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March 23, 2017

Online Learning News – March 22, 2017 / Bulletin de l’apprentissage en ligne – le 22 mars 2017

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Five Key Questions About the State of Online Learning
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Universities and colleges are changing both what they teach and how they teach to reflect the new work of teaching and learning in a digital age. Let’s look at the current state of play and raise five big questions about the future. Full Story
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A Nation-Wide Teaching Training Initiative Focused on Enhanced Student Learning Led by the Fundación Omar Dengo in Costa Rica
To support the teaching of educational informatics, as well as thinking and learning skills, the Fundación Omar Dengo in Costa Rica offers primary and secondary school teacher training programs using blended learning. Teachers who specialize in educational informatics receive more extensive training than teachers of other subjects, but both groups benefit from training that mixes theory and practice, with ongoing support and research for development. Full story
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Online, Open, Flexible and Technology-Enhanced (OOFAT) Models for Education: Survey launched!
Consider taking part in a new research collaboration between the Open Education Research Hub (OER Hub) and Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS), funded by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) to develop models that demonstrate different practice in terms of how one or more elements of OOFAT are used to offer flexible learning in a sustainable modelComplete the survey.
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This Week’s Worth Reading selections
For Faculty & InstructorsFor Instructional Designers

For Policy Makers and Administrators

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Available Now – Your Updated List of Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences from Around the World
For January to June 2017
Browse the updated list of Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences, compiled by Clayton R. Wright, providing a range of options in Canada, the US, South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Australia, and New Zealand, covering teaching, learning, and educational administration, as well as technology in education. Full Story
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Cinq questions clés à l’égard de l’état de l’apprentissage en ligne
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Les universités et les collèges sont en train de modifier ce qu’ils enseignent ainsi que les manières, dont ils effectuent cette tâche afin de refléter les nouvelles réalisations en matière d’enseignement et d’apprentissage à l’ère numérique. Il nous faut donc examiner l’état de la situation actuelle et poser cinq grandes questions au sujet de l’avenir. Lire l’histoire complète.
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Une initiative nationale de formation en enseignement, menée par la Fundación Omar Dengo au Costa Rica, vise à améliorer l’apprentissage des étudiantes et étudiants
Pour appuyer l’enseignement de l’informatique éducative ainsi que la réflexion et les aptitudes à apprendre, la Fundación Omar Dengo au Costa Rica propose des programmes de formation à l’intention du personnel enseignant des écoles élémentaire et secondaire utilisant l’apprentissage mixte. Les enseignantes et enseignants se spécialisant en informatique éducative reçoivent une formation plus approfondie que leurs collègues, qui enseignent d’autres matières. Toutefois, les deux groupes bénéficient d’une formation qui fusionne la théorie et la pratique avec un soutien continu et la recherche pour le développement. Lire l’histoire complète.
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Les modèles en ligne, ouverts, flexibles et améliorés par la technologie (OOFAT) pour l’éducation : le sondage est lancé!
Nous vous invitons à envisager de participer à une nouvelle collaboration de recherche entre l’OER Hub (carrefour de recherche éducative ouverte) et Forschungsinstitut für Bildungs- und Sozialökonomie (FIBS), financée par l’ICDE (Conseil international pour l’éducation ouverte et à distance), en vue de mettre au point des modèles démontrant une pratique différente en ce qui a trait à comment un ou plusieurs éléments OOFAT sont utilisés pour offrir l’apprentissage flexible selon un modèle durable. Répondre au sondage.
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Les sélections de lectures intéressantes à signaler cette semaine
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Disponible dès maintenant – Votre liste mise à jour des conférences sur la technologie éducative et reliée à l’éducation
De janvier à juin 2017
Consulter la liste des conférences sur la technologie éducative et reliées à l’éducation, compilée par Clayton R. Wright. Elle présente une gamme d’options au Canada, aux États-Unis, en Amérique du Sud, en Europe, en Afrique, au Moyen-Orient, en Australie et en Nouvelle-Zélande, qui couvrent l’enseignement, l’apprentissage et l’administration éducationnelle ainsi que la technologie en éducation. Lire l’histoire complète.
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  1. Une nouvelle pédagogie émerge… et l’apprentissage en ligne en est un facteur contributif
  2. Revues remarquables sur l’apprentissage en ligne et à distance
  3. Les outils et les tendances
  4. Les webinaires et les entrevues
  5. OntarioLearn: 24 collèges publics en Ontario collaborent afin d’augmenter l’accès aux études et les choix de programmes et cours de qualité
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March 21, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 3/20/17

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Designing Competency-Based Articulation Agreements: A Framework for State Educational Agencies and Postsecondary Institutions The Designing Competency-Based Articulation Agreements Facilitator’s Guide provides state educational agencies (SEAs) a step-by-step process for developing articulation agreements between secondary and postsecondary institutions that incorporate competency-based education (CBE). The articulation agreements will formalize the process of allowing students to participate in […]

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Properties of Teacher Networks in Twitter: Are They Related to Community-Based Peer Production?

Teachers participate in social networking sites to share knowledge and collaborate with other teachers to create education-related content. In this study we selected several communities in order to better understand the networks that these participants establish in Twitter and the role that the social network plays in their activity within the community, especially related with […]

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Information technologies as a tool for agricultural extension and farmerto- farmer exchange: Mobile-phone video use in Mali and Burkina Faso

Mobile phones are widespread in the rural areas of Mali and Burkina Faso, but their potential as a tool for knowledge transfer by extension services in the region remains largely unexplored. The aim of this contribution is to evaluate the potential of video on mobile phones as a tool for farmer-to-farmer exchange and agricultural extension […]

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The Virtual Professor and Online Teaching, Administration and Research: Issues for Globally Dispersed Business Faculty

Changes in the manner in which universities are delivering education are revolutionary. Learning spaces are changing, online learning is increasing, the demand for more flexible learning continues to grow, and the skill set for academics is expanding. Recruitment and retention of academic staff to work in this type of context creates a range of challenges […]

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Using cloud computing to develop an integrated virtual system for online GIScience programs

Using cloud computing to develop an integrated virtual system for online GIScience programs The variety of offerings of online Geographical Information Science (GIS) programs has been extensively reported in the literature, which describes various types of degrees and certificates offered by institutions all over the world. Most online courses have merely focused on delivering lectures, […]

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Northern Kentucky U Launches OneCampus Portal to Streamline Navigation

Northern Kentucky University recently launched a single point of entry for all of its programs and services. Using its new online portal, NKU’s nearly 14,000 students and 2,000 faculty and staff members can easily connect to student services, academic support, transportation services and more categories in an online marketplace format. Campus Technology

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The Human Element: Faculty Collaboration in an Increasingly Digital World

The Human Element: Faculty Collaboration in an Increasingly Digital World Like most technologies, Web 2.0 learning tools can connect or divide us. The path we choose depends on how we understand and use the tools. Since ancient times, technological advances have stoked fears (among some) that our humanism will erode when new technologies grab hold […]

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Community colleges begin linking digital badges, ePortfolios and recruiting matches

Portfolium and Credly team up to integrate digital badges into ePortfolios to provide further evidence of learning and skillsets to potential employers. eCampus News

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D2L Releases Brightspace Spring17, Empowering Instructors to Reach Every Learner

D2L, a global learning technology leader, announces the Spring17 release of Brightspace, its award-winning learning management system (LMS). With the Brightspace Spring17 enhancements, it’s easier for instructors to reach every learner with an engaging and modern experience. “Mobile and social platforms have transformed the world and we need to make sure that learning experiences are […]

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March 15, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 3/13/17

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Using Social Learning Networks (SLNs) in Higher Education: Edmodo Through the Lenses of Academics With its total number of users (around 62 million) throughout the world, it is important to determine the views of academics who use Edmodo (the leading SLN. In this respect in the first part of this two-part research, the purpose was […]

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Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC

Social Networks and the Building of Learning Communities: An Experimental Study of a Social MOOC This study aimed to analyze the student’s behaviour in relation to their degree of commitment, participation, and contribution in a MOOC based on a social learning approach. Interaction data was collected on the learning platform and in social networks, […]

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The Pathway Program: A collaboration between 3 universities to deliver a social work distance education (DL) program to underserved areas of California

The Pathway Program: A collaboration between 3 universities to deliver a social work distance education (DL) program to underserved areas of California This paper describes the development of a partnership between three campuses to develop a (DL) education program-serving employees of county and tribal Health and Human Service Departments in remote rural areas of California. […]

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Students and mobile devices

Many educators advocate, promote and encourage the dreams of agency, control, ownership and choice amongst students whilst educational institutions take the responsibility for provision, equity, access, participation and standards. The institutions traditionally procure, provide and control the technology for learning but now students are acquiring their own personal technologies for learning and institutions are challenged […]

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Common Challenges for Instructors in Large Online Courses: Strategies to Mitigate Student and Instructor Frustration

Teaching in the online classroom is becoming commonplace for instructors as universities seek to grow enrollments and tap into unexplored markets. Many instructors, however, are often unprepared for the nuances of distance education and apprehensive about making the transition to online learning. This article aims to discuss common challenges for instructors of high-enrollment online courses […]

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Quizlet Debuts Study Feature That Helps Students Study Efficiently

Let’s face it: Most students don’t want to study more than they have to. As a result, many exhibit poor study habits, like cramming the night before (or the class before) a test, or blindly reviewing class notes. To help students kick bad study habits, Quizlet has added a new feature to its free app […]

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‘Data Wise’ Course Featured in Resource for Education Leaders

The HarvardX course “Introduction to Data Wise: A Collaborative Process to Improve Learning & Teaching” is featured in Digitally Enabled Learning, a handbook produced by The Hive Knowledge Group that helps leaders in education make the most of digital resources. HarvardX

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Dropbox Gains Momentum in Education, Joins Internet2 NET+ Program

SAN FRANCISCO, March 7, 2017 – Continuing its momentum in the education space, Dropbox today announced its participation with Internet2, an advanced technology community comprised of 319 leading research and education institutions. As part of the Internet2 NET+ program, Dropbox’s file storage and collaboration platform will be available to member universities across the country. The relationship is […]

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IBM Building First Universal Quantum Computers for Business and Science

IBM unveils roadmap for commercial “IBM Q” quantum systems Releases API for developers to build interfaces between quantum computers and classical computers Following Watson and blockchain, quantum computing to deliver next powerful set of services on IBM Cloud platform IBM

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March 8, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter – 3/6/17

A newsletter that I received on Monday (and am only getting around to posting today due to the volume of conference-related entries).

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Higher education providers are becoming increasingly aware of the diversity of their current and potential learners and are moving to provide a range of options for their engagement. The increasingly flexible delivery modes available for university students provide multiple pathways and opportunities or those seeking further education. In changing between and across modes, a one-size-fits-all approach is often used. That […]

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Welcome to United States Distance Learning Association and Thanks to Dr. John G. Flores CEO and Executive Director, USDLA

We are pleased to welcome our colleagues in the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) who will join us as new subscribers to Distance-Educator.com and extend our appreciation to Dr. John G. Flores who has made this collaboration between USDLA and Distance-Educator.com possible. CONTACT INFORMATION Dr. John G. Flores CEO and Executive Director United States […]

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Enriching Higher Education with Social Media: Development and Evaluation of a Social Media Toolkit

While ubiquitous in everyday use, in reality, social media usage within higher education teaching has expanded quite slowly. Analysis of social media usage of students and instructors for teaching, learning, and research purposes across four countries (Russia, Turkey, Germany, and Switzerland) showed that many higher education instructors actively use social media for private purposes. However, […]

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Why Do Academics Use Academic Social Networking Sites?

Academic social-networking sites (ASNS) such as Academia.edu and ResearchGate are becoming very popular among academics. These sites allow uploading academic articles, abstracts, and links to published articles; track demand for published articles, and engage in professional interaction. This study investigates the nature of the use and the perceived utility of the sites for academics. The […]

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Virtual team learning: The role of collaboration process and technology affordance in team decision making

The study examines two dimensions that impact virtual team decision making. One is the influence of collaboration process structure: the sequences, patterns, and routines participants use to interact and solve problems. The other is technology affordance: the strengths and weaknesses of technologies in terms of the usefulness they offer to teams when performing tasks. Some […]

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Learning Analytics Research for LMS Course Design: Two Studies

Findings from two research studies at scale reveal the implications of learning analytics research for designing courses in learning management systems. Data-driven interventions shine light on our institutional conceptions of learning, who our students are, and our responsibility — or perhaps our willingness — to support students. By focusing the lens of analytics on course design, we may be able to define success in […]

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5 Ways to Combat Loneliness and Isolation in Online Learning

Online learning is extremely convenient. It allows me and my students to work from home in pretty much any location in the country; it gives students the opportunity to work with educators who live in other areas and allows adult students to maintain full-time employment while studying. However, many students are feeling the social isolation […]

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D2L Expands its Global Reach to Colombia and UAE

D2L to Modernize Education for New Customers in Colombia Higher education and professional organizations select Brightspace to provide flexible learning options, virtual and mobile capabilities D2L, a global learning technology leader, is proud to announce that a range of customers across Colombia have selected its Brightspace LMS (learning management system). Universities and other institutions in South America’s second-most […]

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‘Huge Deal for a Small School’: Online degree programs are the greatest source of revenue

At Simmons College, two online degree programs launched less than five years ago are about to become the greatest source of tuition revenue on the campus. Inside Higher Education

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February 28, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 2/27/17

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Dawn breaks on a gorgeous morning in summer 2025. Peter has been waiting for this for months. It’s New Student Orientation Day at My University, Peter’s customized version of four formerly separate independent colleges that functionally merged several years earlier. He readies himself quickly and by 8:30 a.m. carefully opens the box he recently received […]

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Increasing Student Engagement in Online Educational Leadership Courses

Utilization of online instruction continues to increase at universities, placing more emphasis on the exploration of issues related to adult graduate student engagement. This reflective case study reviews nontraditional student engagement in online courses. The goals of the study are to enhance student focus, attention, and interaction. Findings suggest that interactivity seems to be a […]

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Teaching Online: Where Do Faculty Spend Their Time?

An understanding of online teaching time requirements provides essential information to inform scheduling, course size and instructor workload; in addition, awareness of the distribution of time across online teaching tasks provides insight to focus faculty efforts and tailor professional development to target instructional needs. The purpose of the current study is to examine the investment […]

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Student Satisfaction as a Predictor of Retention in a Professional Online For-Profit Higher Education Institution

This study expanded on prior satisfaction and retention research by exploring this relationship within the online for-profit sector. An ex post facto design was utilized at an online for-profit undergraduate institution with programs in the creative arts to explore the relationship between student satisfaction as measured by the Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) and […]

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The Effectiveness of Teaching-Learning Process in Online Education as Perceived by University Faculty and Instructional Technology Professionals

The major objective of the study reported here is to identify and rank in terms of relative importance selected principles and their means for achieving an effective online education. Research steps employed include (1) conducting a review of relevant literature reporting success as well as challenges online course delivery has been experiencing in the higher […]

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A Guide to Picking a Learning Management System: The Right Questions to Ask

Over the past 10 years, new learning management systems (LMSs) have sprung on the scene to rival the Blackboards and Moodles of old. On the EdSurge Product Index alone, 56 products self-identify and fall into the LMS category. And with certain established companies like Pearson pulling out of the LMS ranks, where do you start? […]

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Texas A&M Law Offers Two Online Graduate Degree Programs

Students of two new distance learning programs at Texas A&M University School of Law might be separated by cities, states or even countries—but they’ll still be bound together in their “cultish” identities as Aggies, said William Byrnes, who created the programs. Texas Lawyer

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Are textbooks in or out? The state of open educational resources

Open education is a hot topic in both the K-12 and higher education spaces due to a number of factors, including the desire to make education more affordable. OpenSource.com

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Unigranrio Partners With Blackboard To Double Its Distance-Learning Students

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Unigranrio, a leading higher education institution in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, has signed a partnership with Blackboard to optimize its undergraduate courses currently delivered through distance learning, and to launch a hybrid approach during 2017. The institution expects the partnership to enable it to […]

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