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September 18, 2018

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Amplifying Student Voices: The Community College Libraries and Academic Support for Student Success Project Executive summary of findings The Community College Libraries & Academic Support for Student Success (CCLASSS) project examines student goals, challenges, and needs from the student perspective. Through this project, we aim to provide community colleges and their libraries with strategic intelligence […]

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Using the National Student Data Clearinghouse to Learn More About the Educational Journey of Students

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) has available for research a large data warehouse of enrollment and graduation information from 1993 to the present for nearly all postsecondary students in the United States. In this most recent academic year, 18 million currently enrolled students alone were added to the database. Some of the following research questions […]

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Scaling Up While Maintaining Quality in Online Degree Development

Lower enrollments in the freshman class are forcing institutions to make decisions about how to scale the processes for creating distance learning degrees. However, the scaling up in the migration of face-to-face degrees to online degrees does not need to sacrifice quality. This paper describes the processes used to accelerate the development of online degree […]

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A Rubric for Evaluating E-Learning Tools in Higher Education

The Rubric for E-Learning Tool Evaluation offers educators a framework, with criteria and levels of achievement, to assess the suitability of an e-learning tool for their learners’ needs and for their own learning outcomes and classroom context. As educational developers supporting the incorporation of technology into teaching, we are often asked by instructors for a […]

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Chasing the butterfly effect: Informal language learning online as a complex system

Evidence is accumulating that a major shift is underway in the ways that second language (L2) development is taking place. Increasingly, especially among young people, that process is occurring outside of institutional settings, predominately through the use of online networks and media. That phenomenon has been particularly noticed for learners of English, as shown in […]

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The Apple and ConnectED Initiative: Baseline and Year 2 Findings from Principal, Teacher, and Student Surveys

This report is the first in a series from a rigorous evaluation of the Apple and ConnectED initiative conducted by SRI International (SRI). The full study combines surveys, case studies, achievement data, and examination of learning opportunities to offer a well-rounded picture of what it takes to leverage technology to dramatically improve learning opportunities, particularly in schools […]

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North Dakota arms teachers with cybersecurity resources statewide through national partnership

The deal marks the first state-level agreement through the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center. edscoop

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Open Access at the Movies

A new documentary film taking aim at for-profit publishers is about to be screened at universities around the world, but will it further the goals of the open-access movement? Inside Higher Ed

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September 11, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 9/10/18

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Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities State education leaders are committed to providing leadership to ensure that all students have access to personalized, engaging learning experiences supported by digital instructional materials and resources. With the transformation to digital learning, more and more states are enacting policies and guidelines to support the implementation […]

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Online learning readiness and attitudes towards gaming in gamified online learning – a mixed methods case studyGamification has gained a lot of attention in recent years as a possible way to foster students’ motivation and learning behavior. As a high drop-out rate is associated with distance learning, in particular with students often struggling to engage with the material, the implementation of gamification may support and enhance more successful online learning. A […]

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“Now you’re competing”: how historically-Black colleges and universities compete (and don’t) on the InternetNo extant research has examined the web presence, web popularity, and paid adword tactics of historically-Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) compared to similar institutions. This study explores these measures and evaluates how HBCU web presence, web popularity, and paid search tactics compare to similar institutions to learn whether HBCUs are competing in one of the […]

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Using Semantic Technologies for Formative Assessment and Scoring in Large Courses and MOOCsFormative assessment and personalised feedback are commonly recognised as key factors both for improving students’ performance and increasing their motivation and engagement (Gibbs and Simpson, 2005). Currently, in large and massive open online courses (MOOCs), technological solutions to give feedback are often limited to quizzes of different kinds. At present, one of our challenges is […]

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Designing Captions Disruptive experiments with typography, color, icons, and effectsIn this webtext, I experiment with novel forms of audiovisual accessibility. Enhanced captioning (also called kinetic, embodied, integral, dynamic, and animated captioning) offers radical alternatives to the taken-for-granted landscape of captioning and sonic accessibility. It disrupts norms and asks us to imagine different disability futures. By blending form and meaning, enhanced captions become integral components […]

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Purdue Global Nondisclosure Agreement GonePurdue University Global will stop using a contentious confidentiality agreement that critics say requires academics to waive their rights to course materials they create.   Inside Higher Ed

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“Schools must harness cutting edge technology to engage and inspire the next generation”Mobile technologies and apps have become integral to our lives and have potential to play a role in education. Without embracing these technologies in learning and teaching, we will be doing the next generation and future workforce a disservice. Our Google-funded project investigates the role of Google Expeditions, a mobile virtual reality (VR) application, in […]

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The Educational Tyranny of the NeurotypicalsSTRUCTURED LEARNING DIDN’T serve me particularly well. I was kicked out of kindergarten for running away too many times, and I have the dubious distinction of having dropped out of two undergraduate programs and a doctoral business and administration program. I haven’t been tested, but have come to think of myself as “neuroatypical” in some […]

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Attracting, Supporting, and Retaining Senior Academic Technology Officers in Higher EducationThe role of the senior academic technology officer (SATO) is crucial in higher education. Those in this emerging profession need to take action to further define the role, mentor future SATOs, and advocate for its importance. EDUCAUSE Review

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August 28, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 8/27/18

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Advancing learning through smart learning analytics: a review of case studies Smart learning analytics (Smart LA) – i.e. the process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting data on how students learn – has great potentials to support opportunistic learning and offer better – and more personalized – learning experiences. The purpose of this paper is to […]

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Increasing Online Information Retention: Analyzing the Effects

While online education offerings continue to grow in the higher education marketplace, issues of student achievement and course rigor remain challenges to the underlying instructional model and alignment with institutional missions. Pedagogically, instructors and course designers can mitigate these issues by leveraging technology to further enhance students’ cognition and knowledge retention within the online domain. […]

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“To flip or not to flip, that’s the question” – Findings from an exploratory study into factors that may influence tertiary teachers to consider a flipped classroom model

The concept of ‘flipping the classroom’ is relatively recent, although elements of it have been around for many years. It is generally accepted that the ‘flipped classroom model’ consists of replacing direct instruction, or lectures, with video-clips to be watched at home, and the use of face-to-face class time for engaging students in active learning […]

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Interdisciplinarity in Technology Enhanced Learning: An Interview Study

This paper explores the influence of the concept of interdisciplinarity on the work of educational technologists and others involved in technology-enhanced learning (TEL) research. There is a growing recognition of the need for interdisciplinarity in solving complex research problems in many areas of science. Technology-enhanced learning is a relatively young area of research adopting a […]

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Manhattanville College’s Atlas Program: Designing a Road Map to Success in College and Beyond

After a two-year reboot of a 40-year portfolio tradition, Manhattanville College has moved from a required, one-size-fits-all undergraduate portfolio to a series of developmentally-scaffolded ePortfolio courses. This new approach allows students to reflect upon and integrate their learning at the first-year, sophomore, junior, and senior levels, as well as around Study Abroad, Internship, and Service […]

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Industry News: Canvas, CENGAGE, CISCO, edmentum, McGraw-Hill, Moodle,

Canvas: Canvas Announces New Tools And Enhancements To Improve Learning Experiences CENGAGE: Kaplan Test Prep Partners With Cengage To Deliver Free Digital Test Prep Offerings And Live Online Academic Help Via Cengage Unlimited Subscription CISCO: Artificial Intelligence 101 With Nirav Sheth edmentum: Edmentum And Boulevard Arts Partner To Build Augmented Reality Courses And Reach The Next Generation Of Learners […]

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Who Owns Faculty Work at Purdue Global?

Faculty leaders are sounding the alarm about what they call a highly restrictive employee agreement at Purdue University Global — one that requires academics to potentially waive their rights to course materials they create. Inside Higher Ed

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National broadband coverage grossly over-represented by FCC data, says non-profit

Researchers claim that industry-supplied data to FCC overstates broadband availability and misleads local policy officials. edscoop

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Student Attitudes toward an Online Graduate Career Counseling Course

Generally, graduate students in counselor education programs do not aspire to become career counselors (Lara, Kline, & Paulson, 2011). Students often complete coursework in career counseling exclusively due to graduation requirements, despite the overlap between personal and career concerns. In a replication case study, graduate students counseling (N = 24) were asked about their attitudes […]

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August 21, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 8/20/18

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2018 NMC Horizon Report Active Learning, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), Digital Literacy, Extended Reality (XR), Innovation, Instructional Technologies, Learning Analytics, Learning Environments, Learning Space, Open Educational Resources (OER), Teaching and Learning, Strategic Planning, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) EDUCAUSE

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Sequence Analysis in Distributed Interactive Learning Environments: Visualization and Clustering of Exploratory Behavior

Constructivist learning posits that learners should construct their own meaning and organization of knowledge through exploration. Web-based distributed interactive learning (DIL) environments are a type of information and communications technology that supports learners in exploring learning materials. Although educators can access learners’ navigational paths on DIL websites, the exploratory nature of such paths cannot be […]

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Case Analysis: Exploring the Application of Using Rich Media Technologies and Social Presence to Decrease Attrition in an Online Graduate Program

Distance education has become a popular method for delivering sport management programs because online learning provides opportunities for learners to continue their education in various settings. Despite increased interests in online learning, the literature shows that one of the largest challenges to higher education is student retention in online programs. This case analysis will analyze the methodologies of Media Richness Theory […]

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Adaptive quizzes to increase motivation, engagement and learning outcomes in a first year accounting unit

Adaptive learning presents educators with a possibility of providing learning opportunities tailored to each student’s individual needs. As such, adaptive learning may contribute to both improving student learning outcomes and increasing student motivation and engagement. In this paper, we present the findings from a pilot of adaptive quizzes in a fully online unit at an […]

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New Strategies for New Literacies – Digital Strategy Backpack Samplers

The skills and strategies of effective communication are at the heart of literacy teaching and learning; engaging with digital technologies to communicate puts new demands on teachers and students. The communication tools of the 21st century require a rethinking of our 19th century educational approach to fully integrate digital tools into the classroom. We must […]

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ABA expands online learning. Will schools take advantage?

If you live in Alaska, good luck going to law school. Alaska has no American Bar Association-accredited law school. If you live in Rapid City, S.D., good luck going to law school as well. The University of South Dakota School of Law is about 400 miles away. PreLaw

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Three Examples from the Field: AR and VR in Teaching and Research

Three projects at Harvard University illustrate how AR and VR technologies are transforming the work of faculty and students. EDUCAUSE Review

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Student Attitudes toward an Online Graduate Career Counseling Course

Generally, graduate students in counselor education programs do not aspire to become career counselors (Lara, Kline, & Paulson, 2011). Students often complete coursework in career counseling exclusively due to graduation requirements, despite the overlap between personal and career concerns. In a replication case study, graduate students counseling (N = 24) were asked about their attitudes […]

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Seeking a Middle Ground Between Publishers and OER

Top Hat strives to get professors to create their own textbooks and make them available free or for sale on its platform. Should traditional textbook publishers be concerned? Inside Higher Ed

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August 14, 2018

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In February 2018, the Education Week Research Center fielded an online survey to a representative sample of more than 500 school leaders, including principals, assistant principals, and deans. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent. The topic of the survey was technology. Specifically, the questionnaire focused on screen-time, personalized learning, social media, […]

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The Evolution of Designing E-Service-Learning Projects: A Look at the Development of Instructional Designers

This design case will discuss how design strategies evolved through the development and implementation of two e-service-learning project cohorts. The article provides a detailed account for how Designers for Learning launched its first e-service-learning instructional design project to address adult basic education needs. Information and design feedback gathered at the end of project informed design […]

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The Evidence Based Curriculum Design Framework: Leveraging Diverse Perspectives in the Design Process

The ubiquity of touchscreen, mobile tablet technology has resulted in a plethora of “apps for learning” yet few leverage the learning sciences as a design driver. This paper describes our approach to integrating the learning sciences with best practices in app design: a design framework that involves researchers and developers in a co-development process to […]

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Higher education students’ experiences of digital learning and (dis)empowerment

This paper focuses on learning practices in higher education in relation to a digital participatory culture. Using key principles of critical education, the research set out to explore higher education students’ sense of agency online – or lack of it –as part of their formal learning practices. The research found that although students were proficient […]

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Student Presence and Faculty Availability in Fully Online Courses: Is Alignment Requisite?

Distance students consider online faculty availability and immediacy to be very important. Understanding student course usage is imperative to be able to align with their needs. The results of daily course usage by fully online nursing students enrolled in three separate clinical courses on an LPN-to-BSN track illustrate a clear pattern of extraordinarily consistent usage […]

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Reading Signals from the Future: EDUCAUSE in 2038

In 1992, I was in a meeting at Apple Computer and was asked if I wanted to see the next “killer technology” the company would soon release. My Apple colleague left the conference room and came back to unveil the Apple Newton, a handheld device (sort of) that Apple was calling a “Personal Digital Assistant” […]

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Online Program Quality

Laura Dicht has since last November served as manager of online program quality in New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Before that, she spent two years as an instructional designer for the school. In the nine months in her new role, she’s gathered some newfound insights into the online teaching experience, shaped new processes […]

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Defining ‘Regular and Substantive’ Interaction in the Online Era

The Trump administration is considering an overhaul of a 26-year-old federal rule that is seen variably as a barrier to innovation and an important guardrail against substandard instruction. Inside Higher Ed

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Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

It’s one of the cruelest ironies in education: today’s schools must build and maintain robust high-speed, fiber-optic internet connections. But the process involved in finding funds for these upgrades can feel like a laggy dial-up modem, slow to a crawl—when it’s not cutting out completely. EdSurge

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