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April 25, 2018

New Guide Describes the Fields in the ERIC Record

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New Guide Describes the Fields in the ERIC Record

Have you ever searched ERIC and had questions about some of the fields in the records you retrieved? For example, “What is the difference between the Record Type and Publication Type fields?” “What is the Direct Link and where will it take me?” or “How does the Audience field work? Will it give me all of the records in ERIC that are meant for me?” While many of the ERIC fields are self-explanatory, some are not as readily understandable.

We created the Guide to the ERIC Record to help ERIC users answer these questions and more. This guide depicts the record structure and provides descriptions of the fields. The descriptions provide insight into the purpose and content of each field. The guide can serve as a useful reference piece when searching ERIC and using the content.

Keep up-to-date with ERIC activities and releases by following ERIC on Facebook and Twitter. ERIC is an online library with 1.7 million records of journal articles, reports, and books in the field of education. ERIC is sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

The Institute of Education Sciences, a part of the U.S. Department of Education, is the nation’s leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.
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To obtain hard copy of many IES products as well as hard copy and electronic versions of hundreds of other U.S. Department of Education products please visit or call 1-877-433-7827 (877-4-EDPUBS).

OLC Today Newsletter: April 24, 2018

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April 24, 2018 | Volume 17 | Issue 8

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Just Released:  State of Innovation in Higher Education Report

A new report by the Online Learning Consortium and The Learning House, Inc. titled, The State of Innovation in Higher Education: A Survey of Academic Administrators, explores the drivers and barriers to innovation at U.S. higher education institutions. The report, which is based on a survey of more than 100 U.S. academic administrators, reveals what an innovative culture looks like and how higher education institutions define and employ innovation. Learn more.

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Submit to Present at OLC Accelerate
Nov 14-16, 2018 | Orlando, FL

Just returned from OLC Innovate 2018 in Nashville (or wish you could have been there?!) Now is the time to submit your proposal for our next conference – OLC Accelerate 2018.

Share your expertise with others as we come together to build and strengthen our global network of expertise, increase collaboration and engagement among researchers and practitioners, share and discover new and emerging effective practices, and test and evaluate technologies for teaching and learning online. Our community cannot thrive without your active participation!

The submission deadline is May 23,2018 at 11:59pm ET. Learn more.

You’re Invited: OLC Collaborate 2018 – New York City
August 7 | Berkeley College

OLC and Berkeley College are thrilled to announce our featured speakers Russell Poulin of WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET), Diane Recinos from Berkeley College, and Devon Cancilla from University of Missouri at Kansas City for OLC Collaborate 2018 – New York City. Join us as we take a deep look at the challenges and impact of digital learning in education today and work together to collaborate, define and help shape the changing university.

Presentations will be followed by facilitator-led discussions that will allow participants to delve into each topic in greater detail. Register today!

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Using Data-Driven Instructional Design to Optimize Student Outcomes
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New Instructional Designer Focused Offerings

We are pleased to add more instructional designer-themed workshops to our offerings in 2018! These 4-week courses highlight topics specifically geared towards the instructional designer, including research methods, project management, and learning sciences:

Research Methods for the Instructional Designer CommunityAug 6 – Sept 2, 2018
Project Management for Instructional Designers | Sept 10 – Oct 7, 2018
Applying the Neuro, Cognitive, and Learning Sciences to Instructional Design | Feb 25 – Mar 24, 2019



Exploring ePortfolios
May 7-13, 2018

Introduction to Screencasting Tools
May 7-13, 2018

Exploring Learning Analytics
June 4-10, 2018

Fundamentals: ADA & Web Accessibility
June 4-10, 2018

More workshops


Mobile Learning: Connect, Create, and Consume
Starts May 16, 2018

Social Media for Online Education
Starts June 13, 2018

Instructional Design
Starts July 11, 2018


Advanced Online Teaching Certificate
Starts April 30, 2018

Online Teaching Certificate
Starts May 7, 2018

Instructional Designer Certificate
Starts July 30, 2018

Full Institute Schedule

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Summit for Online Leadership and Administration
June 18-20, 2018

Are you concerned about how federal or state policies might impact your institution and the students you serve?

In this year’s Policy Track at the 2018 Summit for Online Leadership and Administration, you’ll hear from experts in the field, right in the heart of Washington, DC. Learn more.


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Congratulations Michael, You Reached A Milestone

From one of my open scholarship networks.

Your publication has a new achievement:
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Congrats, Michael!
Your article reached 100 reads

Handbook of Research in K-12 Online and Blended Learning – Published!

I wanted to pass along this news.

Dear Authors and Section Editors:

We are so pleased to announce that the Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning (2nd ed.) is now live and freely available online at: 

Thank you for joining us on this journey…we couldn’t have done this without you!  We are going to post to our FB and Twitter feeds.  Please feel free to share anywhere you like!   If you want to reference it, please use the following (updating it to include your chapter info as you see fit.  (Just be sure to use the new page numbers as they may have changed.)

Kennedy, K., & Ferdig, R.E. (Eds.). (2018). Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning (2nd ed.).  Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.

Author, A. A., & Author, B. B. (2018). Title of chapter. In K. Kennedy & R.E. Ferdig (Eds.), Handbook of research on K-12 online and blended learning (2nd ed., pp. xy-yz).  Pittsburgh, PA: ETC Press.

If you get feedback about wanting to be involved in future editions, please feel free to have folks contact us.  It will be a few years, but you can never start planning too early.

Kathryn and Rick

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