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July 27, 2016

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Opening the Textbook: Educational Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16 Most higher education faculty are unaware of open educational resources (OER) – but they are interested and some are willing to give it a try. Survey results, using responses of over 3,000 U.S. faculty, show that OER is not a driving force in the selection of […]

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How people learn in an asynchronous online learning environment: The relationships between graduate students’ learning strategies and learning satisfaction

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships between learners’ learning strategies and learning satisfaction in an asynchronous online learning environment, in an attempt to shed some light on how people learn in an online learning environment. One hundred and sixteen graduate students who were taking online learning courses participated in this study. […]

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Student communication and study habits of first-year university students in the digital era

This paper reports on research into how first-university students communicate with peers and professors and their general study habits and to examine the possible relationship between students’ use of digital technologies. The research is positioned in the interpretive paradigm. We conclude that most students feel comfortable with digital technologies and they see Facebook/MySpace as more […]

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Tablets@university: The ownership and use of tablet devices by students

Tablet devices have made a dramatic impact in the computing industry, and have been widely adopted by consumers, including tertiary students. Published research surrounding the use of tablet computers in tertiary settings appears to be largely centred on the advantages of integrating tablets into university pedagogies. However, there appears to have been very little research […]

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Open access journals in educational technology: Results of a survey of experienced users

As the academic publishing industry evolves, there has been an unprecedented growth of open access journals (OAJs). In educational technology alone, with an estimated 270 associated journals, nearly one-third are designated as open. Though OAJs are lauded for what their availability can contribute to social justice issues (reduction of subscription requirement barriers), some remain suspicious […]

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Social divide stays in online learning

There are strong social divisions in how young people use digital technology, according to international research from the OECD. BBC

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Develop Self-Motivation Skills Before Starting Online Courses

For the most part, students in online degree and certificate programs are learning on their own. There’s no pressure to show up to a physical classroom filled with other students and an instructor, for example, and many online learners need to complete their coursework and attend live sessions around a full-time job and family obligations. […]

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Education Department Proposes Rule on State Authorization of Postsecondary Distance Education, Foreign Locations

The U.S. Department of Education today proposed regulations that seek to improve oversight and protect more than 5.5 million distance education students at degree-granting institutions, including nearly 3 million exclusively online students by clarifying the state authorization requirements for postsecondary distance education. U.S. Department of Education

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Is this state tool the future of college choice for students?

When it comes to students’ college choice, a new online state-based tool emphasizes the importance of career possibilities. eCampus News

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July 20, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/18/16

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Online education is now critical for the future of America’s universities. These institutions can no longer establish a presence in this arena without a concerted institutional strategy and structure to accomplish this now major undertaking. These Hallmarks of Excellence are an attempt to articulate those features and principles that will create opportunities for students that […]

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Case Study on the Impact of Technology on Incivility in Higher Education

A qualitative case study research design provided an in-depth perspective of the participants in relation to understanding the holistic impact technology has on the incivility of student-to- student and student-to-faculty interactions in higher education. The conceptual framework by Twale and Deluca (2008), based upon Salin’s (2003) proposed model for bullying, is detailed. Participants were doctoral […]

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Transitioning to the Learning Management System Moodle from Blackboard: Impacts to Faculty

What are the workload impacts to faculty during a Learning Management System (LMS) transition? What type of support is needed by faculty during an LMS transition? Transitioning to a new LMS may result in faculty problems with learning a new technology platform in addition to teaching. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore […]

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Let’s Talk Learning Analytics: A Framework for Implementation in Relation to Student Retention

This paper presents a dialogical tool for the advancement of learning analytics implementation for student retention in Higher Education institutions. The framework was developed as an outcome of a project commissioned and funded by the Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching. The project took a mixed-method approach including a survey at the institutional level […]

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Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review

Higher education for the 21st century continues to promote discoveries in the field through learning analytics (LA). The problem is that the rapid embrace of of LA diverts educators’ attention from clearly identifying requirements and implications of using LA in higher education. LA is a promising emerging field, yet higher education stakeholders need to become […]

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Microsoft Tackles IT Skills Gap With Online Learning Program

Beginning with data science, the software giant aims to help close the IT skills gap with its new Microsoft Professional Degree program. eWeek

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New Book: Designing Adaptive and Personalized Learning Environments

Designing Adaptive and Personalized Learning Environments provides a theoretically-based yet practical guide to systematic design processes for learning environments that provide automatic customization of learning and instruction Routledge

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7 Universities Receive Grants to Implement Adaptive Learning at Scale

Seven public research universities are embarking on a three-year project focused on improving undergraduate education through personalized learning and adaptive courseware. Arizona State University, Colorado State University, Georgia State University, Northern Arizona University, Oregon State University, Portland State University and the University of Mississippi will each receive $515,000 from the Association of Public and Land-grant […]

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Athabasca University Launches New Library Orientation Video Series

AU Library & Scholarly Resources library orientation smartphonehas created a new Library Orientation Video Series, based upon its live Adobe Connect orientation webinars. Athabasca University

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July 12, 2016

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

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‘Urgent action’ needed to protect adult education New report sponsored by The Open University calls for cohesive national strategy to protect adult education DThe first report commissioned by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education, sponsored by The Open University and conducted by the Institute for Employment Research (IER) at Warwick University, has called for […]

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Status Tracking and Reporting the Quality Matters Process at the University of North GeorgiaThe University of North Georgia utilizes the internal Quality Matters (QM) process to review all their online courses. As our online course offerings have increased, the need to devise a system to track the QM process, ensure timely reviews, and begin recertification of previously reviewed courses was necessary. As a result, several reports have been […]

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Student Perceptions of Self and Community within an Online Environment: The Use of VoiceThread to Foster CommunityThis paper investigates student responses to two tools used to create learning environments that encourage the sharing of ideas and discussion in online asynchronous university courses. Journal of Teaching and Learning with Technology

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Entrepreneurial Education in a Tertiary Context: A Perspective of the University of South AfricaSouth Africa is characterised by high unemployment levels, a low Total Early Stage Entrepreneurial Activity rate, and a high small business failure rate. Entrepreneurship and small business development is seen as a solution to end unemployment in South Africa. A study to understand how to improve small business support was conducted at the University of […]

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Increasing Access to Higher Education Through Open and Distance Learning: Empirical Findings From Mzuzu University, MalawiSlowly but surely, open and distance learning (ODL) programmes are being regarded as one of the most practical ways that universities across the world are increasingly adopting in order to increase access to university education. Likewise, Mzuzu University (MZUNI) set up the Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL) to oversee the running of these […]

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Toolkit: Xyleme: A Different Approach to Authoring“Overall, Xyleme has made authoring structured content in an LCMS tool easier and distributing content much more effective. It is a different paradigm, and I suggest that, if you work in teams and if you need to repurpose the same content in various ways, you take a look at Xyleme.” Learning Solutions Magazine

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The Internet of Things: Riding the Wave in Higher EducationIndustry leaders have been looking toward and anticipating the Internet of Things for quite some time. EDUCAUSE Review asked five experts in the field to share their insights on lessons learned, on current problems solved and created, and on the possible future impact of the IoT. EDUCAUSE Review

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IBM, Blackboard Partner on Infrastructure Management, Cognitive SolutionsBlackboard and IBM have entered a partnership that will see the latter managing the ed tech company’s datacenters and cloud infrastructure. The two will also work to produce new education solutions using IBM’s cognitive computing technology, Watson, and Blackboard’s suite. Campus Technology

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Partnership of giants makes educational resources a priorityIt’s a partnership of giants as Unisa, the SABC, and Google come together to make educational resources freely available for access by learners, teachers, and parents. Following a signing of a memorandum of agreement on 23 June 2016, these partners are ready to get this project off the ground. UNISA

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July 6, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/5/16

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Pioneering Study Reveals More Than 90 Percent Of Colleges And Universities Embrace Alternative Credentials Millennials prefer badging and certificates to traditional degrees, according to researchers from UPCEA, Penn State and Pearson. University Professional and Continuing Education Association

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To Like or Not to Like: Facebook® in the Higher Education Classroom

Facebook is ubiquitous on university campuses, and yet, at the time of this writing, there was a distinct absence of Facebook in the higher education classroom – except when used by distracted students during a lecture. Facebook has pedagogical potential. Why are some faculty resistant to using Facebook for purposes of teaching and learning? What […]

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Influence of Word Clouds on Critical Thinking in Online Discussions: A Content Analysis

This article presents an exploratory research study about the influence of word clouds on critical thinking when they are incorporated into online discussions. In an online discussion, students were asked to critically analyze two speeches, being assigned to one of two conditions: one in which the text was linear, and one in which the text […]

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Faculty supporting and developing a CBE program – strategies implemented at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Faculty play key roles in developing and supporting academic programs. For traditional modes of delivery, the ways faculty support and develop academic offerings are well-defined and understood. However, for new modes of delivery like CBE, successful faculty support will only occur through the use of intentional strategies aimed at inspiring support and encouraging lasting involvement. […]

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E-mentoring and its relevance for competency-based education for students with disabilities: research from the GSAA BreakThru model

Background Communication and learning technologies to enable mentoring for students are important topics for online courses and competency-based education approaches. However, research results have been limited. The Georgia STEM Accessibility Alliance (GSAA) is a research project of the US National Science Foundation’s Research in Disabilities Education (RDE) program. It is a collaborative RDE Alliance between […]

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Cheating the System?

Even if they could cheat without being penalized, most students will take an honest stab at homework questions, study finds. Inside Higher Ed

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“Future Shock” author Alvin Toffler has died at age 87

U.S. author’s visions of accelerating social change guided Chinese leaders, American politicians and business moguls Denver Post

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Download New Book: Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations and Applications

Educational systems worldwide are facing an enormous shift as a result of sociocultural, political, economic, and technological changes. The technologies and practices that have developed over the last decade have been heralded as opportunities to transform both online and traditional education systems. While proponents of these new ideas often postulate that they have the potential […]

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Preparing for ‘Era of Data Ubiquity’

Researchers convene to discuss how the deluge of data collected about students can be used to benefit higher education without compromising privacy. Inside Higher Ed

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June 28, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 6/27/16

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E-learning is missing link in internationalisation

Higher education institutions worldwide are subject to pressures that have grown in number and complexity. They recognise that the quality of their activities – research, teaching and learning and societal engagement – is integrally dependent upon sound internationalisation and digitalisation strategies (among other factors). University World News

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Blending Formal and Informal Learning Networks for Online Learning

With the emergence of social software and the advance of web-based technologies, online learning networks provide invaluable opportunities for learning, whether formal or informal. Unlike top-down, instructor-centered, and carefully planned formal learning settings, informal learning networks offer more bottom-up, student-centered participatory but somewhat disorganized learning opportunities for students. This paper presents a research study where […]

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Identifying Tensions in the Use of Open Licenses in OER Repositories

We present an analysis of 50 repositories for educational content conducted through an “audit system” that helped us classify these repositories, their software systems, promoters, and how they communicated their licensing practices. We randomly accessed five resources from each repository to investigate the alignment of licensing information between the resources themselves, metadata pages and overall […]

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Winning One Program at a Time: A Systemic Approach

Many Universities are missing an opportunity to focus student recruitment marketing efforts and budget at the program level, which can offer lower priced advertising opportunities with higher conversion rates than traditional University level marketing initiatives. At NC State University, we have begun to deploy a scalable, low-cost, program level marketing system across 18 online and […]

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Faculty Professional Development and Student Satisfaction in Online Higher Education

With the ever-increasing availability of online education opportunities, understanding the factors that influence online student satisfaction and success is vital to enable administrators to engage and retain this important stakeholder group. The purpose of this ex-post-facto, nonexperimental quantitative study was to investigate the impact of faculty professional development, faculty degree status, and faculty longevity upon […]

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Students say campus technology needs major overhaul–but why?

One-third of students feel student administration systems do not meet their expectations, making them less likely to recommend the institution. Unit4, an enterprise applications for service organizations company revealed this result as part of a multi-national research study on students’ perceptions of their campus technology. The survey also found that 7 in 10 students would […]

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Next-Level Benchmarking: How Do You Measure Up?

Learn how the EDUCAUSE Benchmarking Service takes the use of analytics to the next level by helping CIOs and other campus leaders measure progress on campus-wide strategic initiatives. EDUCAUSE

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The HathiTrust Research Center: Exploring the Full-Text Frontier

Many readers of EDUCAUSE Review are familiar with the HathiTrust Digital Library (HTDL), which was featured in an E-Content column by Jeremy York and Brian E.C. Schottlaender a couple years ago.1 However, readers may not yet be aware of the research counterpart to this mass-scale digital library: the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC).2 In this column, […]

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Learning to Adapt

Major study of adaptive learning finds inconclusive results about its ability to improve outcomes and lower costs, but use at two-year colleges and in remedial courses shows potential. Inside Higher Ed

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