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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning the Future of Higher Education takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD), developed by Dr. Michael G. Moore, provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, the authors Dr. Farhad Saba, and Dr. Rick Shearer, provide a comprehensive pragmatic planning method to instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders for assessing the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and developing alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution.

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Digitization of Credentials: Quality of Shorter-Term Educational Experiences Human beings are compulsive learners. Throughout our ever-longer lives we are constantly processing knowledge. New facts, new experiences and new insights please our nerve cells. While we sleep at night our brain is archiving what we have learned that day. These neurological facts make us all lifelong learners, […]

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Artificial Intelligence and the Academy’s Loss of Purpose

This article speculates on the future of higher education as online technology, specifically adaptive learning and analytics as infused by artificial intelligence software, develops and matures. Online and adaptive learning have already advanced within the academy, but the most significant changes are yet to come. These evolving technologies have the potential to change the traditional […]

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Research Ethics of Twitter for MOOCs

This study examined the ethical considerations researchers have made when investigating MOOC learners’ and teachers’ Twitter activity. In so doing, it sought to addresses the lack of an evidence-based understanding of the ethical implications of research into Twitter as a site of teaching and learning. Through an analysis of 31 studies we present a mapping […]

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Professional Development Support for the Online Instructor: Perspectives of U.S. and German Instructors

With the increase in number of courses being offered online, there is an increase in the need for professional development support for instructors to teach online. The purpose of this study is to examine faculty perceptions on professional development needs for online teaching, specifically in the U.S. and in Germany. Based on a qualitative open-ended […]

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Project:Filter – Using Applied Games to Engage Secondary Schoolchildren with Public Policy

Applied games present a twenty-first-century method of consuming information for a specific purpose beyond pure entertainment. Objectives such as awareness and engagement are often used as intended outcomes of applied games in alignment with strategic, organizational, or commercial purposes. Applied games were highlighted as an engagement-based outcome to explore noPILLS, a pan-European policy research project […]

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Examining changes in medical students’ emotion regulation in an online PBL session

Given recent attention to emotion regulation (ER) as an important factor in personal well-being and effective social communication, there is a need for detection mechanisms that accurately capture ER and facilitate adaptive responding (Calvo & D’Mello, 2010). Current approaches to determining ER are mainly limited to self-report data such as questionnaires, inventories and interviews (e.g., […]

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What Monkeys Teach Us about Authorship: Toward a Distributed Agency in Digital Composing Practices

This webtext explores the pedagogical possibilities of teaching with and through “monkey selfies” as the issue of animal authorship and copyright opens up new pedagogical avenues for challenging the static and fixed views of authorship in composing practices. Kairos

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These top Microsoft Teams apps will increase your productivity

If your organization is on board with Microsoft Teams, there are quite a few ways that you can get the most out of the collaboration service. We’ve already highlighted some tips and tricks for Teams, but did you know that you can also add some of your favorite apps as “Tabs” to Teams? If your […]

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Mediasite Announces New Video Tools to Help Schools Meet Gen Z Learning Demands

CHICAGO, Ill. Educause Booth #1231 — October 15, 2019 — Mediasite today announces powerful new features that give users better control over how students experience video lectures, ensuring the most impactful, data-rich and searchable study tools for all. Sonicfoundry

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5 Innovations Added to Our Higher Ed Digital Course Materials for the 2019-2020 School Year

The fall semester has begun and we wanted to share some exciting updates we’ve made to McGraw-Hill technology platforms for the 2019-20 school year. Each is designed to help more students succeed and to help instructors save time and get better results. Check them out below! McGraw-Hill

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Instructure Combines the Power of Portfolium and Canvas

CHICAGO — Oct. 15, 2019 — Today at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Instructure(NYSE: INST) announced that Portfolium, a student portfolio network acquired earlier in the year, is now integrated within the Canvas Learning Management Platform. The combined capabilities allow students to showcase their achievements, projects, and competencies to potential employers. Students can create a Folio […]

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U.S. Colleges Choosing Cengage Unlimited Subscription Service to Offer Students Affordable Access to Textbooks and Course Materials

BOSTON—October 11, 2019 —A growing number of college leaders across the U.S. are choosing to offer Cengage Unlimited campus-wide in order to give their students more affordable access to textbooks and course materials. While students at more than 5,000 institutions can purchase Cengage Unlimited, more than 70 institutions are delivering the subscription service at-scale through […]

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Blackboard Student Services Launches Chatbot Capability

CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — EDUCAUSE — Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced the launch of Blackboard Chatbot Powered By Ivy.AI, a live conversation simulation tool offering students, instructors, and staff constant personalized support. The chatbot joins a growing suite of accessible and convenient Student […]

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October 15, 2019

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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning the Future of Higher Education takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD), developed by Dr. Michael G. Moore, provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, the authors Dr. Farhad Saba, and Dr. Rick Shearer, provide a comprehensive pragmatic planning method to instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders for assessing the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and developing alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution.

This self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

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  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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THE EDTECH OPPORTUNITY: Educational Technology as a Dynamic Growth Sector for Iowa Education is a sector of the economy that is fundamental to the performance of all other sectors of the economy. It is also a sector that stands on its own as a distinct market—consuming products, technologies, content, and intellectual assets to enable its work. […]

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Copyright, Content, & Control: Student Authorship Across Educational Technology PlatformsThere is no longer any doubt about whether the field has been paying attention to “the question of who owns language” (Lunsford & West, p. 383). Today, a vast trove of IP scholarship exists within disciplinary coffers, ranging from issues of textual circulation (e.g., DeVoss & Porter, 2006; Edwards, 2018; Gries, 2015; Ridolfo & DeVoss, […]

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Using the Technology Adoption Model to Assess Faculty Comfort with the Learning Management SystemWhen faculty need to use technology that is not familiar to them, it may take more time to integrate into to their teaching. The purpose of this study was to gather data on the ease of use and usefulness of the Blackboard LMS in anticipation of transitioning to a new LMS. A survey with the […]

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eCelebrations: Virtual Graduations to Celebrate Online StudentsOnline students are often short-changed when they reach their most important milestone—graduation. For many institutions, virtual graduation has proven to be a holy grail of sorts—critically important to student experience, but illusive in form and difficult to achieve. This article explores several existing models of virtual graduations, and proposes a framework to evaluate the quality […]

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What is an ID?Instructional design positions in higher education require greater depth and breadth of knowledge, far beyond the bulleted qualifications found in typical job descriptions. The eDesign Collaborative Research Team wished to explore the discrepancies that exist between commonly identified competencies and those deemed necessary by instructional designers (IDs) actively working in postsecondary education. This study identifies […]

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From confounded to common ground: Misunderstandings between tertiary teachers and students in online discussionsDrawing on findings from two studies, this article focuses on the expectations of students and teachers in higher education, when learning via asynchronous online discussions. In particular, this synthesis highlights a divergence of expectations. The first study investigated how students and teachers experienced asynchronous online discussion within initial teacher education at undergraduate level. The second […]

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The impact of personality on students’ perceptions towards online learningThe aim of this exploratory study was to examine the impact of five personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and intellect/imagination) on the perception of students towards online learning. A total of 208 students from Taiwan (male = 96 and female = 112) with previous online course experience participated in an online survey using a […]

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National Distance Learning WeekNDLW for 2019 will be November 4-8, 2019 Purpose: The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field. Goal: For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate […]

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A $50 Million Investment in Academic InnovationThe University of Michigan has allocated $50 million to establish a Center for Academic Innovation. The new unit is an upgrade for what was previously the Academic Innovation Initiative and even earlier the Office of Academic Innovation. Academic innovation programs at the university have focused on technology for both online and on-campus learning. Inside Higher Education

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Teach Access Addresses the Accessible Technology Skills GapTeach Access offers networking and experiential learning opportunities for students and curriculum development grants for faculty to help address gaps in accessibility technology skills in the workforce and move accessibility into the mainstream. EDUCASUE Review

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Network Deal to Serve as Research, Public Services VehicleA newly minted Oregon nonprofit is partnering with a California-based education and research network to better connect universities. The new deal will also help deliver public services, officials say. Government Technology

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How Personalized Support and a Culture of Data Can Jumpstart Student SuccessWhen graduation rates plateaued, the University of South Florida turned to predictive analytics and a case management approach to student support — with striking results. Campus Technology

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Coursera for Campus: A New Way to Help Universities Everywhere Deliver Job-Relevant LearningToday, I’m thrilled to introduce Coursera for Campus, a new offering designed to help any university — even those outside of Coursera’s partner ecosystem — to use content on Coursera to deliver job-relevant, multi-disciplinary online learning to its learners. Coursera

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October 10, 2019

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter Special Edition 10/9/19

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Based on the TTD, the authors Dr. Farhad Saba, and Dr. Rick Shearer, provide a comprehensive pragmatic planning method to instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders for assessing the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and developing alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution.

This self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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Based on the TTD, the authors Dr. Farhad Saba, and Dr. Rick Shearer, provide a comprehensive pragmatic planning method to instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders for assessing the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and developing alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution.

This self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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The future of work in America Automation technologies promise to deliver major productivity benefits that are too substantial to ignore. They are also beginning to reshape the American workplace, and this evolution will become more pronounced in the next decade. Some occupations will shrink, others will grow, and the tasks and time allocation associated with […]

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Using Social Media as a Platform for a Virtual Professional Learning CommunityThe Professional Learning Community (PLC) has been used in higher education to provide a platform for faculty members to discuss challenges and build professional skills. While the virtual PLC (VPLC) is becoming a more acceptable delivery mechanism for faculty professional development, successful practices for designing these learning environments has received little attention in the research […]

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Well Begun is Half Done: Using Online Orientation to Foster Online Students’ Academic Self-EfficacyPast research suggests that the use of an online learning orientation is an effective proactive strategy to ease online students’ transition into online learning. Based on a sample of 3888 online students from an urban public university, we used ordinal logistic regression to understand the influence of students’ satisfaction with an online learning orientation (OLO), […]

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Student Retention in Online Courses: University RoleAs the growth in technology enables academic institutions to offer online courses to students globally, it is essential for universities to provide quality services to meet the needs and expectations of learners. Student retention in online courses is one of the challenges facing universities today. This is an important concern and should be addressed. The […]

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Efficient Online Instruction: Maximum Impact in Minimal TimeHigher education faculty have numerous responsibilities that are not limited to instruction of classes. While it is well established in literature that faculty have a diverse set of responsibilities that extend well beyond a 40-hour work week, this information has yet to be cohesively transferred into suggestions for institutions to utilize when promoting instructional efficiency. […]

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Swords and sorcery: a structural gamification framework for higher education using role-playing game elementsStudents attend the first sessions of your units and then disappear, some of them forever, and some of them have no clue what is going on or they work for other units’ assessments. When it comes to providing them with formative assessment, it is not always well received as it is perceived as extra work. […]

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The crowd in crowdsourcing: Crowdsourcing as a pragmatic research methodCrowdsourcing, as a digital process employed to obtain information, ideas, and solicit contributions of work, creativity, etc., from large online crowds stems from business, yet is increasingly used in research. Engaging with previous literature and a symposium on academic crowdsourcing this study explores the underlying assumptions about crowdsourcing as a potential academic research method and […]

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Digital Transformation in Higher Education—Buzzword or Opportunity?Various institutions and scholars have proposed lists of skills likely to be needed in the next decade and beyond. [1, 2, 3] Interestingly, they do not include purely technical skills like programming but thinking (sense making, computational thinking, creativity, critical thinking), specific attitudes (design mindset, cognitive flexibility, adaptability, perseverance, agile working, ethics), and interaction with […]

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Online Professional Development: 3 Ways to Keep Faculty Coming Back for MoreFor students to succeed in online learning, faculty must be encouraged to go back to class themselves. Campus Technology

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Driving digital tools with pedagogical strategiesThere are three critical issues that are expanding the gap between the modern classroom and today’s digital tools eCampus News

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Virginia Goes Big on Cloud DegreesAmazon Web Services expands its curriculum development partnership with Virginia’s community colleges and four-year universities. Inside Higher Ed

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New mobile-based MOOC on corporate literacy for farmers launchedOn October 1, 2019, COL and its partners, Vidiyal and Reddiarchatthiram Seed Growers Association in India, launched a massive open online course (MOOC) on corporate literacy. The content has been adapted from original materials developed by India’s National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development. Commonwealth of Learning

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Does the IoT Invasion Threaten Higher Ed Cybersecurity?New approaches to network data analysis can help higher education IT staff deal with a myriad of new challenges created by IoT devices. EDUCAUSE Review

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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD), developed by Dr. Michael G. Moore, provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, the authors Dr. Farhad Saba, and Dr. Rick Shearer, provide a comprehensive pragmatic planning method to instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders for assessing the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and developing alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution.

This self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Applications, Promise and Perils, and Ethical Questions What are the benefits and challenges of using artificial intelligence to promote student success, improve retention, streamline enrollment, and better manage resources in higher education? EDUCAUSE

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Exclusive Interview with Dr. Thomas J. Tobin, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Dr. Saba: You have a wide range of experience in educational technology, program management and distance education. What attracted you to this field? Dr. Tobin: I started out as an English literature PhD, teaching composition and nineteenth-century literature courses. While I was working on my doctorate, I was hired by a two year college in […]

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Impactful Leadership Traits of Virtual Leaders in Higher Education

Universities are increasingly leveraging virtual teams into the organizational structure and strategic framework for many functions including academic administration and faculty leadership. One benefit of a virtual workforce is the ability to hire the most qualified individuals regardless of where they are physically located. As the virtual workforce expands, leaders may intuitively rely on traditional […]

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Examining Faculty Perception of Their Readiness to Teach Online

Faculty readiness to teach online is a state of faculty preparedness for online teaching. In this study, it is measured by faculty attitudes on the importance of online teaching competencies and their ability towards online teaching. Validity and reliability of faculty responses to an online instrument and factors related to faculty perception are examined. Descriptive […]

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Organizational Sustainability in Online Higher Education: Reframing through the Viable System Model

Higher education remains embroiled in transition driven by cost of attendance, technological advances, globalization, hyper-competition, and stakeholder expectations. Concurrently, advances in online education have prompted increased integration within the educational enterprise. Not only are modern institutions faced with the necessity to respond to the changing educational environment, they must establish capabilities to sustain online education […]

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Academic Advising and Online Doctoral Student Persistence From Coursework to Independent Research

Approximately 50% of doctoral students do not complete their degrees. Attrition for online doctoral programs is 10% to 20% higher than traditional programs. This study’s purpose was to understand online doctoral students’ perceptions about the role of academic advisement in transitioning from coursework to independent research. Semi-structured interviews with 18 participants revealed six major themes […]

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A Case Study of a Foster Parent Working to Support a Child with Multiple Disabilities in a Full-Time Virtual School

With increases in the number of students enrolling in virtual schools, increases in students with disabilities can also be expected at virtual schools. Further, not all of these students enrolling in virtual schools will live with their biological parents. As students with disabilities move online, they continue to be protected under the Individuals with Disabilities […]

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A Community College Goes National

Rio Salado College’s national division targets “education deserts” around the country. Can that strategy work? Inside Higher Ed

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New Online Academic Programs

The new degrees and certificates are in American Sign Language studies, cybersecurity, emergency management, military history, nursing and public health. Inside Higher Ed

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Using Storytelling to Forge Unbreakable Bonds Between Teachers and Students

Kristin Leong is the definition of a multi-faceted educator. She’s held a variety of roles in which she “educated” her audiences—from her stint as a middle school humanities teacher, to her days as Town Hall Seattle’s Community Programs Curator and Residency Program Lead, to her work as the founder of a storytelling project that aims […]

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Political Science Career Resources for Students

According to a 2018 survey conducted by the APSA, political science departments who saw an upturn in undergraduate enrollment correlated 40% of the increase to heightened student interest in politics. Given the growing popularity of this discipline, the Social Sciences team at AffordableCollegesOnline.org created a series of guides on Political Science degrees to give students […]

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North Carolina State University to Study 5G and Drones

The college will be the new home of a National Science Foundation-funded center to study the implementation of advance wireless infrastructure and drones. The center will receive funding from NSF and an industry consortium. Center for Digital Education

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World Campus students find research, publication opportunities as undergraduates

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Rachel Foster and Shannon Ryan collaborated for months on a research project about sexual violence and the #MeToo movement — but the two Penn State World Campus undergraduates didn’t meet in person until they presented their findings together at an academic conference. Penn State World Campus

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