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September 21, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 9/19/17

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THE STATE OF BROADBAND 2017: BROADBAND CATALYZING SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT This report explores the current status of broadband around the world, and how it is contributing to development purposes. Following on from this introduction, Chapter 2 explores global trends in broadband connectivity and technologies, Chapter 3 explores developments in policies and regulation, Chapter 4 explores the important […]

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What are the affordances of information and communication technologies?

The paper examines the notion that Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) have affordances that epitomize the features of our late modern age (Giddens, 1991 GiddensA (1991) Modernity and self identity(Cambridge, Polity Press) [Google Scholar] and explores whether these affordances (Salomon, 1993 Salomon, G. (Ed.) (1993) Distributed cognitions—psychological and educational considerations(Cambridge, Cambridge University Press) [Google Scholar] , p. 51) […]

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Using Learning Analytics for Preserving Academic Integrity

This paper presents the results of integrating learning analytics into the assessment process to enhance academic integrity in the e-learning environment. The goal of this research is to evaluate the computational-based approach to academic integrity. The machine-learning based framework learns students’ patterns of language use from data, providing an accessible and non-invasive validation of student […]

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Using Design-Based Research in Higher Education Innovation

This paper discusses the design-based research approach used by the Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success at the University of Maryland (CILSS), University College. CILSS is a laboratory for conducting applied research that focuses on continuous improvements to the university’s instruction of curriculum, learning models, and student support to identify promising innovations for […]

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An Organizational Development Framework for Assessing Readiness and Capacity for Expanding Online Education

In this article, a popular model for organizational development is utilized as a framework for assessing the organizational readiness and capacity of educational institutions whose leaders wish to establish or expand their online/distance education programs. Examples of institutionalization factors to consider and alternative models for assessing readiness and capacity are also provided. Online Journal of […]

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PRE-ORDER: TRANSACTIONAL DISTANCE AND ADAPTIVE LEARNING

Planning for the Future of Higher Education By Farhad Saba, Rick L. Shearer © 2018 – Routledge 208 pages | 14 B/W Illus. PRE-ORDER THE BOOK Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory […]

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3 nontraditional pathways taking over higher ed

Unconventional education organizations say recent high school grads flocking to nontraditional pathways; could this be good for college and university admissions? eCampus News

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Nevada renews commitment to statewide one-to-one program

The state passed a bill that will continue to fund Nevada Ready 21, a robust digital learning initiative. edscoop

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Standardization in Online Education

A regional accreditor recently denied an Arizona community college’s bid to increase its online degree offerings, with a decision that highlights challenges colleges may face when seeking to expand their online presence. Inside Higher Education

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September 12, 2017

Distance-Educator Free e-Newsletter 9/11/17

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Digital Literacy In Higher Eduction Digital Literacy in Higher Education, Part II: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief explores the landscape of digital literacy as it relates to advancing more authentic learning in campus settings. Supported by Adobe, the aim of this independent research is to illuminate current frameworks, exemplars, and challenges that are impacting […]

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Beyond Being There: Practices that Establish Presence, Engage Students and Influence Intellectual Curiosity in a Structured Online Learning Environment

To fully understand teaching presence and its implications for the intellectual climate of an online classroom it is necessary to explore the phenomenon from the perspective of the instructors who experience it. Informed by the theoretical perspective of the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model, the actions, intentions and perceptions of instructors were investigated through a […]

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Gap Analysis: An Innovative Look at Gateway Courses and Student Retention

In this paper we argue that simply identifying gateway courses in which a large number of students fail or withdraw and focusing attention on them is not the best use of limited resources. No matter what we do, there will always be courses with high D/F/W rates simply because of the nature of their content […]

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Factors that Contribute to ePortfolio Persistence

This study examined factors that contributed to persistent use, or discontinued use, of ePortfolios beyond the program of study, as perceived by former educational technology students in a graduate program. The related literature points to contemporary research that choice, ownership, voice, and authentic learning are growing trends emerging as persistent factors that contribute to ePortfolio […]

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Building Personal Brands with Digital Storytelling ePortfolios

Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” This article presents a pedagogical approach for framing a digital-identity-enhancing ePortfolio that maximizes student engagement and produces […]

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Upcoming Book: TRANSACTIONAL DISTANCE AND ADAPTIVE LEARNING

Planning for the Future of Higher Education By Farhad Saba, Rick L. Shearer © 2018 – Routledge 208 pages | 14 B/W Illus. Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance […]

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More Students to Take SAT Online

The College Board announcedWednesday that it will expand the availability of a digital version of the SAT this school year. The company will give a practice version of the SAT online in some school districts in December, and then administer a fully operational, digital version of the SAT—and the PSAT 8/9—to more students in […]

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Frugal MOOCs – The future of refugee higher education?

There are 65.6 million people forcibly displaced to date. Conflicts in Syria and other parts of the globe have uprooted millions of people and placed them in unfamiliar locations, with often limited access and means to basic needs, one of which is access to education. University World News

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Princeton Students Use YouTube to Motivate High Schoolers

Video interviews leverage advice from STEM students, who offer guidance on transitioning to college majors. EdTech

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September 7, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 9/5/17

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The State of Innovation in Higher Education Rarely in the histories of their institutions have the leaders of colleges and universities in the United States been under such pressure to come up with imaginative solutions to a range of emerging challenges that stretch from declining enrollments and stressed budgets to incorporating new technology, especially online […]

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Distance Learning Technologies in Organizing Self-Study Work of Students

In this article, on the basis of the analysis of didactic potentialities of three kinds of distance learning technologies (case technology, Internet technology, TV technology), the feasibility of integrating case and Internet technologies to design an “electronic case” as a means of students’ self-studying in e-learning of foreign languages and cultures is substantiated. The content […]

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The Support and Promotion of Self-Regulated Learning in Distance Education

Distance education is characterized by the learner’s learning autonomy and active involvement. Both lead to self-regulated learning in the context of distance education, the support and promotion of which are explored in this study. In particular, the aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between self-regulated learning and distance education, as well as, […]

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An Approach to Scoring Collaboration in Online Game Environments

With technological advances, it is now possible to use games to capture information-rich behaviours that reveal processes by which players interact and solve problems. Recent problem-based games have been designed to assess and record detailed interactions between the problem solver and the game environment, and thereby capture salient solution processes in an unobtrusive way (Zoanetti, 2010; Bennett et […]

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The Spectrum of Learning Analytics

“Learning Analytics” became a buzzword during the hype surrounding the advent of “big data” MOOCs, however, the concept has been around for over two decades. When the first online courses became available it was used as a tool to increase student success in particular courses, frequently combined with the hope of conducting educational research. In […]

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Edsby, The Learning Management System For K-12, Announces Explosive Growth

Edsby is a learning management system (LMS) devoted entirely to the K-12 market. Many LMS available today are systems designed for higher education that have been retrofitted for grade school and high school. Edsby is the K-12 platform of the future, today. NIBLETZ

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FreeBook From Routledge: Social Media in the Library (Registration Required)

Using social media effectively enables libraries to connect with users in a space that they already occupy, while bringing added value to existing activities. This FreeBook thus provides library practitioners and students of Library and Information Science (LIS) with suggestions on how librarians, and academics, can use social media to improve audience engagement, create a […]

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Educators Tap Into Data, The Simon Initiative, Carnegie Mellon University

LearnLab Director Ken Koedinger noticed his lab’s summer school was different from years past. Interests spiked in creating online courses and interpreting the data collected by digital tools to provide evidence that students are learning. Carnegie Mellon University

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Future Forward: The Next Twenty Years of Higher Education

Twenty years ago, when technology-assisted learning was still in its infancy, Blackboard launched one of the first learning management systems. Since then we have been committed to helping learners and institutions thrive in a complex and changing educational environment. We understand that educational technology and services improve access and make higher education possible and available […]

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August 29, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 8/28/17

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Most Faculty Say Technology Has Made Their Jobs Easier Our [Campus Technology] 2017 Teaching with Technology Survey found that faculty have a positive outlook about technology’s impact on their work, teaching effectiveness, student learning and more. Campus Technology

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An Evaluation of the Impact of “Learning Design” on the Distance Learning and Teaching Experience

This paper evaluates the implementation of Learning Design on the production of a core FHEQ level 6 (QAA, 2008)[1] unit of study at a UK distance learning institution. By comparing student (n=656) and tutor (n=42) survey data with questionnaire responses (n=9) from the unit of study’s core production team, this paper assesses the impact of […]

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The Effects of Extraneous Load on the Relationship Between Self-Regulated Effort and Germane Load Within an E-Learning Environment

Online instructors need to avoid unclear and confusing explanations of content, which can reduce the quality of learning. Extraneous load is reflective of poor instruction, in that it directs student effort towards processing information that does not contribute to learning. However, students may be able to manage poor instruction through effort regulation. Students who show […]

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Comparing Student Reflectiveness in Online Discussion Forums across Modes of Instruction and Levels of Courses

Fostering reflective deliberation in the online classroom ensures that students reach a high level of achievement in virtual courses. Student peer exchanges were evaluated on a collaborative web site structured around interactive weekly discussions offered across an online, face-to-face, and upper- and lower-division political science courses. Findings indicate that despite differences in mode and level […]

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Learning from decades of online distance education: MOOCs and the Community of Inquiry framework

Despite their growing popularity, there are many contradictory arguments between supporters and detractors of MOOCs. Nevertheless, the advent of mass-scale online courses is increasingly credited to have the potential to reshape higher education significantly over time, and recent research analyses how and in which ways such a potential can be leveraged. Aim of this conceptual […]

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Q&A: Lake Area Technical Institute’s Dennis Heller Says Digital Divide Has Shrunk

Today’s community college students have access to more tech than before. Community colleges are proving to be a helpful puzzle piece in bridging the digital divide. EdTech spoke with Dennis Heller, the IT director of the Lake Area Technical Institute, which won the 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence and boasts one of the […]

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Meet Ryan Roark: New Director of Distance Education and Outreach

Ryan Roark, the director of Distance Education and Outreach, began working at Eastern New Mexico University on July 10. “My main focus is on the quality of our distance education course offerings, specifically the Dual Enrollment program, Blackboard and our Mediasite classrooms,” Ryan said. Eastern New Mexico University

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The New, New Education

Cathy Davidson’s new book is a manifesto on teaching students — and institutions — how to survive and thrive in the digital age. Inside Higher Ed

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Acceleration: A Degree-Completion Strategy for Online Adult Students

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, adult students accounted for 63 percent of community college enrollments in 2016.1 Because adult students commonly juggle college against work and family obligations, community colleges strive to develop alternative strategies and technologies to meet their needs. One of the most universally employed technologies for adult student education […]

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August 22, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 8/21/17

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2017 Trends and Technologies: Integrated Planning and Advising for Student Success (iPASS) For the rst time, in 2017 student success rose to be among the top 10 issues in the annual EDUCAUSE survey of strategic technologies. Urgency has grown at both national and state levels to address the inadequate numbers of students nishing what they start, […]

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Repositories of Open Educational Resources: An Assessment of Reuse and Educational Aspects

This article provides an overview of the current state of repositories of open educational resources (ROER) in higher education at international level. It analyses a series of educational indicators to determine whether ROER can meet the specific needs of the education context, and to clarify understanding of the reuse of open educational resources (OER) provided […]

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Openness and Praxis: Exploring the Use of Open Educational Practices in Higher Education

Open educational practices (OEP) is a broad descriptor of practices that include the creation, use, and reuse of open educational resources (OER) as well as open pedagogies and open sharing of teaching practices. As compared with OER, there has been little empirical research on individual educators’ use of OEP for teaching in higher education. This […]

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Flow in e-learning: What drives it and why it matters

This paper seeks to explain why some individuals sink further into states of flow than others, and what effects flow has in the context of a virtual education environment. Our findings—gathered from both questionnaire and behavioural data—reveal that flow states are elicited by the e-learners’ senses of controlling the virtual education environment, their attention centred […]

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Editorial 33(3): TPCK/TPACK research and development: Past, present, and future directions

Scholarship addressing technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPCK or TPACK) has examined how to develop, apply, and assess it in diverse educational settings and content areas. During the last 12 years, multiple ways to understand this knowledge and support its development have emerged, generating approximately 1,200 publications that utilise the construct, impacting the practice of postsecondary […]

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New digital video technology improves engagement ’10 times’

Altia Systems works with more than 130 universities nationwide. Edscoop

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First-time students to receive “Success Coaching” to improve retention and grad rates

FSU partnership with InsideTrack leverages cutting-edge technology and behavioral science to provide personalized support for first-time students. eCampus News

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Apex Learning Introduces Adaptive Tutorials for the GED, HiSET and TASC

Apex Learning, known for rigorous, standards-based curriculum proven to increase student outcomes, introduces Tutorials designed to support student success on high school equivalency exams. The Apex Learning Tutorials for the General Education Development (GED), High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC), are each specifically developed to help students pass the […]

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With emerging last-mile training programs, is college necessary?

Over the past few months, I’ve begun to outline the idea of last-mile training: the combination of technical education and placement services that has the potential to fill the skills gap across many sectors of the economy. TechCrunch

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