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February 9, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 2/9/16

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On October 5, 2015, some 200 individuals representing nearly 170 organizations gathered in Washington, D.C., for a one-day summit on a critical issue: the need for change in our nation’s fragmented system of credentialing. The National Summit on Credentialing was convened by three organizations – the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce (CSW), the Center for Law […]

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Taxonomy of Students’ Use of The iPad in Education: A PilotThis study attempts to present the variety of possible uses for iPads, in the learning process. The objective is to evaluate a unique implementation model that was tried out at a teacher training college in Israel. The methodology is based on a qualitative research paradigm. The findings show that students’ use the iPads in various […]

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“And the walls came a-tumblin’ down…”This case deals with a university program which is well respected but requires changes to be made to it as enrollments dwindle. Pressure from administration is making the Program Head and Program Committee members as well as Senior Instructional Designer LeFort consider new options for its delivery. Online learning is not a well-established practice among […]

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Using Positive Visual Stimuli to Lighten The Online Learning Experience through In Class QuestioningUsing in-class questions is an efficient instructional strategy to keep abreast of the state of student learning in a class. Some studies have found that discussing in-class questions in synchronous learning is helpful. These studies demonstrated that synchronous questions not only provide students with timely feedback, but also allow teachers to change the pedagogy adaptively. […]

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A Cognitive Style Perspective to Handheld Devices: Customization vs. PersonalizationHandheld devices are widely applied to support open and distributed learning, where students are diverse. On the other hand, customization and personalization can be applied to accommodate students’ diversities. However, paucity of research compares the effects of customization and personalization in the context of handheld devices. To this end, we developed a customized digital learning […]

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Watch the Video: Huge MIT Media Lab Inventions That Transformed Our WorldFOR THE LAST 30 years, the MIT Lab has been a breeding ground for technological progress that’s pushed the world into the future. Touchscreens, e-Ink, GPS, wearables—all of these technologies got their start at the Cambridge, Mass., lab, which is known for its cross-disciplinary approach to research. We sat down with Media Lab co-founder Nicholas Negroponte and current director […]

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Building a Blueprint for Better E-BooksWhenever students at Brookdale Community College have free time, they typically engage with their mobile devices, according to Mike Qaissaunee, chair of the Engineering and Technology department at the Lincroft, NJ, institution. That observation led him to wonder if he could create academic content and deliver it directly to students’ mobile devices. Not the static […]

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The Open University at 45: What can we learn from Britain’s distance education pioneer?Forty-five years ago, when Britain’s Open University (OU) began broadcasting its first lectures over BBC television and radio, there were many reasons to discount its importance. Brookings Institute

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Provost’s office restructuring keeps focus on online learning [George Washington University]Interim officials are adjusting the ways academic leadership positions are structured, months after losing the provost as well as two other high-profile leaders. The GW Hatchet

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February 3, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 2/1/16

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Digital technologies have spread rapidly in much of the world. Digital dividends—that is, the broader development benefits from using these technologies—have lagged behind. In many instances, digital technologies have boosted growth, expanded opportunities, and improved service delivery. Yet their aggregate impact has fallen short and is unevenly distributed. For digital technologies to benefit everyone everywhere […]

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Learning Design, Social Ontology and Unintended Functionalism in Education ProjectsFor many years there have been well-funded project opportunities for developing educational innovations, both pedagogical and technological, to fulfil the educational ambitions of national governments and European agencies. Projects have been funded on the basis of competitive bidding against themes identified by funders. Calls for funding typically exhibit bold rhetoric as to their ambition and […]

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Effects of Web-Based Collaborative Writing on Individual L2 Writing DevelopmentThis study investigated the effect of repeated in-class web-based collaborative writing tasks on second language writers’ (L2) individual writing scores. A pre-test post-test research model was used in addition to participant surveys, class observations, and teacher interviews. Participants included 59 L2 writers in a writing class at a large U.S. university. The 32 participants in […]

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Becoming Little Scientists: Technologically-Enhanced Project-Based Language LearningThis article outlines research into innovative language teaching practices that make optimal use of technology and Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) for an integrated approach to Project-Based Learning. It is based on data compiled during a 10- week language project that employed videoconferencing and machinima (short video clips featuring virtual world avatars) to introduce young language learners […]

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The tech giving people power to deal with disabilityWorldwide, around a billion people have a disability, says the World Health Organisation. BBC

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The Limits of OpenCoursera’s decision to charge learners in some massive open online courses up front — viewed by some as inevitable — has critics asking if the MOOC provider is diverging from its mission of universal access. Inside Higher Ed

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Idaho’s virtual charter schools have a 20 percent grad rateThe state’s education leaders said they are looking into strategies to help virtual charters improve performance eSchool News

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Move Your Labs OnlineAs more classes go online, schools need a workable approach for giving students access to high-demand software. Virtual desktops provide the answer. Campus Technology

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New Microsoft Translator Customization Features Help Unleash the Power of Artificial Intelligence for EveryoneToday, we are changing how companies approach automatic translation by leveraging our artificial intelligence expertise to enable anyone to quickly and easily customize translation systems, even without large amounts of previously translated sentences. In addition, we are giving you the chance to progressively improve the system as more data becomes available. Microsoft

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January 27, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 1/26/16

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Most concepts of affordability are based on what college should cost, not what students can afford to pay. For example, colleges and universities often set tuition based not on what students can afford but rather on what the institutions need in terms of revenue. Lumina Foundation

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Students’ perspectives on e-portfolio development and implementation: A case study in Taiwanese higher educationThis study explores students’ perceptions related to the implementation of e-portfolios in the context of Taiwanese higher education. Thirty Taiwanese university students were interviewed, and data analysis includes 14 interviewees’ e-portfolios and responses to 281 valid surveys from non-interviewed students. The study presents students’ perspectives using textual descriptions and visual presentations related to developing e-portfolios. […]

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A student-constructed test learning system: The design, development and evaluation of its pedagogical potentialAlthough research has found that student-constructed tests (SCT) have some potential for promoting cognitive elaboration, as yet there are no systems available to support the associated activities. This study designed and developed an SCT learning system guided by the ideology of contribution-based pedagogies, accentuating the principles of adaptability and flexibility. To assess its learning potential, […]

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A Comparison of Reading Response Methods to Increase Student LearningIt is common in college courses to test students on the required readings for that course. With a rise in online education it is often the case that students are required to provide evidence of reading the material. However, there is little empirical research stating the best written means to assess that students read the […]

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Formative Evaluations in Online ClassesOnline courses are continuing to become an important component of higher education course offerings. As the number of such courses increases, the need for quality course evaluations and course improvements is also increasing. However, there is not general agreement on the best ways to evaluate and use evaluation data to improve online courses. While summative […]

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New learning tool enables pupils to address “tricky topics”A new tool and activities to enhance learning, particularly amongst low ability pupils, has been developed by OU academics and will be unveiled to Milton Keynes schools on 21 January. The Open University

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SUNY-ESF receives $190,000 grant to fund online learning programSUNY-ESF recently received a SUNY Investment Fund award in support of its development of online programs, furthering the university’s dedication to distance learning. The Daily Orange

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Google Is Offering A Free Online Class About Deep LearningA UDACITY COURSE BY GOOGLE WILL TEACH ENGINEERS AND DATA SCIENTISTS THE BASICS OF DEEP LEARNING, WHICH INFORMS MUCH OF GOOGLE’S TECH. FastCompany

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Publishing as Pedagogy: Connecting Library Services and TechnologyLibraries increasingly offer the technological capacity and staff expertise to support student publishing, but this activity tends to happen in isolation from other library activities. Harnessing publishing as a pedagogical tool improves student learning outcomes through high-impact learning practices: extensive writing, teamwork, service learning, undergraduate research, and experiential learning. Partnering with students to achieve their publishing ambitions clarifies the requirements […]

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January 20, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 1/19/16

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JANUARY 19, 2016
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Online degrees continue to gain acceptance among prospective students and higher education leadership. More and more colleges and universities have initiated and now offer online programs in greater numbers of subject areas and across multiple degree levels. Online learning has become mainstream. It is estimated that 3.4 million college students were engaged in fully online […]

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iResilience of science pre-service teachers through digital storytelling

We live in a multimodal world where communication enabled by digital media supports the expression of ideas, opinions, instructions and experiences in a variety of formats that empower the individual to convey thoughts and emotions persuasively. In education, digital storytelling as a pedagogical strategy can be embedded in student-generated videos of narratives of personal learning […]

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Self-emergent peer support using online social networking during cross-border transition

Transitioning from school to university is a major development for learners, often accompanied by difficulties. When overseas students arrive at university for the first time these challenges are multiplied. It is suggested, however, that these difficulties can be mitigated to a certain extent via the use of online social networks. The present study, using data […]

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Examining the Elements of Online Learning Quality in a Fully Online Doctoral Program

The purpose of this descriptive quantitative study was to examine the quality elements of online learning in a regional doctoral program. Utilizing the six quality dimensions of Hathaway’s (2009) theory of online learning quality as a framework, the study investigated instructor-learner, learner-learner, learner-content, learner-interface, learner-instructional strategies, and social presence in order to explore the frequency […]

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Faculty Professional Development for Quality Online Teaching

Meaningful technology use in education continues to improve given an increase in access to available technologies and professional development. For educators, professional development has focused on approaches for technology use that foster content-specific best practices and improve student learning in traditional classroom formats. Meaningful technology integrations are not, however, limited to traditional classrooms. In fact, […]

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Top 10 IT Issues, 2016: Divest, Reinvest, and Differentiate

The 2016 EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT Issues offer a clear plan for today’s changing landscape: divest, reinvest, and differentiate. EDUCAUSE Review

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The Faculty Role Online, Scrutinized

The Education Department’s inspector general is auditing Western Governors U over the faculty role in its competency-based programs. The high-stakes audit is relevant to other colleges and forms of online learning. Inside Higher Ed

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Mobile Learning – plugged in across AU [Athabasca University]

Recently, Professor Mohamed Ally from AU’s Centre for Distance Education spoke with the Globe and Mail about the upsurge in mobile learning trends, further evidence that e-learning has secured itself as an indispensable modality in today’s learning fields. Athabasca University

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Administrators devise 6 ways to boost online course enrollment

Boosting course enrollment for online learning may seem easy, but for an extended campus that relies not only on adjunct faculty, but funding from tuition, boosting course enrollment is not always the no-brainer it’s made out to be. eCampus News

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January 12, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 1/11/16

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JANUARY 11, 2016
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Comparative Indicators of Education in the United States and Other G-20 Countries: 2015 is a comparison of the education system in the United States with those in the other Group of 20 (G-20) countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, […]

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A MOOC on Approaches to Machine Translation

This paper describes the design, development and analysis of a MOOC entitled “Approaches to Machine Translation: rule-based, statistical and hybrid” providing lessons learnt on conclusions to be take into account in the future. The course was developed within a Canvas platform, used by recognized European universities. The course contains video-lectures, quizzes and laboratory assignments. Evaluation […]

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iMOOC on Climate Change: Evaluation of a Massive Open Online Learning Pilot Experience

MOOCs are a recent phenomenon, although given their impact, they have been subject to a large debate. Several questions have been raised by researchers and educators alike regarding their sustainability, both economically and as an efficient mode of education provision. In this paper we contribute to this discussion by presenting a case study of the […]

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Exploration of Teaching Preferences of Instructors’ use of Social Media

With the excessive use of social media in the 21st century, attempts to integrate social media within higher education have also increased. In this area, research has been particularly focused on the aspects of students, rather than the instructors. This study puts the emphasis on the instructors with the aim to explore their use of social […]

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Relationships among Faculty Training, Faculty Degree, Faculty Longevity, 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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Data from Survey of Online College Students Helps Institutions Thrive

The goal of the survey was to provide information that would be helpful to leaders of online programs as they position their institutions to thrive in this increasingly competitive environment. Does your institution offer the best programs at the right price? How do you communicate this to prospective students? eLearn Magazine

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Open Access at Both Ends

Dozens of liberal arts colleges come together to form Lever Press, a book publishing imprint that promises to be open access for both authors and readers. Inside Higher Ed

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Gen Z is about to take over higher education—here’s what to expect

Survey finds digital natives “Gen Z” set to reshape higher ed landscape with focus on careers, dependence on technology. eCampus News

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How MIT Plans to Develop Scalable, Differentiated Instruction

MIT, partnering with edX and Arapahoe and Quinsigamond Community Colleges, is developing a Fly-by-Wire system to provide high-quality, differentiated instruction at scale and to better equip graduates entering the workforce with skills valued by employers and industry. Academic Impressions

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