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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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July 14, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 7/13/15

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JULY 13, 2015
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2015 DISTANCE TEACHING & LEARNING CONFERENCE Distance Education Professional Development University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Continuing Studies Editor’s Note: This year will be the 31st annual Distance Teaching & Learning Conference hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s Distance Education Professional Development (DEPD) group. Held in Madison, Wisconsin from August 11-13 this year, this event draws […]

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“A Desire for Growth”: Online Full-Time Faculty’s Perceptions of Evaluation Processes

Post-secondary educational institutions use various means to evaluate the teaching performance of faculty members. There are benefits to effective faculty evaluation, including advancing the scholarship of teaching and learning, as well as improving the functionality and innovation of courses, curriculum, departments, and ultimately the broader community (Boyer, 1990; Glassick, Huber, & Maeroff, 1997). While there […]

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Using Open Educational Practices to Support Institutional Strategic Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Scholarship

This paper explores the integration of Open Educational Practices (OEP) into an institutional strategy to develop distinctive excellence in teaching, learning and scholarship. The institution in the case study is a public polytechnic university serving a metropolitan area in Canada. If emerging Open Educational Practices are to flourish at our university, support for OEP must […]

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Online vs. On-Campus: An Analysis of Course Prices of U.S. Educational Institutions

Pricing online courses is an important issue for managing online education. This research note reports a statistical analysis of price differences between online courses and on-campus courses at 103 US educational institutions based on the data available on the Internet. The finding indicates that educational institutions set significantly lower prices of their online courses than […]

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The Roles that Librarians and Libraries Play in Distance Education Settings

This article explores the literature that focuses on the various roles librarians and libraries play in distance education settings. Learners visit libraries either in person or via networked computing technology to ask for help with their online courses. Questions range from how to upload a document with a learning management system, to how to use […]

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IBM Pushes Deep Learning with a Watson Upgrade

IBM’s Jeopardy!-playing computer system, Watson, combined two separate areas of artificial intelligence research with winning results. Natural language understanding was merged with statistical analysis of vast, unstructured piles of text to find the likely answers to cryptic Jeopardy! clues. MIT Technology Review

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Students, Faculty Engage with Streaming Video | ALA Annual 2015

The use of video in higher education isn’t new, but the delivery method is changing. Streaming video offers access to important content and cutting-edge issues, and is easy to integrate into online courses. However, its recent popularity in the classroom—both on campus and for distance education—requires faculty, librarians, and distributors alike to learn a new […]

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The next evolution of machine learning: Machine teaching

Microsoft researchers are at the forefront of efforts to help people without a machine learning background teach their systems to get better based on experience. Microsoft The next evolution of machine learning: Machine teaching

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An honest look into a liberal arts iPad program

Idaho State University takes open approach to faculty and student use of iPads in the humanities. eCampus News

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July 8, 2015

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

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In abundance: Networked participatory practices as scholarshipIn an era of knowledge abundance, scholars have the capacity to distribute and share ideas and artifacts via digital networks, yet networked scholarship often remains unrecognized within institutional spheres of influence. Using ethnographic methods including participant observation, interviews, and document analysis, this study investigates networks as sites of scholarship. Its purpose is to situate networked […]

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The iPad Pilot Project: A Faculty Driven Effort to Use Mobile Technology in the Reinvention of the Liberal ArtsMobile technology is pervasive in society and in particular among young people. The use of such technology in the classroom can be controversial and case studies and data on student perceptions of the technology are rare. This study presents the results of an iPad Pilot Project sponsored by a college at mid-sized university in a […]

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New ways of learning to fight fires? Learning processes and contradictions in distance and on-campus firefighter training in SwedenThis article reports on findings from a comparative study on firefighter students’ learning processes in a technology-supported distance training course and a traditional campus training course in Sweden. Based on student interviews and observations of exercises, the article aims to describe and analyse the impact on learning processes when exercise-oriented teaching takes place in a […]

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Employment Status, Teaching Load, and Student Performance in Online Community College CoursesA continued need exists for community college administrators to develop and implement strategies to ensure sufficient staffing to meet demand for online courses and promote student success. The problem this study addressed was threefold. First, online instructors in the local setting are overextended and are consequently unable to implement best practices. Because overextended online instructors […]

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Measuring Student Engagement in an Online ProgramIn an effort to measure the effectiveness of faculty development courses promoting student engagement, the faculty development unit of Penn State’s Online Campus conducted a pilot study within a large online Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) program. In all, 2,296 students were surveyed in the spring and summer semesters of 2014 in order to […]

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Six Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher EducationSix individual trajectories of digital technology are enabling the ambitious goal of a responsive, personalized digital learning environment for higher education. EDUCAUSE

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Telepresence Robots Attend Campus Tours, Classes and More at Oral Roberts UA growing number of colleges and universities have been experimenting with emerging virtual reality technologies, such as the Oculus Rift, and the virtual campus tour is emerging as a potential use case. But for the Information Technology Department at Oral Roberts University, the promise of the virtual tour pales in comparison with the potential of […]

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How Technology Is Destroying JobsGiven his calm and reasoned academic demeanor, it is easy to miss just how provocative Erik Brynjolfsson’s contention really is. ­Brynjolfsson, a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management, and his collaborator and coauthor Andrew McAfee have been arguing for the last year and a half that impressive advances in computer technology—from improved industrial […]

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Essential ConditionsThe ISTE Essential Conditions are the 14 critical elements necessary to effectively leverage technology for learning. They offer educators and school leaders a research-backed framework to guide implementation of the ISTE Standards, tech planning and systemwide change. Learn more about each condition below and find out how they apply to your school or district. Share […]

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June 30, 2015

Distance-Educator.com e-Newsletter – 6/29/15

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JUNE 29, 2015
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Dr. Saba: What attracted you to the field of technology in education? Dr. Peterson: I was working as a psychologist and director of a family and child guidance in Pennsylvania. The clinic was part of the community mental health center in a rural area in the Allegheny mountains. One typical client would be a […]

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Can SPOC (Self- Paced Online Course) Live Long and Prosper? A Comparison Study of a New Species of Online Course Delivery

Numerous formats exist for online course delivery: pure online, blended or hybrid, flipped and web-enhanced. The literature is replete with comparison studies on the efficacy of online, hybrid and traditional format courses. However, the self-paced online course, a relatively new and rare variation, has received very little coverage in the body of research on this […]

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When Learning Analytics Meets E-Learning

While student data systems are nothing new and most educators have been dealing with student data for many years, learning analytics has emerged as a new concept to capture educational big data. Learning analytics is about better understanding of the learning and teaching process and interpreting student data to improve their success and learning experiences. […]

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MOOCs as a Method of Distance Education in the Arab World – A Review Paper

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in the Arab World are still in their infancy. Many Arab countries are now starting to launch their MOOC platforms; however, there are only a few who have actually implemented such systems. This paper will explore online learning, in particular the rise of MOOCs around the world and their impact […]

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Transactional Distance and Autonomy in a Distance Learning Environment

This paper studies the transactional distance between the students and the tutor as well as the autonomy of students in a postgraduate course of the Hellenic Open University (HOU). The aim of the paper is to examine how the relation between autonomy and transactional distance evolves during an academic year and how this relation is […]

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FCC’s Wheeler defends net neutrality rules, discounts investment fears

Predictions from net neutrality opponents that regulations would choke off broadband investment haven’t come true, with several service providers announcing expansions in the four months since the U.S. Federal Communications Commission passed new rules, the agency’s chairman says. PC World Magazine

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EDUCAUSE Higher Ed IT Buyers Guide

New EDUCAUSE resource for finding IT solutions. EDUCAUSE

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Alumnus’s throwable tactical camera gets commercial release

Softball-sized camera can be tossed into unseen areas, sends panoramic images back to a smartphone MIT

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Researchers Complain About Changes in Amazon Tool Used for Surveys

This week Amazon changed the terms for a service that has become a standard tool in social-science research, and many scholars are complaining that it will mean higher costs to conduct surveys. Wired Campus

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