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May 22, 2018

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Evaluating theImpact of Engaged Philosophy in the Online Classroom: Lessons Learned As an Oregon State Ecampus Research Fellow, I designed and initiated a research study thDowat aimed to: 1) investigate tools and techniques for engaged, experiential online learning with undergraduate philosophy students and 2) propose discipline- specific criteria for evaluating the impact of these pedagogical […]

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Creating and Collaborating: Students’ and Tutors’ Perceptions of an Online Group ProjectAlthough collaboration skills are highly valued by employers, convincing students that collaborative learning activities are worthwhile, and ensuring that the experience is both useful and enjoyable, are significant challenges for educators. This paper addresses these challenges by exploring students’ and tutors’ experiences of a group project where part-time distance learners collaborate online to create a […]

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OER Awareness and Use: The Affinity Between Higher Education and K-12Educators within Higher Education (HE) and K-12 share in the need for high quality educational resources to assist in the pursuit of teaching and learning. Although there are numerous differences between the two levels of education, there are commonalties in the perceptions of the purpose, practical uses, and challenges that abide in the use of […]

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Designing Continuing Professional Development MOOCs to promote the adoption of OER and OEPThere is growing interest in the adoption of open educational resources (OER) and open educational practices (OEP) in a variety of contexts. Continuing professional development (CPD) among practitioners in the effective adoption of OER and OEP is critical in this scenario. Massive open online courses (MOOCs), which also grew as part of the open education […]

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The potential role of Open Educational Practice policy in transforming Australian higher educationOpen Educational Practices (OEP) have played an important role in assisting educational institutions and governments worldwide to meet their current and future educational targets in widening participation, lowering costs, improving the quality of learning and teaching and promoting social inclusion and participatory democracy. There have been some important OEP developments in Australia, but unfortunately the […]

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Alaska ramps up efforts to close broadband gap in K-12 schoolsThe state remains a laggard nationally when it comes to school connectivity, but a partnership with EducationSuperHighway aims to fix that. edscoop

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Michigan Has Required Online Classes for K-12 Students for Over a Decade. Is it Working?In 2006, the state of Michigan passed a controversial piece of education legislation known as the Michigan Merit Curriculum. The revamp required students to complete upper level STEM subjects and, among other things, take at least one online class. Known as the online learning requirement, it was intended to onboard students for a future of […]

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Network Neutrality: The End of the Beginning (Again)With federal policy debates currently dominated by tax-and-spending issues along with immigration, one might easily lose sight of the relatively recent, dramatic shift in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) policy on network neutrality. In part, this is because the 2017 FCC order changing the rules on network neutrality has yet to take full effect. On February […]

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How congressional politics drive the net neutrality debateThe ongoing national debate over the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules started a new chapter this week. Senate Democrats, led by Senator Ed Markey (D-Mass.), filed a petition that will force a vote on overturning the Commission’s 2017 decision to undo rules from the Obama administration. In doing so, Markey and his colleagues will […]

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May 15, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 5/14/18

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MAY 14, 2018
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NMC Horizon Report Preview 2018 The NMC Horizon Report Preview provides summaries of each of the upcoming edition’s trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology. This work would not have been possible without the efforts of the 71 community members of the 2018 Horizon Expert Panel. These volunteers share a consensus view that each […]

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The Webinar Integration Tool: A Framework for Promoting Active Learning in Blended Environments

This paper describes a three-stage process of developing a webinar integration tool to enhance the interaction of teaching and learning in blended environments. In the context of medical education, we emphasize three factors of effective webinar integration in blended learning: fostering better solutions for faculty and students to interact virtually; enhancing blended learning using webinars […]

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Twitter: A Professional Development and Community of Practice Tool for Teachers

This article shows how a group of language teachers use Twitter as a tool for continuous professional development through the #MFLtwitterati hashtag. Based on data collected through a survey (n = 116) and interviews (n = 11), it describes how this collective of teachers use the hashtag and evaluates the impact of their Twitter network […]

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Exploring Students’ Use of the Social Networking Site WhatsApp to foster connectedness in the online learning experience

In recent years, increasing attention has been paid to the use of social networking tools in higher education teaching and learning. Drawing on data from a larger study focusing on student engagement in the online virtual classroom, this paper is based on research conducted with three separate cohorts of students from the Masters in Special […]

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Using learning analytics to improve online formative quiz engagement

This paper describes the findings of a small research study, conducted in a third-level online college, using learning analytics to examine the implementation of formative quizzes in a blended-learning post-primary teaching programme. Using historic data captured in a virtual learning environment (VLE) for a single cohort (n=126), patterns of use of formative Knowledge Check quizzes […]

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Leading the World Toward a 5G Future

The United States is moving swiftly to lead the world in the next generation of wireless connectivity—or 5G. These new networks and technologies will enable faster speeds and low-latency wireless broadband services, cultivating the Internet of Things and innovations not yet imagined. Under Chairman Pai, the FCC is pursuing a comprehensive wireless strategy to ensure […]

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On the Road Again: “my ongoing digital divide tour”

Earlier this month, I completed the latest leg of my ongoing digital divide tour, logging over 500 miles in a rental car across Kentucky, Tennessee, and Arkansas. Yet again, I heard stories about how broadband connectivity can bring new opportunities and services just about anywhere. In Scottsville, Kentucky, a town of 4,000 that’s nearly 30 […]

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20 innovative edtech projects from around the world

For the past two decades, I’ve worked on issues at the intersection of the education and technology sectors in middle- and low-income countries and emerging markets around the world. It’s been a fascinating job: Over the past 20 years, I’ve been an advisor to, evaluator of, and/or working-level participant in, educational technology (‘edtech’) initiatives in […]

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How Harvard Is Trying to Update the Extension School for the MOOC Age

You could call extension schools the original MOOCs. Universities first opened these offshoots more than 100 years ago, and at the time they were innovative—throwing open the campus gates by offering night classes without any admission requirements. EdSurge

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May 8, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 5/7/18

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A Game of Snakes and Ladders: Launch of Critical Report on Learning Portfolio in Higher Education On Wednesday 14th February, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, Minister of State for Higher Education officially launched The Learning Portfolio in Higher Education: A Game of Snakes and Ladders. The launch took place in the historic Belvedere House on Dublin City […]

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4FAD: A framework for mapping the evolution of artefacts in the learning design process

A number of researchers have explored the role and nature of design in education, proposing a diverse array of life cycle models. Design plays subtly different roles in each of these models. The learning design research community is shifting its attention from the representation of pedagogical plans to considering design as an ongoing process. As […]

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A framework for self-determination in massive open online courses: Design for autonomy, competence, and relatedness

In this paper, we propose a framework for the design of massive open online courses (MOOCs) based upon the principles of self-determination theory, which posits a relationship between intrinsic motivation and the basic psychological need for autonomy, competence, and relatedness. We also report the results of design-based research that evaluates the application of the framework […]

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Reflecting on Reflecting: Summer Undergraduate Research Students’ Experiences in Developing Electronic Portfolios, a Meta-High Impact Practice

This pilot study assessed how using electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) as a meta-high impact practice (meta-HIP) might influence student learning through reflective practice. Eleven undergraduates participating in a summer research program reflected weekly on their research experiences through building and using ePortfolios, and attended three focus groups. The researchers assessed the students’ level of engagement as […]

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“Reflecting on Reflections:” Curating ePortfolios for Integrative Learning and Identity Development in a General Education Senior Capstone

By embedding an ePortfolio process in a general education core that culminates with a senior capstone course, Thomas Jefferson University has created an opportunity for students to use their completed ePortfolios as archives of primary sources that they can curate to produce narratives about their intellectual development. The result was a capstone course with a […]

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Learning online made it possible for these grads to make their dreams come true

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When Roberto Rodriguez decided to start working toward his college degree while he was in the military, he never dreamed he’d attend a university like Penn State. On the other hand, Stephanie Reynolds started college after high school but didn’t finish. And she never imagined she’d be able to finish her […]

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USDLA Awards Blackboard Ally with Innovation Award for Excellence in Distance Learning in 2018

INDIANAPOLIS, May 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) presented its 2018 International Distance Learning Awards to Blackboard in conjunction with the 2018 National Conference in Indianapolis, Indiana. PR Newswire

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Online learning isn’t as inclusive as you may think

A pair of online instructors revisit the assumption that web-based classes are fundamentally better at accommodating a range of students and teachers. University Affairs

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WGU Earns 8th 21st Century Distance Learning Award from USDLA

INDIANAPOLIS, May 1, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — For the eighth time, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) has honored Western Governors University (WGU) with a 21st Century Distance Learning Award for its leadership in distance education. The award was presented April 30 at USDLA’s 2018 Conference in Indianapolis. PR Newswire

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May 1, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 4/30/18

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THE STATE OF INNOVATION IN HIGHER EDUCATION Innovation is essential for success in today’s complex higher education landscape. Institutions of all sizes and in all regions can benefit from innovating in key areas like online course delivery, pedagogy and more. But how are colleges and universities utilizing innovation, and what can your institution learn from […]

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Changing Mobile Learning Practices: A Multiyear Study 2012–2016

Since the first iPhone was invented in 2007, mobile devices have progressed from a convenience in our daily lives to a necessity. In higher education, the use of mobile technologies in learning has also increased rapidly over that 10-year period.1 Given mobile’s changing nature and affordances, however, it is still unclear how to best integrate […]

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Conceptualising OEP: A review of theoretical and empirical literature in Open Educational Practices

Conceptualisations of open educational practices (OEP) vary widely, ranging from those centred primarily on the creation and use of open educational resources (OER) to broader definitions of OEP, inclusive of but not necessarily focused on OER. The latter, referred to in this paper as expansive definitions of OEP, encompass open content but also allow for multiple […]

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Mapping the open education landscape: citation network analysis of historical open and distance education research

The term open education has recently been used to refer to topics such as Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Historically its roots lie in civil approaches to education and open universities, but this research is rarely referenced or acknowledged in current interpretations. In this article the antecedents of the modern […]

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Evolving roles of faculty at an emerging hybrid competency‐based transdisciplinary program

Abstract Background Faculty is inseparable from the design and implementation of competency‐based programs. Yet prior research on competency‐based education (CBE) has mainly focused on program design and implementation, paying less attention to the faculty roles and perception of their involvement. Aims This paper explores faculty perceptions of their own roles relating to the design and […]

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State Authorization for Distance Ed Federal Regulation to be Implemented 07/01/2018

The U.S. Department of Education is scheduled to implement state authorization for distance education regulations on July 1, 2018. There is still some uncertainty about whether the Department will implement the regulation and, if they do, what institutions need to do to comply. WCET and its State Authorization Network (SAN), the National Commission for State […]

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Ohio State DELTA works to normalize eLearning in higher education

Ohio State’s Office of Distance Education and eLearning has an army of people working behind the scenes to keep the university’s online classroom experience at the top of its game The Lantern

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What Happens to Student Data Privacy When Chinese Firms Acquire U.S. Edtech Companies?

Between the creation of a social rating system and street cameras with facial recognition capabilities, technology reports coming out of China have raised serious concerns for privacy advocates. These concerns are only heightened as Chinese investors turn their attention to the United States education technology space acquiring companies with millions of public school users. EdSurge

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Walden University Grads Default on Their Federal Loans at Very Low Rates. But That’s not Why They’re Under Investigation.

They’re a for-profit based in Minnesota, but weren’t on the list of SARA-authorized institutions in that state. It looked like the Minnesota Office of Higher Education (MOHE) had stripped them of their license and they had gained authorization in another state. Under SARA, this would allow them to educate distance learners in every state in […]

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Distance-Educator.com Free e-newsletter 4/23/18

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Making Digital Learning Work With digital education on the rise, the Action Lab at Arizona State University and the Boston Consulting Group worked with six leading universities and community colleges that have a strong track record of delivering digital learning to large socioeconomically diverse student populations. Supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the […]

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Virtual School Startups: Founder Processes in American K-12 Public Virtual Schools

Traditional school districts do not have a lot of experience with virtual schools and have lost students to state and charter virtual schools. To retain students and offer alternative learning opportunities, more public districts are starting their own virtual schools. This study was an examination of foundational processes at three California virtual schools in traditional […]

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Decision, Implementation, and Confirmation: Experiences of Instructors behind Tourism and Hospitality MOOCs

As the popularity of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continues to grow, studies are emerging to investigate various topics in this area. Most have focused on the learners’ perspective, leaving a gap in the literature about MOOC instructors. The current research—conducted in the field of tourism and hospitality—explored early experiences of MOOC instructors as they […]

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Blended learning: Deficits and prospects in higher education

This article examines the nature and evolution of the term blended learning (BL), which encompasses numerous connotations, including its conception as a strategy, delivery mode, opportunity, educational shift, or pedagogical approach. Although much has been said in this field, very few studies examine the different types of blends behind their implementation. To address this gap […]

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Students’ perspectives on the design and implementation of a blended synchronous learning environment

This study investigated a blended synchronous learning environment (BSLE), which was designed for a group of master’s students taking a course at a teacher education institute. The BSLE was created for the majority of the students to attend the course face-to-face and at the same time allowed the rest to join the identical sessions using […]

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The Future of College Looks Like the Future of Retail

Similar to e-commerce firms, online-degree programs are beginning to incorporate elements of an older-school, brick-and-mortar model. Atlantic Monthly

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New Gallup Research: WGU’s Faculty Model Delivers Better Experiences that Result in Better Outcomes for Graduates

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gallup has released the results of a new study that compares the satisfaction and overall well-being of Western Governors University (WGU) graduates with graduates from other institutions in the U.S. According to the study, WGU graduates are reporting significantly higher levels of overall well-being and career success than the national average. In […]

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Will AI be a bane or boon for education?

K-12 and higher ed need to rethink their structures to prepare for the arrival of artificial intelligence in education, experts say. edscoop

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NetDragon Got a Deal on Edmondo. Christopher Nyren Saw It Coming.

Last week, Edmondo was acquired by the Chinese gaming company NetDragon for $137.5 million. The deal to acquire the K-12 student and teacher social platform prompted a good deal of speculation. But the biggest, takeaway considering Edmondo’s past rounds of investment, is that NetDragon got a deal. ELEARNING INSIDE NEWS

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