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August 25, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/24/15

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What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. This publication was produced by the NMC in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek […]

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How Do Students Use Their Mobile Devices to Support Learning? A Case Study from an Australian Regional University

Though universities are eager to leverage the potential of mobile learning to provide learning flexibly, most balk at the cost of providing students with mobile hardware. The practice of ‘bring your own device'(BYOD) is often mooted as a cost-effective alternative. This paper provides a snapshot of student ownership of mobile devices at a regional Australian […]

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Towards collaboration as learning: evaluation of an open CPD opportunity for HE teachers

Flexible, Distance and Online Learning (FDOL) is an open online course offered as an informal cross-institutional collaboration based on a postgraduate module in the context of teacher education in higher education. The second iteration, FDOL132, was offered in 2013 using a problem-based learning (PBL) design (FISh) to foster collaborative learning. How this was experienced by […]

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Critical Discourse Analysis of Moderated Discussion Board of Virtual University of Pakistan

The paper critically evaluated the discursive practices on the Moderated Discussion Board (MDB) of Virtual University of Pakistan (VUP). The paramount objective of the study was to conduct a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of the MDB on the Learning Management System (LMS) of VUP. For this purpose, the academic power relations of the students and […]

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Effective web videoconferencing for proctoring online oral exams: a case study at scale in Brazil

The challenging of assessing formal and informal online learning at scale includes various issues. Many universities who are now promoting “Massive Online Open Courses” (MOOC), for instance, focus on relatively informal assessment of participant competence, which is not highly ‘quality assured’. This paper reports best practices on the use of a web videoconferencing application to […]

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Beginning the Fourth Decade of the “IT Revolution” in Higher Education: Plus Ça Change

January 24, 1984, will be remembered in the technology world and elsewhere as the day that Apple launched the Macintosh computer. In the crowded Flint Center at De Anza College, a community college across the street from the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, Steve Jobs pulled a beige computer out of a gray travel bag […]

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How should quality assurance for competency-based ed work?

If the federal government will fund competency-based programs through Title IV dollars, how should it think about regulating these programs? eCampus News

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Tracking Students to Improve Tutoring and Support

At South Mountain Community College, a homegrown Learner Support System gathers data on students’ usage of campus resources, streamlining the tutoring process and improving outcomes. Campus Technology

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Establishment Goes Alternative

Traditional colleges have been mostly on the sidelines for the early development of online microcredentials or badges — the kind that aren’t linked to conventional courses and the credit hour. Educational technology companies and other alternative providers have taken the lead in working with employers on these skills-based credentials. Inside Higher Ed

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August 18, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/17/15

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Special Report

This report explores the new contours of friendship in the digital age. It covers the results of a national survey of teens ages 13 to 17; throughout the report, the word “teens” refers to those in that age bracket, unless otherwise specified. The survey was conducted online from Sept. 25 through Oct. 9, 2014, and […]

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Preservice Teachers’ Microblogging: Professional Development via Twitter

Twitter has demonstrated potential to facilitate learning at the university level, and K-12 educators’ use of the microblogging service Twitter to facilitate professional development appears to be on the rise. Research on microblogging as a part of teacher education is, however, limited. This paper investigates the use of Twitter by preservice teachers (N = 20) in […]

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Task selection, task switching and multitasking during computer-based independent study

Detailed logs of students’ computer use, during independent study sessions, were captured in an open-access computer laboratory. Each log consisted of a chronological sequence of tasks representing either the application or the Internet domain displayed in the workstation’s active window. Each task was classified using a three-tier schema according to its likely context of use: […]

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Social support as a neglected e-learning motivator affecting trainee’s decisions of continuous intentions of usage

Drawing from the social influence theory and acknowledging that the others’ support within the work context affects employees’ learning, values, and behaviours, an alternative framework was proposed to explain employees’ learning satisfaction and future intention to participate in e-training programs in the current study. 578 survey data collected from employees of various corporations in Taiwan […]

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Interaction matters: Strategies to promote engaged learning in an online introductory nutrition course

Fostering interaction in the online classroom is an important consideration in ensuring that students actively create their own knowledge and reach a high level of achievement in science courses. This study focuses on fostering interaction in an online introductory nutrition course offered in a public institution of higher education in Hawai‘i, USA. Interactive features included […]

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CoSN Joins Coalition to Make OER Part of Next Open Government National Action Plan

Washington, D.C. (August 5, 2015) — CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking), along with a broad coalition of more than 85 education, library, technology, public interest, and legal organizations, called on the White House to make federally funded educational materials available as Open Educational Resources (OER). The groups request that the materials be free to […]

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Lessons from the Digital Classroom

Technologists and venture capitalists are betting that the data online learning generates will reshape education. MIT technology Review

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‘Machine Teaching’ Is Seen as Way to Develop Personalized Curricula

Researchers at the University of Wisconsin at Madison say they are getting closer to designing a system to deliver the ideal lesson plan for each student, through a process they call “machine teaching.” Wired Campus

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Does Online Ed Lack ‘Integrity’?

A line about the integrity of online learning in Hillary Clinton’s higher education plan has experts on online education questioning the candidate’s grasp of the market. Inside Higher Ed

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August 12, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 8/10/15

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AUGUST 10, 2015
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Download: Asian Association of Open Universities Journal June 2015 issueTable of Contents Student Satisfaction and Persistence: Imperative Features for Retention in Open and Distance Learning Maximus Gorky Sembiring Mobile Applications at a Mega University: Anadolu University Campus App Ozgur Yilmazel and Erk Ekin Learner Autonomy through the Adoption of Open Educational Resources Using Social Network Services and Multi-media E-textbooks Masumi Hori, Seishi Ono, Shinzo […]

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The Accuracy of Computer-Assisted Feedback and Students’ Responses to ItVarious researchers in second language acquisition have argued for the effectiveness of immediate rather than delayed feedback. In writing, truly immediate feedback is impractical, but computer-assisted feedback provides a quick way of providing feedback that also reduces the teacher’s workload. We explored the accuracy of feedback from Criterion®, a program developed by Educational Testing Service, […]

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Temoa: An Open Educational Resources Portal to seek, investigate and inquireTemoa is a distributor of knowledge that provides a multilingual public catalog of collections of Open Educational Resources (OER). Temoa seeks to support the educational community to find the resources and materials that meet their needs for teaching and learning, through a specialized search system and collaborative social tools. Temoa was established after the need […]

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Expanding The Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) to Examine Faculty Use of Learning Management Systems (LMSs) In Higher Education InstitutionsUniversities have made a considerable investment in the use of Learning Management Systems (LMSs) to facilitate their teaching learning processes; however these systems are not used by the faculty members to their fullest capabilities. To address this issue, this study investigated factors that affect faculty members’ LMSs usage behavior, focusing on user related variables […]

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What Do Current College Students Think about MOOCs?Faculty, administrators, and media outlets express a range of opinions about Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). As any adoption of MOOCs should ultimately be done to benefit students, this study examines current college students’ understandings of MOOCs. Thematic analysis on qualitative data reveal a pattern of student perceptions that MOOCs can contribute to lifelong learning […]

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FOLDFOLD is a reading, authoring, and publishing platform allowing storytellers to structure and contextualize stories. FOLD is built with love at the MIT Media Lab with support from the Center for Civic Media. MIT Media Lab

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More than 1,700 European MOOCs listed in the new scoreboardAre you looking for MOOCs or institutions that offer free online courses? The MOOCs Scoreboard lists more than 1,700 MOOCs taking place all around Europe, 178 of them starting as from August 2015. Open Education Europa

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Pioneer of Ed-Tech Innovation Says He’s Frustrated by Disruptors’ NarrativeGeorge Siemens is a key innovator in higher education, having coined the term “MOOC” and worked to study the effectiveness of online learning. So it’s no surprise that he was invited to a recent closed-door gathering at the White House to discuss “innovation and quality in higher education.” Wired Campus

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How Nanodegrees Are Disrupting Higher EducationNew “micro” online certification programs are changing the educational pathways to success in certain industries. Campus Technology

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July 29, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/27/15

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The Effectiveness of E‑Learning: An Explorative and Integrative Review of the Definitions, Methodologies and Factors that Promote e‑Learning EffectivenessA structured search of library databases revealed that research examining the effectiveness of e-Learning has heavily increased within the last five years. After taking a closer look at the search results, the authors discovered that previous researchers defined and investigated effectiveness in multiple ways. At the same time, learning and development professionals within public and […]

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Developing confidence in the use of digital tools in teachingIn this study Higher Education teachers were offered new mobile devices with very few conditions attached. The aim was to introduce staff to mobile technology and how it could be used to support teaching and learning within a small, interdisciplinary campus. The study hypothesized that by offering staff the simple incentive of new mobile devices […]

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Developing a Pathway for an Institution Wide ePortfolio ProgramA grassroots committee of faculty and administrators from eight academic and student service units at the George Washington University used a five-phase process to identify the ePortfolio needs of its diverse community; select appropriate technologies to support the breadth of functions required; perform usability studies; pilot test the platform; and evaluate the outcomes of this […]

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The Factors and Impacts of Large-Scale Digital Content AccreditationsE-learning is an important and widespread contemporary trend in education. Because its success depends on the quality of digital materials, the mechanism by which such materials are accredited has received considerable attention and has influenced the design and implementation of digital courseware. For this reason, this study examined the mechanism by which digital materials are […]

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Handling disruptive innovations in HE: lessons from two contrasting case studiesThis article aims to show how Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) can recognise and best respond to a disruptive innovation. A disruptive innovation creates a new business model using a new process and usually a new technology to offer a product or service with new features and/or lower cost and initially addresses a group of people […]

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Researchers Open Repository for ‘Dark Data’Wired CampusResearchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are leading an effort to create a one-stop shop for data sets that would otherwise be lost to the public after the papers they were produced for are published. Wired Campus

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Google Glass Finds a Second Act at WorkGoogle Glass, no longer available to consumers, is gaining fans in the workplace. MIT Technology Review

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New trends in course materials aim to help MillennialsA new report reveals that the cost of student course materials are down thanks to flexible price comparison technology, as well as other student spending behaviors. eCampus News

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Ed Tech’s Funding FrenzyWith $2.51 billion invested in educational-technology companies during the first half of 2015, investors continue to defy fears that interest in the sector is waning. Yet analysts say the staggering figure distracts from what and who isn’t being funded. Inside Higher Ed

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July 22, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/20/15

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JULY 20, 2015
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Refining the definition of information literacy: the experience of contextual knowledge creation

A recently-conducted phenomenographic research study described six ways of experiencing information literacy (IL) in nursing practice. These findings and a re-interpretation of those of several other studies into IL experience, appear to show that such experience is always focused on context-specific knowledge creation. This suggests that those definitions of IL which focus on information gathering […]

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Designing, producing and exemplifying videos to support reflection and metacognition for in-service teachers training

In this paper we document a six-phase video production process designed to support teachers’ continuous professional development in three disciplinary areas: scientific, linguistic-literary and foreign languages areas. This production has been carried out within the NOP1 – National Operational Programme funded by European structural funds and conducted by INDIRE between 2007 and 2014.The originality of […]

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Zaption: A Platform to Support Teaching, and Learning about Teaching, with Video

Digital video has exploded on the web, and many assume it will play a major role in education in the future. Just watching a video, however, does not necessarily lead to learning. Realizing the potential of video for learning will require new technologies that make video interactive, engage learners, and enable video to be embedded […]

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Applying Universal Design for Learning in Online Courses: Pedagogical and Practical Considerations

Inclusion of the universal design for learning (UDL) model as a guiding set of principles for online curriculum development in higher education is discussed. Fundamentally, UDL provides the student with multiple means of accessing the course based on three overarching principles: presentation; action and expression; and engagement and interaction. Guidelines are also provided for incorporating […]

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Exploring the effect of materials designed with augmented reality on language learners’ vocabulary learning

The purpose of this study was to determine the motivational level of the participants in a language classroom towards course materials designed in accordance with augmented reality technology and to identify the correlation between academic achievement and motivational level. 130 undergraduate students from a state-run university in Turkey participated in this study and Turkish version […]

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Digital Education Provisions Tag Along in Senate Reauthorization Bill

The Senate’s version of a revised Elementary and Secondary Education Act could help schools and libraries with digital learning. Center for Digital Education

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ConnectHome Program To Provide Broadband for 275,000 Low-Income Households

On July 15 President Barack Obama announced the launch of the “ConnectHome” broadband initiative, which will provide high speed home Internet access to nearly 200,000 children in more than 275,000 low-income households. ConnectHome is the next step in Obama’s Connecting America initiative. Library Journal

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Americans’ Internet Access: 2000-2015

The Pew Research Center’s unit studying the internet and society began systematically measuring internet adoption among Americans in 2000. Since then, Pew Research has conducted 97 national surveys of adults that have documented how the internet has become an integral part of everyday life across diverse parts of society. Pew Research Center

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Web Platform Seeks to Give Students an Alternative to the ‘Wall of Text’

It’s difficult to keep students engaged — and awake — when assigning them readings from long and often dull textbooks. Two researchers wanted to change that. Wired Campus

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