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January 19, 2017

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2016 Student and Technology Research Study We begin the report with a consideration of the importance of technology to students, whereby we explore students’ orientation toward technology, the number and types of devices students own, and the extent to which they use their digital devices in their academic work, as well as the importance of […]

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Web Strategies for the Curation and Discovery of Open Educational Resources

For those receiving funding from the UK HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resource Programme (2009–2012), the sustainability of project outputs was one of a number of essential goals. Our approach for the hosting and distribution of health and life science open educational resources (OER) was based on the utilisation of the WordPress.org blogging platform and search engine […]

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Design of a computer-based learning environment to support diagnostic problem solving towards expertise development

Learning through problem solving is a pedagogical approach that situates learning in problem-solving contexts. As a form of constructivist learning, problem solving has received increased attention in complex and ill-structured domains such as scientific inquiry and medical education. However, effective learning in problem-solving contexts is difficult to realize because problem-solving tasks often involve complex processes […]

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Knowledge retention in capstone experiences: An analysis of online and face-to-face courses

This research chronicles the development of a capstone experience by a regional comprehensive university. The process began with a multi-year project during which the faculty annually reviewed the results with a view to determining if the class provided the deep learning culminating experiences anticipated. A major measure of success was the desire to replicate the […]

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Coordinated Implicitly? An Empirical Study on the Role of Social Media in Collaborative Learning

As social media is widely adopted in collaborative learning, which places teams in a virtual environment, it is critical for teams to identify and leverage the knowledge of their members. Yet little is known about how social media influences teams to coordinate their knowledge and collaborate effectively. In this research, we explore the roles of […]

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Penn State World Campus most recognized in U.S. News’ online programs rankings

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State World Campus is ranked in the top 10 in six categories of U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Online Programs, the most of any institution. The Pennsylvania State University

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U.S. News ranks USC No. 1 in two key online graduate programs

The latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report place the USC Viterbi School of Engineering atop its annual rankings of online graduate programs. The school placed first in overall engineering programs and in computer science — maintaining the top slot in the latter category and reclaiming its No. 1 spot in overall engineering. University […]

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Online degree programs offered by IU highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Online degree programs at Indiana University, particularly those in business, education and nursing, were again ranked among the best in the nation in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Education Program rankings. Indiana University

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Record shares of Americans now own smartphones, have home broadband

Nearly nine-in-ten Americans today are online, up from about half in the early 2000s. Pew Research Center has chronicled this trend and others through more than 15 years of surveys on internet and technology use. On Thursday, we released a new set of fact sheets that will be updated as we collect new data and […]

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January 10, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 1/9/17

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DOWNLOD CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS

Distance education is the fastest-growing mode of both formal and informal teaching, training, and learning. It is multi-faceted in nature, encompassing e-learning and mobile learning, as well as immersive learning environments. Research questions should be posed within a theoretical framework and, most commonly, quality research is embedded within a holistic structure of research areas within […]

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What if learning analytics were based on learning science?Learning analytics are often formatted as visualisations developed from traced data collected as students study in online learning environments. Optimal analytics inform and motivate students’ decisions about adaptations that improve their learning. We observe that designs for learning often neglect theories and empirical findings in learning science that explain how students learn. We present six […]

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The Effects of Online Interactions on the Relationship Between Learning-Related Anxiety and Intention to Persist Among E-Learning Students with Visual ImpairmentThis study explored whether learning-related anxiety would negatively affect intention to persist with e-learning among students with visual impairment, and examined the roles of three online interactions in the relationship between learning-related anxiety and intention to persist with e-learning. For this study, a convenience sample of e-learning students with visual impairment was collected in Seoul, […]

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The Impact of Contact Sessions and Discussion Forums on the Academic Performance of Open Distance Learning StudentsThis study investigated the impact of face-to-face contact sessions and online discussion forums on the academic performance of students at an Open Distance Learning (ODL) university (N = 1,015). t-Tests for independent samples indicated that students who attended a written assignment preparation contact session performed significantly better in the written assignment than those students who did […]

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Exploring the Relationship Between Student Engagement, Twitter, and a Learning Management System: A Study of Undergraduate Marketing StudentsBecause student engagement is believed to be a predictor of academic achievement, there is significant interest in discovering methods that will improve and increase student engagement at all levels of education. This study investigated the relationship between digital and social media usage and student engagement. In particular, this study sought to investigate how adding (1) […]

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The Pulse: Teaching in a Digital AgeThis month’s episode of The Pulse podcast features an interview with A.W. (Tony) Bates, distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University and CEO of Tony Bates Associates. In the discussion with The Pulse’s host, Rodney B. Murray, Bates describes the principles that guide effective teaching in this digital era and how to help faculty members embrace […]

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Scaling Up With Adaptive LearningTwo universities share how they are using adaptive courseware to increase retention and graduation rates — and the challenges they have run into along the way. Campus Technology

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The Web as a Creative Thinking PartnerThe web forever changes how and when information is accessed and mobilized for use. Ubiquitous mobile devices provide a near infinite database of both hard and soft resources for consumption in schools, at work, and beyond. Anyone with basic search skills can find the same information as their fellow students and workplace colleagues. eLearn Magazine

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From an Online Cohort Towards a Community of Inquiry: International Students’ Interaction Patterns in an Online Doctorate ProgramThe current study explored the interaction patterns of a cohort of international students in a Professional Doctorate of Higher Education program (EdD) in order to establish the extent to which (if at all) the cohort evolved into an authentic online learning community. Phase 1 of the study consisted of a retrospective audit of three out […]

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December 14, 2016

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 12/13/16

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DECEMBER 13, 2016
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Online Learning At Private Colleges And Universities: A Survey Of Chief Academic Officers SOME KEY FINDINGS OF THE REPORT: Revenue from online courses is increasing. More than one-third of institutions responded that their revenue from online curricula had climbed more than 3 percent since 2013. Only 5 percent of institutions reported a decline of revenue […]

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From an Online Cohort Towards a Community of Inquiry: International Students’ Interaction Patterns in an Online Doctorate Program

The current study explored the interaction patterns of a cohort of international students in a Professional Doctorate of Higher Education program (EdD) in order to establish the extent to which (if at all) the cohort evolved into an authentic online learning community. Phase 1 of the study consisted of a retrospective audit of three out […]

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Adding to the mix: Students use of Facebook groups and blackboard discussion forums in higher education

This paper reports on a case study of the use of Facebook in learning and teaching in higher education. Facebook was used as a venue for online discussion to support the existing Learning Management System (in this case Blackboard) in the unit Internet Collaboration and Organisation as part of the Internet Communications degree taught fully […]

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Evaluation of an intelligent open learning system for engineering education

In computer-assisted education, the continuous monitoring and assessment of the learner is crucial for the delivery of personalized education to be effective. In this paper, we present a pilot application of the Student Diagnosis, Assistance, Evaluation System based on Artificial Intelligence (StuDiAsE), an open learning system for unattended student diagnosis, assistance and evaluation based on […]

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Assessing Elementary Prospective Teachers’ Mathematical Explanations After Engagement in Online Mentoring Modules

Prospective elementary teachers at three universities engaged in online modules called the Virtual Field Experience, created by the Math Forum. The prospective teachers learned about problem solving and mentoring elementary students in composing solutions and explanations to nonroutine challenge problems. Finally, through an asynchronous online environment, the prospective teachers mentored elementary students. The researchers assessed […]

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How Are Schools Changing? EdSurge Unveils Final Chapter of Yearlong ‘State of Edtech’ Report

No matter where, when or how you grew up, a single word unlocks a complex trove of memories: School. Over the last 150 years, the notion of what a school should be has evolved. From John Dewey’s one-room schoolhouse and the industrialized “factory model” to the open classrooms movement of the 1970s, schools have oftentimes […]

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6 Dimensions for More Effective Online Instructional Videos

Quality instructional videos require a balance of content, design, teaching style and more. Here are six factors to consider. Campus Technology

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Stanford researchers say school kids can do safe and simple biological experiments over the internet

Stanford researchers have invented a remote-controlled system called the Biology Cloud Lab that enables teachers and students to design and observe experiments involving single-celled organisms. Stanford University

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5 critical considerations for CBE and CBL implementation

Expert details the differences between CBE and CBL and why these differences matter will matter in your school or college. eCampus News

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December 6, 2016

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 12/5/16

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Top trends to disrupt education over next decade New findings in a report from The Open University outline future trends which will impact on education and teaching. The Innovating Pedagogy report says that the productive failure, formative analytics and design thinking are amongst the stand-out developments for the sector over the next 10 years. The […]

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Virtual Collaborative Learning Using Wiki for Adult ODL Learners: The Case of Wawasan Open University

Virtual collaborative learning has been gaining in popularity in open and distance learning (ODL) over the last decade. In collaborative learning environments, the instructors facilitate and initiate discussion on particular issues of concern. Students are given the chance to share their knowledge in a way they have not been used to and the possibility of […]

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The Impact of Cultural Dimensions on Online Learning

Due to the increasingly multicultural nature of e-learning environments, it is critical that instructors and instructional designers be aware of the importance of cultural factors in education and that they deliver culturally adaptive instruction. The main challenge of this paper is identifying the critical success factors for multicultural online learning from learners’ perceptions and their […]

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Different views on Digital Scholarship: separate worlds or cohesive research field?

This article presents a systematic review of the literature on Digital Scholarship, aimed at better understanding the collocation of this research area at the crossroad of several disciplines and strands of research. The authors analysed 45 articlesin order to draw a picture of research in this area. In the first phase, the articles were classified, […]

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The Influence of Social Media on Collaborative Learning in a Cohort Environment

This paper provides an overview of the impact that social media has on the development of collaborative learning within a cohort environment in a doctoral program. The researchers surveyed doctoral students in an education program to determine how social media use has influenced the doctoral students. The study looked at the following areas: a) the […]

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View Recorded Webinar: Increasing Student Engagement

College graduation rates are declining, with only 55 percent of students who matriculated in 2008 having graduated within six years. How can educators turn this around? Fostering a sense of excitement about learning can help students stay engaged and motivated to learn. Now, learn how to get students engaged with their instructors, their course material, […]

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Web Science

Nothing like the Web has ever happened in all of human history. The scale of its impact and the rate of its adoption are unparalleled. This is a great opportunity as well as an obligation. If we are to ensure the Web benefits the human race we must first do our best to understand it. […]

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4 ways admin and IT can work together for better campus security

Admin need to better enable IT staff to train faculty on security measures and combat threats with effective tools. eCampus News

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For Colleges and Universities, Complex Networks Require a Layered Approach to Security

Colleges and universities experienced something of a wakeup call in 2010, when hackers breached an Ohio State University system containing the social security numbers, dates of birth and physical addresses of 760,000 people. Though it was unlikely that data was released, the investigation and remediation effort was massive and incredibly costly, including offering 12 months […]

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November 29, 2016

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 11/28/16

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NOVEMBER 28, 2016
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United Nations International Telecommunications Union: ICT Facts and Figures 2016 “2016 marks the year when the international community is embarking on the implementation of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their 169 targets. The International Telecommunication Union, given the tremendous development of ICTs, has a key role to play in facilitating their attainment. Our new […]

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Teacher-Student Perspectives of Invisible Pedagogy: New Directions in Online Problem-Based Learning EnvironmentsUniversities and institutions of higher education are facing economic pressures to sustain large classes, while simultaneously maintaining the quality of the online learning environment (Deming et al, 2015).. Digital learning environments require significant pedagogical shifts on the part of the teacher.. This paper is a qualitative examination of the nature of teaching in the digital age, and the […]

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The Forms and Functions of Teaching and Learning Innovations on Blackboard; Substantial or Superficial?This study is an Information and Computer Technology evaluation of the Blackboard Learning Management System into teaching and learning at an institution of higher education in South Africa. In view of the institution’s objective of developing a context-driven, transformative, and innovative teaching and learning practices involving the integration of technology, the study sought to classify and evaluate the […]

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Redesigning Design: Field Testing a Revised Design Rubric Based of iNACOL Quality Course StandardsDesigners have a limited selection of K-12 online course creation standards to choose from that are not blocked behind proprietary or pay walls. For numerous institutions and states, the use of the iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses is becoming a widely used resource. This article presents the final phase in a three-part study to test […]

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Strengthening Deeper Learning Through Virtual Teams in E-learning: A Synthesis of Determinants and Best PracticesGlobally, e-learning is gaining popularity as its potential contributions to economic and social development are recognised. However, its full potential has not been realised, as most e-learning practices merely replicate traditional existing teaching methods and have not fully exploited the interactive and social components of peer learning. Recently, there has been an increased focus on […]

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Modeling an IT Strategy for Student SuccessFor institutions to fully benefit from their investments in student success and to position themselves for continued improvement, IT leadership must get engaged and develop an IT strategy that supports student success and can evolve with the institution’s needs. EDUCAUSE Review

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Gamification Is Simply Bells and WhistlesGamification has become latest buzzword in the learning community. Just as “rapid elearning” was supposed to make everyone able to develop “high quality” elearning content a few years back, vendors and others with vested interest are praising the merits of gamification as a silver bullet to improve the learning experience. eLearn Magazine

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How Should Reading Be Taught in a Digital Era?With the many enhancements to mobile devices, multimedia websites, e-books, interactive graphics, and social media, there’s no question that the nature of reading has changed during the past decade. Education Week

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2016 Top Gamification Companies ListTrainingIndustry.com continuously monitors the training marketplace looking for the best providers of gamification services/technologies in support of corporate learning and development. TrainingIndustry.com

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