Literature suggests that elements of culture, motivation, learning management systems and online pedagogy play a major role in attrition rates in the higher education sector. […]

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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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Personalization, adaptivity, attunement

The complexity of the current educational context, that is, the fragmentation of knowledge and the diversity which characterizes the students in our schools requires new competences. One of the answer is certainly to think about personalized path. The personalization of paths is a hard task for the teacher and, thus, the efficacy and also the […]

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Better how-to videos: System recruits learners to annotate videos, increasing their educational value

Educational researchers have long held that presenting students with clear outlines of the material covered in lectures improves their retention. MIT News

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How Stanford is incorporating touch for online learning

A new MOOC on haptics, the science of touch, brings a hands-on element to the world of online learning thanks to a device called the Hapkit. eCampus News

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New bill would renew EETT funding

A new bill proposed in the U.S. Senate would once again fund the Enhancing Education Through Technology (EETT) Act, which ensures that educators and students have access to technology for teaching and learning. eSchool News

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Meet the New, Self-Appointed MOOC Accreditors: Google and Instagram

A big question for MOOCs, the free online courses that hundreds of colleges now offer, is whether employers will take them seriously as credentials. But some of the biggest MOOC producers may have figured out how to jump-start employer buy-in: Get big-name companies to help design them. Wired Campus

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