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June 20, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 6/19/17

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Promises and pitfalls of online education Online courses have expanded rapidly and have the potential to extend further the educational opportunities of many students, particularly those least well-served by traditional educational institutions. However, in their current design, online courses are difficult, especially for the students who are least prepared. These students’ learning and persistence outcomes […]

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Tracking the Money for Open Educational Resources in South African basic Education: What We Don’t Know

Limited research has been done to date on the extent of public funding of Open Educational Resources (OER) within basic education (K-12 equivalent) in South Africa. As claims have been made about the potential cost reductions that come with using OER, this study aimed to establish a benchmark of public spending on educational resources, uncover […]

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Incentivizing the Production and Use of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education Institutions

Substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercially-produced textbooks results in demonstrable cost savings for students in most higher education institutions. Yet OER are still not widely used, and progress toward large-scale adoption in most colleges and universities has been slow. This article reviews the literature informing financial and other issues that affect OER adoption. It […]

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Designing quality into direct-assessment competency-based education

Background Meeting the nation’s need for 60% of its working age population to hold postsecondary education by 2025 is not possible through traditional educational institutions and formats. They simply do not have the “seats” available. Students, employers, and regulatory agencies are actively exploring educational alternatives, such as competency-based education, rightfully expecting assurances of quality. Methods […]

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Implications for educator preparation programs considering competency-based education

The competency-based educational (CBE) model has been implemented in numerous colleges and universities across the United States since its inception. While some of these institutions have elected to adopt CBE within a limited number of academic departments or programs, others have chosen to build their entire curriculum in such a way that requires all students […]

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Optical Communication at Record-High Speed

Soliton frequency combs generated in optical microresonators allow to transmit data at rates of more than 50 terabits per second – publication in Nature Science and Technology Research News

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Blackboard Achieves AWS Education Competency Status

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education Competency status. This designation recognizes that Blackboard has demonstrated technical proficiency and success building cloud-hosted educational solutions for clients. Blackboard

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Facebook, an Online Learning Platform?

New Facebook features intended for developers could, if expanded, turn the social networking site into an online learning platform. Inside Higher Ed

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June 13, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 6/12/17

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The Internet of Things Connectivity Binge: What Are the Implications? Despite wide concern about cyberattacks, outages and privacy violations, most experts believe the Internet of Things will continue to expand successfully the next few years, tying machines to machines and linking people to valuable resources, services and opportunities Pew Research Center: Internet & Technology

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Moving Technology-Enhanced-Learning Forward: Bridging Divides through Leadership

A study of academics and professional staff engaged in the emerging field of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) reveal three areas of significant difference in reference to perspectives about TEL. These differences rest on the following individual characteristics: 1) research areas and competencies, 2) academic level, and 3) attitudes towards teaching. While the number of respondents […]

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Adaptive or Transactional Leadership in Current Higher Education: A Brief Comparison

Higher education institutions operate in a complex environment that includes influence from external factors, new technologies for teaching and learning, globalization, and changing student demographics to name a few. Maneuvering such complexity and change requires a leadership strategy that is flexible and supportive. This paper reviews two leadership theories in reference to this need: adaptive […]

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Blended learning citation patterns and publication networks across seven worldwide regions

The field of international blended learning (BL) is primed to benefit from stronger communication and collaboration. Collaboration is currently limited, and regions vary greatly in terms of citations. However, BL is growing worldwide and each region is an important part of the community. The goal of this research is to explore where the most impactful […]

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Offering Authentic Learning Activities in the Context of Open Resources and Real-World Goals: A Study of Self-Motivated Online Music Learning

Many users of online open education resources (OERs) are learners seeking insights into problems encountered as they pursue their everyday interests and activities. As well as benefitting from intrinsic motivation, such authentic learning activity provides context that helps the learner absorb and integrate the meaning of the knowledge. The purpose of this study was to […]

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Independent Report Charts Sustainable Future for [Athabasca] University

The much-anticipated report of the Third Party Review of Athabasca University has been released at an event on the university’s main campus in the northern Alberta town. Today also marks the beginning of the annual convocation ceremonies, marking the completion of the educational careers of many of the university’s students. The university’s Board Chair sees […]

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Digital Citizenship + Liberal Arts = Students Empowered for Life

Students often attempt to navigate the Internet without being given the space to intentionally think about and understand how the digital world works, how it influences their lives, and how they in turn can influence its direction. Liberal arts colleges emphasize preparing students to be lifelong learners, creative and critical thinkers, and engaged members of […]

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The Future of Work: the number of jobs is not the only thing at stake

Most of the discussion about the future of work focuses on how many jobs robots will take from humans. But this is just a (small) part of the change to come. As we explained in our previous blog, technology is reshaping the world of work not only by automating production but also by facilitating connectivity […]

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Ivy Tech Extends Partnership With Blackboard To Drive Enrollment, Retention And Student Success

WASHINGTON, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Ivy Tech Community College, Indiana’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system, is extending its partnership with Blackboard through 2020 to further support enrollment growth, enhance the student experience and increase retention. Blackboard

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June 6, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 6/5/17

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Condition of Education 2017 A Letter From the Commissioner of the National Center for Education Statistics May 2017 On behalf of the National Center for Education Statistics, I am pleased to present e Condition of Education 2017, a congressionally mandated annual report summarizing the latest data on education in the United States. is report is […]

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From digital commons to the data-fied urge: Theorising evolving trends in the intersections of digital culture and open education

This paper aims to unravel the interlacing of learning theories and media theories in order to map out how the link between digital culture and open education has been argued in related research and scholarship. Taking into account evolving trends and trajectories in the fields of digital networked technology and education since the 1990s, it […]

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Approaches Reflected in Academic Writing MOOCs

Since it was first introduced in 2008, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been attracting a lot of interest. Since then, MOOCs have emerged as powerful platforms for teaching and learning academic writing. However, there has been no detailed investigation of academic writing MOOCs. As a result, much uncertainty still exists about the differences of […]

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Web accessibility and technology protection measures: Harmonizing the rights of persons with cognitive disabilities and copyright protections on the web

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) obligates State Parties to ensure full and equal access to the web for persons with disabilities. However, copyright law and policy sometimes poses challenges to realizing full and equal access to the web for persons with varying physical, mental, and cognitive disabilities. Recent […]

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Bridging the digital divide for people with intellectual disability

Recent data from several studies and surveys confirm that our society has entered the digital and information age. Some authors mention that information and communication technologies (ICT) have the potential to enhance people’s power to act and promote equal citizen participation. These elements are particularly important for people living with intellectual disability (ID). However, it […]

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The NextGen LMS – Not Just An eLearning Portal

Had the same Learning Management System for the last few years? Guess what – a lot of exciting things happened while you weren’t looking! eLearning Industry

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The Pulse: Conversation With Ken Hartman

This month’s episode of the Pulse podcast features an interview with Ken Hartman, a veteran of online learning and currently CEO of Degree Quest. Inside Higher Ed

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The McGraw-Hill Education 2017 Future Workforce survey

The McGraw-Hill Education 2017 Future Workforce survey captures more than 5,000 college students’ hopes, worries, and opinions about their preparedness for future careers. McGraw-Hill Education

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Collaboration between Ball State, other state universities ensure affordable access to essential software

There’s strength in numbers when it comes to higher education software agreements. Five Hoosier public institutions capitalized on their combined size to secure a new deal to provide Microsoft products to tens of thousands of students, faculty and staff at a significant discount. Ball State University

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May 31, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-newsletter 5/30/17

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2017 THE CHANGING LANDSCAPE OF ONLINE EDUCATION (CHLOE) QM and Eduventures have teamed up to conduct a multi-year study to examine the changing landscape of online education, provide results to those who can use them and help those involved with online education place their institution within a broader context and possibly influence strategic decisions and […]

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Understanding Learners’ Motivation and Learning Strategies in MOOCsMOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) have changed the way in which OER (Open Educational Resources) are bundled by teachers and consumed by learners. MOOCs represent an evolution towards the production and offering of structured quality OER. Many institutions that were initially reluctant to providing OER have, however, joined the MOOC wave. Nevertheless, MOOCs detractors strongly […]

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Designing and Improving a Blended Synchronous Learning Environment: An Educational Design ResearchIn this study, a blended synchronous learning environment (BSLE) was created to support a group of graduate students when they were taking a course. Instruction was delivered to both face-to-face (F2F) and online students simultaneously. The purpose of this paper is to present how this BSLE was gradually designed, implemented, and improved by following the […]

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Migrants and Mobile Technology Use: Gaps in the Support Provided by Current ToolsOur current understanding of how migrants use mobile tools to support their communication and language learning is inadequate. This study, therefore, explores the learner-initiated use of technologies to support their comprehension, production, and acquisition of English following migration to Canada. Information about migrant use of technologies and experiences was collected by interviews. The interview data […]

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Integration and Language Learning of Newly Arrived Migrants Using Mobile TechnologyThe purpose of this study is to investigate the mobile activities newly arrived migrants are engaged in when learning the Swedish language and about Swedish culture and society. Further, the study also explores the use of a mobile application (app) provided to the newly arrived migrants to use for pronunciation practice. The study involved 38 […]

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Cisco Survey Reveals Close to Three-Fourths of IoT Projects Are FailingLONDON – The Internet of Things World Forum (IoTWF), May 23, 2017 – IDC predicts that the worldwide installed base of Internet of Things (IoT) endpoints will grow from 14.9 billion at the end of 2016 to more than 82 billion in 20251. At this rate, the Internet of Things may soon be as indispensable […]

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Student Success, Venture Capital, and a Diverse Workforce: An Interview with Heather HilesHeather Hiles talks about success—for students, for higher education, for the Gates Foundation, and for her personal interests. EDUCAUSE Review

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Wainhouse Research Analysts Predict the Future of Tech for 2018 and BeyondWe’ve heard their predictions on everything from web collaboration to educational technologies and more. Wainhouse Research Senior Analyst and Partner Alan Greenberg and Senior Analyst Steve Vonder Haar took shots at making consumer tech predictions at our annual Mediasite User Conference Unleash last week in Madison, Wis. Read on to find out where they think […]

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ASU Prep Digital: Designing Beginnings with the End in MindArizona State University is pleased to introduce ASU Prep Digital, a new college prep option where online high school and university courses converge in a unique learning opportunity for all students. Built on the Cambridge International Curriculum framework, this rigorous virtual school program prepares students for acceptance at leading universities and encourages them to explore […]

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May 23, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 5/22/17

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The Promise and Peril of Predictive Analytics in Higher Education Predictive analytics–using massive amounts of historical data to predict future events–is a practice that’s making it easier and faster for colleges to decide which students to enroll and how to get them to graduation. But using data in this way may make decision-making processes harder, […]

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A Comparison of Learning Outcomes for Adult Students in On-Site and Online Service-Learning

As noted by Kolb’s (1984) experiential learning theory, adults learn best through experiences. Typically delivered in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting, service-learning integrates the knowledge learned in the classroom with real-world experience and community service. E-service-learning, service-learning delivered in part or entirely online, is uniquely positioned to provide adult students in online programs with access […]

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Does Online Learning Deliver? A Comparison of Student Teacher Outcomes from Candidates in Face-to-Face and Online Program Pathways

Although a growing number of students are accessing online learning programs, there are concerns about the quality of these programs. Multiple reports examined online program quality, but many of those studies had methodology and design issues that make it difficult to interpret the findings conclusively. This study attempted to address the methodological concerns by comparing […]

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Talent Management Implementation at an Open Distance E-Learning Higher Educational Institution: The Views of Senior Line Managers

The war for talent remains a challenge that many organisations face but more so for distance education institutions to deliver on its mandate to provide effective online academic offerings. The question that remains is: How can intellectual capital be managed effectively in order to recruit and retain talent that is necessary for success? This study […]

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Improving the K-12 Online Course Design Review Process: Experts Weigh in on iNACOL National Standards for Quality Online Courses

Within the K-12 online learning environment there are a variety of standards that designers can utilize when creating online courses. To date, the only research-based standards available are proprietary in manner. As such, many jurisdictions have begun adopting online course design standards from the leading advocacy organization, which that have yet to be validated from […]

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Modernizing Document Recordation

The U.S. Copyright Office is proposing to amend its regulations concerning the recordation of transfers of copyright ownership and other documents pertaining to a copyright under 17 U.S.C. § 205, and notices of termination under sections 203, 304(c), and 304(d). The current recordation process is a time-consuming and labor-intensive paper-based one, requiring remitters to submit […]

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‘Glacial Progress’ on Digital Accessibility

Data from 700,000 classes show digital course materials have gotten only slightly more accessible to students with disabilities over the last five years. Inside Higher Ed

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Student Success Handbook for Higher Education

With higher education enrollment rates steadily declining, it’s more important than ever for institutions to invest in student success. Higher education is an increasingly crowded, competitive landscape, one in which retention and graduation rates are an ever-increasing blip on any institution’s radar, particularly tuition-dependent institutions. Putting solid support behind student success can be a key […]

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Amazon, Apple, Google, and Microsoft Battle for K-12 Market, and Loyalties of Educators

If there’s a common thread that unites the rival technology giants Apple, Google, and Microsoft in the education market, it’s this: They’re big. The three major tech companies—along with Amazon, a relatively new player on the scene—go head-to-head in vying for big chunks of school business, most notably in sales of devices and operating systems, […]

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