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December 7, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (12-05-2018)

A newsletter from a couple of days ago.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
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Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
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Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education This publication builds off of the early ideas introduced in the paper In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System, developed for the 2017 National Summit on Competency-Based Education. After a series of revisions building on input from experts and practitioners in the field, […]

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How MOOC-Takers Estimate Learning Success: Retrospective Reflection of Perceived BenefitsMassive open online courses (MOOCs) have attracted a great deal of interest in recent years as a new learning technology. Since MOOCs inception, only limited research has been carried out to address how learners perceive success in MOOCs after course completion. The aim of this study was to investigate the perceived benefits as the measurement […]

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MOOCs and OER in the Global South: Problems and PotentialThis paper examines the problems and potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Education Resources (OER) in the global South. Employing a systematic review of the research into the use of open online learning technologies in Southern contexts, we identify five interrelated themes emerging from the literature: 1) access to the Internet; 2) […]

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Learning in virtual reality: Effects on performance, emotion and engagementRecent advances in virtual reality (VR) technology allow for potential learning and education applications. For this study, 99 participants were assigned to one of three learning conditions: traditional (textbook style), VR and video (a passive control). The learning materials used the same text and 3D model for all conditions. Each participant was given a knowledge […]

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Making it real: The development of a web-based simulated learning resource for occupational therapy studentsEquipping students with graduate attributes that ensure they are ready to work in complex health environments is highly important. Recently there has been increased use of simulation in health education to assist in the acquisition of graduate attributes, and to provide meaningful and authentic learning opportunities. The Deakin University Occupational Therapy program developed a unique […]

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Australian university students access to web-based lecture recordings and the relationship with lecture attendance and academic performanceWeb-based lecture technology (WBLT) allows students access to recorded lectures delivered live to the classroom any time and to any device with internet. This technology has become standard across universities. This study of Australian undergraduate psychology students explored many important questions related to WBLT. About 75% of students surveyed utilised recorded lectures. Qualitative responses allowed […]

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The Values of Open PedagogyTo support open educational practices, we must understand the meaning of open pedagogy and articulate the values that shape it. EDUCAUSE Review

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The OER Knowledge CloudThe UNESCO/COL OER Knowledge Cloud will greatly enhance research opportunities and access to knowledge and research on Open Educational Resources and related information by removing barriers, opening up scholarship and making research universally accessible. The OER Knowledge Cloud has been established to identify, collect, preserve and disseminate available documents of enduring value to researchers, industry, […]

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Imagining an Apple Store for Online DegreesGeorgia Tech moves forward with plans to create storefronts for its online education programs, joining a growing number of institutions offering hybrid online learning experiences. Inside Higher Ed

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Student coaching pays off at Loyola University New OrleansMany student success initiatives in higher education focus on meeting the needs of students who are most at risk of dropping out. Loyola University New Orleans has flipped this script by giving every first-year student personalized coaching and the percentage of students who return for their second year is now at an all-time high. eCampuse News

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University of Florida Works to Ensure Websites are AccessibleAn online course doesn’t provide proper captioning during a video lecture. A department website features flashing and moving elements than cannot be easily turned off. A downloaded scholarship document is unable to be filled out with a hands-free, assisted computer device Center for Digital Education

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University of Missouri System Chooses Cengage Unlimited Subscriptions to Save Students Money on Course MaterialsBOSTON and ST. LOUIS, November 16, 2018 – As part of its efforts to increase affordable access to textbooks, the University of Missouri System will be offering Cengage Unlimited subscriptions to all students enrolled in Cengage courses beginning in January 2019. Cengage, the largest U.S.-based education and technology company serving the higher education market, provides […]

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Virtually InspiredFrom holographs and educational games, to drones and robots, 21st century educators are forging new and amazing trails in technology-enhanced teaching and learning. Virtually Inspired is a place where educators can come for inspiration by perusing each video showcase below to see how creative professionals around the globe are infusing technology with learning. Drexel University Online

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December 6, 2018

Case Studies In Distance Learning By USDLA

From Tuesday’s inbox…

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 Pleased to announce that the United States Distance Learning Association will be participating with our Turkish colleagues during DILET2018. The participants for our session are all members of the USDLA Board of Directors.
  
 
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2019 USDLA Call for National Conference Volunteers
 
USDLA Needs you!!
 
Now that we’ve found our home for the 2019 USDLA National Conference in Nashville, TN we need to build our committee.
We are looking for folks to assist with:
 – Program Creation
 – Awards Dinner
 – Roundtable Dinners
– Night on the Town Event
– Hospitality
– Event Setup
– Registration
– Collateral Design
– Sponsorship Drives
– And more!
 
If you would like to be involved please contact Janet Major at jmajor@usdla.org. We will have our first meeting in early December.
Thank you!
Pat Cassella USDLA President 
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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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November 29, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (11-26-2018)

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
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Online Learning in Continuing Higher Education: Current Practices and Planned Initiatives As online enrollments outpace industry trends, many colleges are rushing to launch online programs that will attract new students. This has created intense competition in online education, but are colleges successfully meeting the learning demands of students? Find out in Online Learning in Continuing […]

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Increasing Interpersonal Interactions in an Online Course: Does Increased Instructor E-mail Activity and a Voluntary In-Person Meeting Time Facilitate Student Learning?

Distance learning is expanding rapidly in universities. While theoretical and qualitative literature stress the critical role of effective interpersonal interactions in motivating students and facilitating learning in online environments, quantitative evidence on the benefits of increased interpersonal interactions on student learning outcomes is limited. This study examines the effect of providing a voluntary meeting time […]

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Increasing Undergraduate Success: A Randomized Controlled Trial of U-Pace Instruction

U-Pace instruction, comprised of concept mastery and amplified assistance, has shown promise in increasing undergraduate success. To evaluate the efficacy of U-Pace instruction for students at-risk for college non-completion and students not at-risk and to determine whether concept mastery, amplified assistance, or both U-Pace components are responsible for the greater learning associated with U-Pace instruction, an […]

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The Expansion of Higher Education and the Returns of Distance Education in China

The returns of traditional face-to-face education are widely analyzed, but there is a need for empirical studies on the returns of distance education. Further, comparative studies on returns of both traditional and distance education using high-quality data are rare. Since 1999, continuous and rapid expansions have occurred in the whole Higher Education system in China. […]

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Information literacy skills on the go: Mobile Learning Innovation

Students understanding and integration of information literacy (IL) skills are fundamental to higher education and lifelong learning. Development and implementation of thirteen mobile lessons application (http://renmil.ca/ ) in the Mobile Information Literacy Tool (MIL) was the result of a unique collaboration between faculty and the library. Lessons demonstrated how to locate, evaluate, and use information […]

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An inferior source? Quantitatively analysing the production and revision of five technology-enhanced learning-related terms on Wikipedia

This article analyses five technology-enhanced learning-related terms on Wikipedia, assessing their usefulness in relation to academic journal articles concerning the same terms. Data were obtained about the word lengths of the Wikipedia articles, the numbers of Wikipedia edits and numbers of academic journal publications over the first 5 years after the creation of the first […]

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Learning Across Cultures, With Help From Technology

Students at six U.S. and six Japanese institutions next fall will get to enroll in classes developed jointly by instructors from opposite ends of the globe, thanks to a new technology-enhanced collaboration funded by the two countries governments. The American Council on Education is facilitating the American end of the project, which will spur implementation […]

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DePaul University Launches Streamlined Platform to Ease Administrative Burden for Faculty, Enable More Time for Research and Teaching

Midwest’s largest private, nonprofit university teams with faculty information system Interfolio to support shared governance activities and improve faculty experience and workflow Interfolio

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Unbundling and Rebundling Higher Education in an Age of Inequality

Unbundling and rebundling are happening in different parts of college and university education, through new forms of teaching and learning provision and in different parts of the degree path, in every dimension and aspect creating a complicated environment in an educational sector that is already in a state of disequilibrium. EDUCAUSE Review

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The Next Frontier of Adaptive Learning

Arizona State University isn’t satisfied with the state of adaptive courses. That’s why this innovative university is going all in with adaptive degree programs. Campus Technology

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Virginia Tech announces Innovation Campus in Alexandria

Virginia Tech announces $1 billion ‘innovation campus’Virginia Tech announced on Tuesday plans to construct a $1 billion innovation campus to be opened next year in Alexandria, Virginia, just two miles from the new HQ2 office Amazon intends to build in nearby Crystal City, Virginia. edscoop   HISTORIC DAY: Virginia Tech Innovation Campus key to Virginia […]

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Interview with a Learning Scientist: Bob Ubell of NYU

Bob Ubell is Vice Dean Emeritus at the NYU School of Engineering, and Dr. Robert Feldman is Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and he is also the Chair of the McGraw-Hill Learning Science Advisory Board. The conversation between Bob and Robert ranges from benefits and criticisms of […]

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Will a new push for free wireless internet help rural students get online?

PANGUITCH, Utah. Both before and after classes at Panguitch High School, a low-slung brick building nestled in the high desert of southern Utah, students find their way to Shawn Caine’s classroom. They settle in at the computers where Caine teaches coding and software, such as Illustrator and Photoshop, or they head to the back […]

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November 22, 2018

USDLA Reminders and Requests!!

An item from Tuesday’s inbox…

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USDLA Upcoming Events and Reminders!

  

 
IFWE 2018: If We Are Visible!
There’s only a few more weeks until IFWE 2018!  Are you registered?
See the full schedule here!  Remember, IFWE only happens every other year, so don’t miss this one!  Please forward to your friends!
Questions about IFWE?  Contact Darcy Hardy at darcywhardy@gmail.com.
Register Now – see you in San Antonio!
 
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2019 USDLA Call for National Conference Volunteers
 
USDLA Needs you!!
 
Now that we’ve found our home for the 2019 USDLA National Conference in Nashville, TN we need to build our committee.
We are looking for folks to assist with:
 – Program Creation
 – Awards Dinner
 – Roundtable Dinners
– Night on the Town Event
– Hospitality
– Event Setup
– Registration
– Collateral Design
– Sponsorship Drives
– And more!
 
If you would like to be involved please contact Janet Major at jmajor@usdla.org. We will have our first meeting in early December.
Thank you!
Pat Cassella USDLA President 
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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 <confirmoptin><a style=”color: rgb(0,0,255);” shape=”rect”>confirm</a></confirmoptin> your continued interest in receiving email from us.

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November 8, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (11-05-2018)

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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Conflicted Views of Technology: A Survey of Faculty Attitudes The proportion of college instructors who are teaching online and blended courses is growing. So is their support for using technology to deliver instruction. But their belief in the quality and effectiveness of online courses and digital technology isn’t keeping pace. Those are among the findings […]

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Effective Tagging Practices for Online Learning Environments: An Exploratory Study of Tag Approach and Accuracy

This exploratory study examines student tagging activity within a five-week social bookmarking unit. Students in six sections of a course were tasked with locating, tagging, and then highlighting and discussing course-related materials using Diigo, a social bookmarking tool. Three different tagging approaches were tested: dictionary only, freestyle only, and dictionary + freestyle. Analysis focused on […]

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Doing the courses without stopping my life: Time in a professional Master’s program

This study investigates how time intersects with student learning in Canada’s first, and only, Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) in an online teaching and learning stream. Thirty-two students responded to a survey that asked about their experiences, perceptions, and challenges after their first year of the program. Descriptive statistics and NVIVO 10 were […]

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A Framework for Implementing OER-Based Lesson Design Activities for Pre-Service Teachers

The demand for qualified teachers with sufficient pedagogical knowledge and skills is high. However, existing teacher education programs do not provide adequate experiences through which to develop pre-service teachers professional foundations. This study recognized Open Educational Resources (OER) as a means by which to address the issue of enhancing teacher education. The purpose of this […]

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Open Universities: the next phase

The purpose of this paper is to report on research on the views of Presidents and Vice Chancellors of Open Universities of current threats and opportunities for their institutions as the author marks the 50th anniversary of the first Open University in the UK established in 1969. The paper offers a historical account of the […]

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IU Libraries receives $1.2 million grant to develop ability to search digitized audiovisual files

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Current access to text-based data and knowledge is unprecedented in human history. Now, enabled by a $1.2 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Indiana University Libraries is setting its sights on the next research frontier: hundreds of millions of hours of audiovisual content. Indiana University

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Athabasca University first Canadian post-secondary institution to officially collaborate with Amazon Web Services

Athabasca, Alberta Athabasca University (AU) announced today that it is the first Canadian post- secondary institution to enter into a formal collaboration agreement with Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS). Not only will this collaboration modernize AU’s IT infrastructure, the two organizations will also be designing, implementing and managing cloud education programs, artificial intelligence and […]

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Cengage Partners with MobLab to Integrate Gaming into MindTap Economics Courses

BOSTON and PASADENA, CA, October 25, 2018 – Cengage, an education and technology company, is partnering with MobLab, a provider of online games and experiments for Business and Economics, to incorporate application-based games into MindTap for Economics learning experiences. More than one million students take Principles of Economics each year, and MindTap is the leading […]

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D2L Extends Its Education Customer Base Across EMEA: D2L is reaching more students in the UK, Europe, Middle East and South Africa

D2L, the global learning technology leader, announced further growth in the EMEA region, with new education customers deploying its Brightspace learning platform. This year, educational institutions across the EMEA region have chosen D2L’s Brightspace platform to make the student learning experience more flexible, personalised and engaging. Created for the mobile learner, Brightspace offers rich multimedia […]

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