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February 14, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (02-14-2019)

A newsletter from earlier today.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
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Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
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Artificial Intelligence Applications to Support K-12 Teachers and Teaching Recent applications of artificial intelligence (AI) have been successful in performing complex tasks in health care, financial markets, manufacturing, and transportation logistics, but the influence of AI applications in the education sphere has been limited. However, that may be changing. In this paper, the author discusses […]

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Doctoral Faculty Teaching Online: A Qualitative Understanding of Methods to Improve Online Teaching

Digital learning practices and methodologies have become common practice in the 21st century. Sixteen doctoral students participated in a qualitative survey to address how online instructors can improve their online pedagogy. This study’s purpose was to understand online learners perceptions about effective and challenging online student collaboration practices. Findings included: (a) online methods that foster […]

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A Blueprint for Executing Instructor-Student Interactions in the Online Classroom Using Marketing Touchpoints

Communicating with students is one of the most important responsibilities for faculty in an online course. It can also be a puzzling process. Having a communication plan and understanding effective email strategies, along with proper timing and frequency of communicating with students, are all important pieces of this puzzle. We propose using touchpoints in designing […]

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Quiet Participation: Investigating non-posting activities in online learning

Despite the growth in online learning offerings in K-12 and higher education, limited research has been undertaken to better understand less visible online learning activities. Reading and rereading are not typically valued as important indicators of learning since number or frequency of entries, words or key phrases are usually visible and easily tracked. This paper […]

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Interaction of Proctoring and Student Major on Online Test Performance

Traditional and online university courses share expectations for quality content and rigor. Student and faculty concerns about compromised academic integrity and actual instances of academic dishonesty in assessments, especially with online testing, are increasingly troublesome. Recent research suggests that in the absence of proctoring, the time taken to complete an exam increases significantly and online […]

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Digging Deeper into the Data: The Role of Gateway Courses in Online Student Retention

Improvement in undergraduate retention and progression is a priority at many US postsecondary institutions and there seems to be a growing movement to address it by identifying gateway courses (foundational courses in which a large number of students fail or withdraw) and concentrating on fixing them. This paper argues that may not be the best […]

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OpenFING: A Project based on a Digital Library of Recorded Courses

The OpenFING Project is an initiative by students for students, based on the creation and use of a digital video library of higher education courses, where students record video from standard lectures. The project attempts to address issues such as overcrowded lecture halls and students who work full time and thus cannot attend normal lectures. […]

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Industry News: Blackboard, CENGAGE, Consumer Technology Association, Microsoft, Pearson, ProQuest

Blackboard: Galileo Global Education Selects Blackboard Learn Ultra To Drive Student Success CENGAGE: Cengage Offers College Students Free Access To Career Resources With Cengage Unlimited Subscription Consumer Technology Association: What’s New: Consumer Education Show Announcements For Schools Microsoft: With Code Jumper, Experts Look To Jumpstart Computer Science Interest For Kids Who Are Blind Pearson: Pearson Realizeâ„¢ Selected As Google For […]

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Helping Students Develop Competencies, Teachers Hone Their Own

In competency-based formats, instructors adjust to interacting regularly with students, directing students toward clear learning outcomes and other departures from their traditional practices. Many instructors begin the course-development process by asking themselves what they want students to have learned when the semester ends. Nina Morel, dean and professor of professional studies at Lipscomb University in […]

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California’s Online Community College Chooses Its Leader

Heather Hiles, an entrepreneur and Gates Foundation alum, will lead the new institution, launching this fall with competency-based certificate programs for the state’s adults. California’s new online community college has made a key hire, pending approval today from the institution’s Board of Trustees. Heather Hiles, an entrepreneur who has led companies that support technology and […]

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Free online course created to help better understand and prevent suicide

A new, free online course has been developed to allow healthcare professionals, and those working with at-risk or vulnerable individuals, to gain a better understanding of suicide and ways to prevent it. It is estimated that approximately every 40 seconds a person dies by suicide somewhere in the world, which equates to over 800,000 people […]

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No school, no problem: Bettendorf high schoolers have first ‘eLearning’ days

Last weeks bone-chilling cold snap may have shut down the Quad-Cities, but for Bettendorf High School students, the learning didn’t stop just because school was closed. Bettendorf is one of the only schools in the area to have Learning days; the district first used the plans in the high school last week to keep students […]

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E-Learning Landscape In 2019

With access to education having been made much easier through eLearning, the marketplace is now mature and making greater strides. As connectivity as well as people’s aspirations increase, eLearning is set to witness a sharp rise too, both in terms of numbers as well as innovations. Pretty much whatever one wants to learn can be […]

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February 13, 2019

Last Week To Submit Proposals For The USDLA 2019 National Conference

A reminder of this up-coming deadline.

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Last Week to Submit Proposals for the USDLA Conference!

 
Subject: Last week To Submit Proposals for USDLA Conference
 
Hello everyone,
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has extended the submission date for the 2019 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. Proposals are being accepted based on the conference theme, “In Tune with the Future of Digital & Distance Learning”.
The conference will be taking place May 20 – 23, 2019 in Music City: Nashville, Tennessee!
We welcome proposals from all: corporate, education (higher and K-12), telehealth, government, and military.
Submit your proposal today (CLICK HERE) – proposals are due Friday February 15 @ midnight!
See you in Nashville,
Pat Cassella, USDLA President
_____________________________________________________________
The USDLA International Awards will be presented at the USDLA International Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2019 during the USDLA National Conference being held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Washington, DC. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org 

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February 7, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (02-04-2019)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
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The Future of Skills In the Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution Human history is filled with examples of occupational transformation, but the rate at which it is occurring today is unprecedented. According to the World Economic Forum, 65 percent of today’s school children will graduate into jobs that do not yet exist and by […]

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Personalizing Feedback Using Voice CommentsWhile text-based feedback is normally used by college instructors to help students improve their written assignments, it is important to consider using voice comment tools for further personalization. New and easily-accessible technologies provide this option. Our study focused on surveying undergraduates who received voice comments on their written assignments. Students were queried on their preferences […]

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The design of an empirical cross-boundary collaborative open learning frameworkThis paper reports on the design and development of an empirical cross-boundary, collaborative open learning framework for cross-institutional academic development. The framework is one of the key outputs of a phenomenographic study into the lived experience of open learners in two open cross-institutional courses. Data was collected through individual interviews from 22 study participants from […]

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The Effect of a Multifactor Orientation on Student Performance: Organizational Skills, Goal setting, Orientation to Classroom, and Academic SupportOnline classes have significantly increased over the last 20 years. From a simple asynchronous model to a complex, interactive, live system, they challenge many online students. Based on Knowles’ Andragogy theoretical framework, researchers sought to explore the qualities students need to complete a first term undergraduate online course. Researchers conducted a quantitative exploratory study to […]

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Examining Construct Validity of the Student Online Learning Readiness (SOLR) Instrument Using Confirmatory Factor AnalysisThis study examines the construct validity of the Student Online Learning Readiness (SOLR) instrument. The SOLR instrument consists of 20 items to evaluate social competencies, communication competencies, and technical competencies in online learning. A large Midwestern university was selected to test the construct validity of the SOLR instrument. A total of 347 undergraduate students participated […]

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Marginalized Urban Indigenous Youth and the Virtual World of Second Life: Understanding the Past and Building a Hopeful FutureA small independent high school in the Canadian West is using the affordances of the virtual world of Second Life to explore and reconstruct the colonial past of their students: marginalized urban Indigenous youth. The affordances of the virtual world make it possible to reconstruct the past, deconstruct the present and create a possible hope-filled […]

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Designing Digital Badges to Improve Learning in Virtual WorldsDigital badges are digital indicators of achievement that are issued in response to a user action within a virtual environment. While badges have been successful in multiple domains, they do not always achieve their purpose. Past research indicates that this is likely a function of specific badging design and how well the badging system integrates […]

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The Professor Who Quit His Tenured Job to Make Podcasts and Lecture VideosWhat’s life like after quitting a tenured job as a professor to become a freelance educator, making video courses and podcasts for a living? That’s one question we had for Kevin deLaplante, who did just that when he left Iowa State University in 2015 to focus on running his Argument Ninja Podcast and teaching courses […]

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MOOCs fail in their mission to disrupt higher educationThe vast majority of learners on massive open online courses or MOOCs never return after their first year and low completion rates have not improved in more than six years. University World News

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Criteria For Choosing LMSs and Interactive Media8 Criteria For Choosing An LMS For Corporate Compliance Training Whether you are searching for a new Learning Management System or looking to take your first steps into digital and blended workplace learning, there are a number of factors to consider. As with any investment, it pays to shop around. But what is it you […]

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Top 10 IT Issues, 2019: The Student Genome ProjectThe EDUCAUSE 2019 Top 10 IT Issues are focused on organizing, standardizing, and safeguarding data so that we can utilize it to address our most pressing priority: student success. EDUCAUSE Review

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Building the digital future of educationThe use of technology to improve the standard of and access to education has become ubiquitous across the sector. Although universities and educational institutions have moved away from a reliance on physical textbook and resource, they shouldn’t stop at going paperless. It’s essential that they are ambitious and keep their fingers on the pulse when […]

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Is your college part of the the 21st Century Skills Badges initiative?The 21st Century Skills Badges initiative, from Education Design Lab, is based on three years of research, design, and pilots and offers a suite of eight digital badges, often called microcredentials, along with a facilitator’s toolkit, to help educators and employers understand the skills students have cultivated. Education Design Lab partnered with 12 universities and […]

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February 6, 2019

Call For Proposals Extended – USDLA 2019 National Conference

Note this extension.

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USDLA 2019 Call for Proposals Extended!

 
Subject: USDLA National Conference Call for Proposals
Hello everyone,
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has extended the submission date for the 2019 Annual Conference Call for Proposals. Proposals are being accepted based on the conference theme, “In Tune with the Future of Digital & Distance Learning”.
The conference will be taking place May 20 – 23, 2019 in Music City: Nashville, Tennessee!
We welcome proposals from all: corporate, education (higher and K-12), telehealth, government, and military.
 Submit your proposal today (CLICK HERE) – proposals are due Friday February 15 @ midnight!
See you in Nashville,
Pat Cassella, USDLA President
_____________________________________________________________
The USDLA International Awards will be presented at the USDLA International Awards Ceremony, scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, 2019 during the USDLA National Conference being held in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.
____________________________________________________________________
In other news:
Colleagues,
We contacted members and colleagues of our organization some time ago, on behalf of Research Triangle Institute regarding a call for experts in the update of the occupation of Instructional Designers and Technologists for the US Dept. of Labor’s O*NET Data Collection Program.
We have been notified that the data collection phase of this occupation is about to start and they will begin the random selection of experts to be contacted beginning the week of February 21, 2019.  You may or may not be contacted due to random sampling.
If chosen to participate, you will be contacted by a Research Triangle Institute Business Liaison.  Your participation will contribute to a key resource providing our nation’s citizens with continuously updated occupational information.
For questions, you can contact Tammy Belcher, O*Net Liaison@ tbelcher@onet.rti.org
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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Washington, DC. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org 

Please forward this USDLA information to anyone interested. Subscriptions are available by clicking on the link below or visiting USDLA.org at no cost. You’re receiving this email because of your relationship with USDLA. Please continued your interest in receiving email from us.

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February 1, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (01-31-2019)

And another newsletter from yesterday.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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In this brief, I show that master’s programs enroll a more diverse set of students than ever and offer a more diverse set of program fields. Master’s programs are also increasingly online, with more than 50 percent of master’s students reporting at least some online coursework in 2015/16. Although master’s degrees are more popular and more readily […]

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Efficient Instructional Strategies for Maximizing Online Student SatisfactionThe key to the success of any online program is dedicating attention to student satisfaction. Student satisfaction with what and how they learn in an online classroom is an important variable to understand and can help instructors and course designers create an environment that fits students needs. This can be achieved with adequate course design, […]

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Maximizing Interactivity in Online Learning: Moving Beyond Discussion BoardsEmergent technologies and communication channels have evolved over time and now offer more connected interactivity between students, their peers, course content, and their instructor. Yet, many who teach in the online environment continue to utilize the traditional forms of communication (such as discussion boards and email). This article explores practical strategies for maximizing interactivity, shares […]

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Making Sense of Learning Analytics Dashboards: A Technology Acceptance Perspective of 95 TeachersThe importance of teachers in online learning is widely acknowledged to effectively support and stimulate learners. With the increasing availability of learning analytics data, online teachers might be able to use learning analytics dashboards to facilitate learners with different learning needs. However, deployment of learning analytics visualisations by teachers also requires buy-in from teachers. Using […]

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Mobile augmented reality learning objects in higher educationTeachers and learners in all sectors of education continue to have access to a growing number of mobile augmented reality (AR) applications for the creation and implementation of mobile AR experiences and learning objects (LOs). In this study, affordances of mobile AR and LOs for higher education are investigated through the mobile AR platform HP Reveal. […]

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Characterization of the Reasons Why Brazilian Science Teachers Drop Out of Online Professional Development CoursesTeachers face different challenges and opportunities through distance education. We used a combination of quantitative and qualitative approaches to investigate the factors leading in-service science teachers to quit online courses. No differences were found between persistent and drop-out teachers based on their sociodemographic data and their technological skills. The dropout rates were unrelated to courses. […]

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Exploring Initiatives for Open Educational Practices at an Australian and a Brazilian UniversityThis paper explores some key developments in Open Educational Practices (OEP) in higher education in Australia and in Brazil. More specifically, it focuses on the analysis of two individual universities: the University of Tasmania, in Australia; and the Federal University of Paraná, in Brazil. They are both public and mostly face-to-face universities trying to engage […]

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Small Liberal Arts Colleges Are Sharing Online CoursesWhen Nathan Schertz, a 21-year old student at Eureka College, hit some relationship troubles last year that distracted him from his studies, his grades slipped. And he found himself needing to make up credits fast to stay on track academically. So the college offered him the chance to retake one of the course subjects online […]

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Unanimity on Distance Ed Rule Changes Proves Elusivefew refrains jumped out from last week’s first round of discussions hosted by the Department of Education for revamping federal rules around distance education and innovative programs.This is a starting point. What problem are you trying to solve here? We need more clarity. Taken together, these recurring comments add up to a unified narrative […]

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5 major online-learning challenges and how to solve them, pt. 1 & 2Karen Watts has been teaching adult education classes since 1999. A faculty member at Bellingham Technical College in Washington state, she has taught in both face-to-face and online environments throughout her career. In her online classes, Watts says, she often hears from students who are surprised that the class is so hard. Perhaps they weren’t […]

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In Real Life: Who Gets to Decide Which Student Outcomes Matter?One tell-tale feature that sets a competency-based education (CBE) system apart from a traditional school system is the naming of competencies specific sets of knowledge, skills, and abilities that each and every student must master in order to move from one stage to the next. Inherently, this feature can also be one of […]

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8 Ed Tech Trends to Watch in 2019What technologies and trends will have the biggest impact on higher education in the coming year? We asked four university IT leaders to weigh in on the top issues in ed tech and share what they’re seeing both on the horizon and in their own institutions. Here’s what they told us. Campus Technology

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In age of AI, universities will need to rethink their purposeGovernments and world policy agencies now have technological unemployment and the future of work on their policy agendas. The rapid emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning in the past decade has taken us by surprise, both in their development and the scope of their applications. University World News

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