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August 14, 2018

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In February 2018, the Education Week Research Center fielded an online survey to a representative sample of more than 500 school leaders, including principals, assistant principals, and deans. The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percent. The topic of the survey was technology. Specifically, the questionnaire focused on screen-time, personalized learning, social media, […]

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The Evolution of Designing E-Service-Learning Projects: A Look at the Development of Instructional Designers

This design case will discuss how design strategies evolved through the development and implementation of two e-service-learning project cohorts. The article provides a detailed account for how Designers for Learning launched its first e-service-learning instructional design project to address adult basic education needs. Information and design feedback gathered at the end of project informed design […]

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The Evidence Based Curriculum Design Framework: Leveraging Diverse Perspectives in the Design Process

The ubiquity of touchscreen, mobile tablet technology has resulted in a plethora of “apps for learning” yet few leverage the learning sciences as a design driver. This paper describes our approach to integrating the learning sciences with best practices in app design: a design framework that involves researchers and developers in a co-development process to […]

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Higher education students’ experiences of digital learning and (dis)empowerment

This paper focuses on learning practices in higher education in relation to a digital participatory culture. Using key principles of critical education, the research set out to explore higher education students’ sense of agency online – or lack of it –as part of their formal learning practices. The research found that although students were proficient […]

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Student Presence and Faculty Availability in Fully Online Courses: Is Alignment Requisite?

Distance students consider online faculty availability and immediacy to be very important. Understanding student course usage is imperative to be able to align with their needs. The results of daily course usage by fully online nursing students enrolled in three separate clinical courses on an LPN-to-BSN track illustrate a clear pattern of extraordinarily consistent usage […]

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Reading Signals from the Future: EDUCAUSE in 2038

In 1992, I was in a meeting at Apple Computer and was asked if I wanted to see the next “killer technology” the company would soon release. My Apple colleague left the conference room and came back to unveil the Apple Newton, a handheld device (sort of) that Apple was calling a “Personal Digital Assistant” […]

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A Bird’s-Eye View of Online Program Quality

Laura Dicht has since last November served as manager of online program quality in New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering. Before that, she spent two years as an instructional designer for the school. In the nine months in her new role, she’s gathered some newfound insights into the online teaching experience, shaped new processes […]

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Defining ‘Regular and Substantive’ Interaction in the Online Era

The Trump administration is considering an overhaul of a 26-year-old federal rule that is seen variably as a barrier to innovation and an important guardrail against substandard instruction. Inside Higher Ed

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Why the FCC’s E-rate Makes Funding High-Speed Internet a Slow Crawl

It’s one of the cruelest ironies in education: today’s schools must build and maintain robust high-speed, fiber-optic internet connections. But the process involved in finding funds for these upgrades can feel like a laggy dial-up modem, slow to a crawl—when it’s not cutting out completely. EdSurge

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August 9, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 8/7/18

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According to the Programme Guide of the European Commission2, “student mobility can be in any subject area/academic discipline. To ensure high-quality mobility activities with maximum impact onthe students, the mobility activity has to be compatible with the student’s degree-related learning and personal development needs. The study period abroad must be part of the student’s study […]

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Developing Student Support for Open and Distance Learning: The EMPOWER ProjectEuropean universities face great challenges dealing with twenty-first century world changes. Deep transformations are required to a wide range of life-long learning scenarios, which are replacing traditional modes of university study and giving access to students in more flexible ways. To address the transformation in learning, the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) launched […]

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Students’ Emotional Engagement, Motivation and Behaviour Over the Life of an Online Course: Reflections on Two Market Research Case StudiesSince 2013, Leeds Beckett University has carried out two studies, working with market researchers, into students’ feelings and perceptions of online courses and their learning context. This work has been conducted outside routine data collection for statistical reporting to regulatory agencies, as these exercises do not explore a student’s engagement or behaviour in a rich […]

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Encouraging Learners to Explore Websites: Hyperlinks as InvitationsWe applied a user interface (UI) design approach based on a constructivist perspective for web-based learning that conceptualizes interactions between learners and websites as conversations. Hyperlinks on the UI of a distributed interactive learning environment were treated as invitations for interaction to encourage learners’ active exploration. An experiment for examining the effects of two UI […]

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Ethics in the Classroom: A Ten-Year RetrospectiveThe influence of classroom context on the probability of being caught cheating is compared between face-to-face classes and online classes. A decision tree model assigned in the context of a management science class presents alternatives, including unethical choices, risks and rewards, and a decision facing a potential ethical dilemma. Part of the student response to […]

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A Step-by-Step Approach to Creating a Security Education, Training, and Awareness ProgramLearn how Boston College created an effective security awareness program while strengthening relationships with campus faculty and staff. EDUCAUSE Review

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An Open Secret: the Problems with Virtual SchoolsIt is no secret. The news media is full of reports about problems with cyber schools. Some recent examples include: National Education Policy Center

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4 Big Shifts That Can Personalize the Learning JourneyWhat needs to happen to move your school or district toward an effective implementation of personalized learning? According to EdSurge Fusion conference speaker, Dr. Scott McLeod, there are Four Big Shifts that propel “deeper learning schools” along their personalized learning journey. EdSurge

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Moodle Drops BlackboardOpen source software company Moodle today announced it is ending its partnership with Blackboard. Blackboard will “transition out of Moodle’s Certified Moodle Partner program in the coming months,” and “will no longer be allowed to use the Moodlerooms name or the Moodle trademarks that had been licensed to them to advertise their Moodle-related services,” according […]

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August 2, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 8/1/18

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New Approaches to Judging Quality in Higher Education: Profiles of Emerging Methods Apart from Traditional Accreditation The purpose of this report is to profile a selection of emerging approaches to judg- ing quality in higher education that represent a range of stakeholder interests andperspectives. This report includes three sections: Part 1. Quality Assurance at a […]

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An Investigation into Web-based Presentations of Institutional Online Learning OrientationsOnline learning orientation may be particularly important in a virtual setting where students are unfamiliar with the learning platform, unsure if their available computer hardware and software will meet requirements, and hesitant that they have the learning orientation to progress. Given that virtual students are at risk for receiving less advisement than their on-ground counterparts, […]

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What Motivates Students in the Online Communication Classroom? An Exploration of Self-Determination TheoryThe purpose of this study was to examine instructional strategies used to motivate students to engage in online communication courses. Eighteen undergraduate students, seven graduate students, and ten faculty members were interviewed individually or in small focus groups. Results indicate the significance of instructional strategies that promote autonomy, perceived competence, and relatedness in motivating students. […]

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Bot-teachers in hybrid massive open online courses (MOOCs): A post-humanist experienceNetworked technologies have created many learning opportunities and led to new learning models such as massive open online courses (MOOCs). However, MOOCs are an evolving learning model that are even today changing according to learners’ needs. First generation cMOOCs and second generation xMOOCs are now being followed by third generation hybrid MOOCs. In these evolution […]

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Social presence and motivation in online environments: Second Life versus the Enocta Learning Management System/Adobe ConnectThis study aims to compare the social presence and motivation of students taking a database II course using either the virtual world Second Life (SL) or the Enocta learning management system (LMS)/Adobe Connect. The study group consisted of 60 undergraduate sophomore students enrolled in a fully online computer programming program. Students were divided into two […]

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The unfulfilled promise of online higher educationDecades after the first stirrings of online learning were felt in higher education, the revolution its advocates had foretold has yet to occur. University World News

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UPenn Launches Online Master’s Degree in Computer Science with CourseraThe University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science is launching an online master’s degree. The program will be delivered in partnership with Coursera. While the program won’t be free, the MCIT Online degree will cost only $26,300, which is a fraction of the cost of completing a master’s degree in computer science on the […]

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Canvas Announces Badges Powered By Badgr For All Canvas UsersSALT LAKE CITY, July 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Canvas by Instructure, the open learning management system (LMS) that makes teaching and learning easier, will now offer Open Badges through Badgr as a native feature in Canvas. Badgr is an achievement recognition and tracking system built by Concentric Sky that is used to issue, organize and share […]

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Temple University Joins Leading Higher Education Institutes to Empower Digital Literacy Skills With Adobe Creative CloudSAN JOSE, Calif. — July 19, 2018 — Adobe (Nasdaq:ADBE) and Temple University have reached an agreement for campus-wide access to Adobe Creative Cloud (Adobe CC). The licensing agreement allows every Temple University student, faculty member and employee with a registered university email address to log in and use Adobe CC. This includes access to […]

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July 24, 2018

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E-Learning Research Report 2017 Analysis of the main topics in research indexed articles Executive summary What do the articles on e-learning published in academic journals during 2017 talk about? To answer this question we analysed all the impact publications made during this period, with the aim of drawing a map that is useful for seeing […]

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A Generalizable Framework for Multi-Scale Auditing of Digital Learning Provision in Higher Education

It is increasingly important that higher education institutions can audit and evaluate the scope and efficacy of their digital learning resources across various scales. To-date there has been little effort to address this need for a validated, appropriate and simple to execute method that will facilitate such an audit; whether it be at the scale […]

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Understanding Student Engagement in Large-Scale Open Online Courses: A Machine Learning Facilitated Analysis of Student’s Reflections in 18 Highly Rated MOOCs

Although massive open online courses (MOOCs) have attracted much worldwide attention, scholars still understand little about the specific elements that students find engaging in these large open courses. This study offers a new original contribution by using a machine learning classifier to analyze 24,612 reflective sentences posted by 5,884 students, who participated in one or […]

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Technology Matters – The Impact of Transactional Distance on Satisfaction in Online Distance Learning

Transactional distance (TD), the perception of psychological distance between the student and his peers, his instructor/teacher, and the learning content, has long been a prominent construct in research on distance education. Today, distance education primarily takes place over the internet, with technology mediating engagement and communication. Because transactional distance in online distance learning will always […]

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Development of Youth Digital Citizenship Scale and Implication for Educational Setting

Digital citizens need comprehensive knowledge and technological accessibility to the internet and digital world and teachers have a responsibility to lead them to become digital citizens. However, existing Digital Citizenship Scales contain too broad ranges and do not precisely focus on the target students, so teachers do not have clear criteria for facilitating young people […]

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Stanford’s free online classes expand education opportunities

Aiming to promote life-long learning and share knowledge with the general public, Stanford University has put extensive efforts into providing free online courses to anyone, anywhere. Since 2011, Stanford faculty and the Office of the Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning (VPTL) have created hundreds of online classes in topics ranging from psychology and philosophy […]

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Mixing and Matching Cal State Online Courses — Free

University system’s program will let residential students enroll at no charge in online courses from any of the system’s 23 campuses — not just the one where they’re enrolled. Inside Higher Ed

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Free Digital Textbooks vs. Purchased Commercial Textbooks

A large-scale study at the University of Georgia has found that college students provided with free course materials at the beginning of a class get significantly better academic results than those that do not. The Georgia study, published this week, compared the final grades of students enrolled in eight large undergraduate courses between 2010 and […]

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Cengage Contributes Openly Licensed Content to OER Community

BOSTON, July 16, 2018 – Cengage, an education and technology company, is contributing the narrative content for three openly licensed textbooks, as well as the learning objectives and assessments for 12 course areas as Open Educational Resources (OER). The Creative Commons Attribution licensed (CC BY) narrative content and the learning objectives are available to download […]

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July 18, 2018

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 7/16/18

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Models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education (OOFAT) The final report from the ICDE initiated study on delivery models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education across the globe is now publicly released and available for download. The study was launched through an open webinar 25 April, chaired by the ICDE […]

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Grit and Intention: Why Do Learners Complete MOOCs?

In recent years there has been considerable interest in how many learners complete MOOCs, and what factors during usage can predict completion. Others, however, have argued that many learners never intend to complete MOOCs, and take MOOCs for other reasons. There has been qualitative research into why learners take MOOCs, but the link between learner […]

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Teaching Massive, Open, Online, Courses (MOOCs): Tales from the Front Line

Very little research has been conducted about what it is like to teach a MOOC. Given this, a mixed methods study, involving a survey of 186 MOOC instructors and 15 follow-up interviews, was conducted to explore the motivation, experiences, and perceptions of instructors who have taught massive open online courses. Findings indicate that instructors were […]

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‘The Internet is all around us’: How children come to understand the Internet

While children are living more of their lives online, little is known about what they understand about the implications of their online participation. Here we report on the Best Footprint Forward project which explored how children come to understand the internet. Thirty-three children (ranging in age from 10 to 12 years old) from three primary […]

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Seeing Is Believing: Peer Video Coaching as Professional Development Done With Me and for Me

As part of their graduate education, in-service teachers identified an area of instructional focus, video recorded their classroom instruction at two intervals in a semester-long course, formed peer groups, and shared their videos for the purpose of obtaining feedback for professional growth. After the conclusion of the course, participants were contacted and presented with a […]

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Cal Poly’s digital transformation hub lets students take technology to government

The university’s Dx-Hub brings innovation to the public sector through student design. edscoop

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Experts say we’re approaching a third wave of higher-ed reform

An evolving workforce will demand lifelong learning, and higher-ed reform will have to mold postsecondary education to follow suit eCampus News

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Ohio Legislature Sends Package of E-School Bills to Gov. Kasich

The state has been struggling with enrollment problems, leading to what one legislator termed a “broken system.” Converge Magazine

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Moodle Mobile 3.5 Is Out: Check Out A Brand New Look, Navigation Enhancements And Advanced Admin Control

On June 25th, just a tad late, Moodle Mobile 3.5 was released. New features, from GDPR compliance to visual layout and responsiveness enhancements; 7 critical bugs fixed and dozens of issues addressed make the latest upgrade Moodle’s most ambitious mobile play yet. On the app stores for Android and iOS, the app will no longer […]

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