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September 27, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter 9/26/16

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Digital Readiness Gaps Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online, and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge Pew Research Center

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Factors for Successful Evolution and Sustainability of Quality Distance Education

Distance education (DE) is entering its fourth generation, requiring universities to consider how to sustain this continually evolving delivery method. Competition from for-profit entities, open-source depositories, and an increasing number of non-profit universities has created a competitive marketplace for academia to navigate. Rather than consider implementation of distance education, this research focuses on defining success […]

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Factors that Influence Student Attrition in Online Courses

Research was conducted to explore predictors for online higher education student attrition. This research was conducted using results from the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator to track students in their degree programs. In addition, student outreach was conducted with an experimental group of at-risk students to determine if additional academic support promoted retention. Results demonstrated that […]

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Exploratory study of MOOC learners’ demographics and motivation: The case of students involved in groups

This paper reports preliminary findings on students enrolled in a massive open online course, who were also assigned to work in groups. Part of a larger study on the effect of groups on retention and completion in MOOCs, the paper provides students’ demographics (i.e., location, gender, education level, and employment status), and motivation for taking […]

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Research Trends in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Theses and Dissertations: Surfing the Tsunami Wave

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have attracted a great deal of attention by higher education and private enterprises. MOOCs have evolved considerably since their emergence in 2008, all the while given rise to academic discussions on MOOC impact, design and reach. In an effort to understand MOOCs more comprehensively, this study analyzes theses and dissertations […]

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Demand for online classes grows at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University professor Patricia Hart was a little hesitant about shifting her traditional, in-person Spanish film class to an entirely online course. jconline

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[Massachusetts] State government explores partnership with online education company

Massachusetts state government announced a new partnership with an online education company on Thursdayto help public employees and the state’s public universities take advantage of online classes. MassLive

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In The Battle Of Online Language Learning Programs, Who Is Winning?

Online language programs seem to be growing substantially in users and revenue. According to Ambient Insight, the worldwide market for the digital English learning products (the most popular language) was $2.8 billion in 2015, projected to grow to $3.8 billion by 2020. Forbes

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Planting the Seeds of Analytics

Key Takeaways The use of analytics across multiple industries has inspired higher education institutions like Valdosta State University to explore innovative uses of insights from data for both academic and operational functions. While many might perceive visually appealing dashboards as representing analytics in higher education, VSU’s IT team understood the importance of focusing on how […]

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September 21, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 9/20/16

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Out Of Sync: Analyzing The Paradoxical Impact Of Synchronous Learning In Distance Education Modern forms of distance education provide students and instructors with the ability to access their online experiences without being limited by time or place. Though this quality is convenient for many, the predominantly asynchronous nature of online learning creates transactional distance that […]

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The Influence of Biographical Factors on Adult Learner Self-Directedness in an Open Distance Learning Environment

This study investigated the relationship between self-directedness (as measured by the Adult Learner Self-Directedness Scale) and biographical factors such as age, race, and gender of adult learners enrolled at a South African open distance learning (ODL) higher education institution. Correlational and inferential statistical analyses were used. A stratified random sample of 1,102 mainly black and […]

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Perceived Service Quality and Student Loyalty in an Online University

This paper examines the influence that student perceived quality of service (PSQ) has on continuance intention and willingness to recommend a course in a fully online university. A holistic view of the service provided by the university is taken. It is not only the effect of the teaching which is examined, but also that of […]

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Infusing Creativity and Technology in 21st Century Education: A Systemic View for Change

In this article, we explore creativity alongside educational technology, as fundamental constructs of 21st century education. Creativity has becoming increasingly important, as one of the most important and noted skills for success in the 21st century. We offer a definition of creativity; and draw upon a systems model of creativity, to suggest creativity emerges and […]

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Advancing Mobile Learning in Formal And Informal Settings via Mobile App Technology: Where to From Here, and How?

In this paper a brief review of the framework that addressed mobile learning implementation challenges (pedagogical, technological, policy and research) that was developed by Khaddage et al. (2015) is briefly discussed, followed by possible solutions that could be deployed to tackle those challenges. A unique approach is then applied to bridge the gap between formal […]

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Effective educational videos

Video has become an important part of higher education. It is integrated as part of traditional courses, serves as a cornerstone of many blended courses, and is often the main information delivery mechanism in MOOCs. Several meta-analyses have shown that technology can enhance learning (e.g., Schmid et al., 2014), and multiple studies have shown that […]

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Penn State launches redesigned online MBA led by Smeal College of Business

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has redesigned its highly ranked online MBA into a new program that is more flexible for adult learners, the University announced today (Sept. 12). The Pennsylvania State University

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Combining the Best of Crowdsourcing, Academic History in a Mobile App

Marshall University history students have the opportunity to contribute to the digital commons through Clio, a free tool that highlights thousands of historical and cultural sites throughout the United States, curated by the crowd. Campus Technology

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National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements welcomes Utah as it’s newest SARA state

Submitted by jshanika on Fri, 09/02/2016 – 11:22 Boulder, CO – On August 26th, 2016, the state of Utah was approved by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) to join as the latest SARA state bringing the national total to 42 states plus the District of Columbia. This newest addition attests to the success of the […]

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September 14, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 9/13/16

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Transforming Chaos into Clarity: The Promises and Challenges of Digital Credentialing How should our current higher education system be transformed to better prepare workers for the new economy? A brief from the Roosevelt Institute explores this question, focusing on the emerging challenges and opportunities associated with credentialing. Lumina Foundation

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Interests-in-motion in an informal, media-rich learning setting

Much of the literature related to connected learning approaches youth interests as fixed on specific disciplines or activities (e.g. STEM, music production, or game design). As such, mentors design youth-focused programs to serve those interests. Through a micro-ethnographic analysis of two youth’s Minecraft-centered gameplay in a public library, this article makes two primary contributions to […]

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Navigating digital publics for playful production: A cross-case analysis of two interest-driven online communities

This article argues that the set of skills and strategies associated with managing digital publics online represent an emergent literacy practice of importance to literacy researchers and educators. Drawing on two case studies of online communities popular with contemporary youth to learn, play, and socialize, we articulate how youth participants strategically negotiate multiple audiences online […]

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Integrating Geospatial Technologies Into Existing Teacher Education Coursework: Theoretical and Practical Notes from the Field

Although instruction related to learning management systems and other educational applications in teacher education programs has increased, the potential of geospatial technologies has yet to be widely explored and considered in the teacher education literature, despite its ability to function as an engaging pedagogical tool with teacher candidates. This practitioner article discusses uses of geospatial […]

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Download Online Learning Journal, Special Issue on Learning Analytics

Online Learning Volume 20 Issue 2 – June 2016 SPECIAL ISSUE: LEARNING ANALYTICS Table of Contents SECTION I: LEARNING ANALYTICS Introduction 9 Karen Vignare, Patsy Moskal Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review 13 John T. Avella, Mansureh Kebritchi, Sandra G. Nunn, Therese Kanai Let’s Talk Learning Analytics: A […]

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UC San Francisco Outsourcing IT Ops to India

IT people are sounding sick from the announcement that the University of California San Francisco intends to outsource many of its technology functions to an India-based service provider. Reporting by Computerworld found that layoffs for some 17 percent of the institution’s 565-employee IT staff will hit next February — after those same workers have trained […]

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Augmented reality is becoming a highly relevant field of study as the technology expands

It’s fair to say that augmented reality has moved from a cool technology that might be neat for students to try to a credible teaching tool that fits just as easily in K-12 classrooms as it does in higher education. eCampus News

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Digital Education, the ‘Mainstream Orthodoxy’

New book examines how technology is changing education — and whether that change is for the better. Inside Higher Ed

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Learning online with New England Institute of Technology

Ranked among the top universities in the U.S. for its online degree programs, New England Institute of Technology (NEIT) places a strong emphasis on creating a personal and enjoyable learning experience for distance learners, while maintaining the highest academic standards. Asian Correspondence

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September 7, 2016

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 9/6/16

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Trends of Online Learning in Higher Education: How Online Learning Will Shape Higher Education Online learning has been touted as a way to address some of the challenges higher education institutions face and extol as a tactic for staying competitive. Various external and internal forces have brought about the expansion and growth of online learning […]

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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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Teaching and learning in competency-based education courses and programs: faculty and student perspectives

From January through May 2015, interviews were conducted with faculty and students at three community colleges supporting new competency-based education (CBE) courses and programs to better understand faculty and student experiences in the early phases of implementation. Participation in CBE certificate and degree-granting programs required faculty to redesign existing and/or develop new courses as well […]

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Can Computers Foster Human Users’ Creativity? Theory and Praxis of Mixed-Initiative Co-Creativity

This article discusses the impact of artificially intelligent computers to the process of design, play and educational activities. A computational process which has the necessary intelligence and creativity to take a proactive role in such activities can not only support human creativity but also foster it and prompt lateral thinking. The argument is made both […]

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Download Online Learning Journal, Special Issue on Learning Analytics

Online Learning Volume 20 Issue 2 – June 2016 SPECIAL ISSUE: LEARNING ANALYTICS Table of Contents SECTION I: LEARNING ANALYTICS Introduction 9 Karen Vignare, Patsy Moskal Learning Analytics Methods, Benefits, and Challenges in Higher Education: A Systematic Literature Review 13 John T. Avella, Mansureh Kebritchi, Sandra G. Nunn, Therese Kanai Let’s Talk Learning Analytics: A […]

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Write Ideas an app for iOS

Write Ideas offers students the best prewriting tool to get a jump-start on their writing assignments. It eases students through their writing assignments using structured prompts and questions. Using Write ideas, students are able to express their creativity in a variety of ways such as voice, doodles and text. Students can then export their work […]

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SaaS Deployment For Blackboard Learn Available To Customers In Australia And New Zealand

SYDNEY, 29 August 2016 – Blackboard announced today at the annual Teaching and Learning Conference in Sydney that its flagship Learning Management System (LMS) Blackboard Learn (commonly referred to as Learn 9.1) is available as a software as a service (SaaS) solution to its customers in Australia and New Zealand. Delivered via the local Amazon […]

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Amazon Web Services Joins Georgia Tech’s Internet of Things Research Center

Georgia Tech’s Center for the Development and Application of Internet of Things Technologies (CDAIT) has added Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS) to its growing list of members and launched four new working groups. Georgia Tech

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Embracing e-textbooks: Yakima Valley-area colleges lag in replacing costly books with more affordable options

YAKIMA, Wash. — Much like news, music and banking, a digital transition has taken place inside college classrooms. With each passing year, more students and instructors have incorporated e-books, online documents and media into lectures and homework. The materials open up new ways, such as real-time note sharing or interactive content, to learn. They also […]

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Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/29/16

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2016 Roadmap To Web Accessibility In Higher Education Web accessibility is one of the most critical issues facing higher education. New web technologies have been a boon for distance and online education, yet 11% of undergraduates have a disability that impairs access to websites and online content. When creating an accessible infrastructure, many questions abound: […]

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An Empirical Study of Factors Driving the Adoption of Mobile Learning in Omani Higher Education

Mobile learning (M-learning) provides a new learning channel in which learners can access content and just in time information as required irrespective of the time and location. Even though M-learning is fast evolving in many regions of the world, research addressing the driving factors of M-learning adoption is in short supply. This article focuses on […]

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Using the mTSES to Evaluate and Optimize mLearning Professional Development

The impact of targeted professional development activities on teachers’ perceptions of self-efficacy with mobile learning remains understudied. Power (2015a) used the Mobile Teacher’s Sense of Efficacy Scale (mTSES) survey instrument to measure the effects of a mobile learning themed professional development course on teachers’ confidence with and interest in mobile learning. The current study looks […]

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Video Captions for Online Courses: Do YouTube’s Auto-generated Captions Meet Deaf Students’ Needs?

Providing captions for videos used in online courses is an area of interest for institutions of higher education. There are legal and ethical ramifications as well as time constraints to consider. Captioning tools are available, but some universities rely on the auto-generated YouTube captions. This study looked at a particular type of video—the weekly informal […]

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Promoting Open, Flexible and Distance Learning in Increasingly Challenging Times

Although the potential to increase equitable access to education is threatened by economic and technical developments, the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning is working to address these threats. This editorial describes actions over the lifetime of one leader in the field and the lifetime of this journal. Our move to align with and take advantage […]

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Peter Horrocks: it’s time for the OU to reinvent itself again

The Open University’s vice-chancellor says now is the moment to turn around decline in part-time study Times Higher Education

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Predictive Analytics: Nudging, Shoving, and Smacking Behaviors in Higher Education

With predictive analytics, colleges and universities are able to “nudge” individuals toward making better decisions and exercising rational behavior to enhance their probabilities of success. EDUCAUSE Review

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Six decisions to make when designing software training.

A new expense reimbursement system, an update to your web conferencing platform, a new version of Microsoft Office: If you are designing training for software systems, you have special considerations over what you’d have when creating policy, product knowledge, or business skills training. If your software rollout plan includes creating self-paced e-learning, here are six […]

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MIT launches first online architecture, systems engineering program

MIT Professional Education’s new four-course online professional certificate program, Architecture and Systems Engineering: Models and Methods to Manage Complex Systems will provide a state-of-the-practice view on model-based systems engineering for technical professionals and engineers. eCampus News

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