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August 23, 2016

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Teaching Crowds: Learning & Social Media This is a book about how crowds can teach, and how to teach crowds, using the tools and communities of social media. It is about online learning with the help of other people and helping other people to learn online. Whether you are a teacher, a researcher, or a […]

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Emporium Model: The Key to Content Retention in Secondary Math CoursesThe math emporium model was first developed by Virginia Tech in 1999. In the emporium model students use computer-based learning resources, engage in active learning, and work toward mastery of concepts. This approach to teaching and learning mathematics was piloted in a rural STEM high school. The purpose of this experimental study was to compare […]

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A Desire for Growth: Online Full-Time Faculty’s Perceptions of Evaluation ProcessesCollege and universities evaluate the teaching performance of faculty members in a variety of ways. Benefits to effective faculty evaluation include advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as improving the functionality and innovation of courses, curriculum, departments, and ultimately the broader community (Boyer, 1990; Glassick, Huber, & Maeroff, 1997). While there is […]

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Effects of Group Awareness and Self-Regulation Level on Online Learning BehaviorsGroup awareness can affect student online learning while self-regulation also can substantially influence student online learning. Although some studies identify that these two variables may partially determine learning behavior, few empirical studies or thorough analyses elucidate the simultaneous impact of these two variables (group awareness and self-regulation) on online learning behavior. This paper compared one […]

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Developing Guidelines for Evaluating the Adaptation of Accessible Web-Based Learning MaterialsE-learning is a rapidly developing form of education. One of the key characteristics of e-learning is flexibility, which enables easier access to knowledge for everyone. Information and communications technology (ICT), which is e-learning’s main component, enables alternative means of accessing the web-based learning materials that comprise the content of e-learning. However, these materials can help […]

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The Effects of Instructor Control of Online Learning Environments on Satisfaction and Perceived LearningThis paper explores the design of a blended learning environment in a transition from face-to-face and seeks to determine whether learner characteristics and background together with blended learning design elements are significant factors for learning outcomes such as intrinsic motivation, satisfaction, knowledge construction and learning performance in blended learning. It is aimed at examining the […]

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The Open University and KPMG launch joint apprenticeship servicesPartnership will deliver apprenticeship programmes as employers prepare for introduction of Apprenticeship Levy in April 2017 KPMG and The Open University (OU) are joining forces to launch an apprenticeship service that enables employers to identify and fulfil their future training needs, following the Government’s plan to introduce the Apprenticeship Levy. The Open University

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Popular MITx philosophy MOOC introduces instructor gradingIf one of the core philosophies of online learning is to democratize education, then a new verified certificate option for a philosophy course on MITx on edX — the massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered by the Institute — brings the concept full circle. MIT

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From Dreams to Realities: AR/VR/MR in Education“Actually, I think we aren’t that far from being able to deliver on the powerful visions of teaching faculty.’ — Daniel Christian The marketplace for augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality technologies may be heating up. Daniel Christian, a senior instructional designer at Calvin College observes that significant R&D investments, product development, and more […]

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August 16, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/15/16

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Growth Opportunities In Higher Education: Degrees And Alternate Pathways Online education was once on the cutting edge of educational technology, but that is no longer the case. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more than 450 new providers began offering online education between 2012 and 2016. Not only did the number of providers […]

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Who enrolls in competency-based education? An examination of the demographics and finances of competency-based education programs

The concept of competency-based education (CBE), in which some or all of a student’s progression through a degree program is separated from the traditional credit hour model, has gained popularity in the last few years. However, little research has examined the types of students who enroll in CBE programs and whether CBE results in cost […]

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

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 the […]

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Perceptions of the Impact of Online Learning as a Distance-based Learning Model on the Professional Practices of Working Nurses in Northern Ontario

Nurses in Canada face diverse challenges to their ongoing educational pursuits. As a result, they have been early adopters of courses and programs based on distance education principles and, in particular, online learning models. In the study described in this paper, nurses studying at two northern universities, in programs involving online learning, were interviewed about […]

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Playing and Learning: An iPad Game Development & Implementation Case Study

There is a great deal of enthusiasm for the use of games in formal educational contexts; however, there is a notable and problematic lack of studies that make use of replicable study designs to empirically link games to learning (Young, et al., 2012). This paper documents the iterative design and development of an educationally focused […]

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August 10, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/8/16

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Next-Generation CBE Competency-based education could be an important piece of the national movement to increase educational access, equity, and credential attainment, suggests this report from Jobs for the Future. The study is the first in a series that examines the question of how to adapt CBE for adults who need to boost basic skills in […]

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Student Perceptions of Self and Community within an Online Environment: The Use of VoiceThread to Foster Community

This 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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Supporting the Adoption of Technology Enhanced Learning by Academics at Universities

This paper makes a number of recommendations to academic leaders and practicing academics on promoting the uptake of technology-enabled learning (TEL) across their institutions and on their programmes. The approach throughout is to privilege the academic voice and to reflect the views of practicing academics and their students. The authors – the heads of an […]

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Commentary: Building Web Research Strategies for Teachers and Students

This paper presents web research strategies for teachers and students to use in building Dramatic Event, Historical Biography, and Influential Literature wiki pages for history/social studies learning. Dramatic Events refer to milestone or turning point moments in history. Historical Biographies and Influential Literature pages feature historically prominent people, both real and fictional. As teachers and students […]

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Enabling Collaboration and Video Assessment: Exposing Trends in Science Preservice Teachers’ Assessments

This article details a new, free resource for continuous video assessment named YouDemo. The tool enables real time rating of uploaded YouTube videos for use in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and beyond. The authors discuss trends of preservice science teachers’ assessments of self- and peer-created videos using the tool. The trends were […]

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First Online Degree in Legal Studies with Cybersecurity, Data Privacy Concentration to Launch in 2017

The idea is to help students of the program understand what legal liability they have in cybersecurity and data privacy, which standards they should hold their companies to, and how they can pre-emptively deal with potential problems ahead of time. Center for Digital Education

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Can Moodle Mobile Assignments Enhance Context-Relevant Learning?

A manufacturing plant is looking to train their staff on a new security compliance charter. A college wants to address concerns from their alumni about job-seeking and interviewing skills. Students with long commutes want to take advantage of their idle time in the benefit of future opportunities. Moodle News

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Summer School Helps Students Build Tech Tools To Improve Learning

Ashish Aggarwal wants to help students taking online classes by creating a digital teaching assistant to answer questions. To help turn his idea into reality, Aggarwal needed to learn about data and software. So, he enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative LearnLab Summer School, which teaches participants about the leading tools that merge education, […]

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Stanford students create tools to enhance teaching and learning

Empowering teachers. Closing educational gaps. Coping with stress. Getting good feedback. These familiar challenges will soon be getting some new attention.

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August 3, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/1/16

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Results of 2016 Professional Learning Survey The SIIA Vision K-20 Project promotes the best uses of technology to ensure that all students have access to a learning environment capable of preparing them to compete globally and lead the world in innovation. The Vision K-20 Survey is an annual online self-assessment hosted on SIIA’s Vision K-20 […]

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Major barriers for participating in online teaching in developing countries from Iranian faculty members’ perspectivesAlthough higher education systems in developing countries such as Iran have embraced the online education approach, they are confronted with significant challenges in this transition, one of which is lack of instructors’ participation in online teaching. Therefore, this research is aimed at exploring barriers and influential factors for this lack of participation. The researchers developed […]

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The nature of collaboration and perceived learning in wiki-based collaborative writingWiki-based collaborative writing has been widely adopted in education to facilitate collaborative learning. However, research shows that students adopt different collaboration patterns during wiki-based collaborative writing, and that collaboration patterns may vary in how they enhance learning. It is thus critical to understand the relationship between the nature of collaboration and learning. This study examined […]

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A Critical Look at a Blended English Language Teacher Education Program with an Emphasis on the PracticumThe aim of the present study was to explore what types of difficulties student teachers enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Language Teacher Education program offered in a blended format and their cooperating teachers encountered during the student teacher practicum. The participants were 21 fourth grade student teachers and 12 cooperating teachers. […]

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Meeting Teacher Expectations in a DL Professional Development Programme – A Case Study for Sustained Applied Competence as Programme OutcomeMeeting teacher expectations for a professional development programme (PDP) is expected to strengthen sustainable applied competence as programme outcome since teachers will be more motivated to apply the programme content in practice. A revised distance learning (DL) programme was augmented by a practical component comprising a work-integrated portfolio and audio-visual material, aimed to support the […]

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New NetRef 3.0 Software Allows Teachers to Manage Web Access in Real-time and Produce Online Activity Reports by Student, Class and School with No Device InstallationDULLES, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NetRef has rolled out their latest upgrade, NetRef 3.0, which gives teachers complete control of the 21st century classroom. Enhancing an already comprehensive technology that allows personalized Internet access for every classroom, the new NetRef 3.0 update provides timeframes of when students have gone off task, allows customization of websites, and offers detailed […]

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Summer School Helps Students Build Tech Tools To Improve LearningAshish Aggarwal wants to help students taking online classes by creating a digital teaching assistant to answer questions. To help turn his idea into reality, Aggarwal needed to learn about data and software. So, he enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative LearnLab Summer School, which teaches participants about the leading tools that merge education, […]

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Stanford students create tools to enhance teaching and learningEmpowering teachers. Closing educational gaps. Coping with stress. Getting good feedback. These familiar challenges will soon be getting some new attention.

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Francis Ford Coppola tests concept of live movie-making at UCLAMore than 75 students and faculty from the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television participated in a monthlong experimental workshop with five-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker and alumnus Francis Ford Coppola that culminated Friday with a live broadcast of a production based on Coppola’s concept of Live Cinema. University of California Los Angeles

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July 27, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/26/16

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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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