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February 13, 2017

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Code-Dependent: Pros and Cons of the Algorithm Age Algorithms are aimed at optimizing everything. They can save lives, make things easier and conquer chaos. Still, experts worry they can also put too much control in the hands of corporations and governments, perpetuate bias, create filter bubbles, cut choices, creativity and serendipity, and could result in […]

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Evaluation of Virtual Objects: Contributions for the Learning Process

The constant technological development in education, and the potentiality of the resources offered by Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), are challenges faced by teaching institutions in Brazil, especially by those institutions, which by the very nature of their services intend to provide distance education courses. In such a scene, one sees the use of technology […]

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Open Assessment of Learning: A Meta-Synthesis

Open Assessment of Learning (OAoL) is an emerging educational concept derived from the incorporation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to education and is related with the Open Education Movement. In order to improve understanding of OAoL a literature review was conducted as a meta-synthesis of 100 studies on ICT-based assessment published from 1995 to […]

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Assessing Faculty Attitudes towards Online Instruction: A Motivational Approach

There continues to be a lack of congruence in the attitudes of faculty and administrators with respect to online or distance education. The authors developed and administered a questionnaire to assess pertinent attitudes and perceptions of full and part-time faculty (n= 421) toward online instruction at their private university in a U.S. Middle Atlantic State. […]

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Assuring Student Learning Outcomes Achievement Through Faculty Development: An Online University Example

Asynchronous discussions in the online teaching and learning environment significantly contributes to the achievement of student learning outcomes, which is dependent upon qualified and engaged faculty members. The discourse within this article addresses how an online university conducted faculty development through its unique Robust Learning Model (RLM) and its associated unique pedagogy and learning management […]

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Personalized Learning and the ‘Internet of Things:’ Q&A

Can the “Internet of Things” help teachers observe the hidden dimensions of human learning in real time, without compromising student privacy? It’s a “moonshot,” said the leaders of a new multidisciplinary research initiative at the University of Southern California. But it’s worth a try. Education Week

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Open University VC announces need for change

The Open University has started a root and branch review of its work to ensure it is fit to face the growing challenges of the future. The University’s traditional market – part-time higher education – is under threat from a decline in student numbers and potential competition from new providers. The Open University

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New trend has massive implications for personalized learning

A new era of personalized learning means IT and edtech leaders must focus on digital cohesion. eCampus News

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One Campus’s iPad Revolution Results in Education Evolution

Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University, in Missouri, describes some of the interesting changes it has recently made in the education it offers. Technology plays a key role. The Chronicle of Higher Education

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February 8, 2017

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7 Things You Should Know About Adaptive Learning Adaptive learning is one technique for providing personalized learning, which aims to provide efficient, effective, and customized learning paths to engage each student.Adaptive learning systems use a data-driven approach to adjust the path and pace of learning, enabling the delivery of personalized learning at scale. Adaptive systems can […]

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Online Course Quality: What do Nontraditional Students Value?This study analyzes nontraditional students’ perceptions of online course quality. Students were categorized into three groups: traditional, moderately nontraditional, and highly nontraditional. A survey instrument designed to assess online course quality and other demographic characteristics was administered electronically. Course quality was measured using the rubric associated with the eight Quality Matters (2008-2010) standards. A total […]

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Using eCoaching to Improve Practice of Novice Teacher EducatorsCoaching is becoming a more widely-accepted model of support for both preservice and inservice P-12 teachers. With the use of technology such as Bluetooth headsets and live streaming, coaching has become less intrusive and more “in the moment.” In this case study, we describe the use of an eCoaching process for two PhD students who taught […]

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“They Look at Themselves and Say: “Well, Okay…””: The Contribution of Video to Professional Identity DevelopmentThis paper focuses on the development of professional identity by the use of video technology. On the basis of empirical material from a professional bachelor’s e-learning programme, it is argued that the use of video can contribute to reflection of professional identity through its opportunities for visual reification of the professional “Me”: while acting in […]

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Are They Thinking Differently: A Cross-Cultural Study on the Relationship of Thinking Styles and Emerging Roles in Computer-Supported Collaborative LearningNumerous studies have recognized collaboration as an effective way of learning. When collaboration involves students from different cultural backgrounds, a question arises: Will cultural differences influence the manner in which roles are adopted within collaborative learning? In this study, a correlation analysis was used to explore the relationship between cultural factors and emerging roles among […]

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Seal to lead MSU’s Center for Distance EducationSTARKVILLE, Miss.—Susan Seal has been named executive director of Mississippi State University’s Center for Distance Education. Mississippi State

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Distance Learning Bridges the Digital Divide in Higher EducationDigital equity has long been a hot topic for K–12 schools. But small, rural colleges and universities have also had to tackle the issue to ensure their students enjoy the same resources and opportunities as students in urban locations and large institutions. EdTech Focus on Higher Education

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Penn State opens its first online bachelor’s degree in engineeringThe University is accepting applications for the new bachelor’s in software engineering offered through Penn State World Campus The Pennsylvania State University

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Coursera enrols governments in online learningCoursera, the online education platform, is targeting veterans in the US, youth in Pakistan and would-be financiers in Kazakhstan with the launch of a service where governments pay on behalf of users. Financial Times

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February 2, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-newsletter – 1/30/17

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Americans and Cybersecurity Many Americans do not trust modern institutions to protect their personal data – even as they frequently neglect cybersecurity best practices in their own personal lives Pew Research Center

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Web-based Collaborative Writing in L2 Contexts: Methodological Insights from Text MiningThe increasingly widespread use of social software (e.g., Wikis, Google Docs) in second language (L2) settings has brought a renewed attention to collaborative writing. Although the current methodological approaches to examining collaborative writing are valuable to understand L2 students’ interactional patterns or perceived experiences, they can be insufficient to capture the quantity and quality of […]

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Sharing a Multimodal Corpus to Study Webcam-mediated Language TeachingThis article proposes a methodology to create a multimodal corpus that can be shared with a group of researchers in order to analyze synchronous online pedagogical interactions. Epistemological aspects involved in studying online interactions from a multimodal and semiotic perspective are addressed. Then, issues and challenges raised by corpus creation and sharing are examined with […]

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Online vs. Face-to-Face Course Evaluations: Considerations for Administrators and FacultyThe purpose of this study was to determine whether students evaluate courses differently, and perhaps more critically, when delivered online vs. face-to-face (F2F). Course evaluations are associated with the instructor that taught the course. Course evaluation continues to be a significant assessment vehicle of faculty performance used by many administrators. This analysis attempted to control […]

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Current Issue Another Simple Yet Effective Best Practice for Increasing Enrollments at an Extended CampusThis article is a follow-up to a previous article, “Six Ways to Increase Enrollments at an Extended Campus,” published in this journal (vol. 17, no. 4, winter 2015), wherein a seventh best practice to increase course offerings and increase enrollments at an extended campus is presented. This best practice seeks to identify those areas of […]

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6 Ways to Sample an Online Degree ProgramWhen Lisa Dowdell heard about the for-profit, online Capella University through her daughter, a student, she was excited about the prospect of earning a bachelor’s degree on her own schedule. U.S. News & World Report

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MSU offers class on Montana’s changing climate via distance learningThe course will explore three key aspects of Montana’s climate–agriculture, forests and water resources, as well as the Montana Climate Assessment, an effort that is currently underway to describe past and future climate trends that affect different sectors of the state’s economy. Montana State University

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Not all towns are created equal, digitallyHow a Colorado school district struggles to give its students a technology boost The Hechinger Report

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Top 10 IT IssuesColleges and universities are concentrating on student success to address concerns about the costs, value, and outcomes of higher education. Student success initiatives are making use of every available resource and opportunity and involving every relevant stakeholder. Institutional technology is all three: resource, opportunity, and stakeholder. The 2017 issues list identifies the four focus areas […]

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January 24, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 1/23/17

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HarvardX and MITx: Four Years of Open Online Courses — Fall 2012-Summer 2016 In 2014 and 2015, a joint research team from Harvard University and MIT released summary reports1 describing the first two years of Harvard and MIT open online courses launched on the nonprofit learning platform, edX. These reports set expectations for the demographics […]

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Exploring the Factors Associated with MOOC Engagement, Retention and the Wider Benefits for Learners

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have and continue to change the way in which non-traditional learners’ access education. Although the free element of these has been linked to low completion rates due to no invested interest, the MOOC platform enables innovative technologies and practices to be trialled. Therefore, rather than attributing varied intentions of learners […]

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Assuring Quality in E-Learning Course Design: The Roadmap

Quality Assurance (QA) concepts and applications in Higher Education (HE) emerge from evolving meanings related to HE’s dynamic relationship with social, economic, cultural, and technological developments. The latter has been redefined by the growth spurred by the forms distance and online education acquired during the last decades. Creating a roadmap with clearly articulated meanings of […]

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Enabling Reproducibility for Small and Large Scale Research Data Sets

A large portion of scientific results is based on analysing and processing research data. In order for an eScience experiment to be reproducible, we need to able to identify precisely the data set which was used in a study. Considering evolving data sources this can be a challenge, as studies often use subsets which have […]

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Opening the Publication Process with Executable Research Compendia

A strong movement towards openness has seized science. Open data and methods, open source software, Open Access, open reviews, and open research platforms provide the legal and technical solutions to new forms of research and publishing. However, publishing reproducible research is still not common practice. Reasons include a lack of incentives and a missing standardized […]

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The Future Trends Forum

The Future Trends Forum is an ongoing, participatory, and open video conversation about the future of higher education. Each week a different guest – an inspiring expert, visionary, practitioner, or researcher – speaks to their area of interest. I kick off the discussion with a question or two, then facilitate further questions and comments generated by participants via […]

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Not all towns are created equal, digitally

How a Colorado school district struggles to give its students a technology boost The Hechinger Report

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Top 10 IT Issues

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The Body Issue

Study suggests digital models can help medical schools, which face a shortage of cadavers, teach students human anatomy. digital cadaver can be more educational than the real thing for certain medical students, a new study found. Inside Higher Ed

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January 19, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 1/17/17

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2016 Student and Technology Research Study We begin the report with a consideration of the importance of technology to students, whereby we explore students’ orientation toward technology, the number and types of devices students own, and the extent to which they use their digital devices in their academic work, as well as the importance of […]

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Web Strategies for the Curation and Discovery of Open Educational Resources

For those receiving funding from the UK HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resource Programme (2009–2012), the sustainability of project outputs was one of a number of essential goals. Our approach for the hosting and distribution of health and life science open educational resources (OER) was based on the utilisation of the WordPress.org blogging platform and search engine […]

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Design of a computer-based learning environment to support diagnostic problem solving towards expertise development

Learning through problem solving is a pedagogical approach that situates learning in problem-solving contexts. As a form of constructivist learning, problem solving has received increased attention in complex and ill-structured domains such as scientific inquiry and medical education. However, effective learning in problem-solving contexts is difficult to realize because problem-solving tasks often involve complex processes […]

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Knowledge retention in capstone experiences: An analysis of online and face-to-face courses

This research chronicles the development of a capstone experience by a regional comprehensive university. The process began with a multi-year project during which the faculty annually reviewed the results with a view to determining if the class provided the deep learning culminating experiences anticipated. A major measure of success was the desire to replicate the […]

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Coordinated Implicitly? An Empirical Study on the Role of Social Media in Collaborative Learning

As social media is widely adopted in collaborative learning, which places teams in a virtual environment, it is critical for teams to identify and leverage the knowledge of their members. Yet little is known about how social media influences teams to coordinate their knowledge and collaborate effectively. In this research, we explore the roles of […]

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Penn State World Campus most recognized in U.S. News’ online programs rankings

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State World Campus is ranked in the top 10 in six categories of U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Online Programs, the most of any institution. The Pennsylvania State University

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U.S. News ranks USC No. 1 in two key online graduate programs

The latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report place the USC Viterbi School of Engineering atop its annual rankings of online graduate programs. The school placed first in overall engineering programs and in computer science — maintaining the top slot in the latter category and reclaiming its No. 1 spot in overall engineering. University […]

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Online degree programs offered by IU highly ranked by U.S. News and World Report

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Online degree programs at Indiana University, particularly those in business, education and nursing, were again ranked among the best in the nation in the 2017 edition of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Online Education Program rankings. Indiana University

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Record shares of Americans now own smartphones, have home broadband

Nearly nine-in-ten Americans today are online, up from about half in the early 2000s. Pew Research Center has chronicled this trend and others through more than 15 years of surveys on internet and technology use. On Thursday, we released a new set of fact sheets that will be updated as we collect new data and […]

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