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August 17, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (08-14-2017)

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee Newsletter
Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
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The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and made possible by mindSpark Learning (formerly known as Share Fair Nation). The preview provides summaries of the trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology which were ranked most highly […]

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Dropout Rates, Student Momentum, and Course Walls: A New Tool for Distance Education Designers

This paper explores a new tool for instructional designers. By calculating and graphing the Student Momentum Indicator (M) for 196 university-level online courses and by employing the constant comparative method within the grounded theory framework, eight distinct graph shapes emerged as meaningful categories of dropout behavior. Several of the graph shapes identified Course Walls, that […]

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Scientific data from and for the citizen

Powered by advances of technology, today’s Citizen Science projects cover a wide range of thematic areas and are carried out from local to global levels. This wealth of activities creates an abundance of data, for example, in the forms of observations submitted by mobile phones; readings of low-cost sensors; or more general information about people […]

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Insights for future assessment policy: Open access online higher education

This research offers recommendations for higher education online assessment policy and procedure design, which should improve learner satisfaction and help to reduce online student attrition. The study involves over 200 qualitative interviews to identify the main driver of student attrition in open access online tertiary education in Australia. The extent to which degree programme assessment […]

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An evaluation of the accessibility of top-ranking university websites: Accessibility rates from 2005 to 2015

Accessibility evaluation is an important equity step in assessing effectiveness and usefulness of online learning materials for disabled students. With popular uptake of blended and online learning it is timely to evaluate the accessibility attained by universities in their websites and Learning Management Systems (LMS) .The present study considers this question for the period 2005 […]

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The Origins of Innovation in the Edtech Ecosystem

The learning management system as we have known it is fading in its importance. Supplanting it are hundreds of tools and innovations, created by a plethora of vendors, institutions, students, and instructors in a frothy, bubbling world known as the edtech ecosystem. EDUCAUSE

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We’re not teaching the web correctly

Web literacy must become a fundamental part of our global education system. Without it, opportunity is squandered. With it, we can propel billions farther, faster. Brookings Institution

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Online assessment could improve math marks of deaf learners

Online mathematics assessment (OMA) could help improve the mathematics performance of deaf and hard-of-hearing learners in South Africa

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Penn State World Campus Taps VR for Educating Teachers

A project at Penn State World Campus immersed teachers into a virtual classroom as part of a graduate-level special education course. Students could use a virtual reality headset to watch 360-degree videos or view them as regular videos on YouTube. Campus Technology

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16 August 2017: Google Alert – LRN

The corporate alert for K12, Inc. from yesterday.


As-it-happens update ⋅ August 16, 2017
Choosing Between Career Education Corporation (CECO) and K12 Inc. (LRN)

Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ:CECO) and K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) are the two most active stocks in the Education & Training Services …
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FY2018 EPS Estimates for K12 Inc (LRN) Increased by Analyst

K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) – Barrington Research boosted their FY2018 EPS estimates for K12 in a report released on Thursday. Barrington Research …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ August 16, 2017
Traders Keeping K12 Inc (LRN) on Close Watch As Shares Move

Shares of K12 Inc (LRN) are moving on volatility today 0.69% or 0.12 from the open. The NYSE listed company saw a recent bid of 17.48 and 58197 …
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Bessemer Group Inc. Invests $846000 in K12 Inc (LRN)

K12 logo Bessemer Group Inc. bought a new stake in shares of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) during the second quarter, according to its most recent 13F filing …
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FY2018 EPS Estimates for K12 Inc Raised by Barrington Research (LRN)

K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) – Analysts at Barrington Research lifted their FY2018 EPS estimates for K12 in a research report issued on Thursday. Barrington …
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Chemung Canal Trust Company Lowered Its Mcdonalds (MCD) Position; K12 (LRN)’s Sentiment Is …

Chemung Canal Trust Company decreased Mcdonalds Corp (MCD) stake by 7.18% reported in 2016Q4 SEC filing. Chemung Canal Trust Company …
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As-it-happens update ⋅ August 16, 2017
FY2018 EPS Estimates for K12 Inc Raised by Barrington Research (LRN)

K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) – Investment analysts at Barrington Research upped their FY2018 EPS estimates for K12 in a research report issued to clients …
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K12 Inc (LRN) Lowered to “Strong Sell” at BidaskClub

K12 Inc logo BidaskClub cut shares of K12 Inc (NYSE:LRN) from a sell rating to a strong sell rating in a research report report published on Tuesday, …
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August 16, 2017

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OLC Today Newsletter: August 15, 2017

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August 15, 2017 | Volume 16 | Issue 12

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Renee Franzwa of EdSurge
Featuring Renee Franzwa of EdSurge.
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Seats Still Available! Join OLC in Anchorage
August 21-22 | Anchorage, AK 

Our first day features an eLearning Roadshow theme, with engaging presentations on digital learning, while day 2 will be focused on the future of elearning.

Have you heard? A new session was recently added! Join Renee Franzwa of EdSurge for a hands-on workshop to help you evaluate and choose student success tools for your campus in Fit Over Features: Vetting Tools that Support Student Success.

Don’t delay! Reserve your seat, register today.

OLC Accelerate Program Announced
Nov. 15-17 | Orlando, FL

Featuring over 400 sessions on topics including EdTech, proctoring, accessibility, gamification, K-12, open educational resources, OLC Quality Scorecard, leadership, policy development, and more.

Register before September 20 for early bird savings, and add a pre-conference workshop and Disney tickets while you’re at it!

Review the full program.


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Robbie Melton in Technology Test Kitchen at OLC Accelerate

Share in the excitement of the last year’s event in this short video.

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The Anatomy of the Technology Test Kitchen (TTK)
Nov. 15-17 | Orlando, FL

Physically, the TTK is at the center of the OLC Accelerate Exhibit Hall, and metaphorically, the TTK is the heart, mind, and soul of the conference.

Now in its 4th year, the TTK offers a hands-on learning experience for individuals to apply innovative technologies in real time. Learn more from the TTK Co-Chairs Angela Gibson and Kate Sonka in a recent blog post.

Apply Now to Participate in a TTK Iron Chef Battle
Nov. 15-17 | Orlando, FL

A zesty combo of popular TV cooking competition shows (Iron Chef, Chopped, etc.), we’re pairing exhibitors and educators into teams to battle for bragging rights over who can create the most exciting new recipe for technology. 

We invite you to join us for some fiery pedagogical competition in the Technology Test Kitchen during our second annual Iron Chef Battles.

Deadline to submit is September 8.Learn more and apply today.


Phylise Banner Rings Gong at Iron Chef Battles at OLC Accelerate

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Step Outside Your
Comfort Zone
Advanced Online Teaching Certificate

Dr. Donna Scribner, OLC Institute faculty for the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate, recently joined us for a quick Q&A to discuss the redesign of the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate program and what participants can expect to gain from this unique learning opportunity. Learn more in our blog post, Insights from the Field: Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone with the Advanced Online Teaching Certificate.

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The Future of Open Educational Resources
Implementing OER Workshop

Karen Gardner-Athey, OLC Institute faculty for the Implementing Open Educational Resources, Part 2workshop, recently joined us to discuss the future of open educational resources (OER) in higher education. Read her insights in this quick Q&A now!

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New Research in Action
Podcast Added

Dr. Marleah Dean Kruzel, an Assistant Professor in Health Communication at the University of South Florida in Tampa joins the Research in Action team to discuss Combining the Personal and the Professional in Research in this episode.

Stay on top of online teaching and learning trends, technologies, best practices and more with OLC Podcasts. Featuring EdSurge On Air, as well as TOPcast and Research in Action. Listen now.

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Exploring the Immersive Learning Landscape
5-Part Webinar Series: Last Webinar August 23

What does it take to implement immersive reality (VR/AR/holograms) initiative in your system, at your institution, and within your classroom?Join our panel of experts for the next (and final) edition of this webinar series as they share lessons learned and best practices about planning strategically for successful implementation of immersive learning initiatives for enhancing teaching and learning.

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2017 DLIAward Enters Second Round of Judging

The DLIAward Review Team just completed their scoring of over 61 submissions for the esteemed award. Twenty-two submissions moved to the final round of scoring and the panel of judges review and score each proposal over the next three weeks.

Join us in Orlando in November for OLC Accelerate when we will announce the 2017 Digital Learning Innovation Award Winners.

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Join 1000+ Delegates at the World Conference on Online Learning
October 16-19 | Toronto, Canada

Join faculty and instructors, practitioners, experts, instructional technology and media professionals, training providers, researchers, consultants, start-ups, policy makers, academic decision-makers and educational technology industry leaders in Toronto for the World Conference on Online Learning.

Click here to view the growing list of presenters and their presentation titles. The reduced, early bird registration fee is available until September 10, 2017.Register Now.

OLC Awards and Fellows Nominations Now Being Accepted

Award nominations for the OLC annual awards and OLC Fellowsare now being accepted.

Recipients will be recognized atOLC Accelerate in November in Orlando, FL. Deadline for submission is September 12, 2017.

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Creating YouTube Videos for Teaching & Learning
August 21-August 27, 2017

Introduction to Online Presentation Tools
August 21-August 27, 2017

Facilitating Group Work Online
August 21-August 27, 2017

New! Implementing OER Resources, Part 2
August 21-August 27, 2017

Fundamentals: Engaging Learners In Online Discussions
September 11-September 17, 2017

Introduction to Audio & Video Tools
September 11-September 17, 2017

New! Self-paced Workshop:
Strategies for Increasing Interaction & Engagement 

More workshops.


Quality Scorecard Mastery Series
Starts August 23

Online Nursing Mastery Series
Starts September 27

Instructional Design Mastery Series
Starts October 11

Full Institute Schedule.


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winners: @sraderosadavis & @DenisecWright!


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