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February 24, 2015

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

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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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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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February 10, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 2/9/15

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FEBRUARY 9, 2015
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Download Report: Online Enrollment Growth Slows, But Still Outpaces Brick-and-Mortar

The number of higher education students taking at least one online course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent over the previous year — the slowest rate of increase in over a decade, according to a new survey from the Babson Survey Research Group co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson and Tyton Partners. Campus […]

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A Model of Leadership in Integrating Educational Technology in Higher Education

The potential impacts and implications of technology on the professional lives of instructors in higher education, and the role of leadership in integrating educational technology, present a variety of complexities and challenges. The purpose of this paper is to identify the reasons why faculty members are not fully embracing technology and what leadership exists in […]

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Social Network Analysis of Undergraduate Education Student Interaction in Online Peer Mentoring Settings

This study uses social network analysis to examine the patterns of student interactions in online peer mentoring sites within an undergraduate teacher education program. The peer mentoring sites were developed to provide both newcomers and more experienced peers the opportunity to discuss, share, and learn both from and with one another. The study demonstrated that […]

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Classrooms Without Walls: A Comparison of Instructor Performance in online Courses Differing in Class Size

It is difficult to deny that online learning has had steady growth in recent years. A benefit to any institution implementing online courses is not needing a physical space for a group of students. In an online classroom, there are no physical barriers limiting the number of desks that can be placed in the classroom. […]

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Lifelong learning in the digital age: A content analysis of recent research on participation

This paper presents results from a cross-disciplinary content analysis of 185 recent research articles, published between 2008 and 2013. These papers examined factors affecting adult participation in lifelong learning, based on the availability and use of Internet-based and face-to-face modes of learning. Articles were written by scholars from 39 countries, including the European Union (EU), […]

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Download Report: Online Enrollment Growth Slows, But Still Outpaces Brick-and-Mortar

The number of higher education students taking at least one online course in 2014 is up 3.7 percent over the previous year — the slowest rate of increase in over a decade, according to a new survey from the Babson Survey Research Group co-sponsored by the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), Pearson and Tyton Partners. Campus […]

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How to take adaptive learning to the next level

American InterContinental University shares how an in-depth training program built around empowering faculty is the key to optimizing adaptive learning technology for students’ benefit. eCampus News

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Waiting for the FCC

College and university chief information officers are unsure of what to make of the Federal Communications Commission’s hard line on blocking personal wireless hot spots and whether it applies to higher education. Nearly a year after the issue emerged, the agency still has yet to clarify. Inside Higher Ed

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BBC/OU Series takes cameras behind the scenes at the House of Commons in run up to landmark General Election

An observational documentary series, co-produced by BBC and The Open University (OU) and produced by Atlantic Productions, takes the cameras into the heart of the Commons for the first time ahead of one of the most unpredictable General Elections in years. The Open University

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February 4, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 2/3/15

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Download Report — The Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences

The “Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences” report, a joint project of Learning House and Aslanian Market Research, shares the findings of the third annual survey of 1,500 former, current and future online students. Learning House

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Personalized Learning in Mathematics

This work shows an innovative solution in order to enable the predisposition to the mathematics, by using auto-regulation of learning objectives, personalization for obtaining, in such a way, a learning path more compliant to the learner’s needs. In this paper, we focus on an e-learning module, aimed to foster theoretical thinking in facing linear algebra […]

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Examining the Effects of Metacognitive Scaffolding on Students’ Design Problem Solving and Metacognitive Skills in an Online Environment

Complex, ill-structured problem solving is not a linear, straightforward process. Rather it is an iterative and cyclical process and involves ongoing monitoring and evaluation. Therefore, metacognition is critical for successful problem solving. Although there is no question about the importance of scaffolding in complex, ill-structured problem solving, relatively little attention has been given to metacognitive […]

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The Role of the Business Major in Student Perceptions of Learning and Satisfaction with Course Format

This study examines the association between course format (face-to-face, blended, and online) and students’ perceived outcomes (perceived learning and satisfaction) for accounting, finance, management, and marketing majors. This analysis revealed that for management majors, the online format was positively associated with perceived learning, while face-to-face classes were positively associated with learning satisfaction. In contrast, marketing […]

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Information Literacy And The Flipped Classroom: Examining The Impact Of A One-Shot Flipped Class On Student Learning And Perceptions

This article examines the flipped classroom approach in higher education and its use in one-shot information literacy instruction sessions. The author presents findings from a pilot study of student learning and student perceptions pertaining to flipped model IL instruction. Students from two sections of the same course participated in this study. One section received one-shot […]

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Sticking With Credit Hour

The credit hour is an inadequate unit for measuring student learning. Yet no better replacement for higher education’s gold standard has emerged, and getting rid of it right now would be risky. Inside Higher Education

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Showcasing the Co-Curricular: ePortfolios and Digital Badges

Learning scientists at the University of Notre Dame have found a sweet spot in the pairing of digital badges and eportfolios: the perfect opportunity for students to showcase learning achievements not normally featured in traditional transcripts and student records. Campus Technology

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Top 6 Higher Ed Digital Policy Issues to Watch in 2015

As technology continues to change, policy issues slowly come into play to govern them. This year, education technology policy watchers see at least six major policy issues that university administrators should keep an eye on in 2015. Center for Digital Education

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Bending the Cost Curve

Online education can “bend the cost curve” of an undergraduate degree, according to a working paper from the National Bureau of Economic Research, but whether the lower tuition is caused by a boost in productivity — as opposed to more competition — is still undetermined. Inside Higher Ed

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January 28, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 1/26/15

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JANUARY 26, 2015
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Views from around the globe: 2nd Annual Report on How Personal Technology is Changing our Lives

Microsoft’s second annual survey of Internet users around the world, released here in advance of the World Economic Forum that is taking place this week in Davos, Switzerland, shows that fifteen years into the 21st century, Internet users still think overwhelmingly that personal technology is making the world better and more vital. Large majorities of […]

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ENTEL: A Case Study on Knowledge Networks and the Impact of Web 2.0 Technologies

This study re-visits an organisation that defined its knowledge-management strategy in 2008-9 applying an established strategy-intellectual capital alignment framework. It addresses questions “How has knowledge management evolved at ENTEL, and what lessons can be learnt? Does the strategy-knowledge management alignment framework applied at ENTEL in 2008-9 still hold today?” The enquiry applies qualitative research in […]

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Digital Culture and neuroscience: A conversation with learning and curriculum

Multimedia digital technologies mirror neural processes and capacities and their proliferation introduce new possibilities for learning. Not only does the new digital media have the capacity to instantly record and communicate lifeworld experiences unimpeded by the distance or size of the targeted audience, but offers the means to construct virtual reality environments which were previously […]

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Digital ontologies of self: Two African American adolescents co-construct and negotiate identities through The Sims 2

This article describes how two African American adolescent male cousins become co-constructors and negotiators of identity while playing The Sims 2, an online life simulation computer game.i Utilising literacy as social practices and multimodal practices, this article produces a framework to establish how adolescents use digital tools to construct their identities, and how identity construction and interactions with these […]

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Frequency and pattern of learner-instructor interaction in an online English language learning environment in Vietnam

This study examines the frequency and pattern of interpersonal interactions between the learners and instructors of an online English language learning course offered at a Vietnamese university. The paper begins with a review of literature on interaction type, pattern and model of interaction followed by a brief description of the online environment and its learners […]

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Project HoloLens: Our Exclusive Hands-On With Microsoft’s Holographic Goggles

It’s the end of October, when the days have already grown short in Redmond, Washington, and gray sheets of rain are just beginning to let up. In several months, Microsoft will unveil its most ambitious undertaking in years, a head-mounted holographic computer called Project HoloLens. But at this point, even most people at Microsoft have […]

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Watch Digital Monograph Series: Common Core and Equity

As part of its work on the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and equity, the Alliance for Excellent Education has created a series of videos, linked in the table below, highlighting how five states—California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, and Ohio—are implementing the Common Core State Standards and serving significant percentages of low income students or students […]

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EDUCAUSE Selects New Leader

The organization’s new CEO, John O’Brien, hails from Minnesota, where he helped lead the nation’s fifth-largest higher education system. EdTech

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DETC Announces Change of Name to Distance Education Accrediting Commission

The Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) announced today that it has changed its name to Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) to reflect its broader strategic initiatives for quality assurance in the field of distance education and its expertise in driving the innovations needed to shape the future of education. The change of name communicates […]

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