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March 31, 2020

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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning for the Future of Higher Education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD) provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, this pragmatic approach offers instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a comprehensive planning method to assess the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and to develop alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution. This complex, self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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Updated Resources and Information for Online Learning

Free Resources and Guidance for Those New to Virtual Learning As the COVID-19 pandemic impacts universities, it’s inspiring to see dedicated faculty nationwide create virtual classrooms to continue educating students. To help these instructors transition rapidly to virtual learning environments, Wiley Education Services is offering this resource center. Explore our reference materials to access best […]

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Shifting Teaching and Learning in Online Learning Spaces: An Investigation of a Faculty Online Teaching and Learning Initiative

We examined the adoption of online teaching strategies by faculty members at a large midwestern research university who participated in a year-long learning community. The purpose of this study was twofold: 1) to investigate changes in teaching approaches resulting from a year-long e-learning professional development initiative; and 2) to understand the perceptions of factors that […]

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From Discussion Forums to eMeetings: Integrating High Touch Strategies to Increase Student Engagement, Academic Performance, and Retention in Large Online Courses

Student engagement and group work are critical to developing competencies, deeper learning, and attributes that align with 21st-century skills. Group work is particularly important for future employment in an increasingly competitive and dynamic workforce. A new capstone group work assignment using Online Human Touch (OHT) strategies was integrated into an Information Systems course at a regional […]

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Research-based learning in education studies: Design inquiry using group e-Portfolios based on blogs

Research-based learning (RBL) is an approach that aims to engage students in research activities within their study discipline. Since this method puts the focus on the learner, Web 2.0 tools are considered to provide good support in enhancing collaboration processes, which are necessary in conducting research in real-life situations. The link between RBL and the […]

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Laptops and mobile phones at self-study time: Examining the mechanism behind interruption and multitasking

This study examines university students’ multitasking with computers and mobile phones in an authentic self-study context, with the primary focus being on off-task multitasking and interruption as precursor to multitasking. The study drew on interviews, observation, and video-stimulated recall to reveal the triggers for and processes of multitasking. It has identified pop-up notifications as the […]

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Open and Shut: Open Access in Hybrid Educational Technology Journals 2010 – 2017

Little is known about open access publishing in educational technology journals that employ a hybrid model which charges authors only if they wish to publish via gold open access. In this study we sought to address this gap in the scholarly understanding of open access publishing in hybrid journals that publish research into the intersection […]

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Towards a Devolved Model of Management of OER? The Case of the Irish Higher Education Sector

This paper reports on the research findings from a national project examining the issues in creating, sharing, using, and reusing open educational resources (OER) in the context of the development of open education in Ireland. One important aspect of the research was to investigate the potential for using existing institutional research repository infrastructure for the […]

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The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

Well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster. Colleges and universities working to maintain instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic should understand those differences when evaluating this emergency remote teaching. EDUCAUSE Review

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The Shift to Remote Learning: The Human Element

What has changed in your (or your colleagues’) teaching practices as a result of the COVID-19 crisis? Did your institution’s (or your own) priorities or guiding principles for learners change? What is different for your learners? How do you expect your ability to support learners through technology to be enhanced or degraded? Will the relationship […]

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Higher-ed tech adoption is more stressful than you might realiz

A survey of university professors released in mid-2019 reveals higher-ed tech adoption is one of their biggest sources of stress–a majority say they’ve experienced anxiety and both personal and professional tension. The survey points to the alarming notion that college and university faculty aren’t ready for technologically savvy students who have never known a world […]

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University graduation ceremonies are going virtual during the pandemic

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Purdue University announced Thursday that its spring 2020 graduation ceremony will be held virtually. edscoop

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Schools Prep for Possibility of Not Returning to Classrooms

TNS) — Some Pennsylvania school districts on Tuesday announced plans to move forward with remote instruction, one day after the governor extended the school-building shutdown due to the coronavirus. Center for Digital Technology

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Moving to Digital Learning Fast: More Questions Answered

With the coronavirus pandemic closing college and university campuses everywhere, faculty are tasked with a quick move to online instruction. Here, education experts offer advice on how to make the transition. Campus Technology

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March 24, 2020

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MARCH 23, 2020
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September 21-24, 2020
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Interview of of Dr. Badrul H. Khan, member of the USDLA advisory Board with Dr. Reggie Smith III, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of USDLA

Interview of of Dr. Badrul H. Khan, member of the USDLA advisory Board with Dr. Reggie Smith III, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of USDLA



 

Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning for the Future of Higher Education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD) provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, this pragmatic approach offers instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a comprehensive planning method to assess the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and to develop alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution. This complex, self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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Teleworking Information and Resources

Temporary Teleworking During COVID-19 Outbreak: Guidelines for U.S. Employers Temporary Teleworking During COVID-19 Outbreak: Guidelines for U.S. EmployersAs the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak continues, many employers are increasingly thinking about what steps they might need or want to take to manage the impact in their workplace, including utilizing temporary telework arrangements. Whether and how an employer […]

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The seven principles of online learning: Feedback from faculty and alumni on its importance for teaching and learning

Effective online teaching and learning requires a carefully designed classroom that promotes student engagement with faculty, peers and course content. This research included an investigation of the importance of faculty–student communication and collaboration; student–student communication and collaboration; active learning techniques; prompt feedback; appropriate time for tasks; high performance expectations; and respect for diverse learning styles […]

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The Role of Service Quality Management in Students’ Re-Enrollment

The students’ re-enrollment can reflect as one of the indications of an educational institution’s service quality and student loyalty. The re-enrollment is identified by the condition that students enrolled in one semester would re-enroll in the next immediate semester. The main concern of this article is that there are many interrelated variables affecting students’ re-enrollment. […]

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Furthering Research and Development in Technology-Enabled Learning

Considerable attention has been paid, in the recent past, to technology-enabled learning (TEL) and how digital technologies have been facilitating teachers, learners and trainers in transforming the ways they approach teaching-learning and development (Kirkwood & Price, 2016; Sankey & Mishra,2019). Institutions across the globe use TEL to ‘enhance’ the quality of learning and teaching with […]

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A Framework to Leverage and Mature Learning Ecosystems

With the average shelf life of an employee’s skills at less than five years, it is imperative that organizations support their employees in staying current in new and emerging skills and in learning how to learn. Learning management systems, once seen as a one-size-fits all learning solution, have not effectively kept pace with wider technology […]

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Virtual International Exchange as a High-Impact Learning Tool for More Inclusive, Equitable and Diverse Classrooms

While technology-assisted learning has become commonplace in education, its applications are rarely examined along geopolitical and cultural perspectives that reveal certain shared and vastly distinct localized practices in evolving pedagogy and cultural dynamics. For developing countries such as Uzbekistan, collaborating virtually with a university in the U.S. may represent both a technological and socio-cultural challenge. […]

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Shifting Teaching and Learning in Online Learning Spaces: An Investigation of a Faculty Online Teaching and Learning Initiative

We examined the adoption of online teaching strategies by faculty members at a large midwestern research university who participated in a year-long learning community. The purpose of this study was twofold: 1) to investigate changes in teaching approaches resulting from a year-long e-learning professional development initiative; and 2) to understand the perceptions of factors that […]

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School Leaders: Here’s What the Science Tells Us About Crisis Decision-making

School leaders across the country are grappling with an array of decisions forced on them by the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have closed schools, when should schools reopen? If schools remain closed for a long period, how do you use your resources to protect children and keep education going? Once the overarching decisions are made, […]

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OpenStax makes its online learning tools free

The Rice University-based publisher OpenStax announced Thursday that it will provide free teaching resources through the end of the spring semester to support faculty transitioning to online course delivery in response to the coronavirus pandemic. With over 300 universities transitioning to online learning to limit the spread of COVID-19, educators are relying on digital resources […]

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Federal Guidance to Accreditors Will Impact Institutions

On March 17, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) Office of Postsecondary Education issued a document titled Information for Accrediting Agencies Regarding Temporary Flexibilities Provided to Coronavirus Impacted Institutions or Accrediting Agencies. The guidance document, which suspends some federal regulations due to COVID-19 disruption to campuses and travel, is intended to provide both institutions […]

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Higher ed groups press for federal support for coronavirus response

As the coronavirus and the respiratory disease it causes, COVID-19, took hold in the U.S., colleges rapidly began to move courses online and assess how the situation would stress their budgets. Taking instruction remote has short-term costs, especially for colleges that lack a robust online infrastructure. In the letter, the groups recommend the government provide […]

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Seamless And Multi-Screen Compatible: 7 Ways Offline Learning Apps Offer Your External Partners Anytime, Anywhere Learning Support

Remote sales teams, franchisees, eLearning content providers, and other members of your extended enterprise should have 24/7 access to online training tools. Namely, support resources that can help them align their work practices with your brand and learn about the latest products, as well as evaluate their own areas for improvement so that they can […]

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Solidifying a Place for Esports in the Classroom

There’s no denying the popularity of the global, billion-dollar esports industry. The number of frequent esports viewers is projected to reach 297 million in 2022, more than five times the number in 2012, according to Statista. The numbers are even higher when occasional viewers are factored in, bringing the total number of projected viewers to 644 million. […]

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March 18, 2020

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MARCH 16, 2020
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Monday May 18, 2020 – Thursday May 21, 2020
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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning for the Future of Higher Education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD) provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, this pragmatic approach offers instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a comprehensive planning method to assess the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and to develop alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution. This complex, self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
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Online Learning During the COVID-19 Pandemic What do we gain and what do we lose when classrooms go virtual? Scientific America USDLA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information In cooperation with state and local authorities we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation, in Nashville and we will let you know if circumstances warrant any changes. Feel free to access […]

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Instructional Technology in Graduate Psychology Distance Education: Trends and Student PreferencesAlthough distance education continues to expand in postsecondary institutions, little research regarding distance education methodology in applied graduate psychology programs is currently available. This exploratory study examined technology, resources, and instructional components in graduate school psychology distance courses. The results indicated that Blackboard and Skype were the most frequently utilized technology components in both online […]

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Student-Inspired Optimal Design of Online Learning for Generation ZThis article identifies factors that help Generation Z students succeed in a fully online learning environment for communication skills. Out of a diverse number of learner characteristics, the learners’ home institutions significantly impacted their preference for instructional delivery modality. The participants described a flexible schedule and instant access as the best features of a fully online […]

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Augmented Reality Plant & Animal Cells: Design and Evaluation of an Educational Augmented Reality ApplicationIn this paper, we present a usability evaluation of a custom AR educational tool designed to improve students’ understanding of the similarities and differences between plant and animal cells. We argue that the design of the Augmented Reality Plant & Animal Cells (ARPAC) tool promotes a self-driven approach to learning by presenting textbook content as […]

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User Characteristics, Trait vs. State Immersion, and Presence in a First-Person Virtual WorldVirtual reality and virtual worlds (VWs) are powerful technologies currently helping to define the digital world. These technologies are characterized by user control, immersion, and a sense of presence or “being there.” They have been examined from a variety of theoretical perspectives, technical and user variables, and psychological approaches. The purpose of this study was […]

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A Confirmatory Factor Analysis of a Teaching Presence Instrument in an Online Computer Applications CourseAcademic research has consistently shown effective teacher presence to be a significant factor in stu-dent satisfaction, engagement, perceived learning, and sense of community. The need for effective teaching presence remains of significant importance, particularly with the vast growth of online courses and online degree programs. It is, therefore, also necessary to evaluate the instruments used […]

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A New Spin on Quality: Broadening Online Course Reviews Through Coaching and Slow ThinkingMany faculty struggle with designing and teaching online courses. Classic standardized course review models, such as the ones developed by Quality Matters (QM), are valuable tools, yet they often enforce rigid standards and lead to time-intensive course reviews. This paper offers a new solution as two faculty ask, “What would happen if an online course […]

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The CIO Agenda for a Decade of Converging Curves (Plus Cliffs and Clouds)Converging trends and curves will widely affect many colleges and universities in this decade, offering an opportunity for innovation and a broad rethinking of institutional approaches for, and uses of, information technology. EDUCAUSE Review

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Blackboard Launches Blackboard Collaborate Self-Service Portal for Rapid Deployment of Virtual ClassroomsRESTON, Va., March 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Blackboard Inc., today announced the launch of the Blackboard Collaborate Self-Service Portal, which allows higher education institutions, school districts, and organizations to implement the virtual classroom solution—specifically designed for educators and students—within hours. Blackboard significantly reduced the time from purchase to deployment in direct response to the need for […]

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DPLA (Digital Public Library of America) Releases New York City Internet Master Plan as Free EbookThe Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is pleased to announce that we have published a free, easy-to-read epub version of New York City’s Internet Master Plan. The plan, which aims to bring affordable, high-speed internet access to all five boroughs of New York City, was released in January. Previously, it was available only in […]

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Get Started with Mobile-First Learning in 2020 (But First: Do you Need To?)The decade started with off-the-charts mobile penetration around the world. In industrialized countries, almost everyone owns a phone. So many own two or more that the rates were over 100%. Within a few years, Asia and Latin America would follow suit. This article first appeared on LMSPulse Inside ELearning.

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OU digital experts showcase blockchain technology at IoC ConferenceTech experts from The Open University pilot blockchain-verified badges at this year’s Institute of Coding (IoC) Conference. The IoC, a coalition of universities and employers working together to respond to the UK’s digital skills gap, hosted its second annual conference this week (24 – 25 February 2020). The Open University

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Penn State adds new areas of study to its top-10-ranked online MBAUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has expanded its highly ranked online MBA program to include six new areas of study, a move aimed at giving today’s business professionals a chance to shape their graduate education to their career goals and diversify their skill sets. Students in the Penn State Online MBA can now choose […]

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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning for the Future of Higher Education, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD) provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, this pragmatic approach offers instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a comprehensive planning method to assess the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and to develop alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution. This complex, self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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2020 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report™ | Teaching and Learning Edition Accessibility Adaptive Courseware Affordability Analytics Artificial Intelligence (AI) Badges and Credentialing Competency-based Education (CBE) Data Privacy Digital Learning Digital Literacy Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Extended Reality (XR) Future of Higher Education Higher Education Transformation Information Literacy Innovation Institutional Management Instructional Design Instructional Technologies Learning Analytics […]

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Faculty and Student Perceptions of Cheating in Online vs. Traditional ClassesWe surveyed representative samples of 303 faculty and 656 students at a midsized public comprehensive university on their perceptions of cheating in online vs. traditional courses and examined whether these might differ based on gender, experience, major, or other factors. The majority of both faculty and students perceived cheating and plagiarism as greater problems in […]

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Enabling Online Initiatives: The Role of Teaching and Learning Center Leaders at Small, Private CollegesAs online learning continues to grow and became an integral component of many higher education institutions, the role of leadership in guiding those online learning initiatives differs from institution to institution. This paper explores the experiences of leaders in centers for teaching and learning who have a role in online learning leadership at small, private […]

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Identity and digital equity: Reflections on a university educational technology courseThis inquiry explored preservice teachers (PSTs) developing learner and professional identities while participating in a university course that explicitly incorporates the use of technology into teaching. The paper posits that it is important for initial teacher education to explicitly engage with the role of technology in these developing identities to minimise the risk of digital […]

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Digital equity and accessible MOOCs: Accessibility evaluations of mobile MOOCs for learners with visual impairmentsDespite the popular claim that massive open online courses (MOOCs) can democratise educational opportunities, this study suggests that current MOOC platforms are not designed to be accessible and inclusive for learners with disabilities. Our main goals in this study were to identify the needs and barriers that learners with visual impairments face when learning with […]

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Integrating Media Literacy in Social Studies Teacher EducationSocial studies teacher educators must confront the new realities of democratic citizenship education in an era dominated by misinformation and fake news. Using the Teacher Education Technology Competencies (TETCs) as a guide, the authors provide a five-part action plan for situating media literacy within social studies teacher education: connecting media literacy with the purposes of […]

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Why and How Secondary Mathematics Teachers Implement Virtual ManipulativesAlthough teachers are expected to teach with technology, they often are not prepared or supported to do so (Albion, Tondeur, Forkosh-Baruch, & Peeraer, 2015), a critical issue in mathematics education (Wilson, 2008). The study described in this article investigated why and how secondary mathematics teachers implemented virtual manipulative (VM) tasks during and after participating in […]

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Crisis is making online education economy go mainstreamOn Monday 3 February Tsinghua University’s leaders, including Chair of Council Chen Xu, President Qiu Yong and Provost Yang Bin gave the first class to more than 50,000 students and 5,000 faculty, announcing the new semester would be ‘education as usual’ despite the swelling spread of a king-like, frightening germ – the coronavirus. University World […]

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Has Online Learning Really Disrupted K-12 Education in the US? The Answer is Yes – and NoThe 2010s were the decade for technology to fundamentally change education. Two years before the decade’s dawn, Clayton Christensen, Michael B. Horn and Curtis Johnson predicted in their book Disrupting Class that online learning would revolutionize teacher-led instruction and catalyze a student-centered transformation in US K–12 schools. As the decade began, enthusiasm for ed tech […]

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‘Technology is fundamentally changing our world – it’s time to make Education 4.0 a reality’Personalised learning and data-driven innovation hold the key to transforming our higher education sector, says Jisc CEO Paul Feldman Education Technology

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V. Craig Jordan, Michael G. Moore to receive honorary degrees from UW–MadisonA groundbreaking cancer researcher and a pioneer in the field of contemporary distance education will be awarded honorary doctoral degrees during spring commencement ceremonies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. University of Wisconsin-Madison

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Internet2 Remembers Christianne OrtoThe Internet2 community lost a cherished colleague this past week. Christianne Orto, Dean of Distance Learning and Recording Arts, Manhattan School of Music, died February 22, 2020. Internet2

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Is Students’ Early Career Success Their Professors’ Problem?A new paper asserts the faculty’s obligation to embrace “career-relevant instruction.” What exactly does that mean, for professors and students? Inside Higher Ed

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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning takes a fresh look at one of the pioneering educational theories that accommodates the impact of information and communications technologies in learning. The theory of transactional distance (TTD) provides a distinct analytical and planning foundation for educators to conduct an overarching inquiry into transitioning from mass instructional and management systems in higher education to dynamic and transformational futures that focus on each individual learner.

Based on the TTD, this pragmatic approach offers instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders a comprehensive planning method to assess the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and to develop alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution. This complex, self-organized, and adaptive method includes current and emergent properties of:

  • hardware, software, and telecommunications systems that allow faculty, students, and administrators to communicate;
  • instructional and curriculum systems that provide teaching and learning environments for faculty and students; and
  • management, societal, and global systems that influence how institutions are supported, funded, and managed.

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Americans and Digital Knoweldge A majority of U.S. adults can answer fewer than half the questions correctly on a digital knowledge quiz, and many struggle with certain cybersecurity and privacy questions Pew Research Center

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Facilitation Matters: Instructor Perception of Helpfulness of Facilitation Strategies in Online Courses

Online course facilitation is critical to the success of online courses. Instructors use various facilitation strategies in online courses to engage students. One hundred instructors were surveyed on their perception of helpfulness of twelve different facilitation strategies used in online courses to enhance instructor presence, instructor connection, engagement and learning. Instructors’ timely response to questions […]

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Student-Inspired Optimal Design of Online Learning for Generation Z

This article identifies factors that help Generation Z students succeed in a fully online learning environment for communication skills. Out of a diverse number of learner characteristics, the learners’ home institutions significantly impacted their preference for instructional delivery modality. The participants described a flexible schedule and instant access as the best features of a fully […]

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AI-powered cooperative learning experience: A student’s perspective

Athabasca University News recently interviewed Aleksandar Golijanin about ADMN 405, which is the recently launched artificial intelligence (AI)-powered cooperative learning experience. Targeting third- and fourth-year Faculty of Business undergraduate students, we wanted to find out how one of these students is currently enjoying this course! Athabasca University

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Open to Open? An Exploration of Textbook Preferences and Strategies to Offset Textbook Costs for Online Versus On-Campus Students

As open textbook initiatives are on the rise, a burgeoning literature has begun exploring student perceptions of openly licensed textbooks used in higher education. Most of this research has lacked consideration of potential differences in the perceptions of online and on-campus students and has failed to include a control group of students using traditional textbooks. […]

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Tracking Students’ Mental Engagement Using EEG Signals during an Interaction with a Virtual Learning Environment

Monitoring students’ level of engagement during learning activities is an important challenge in the development of tutoring interventions. In this paper, we explore the feasibility of using electroencephalographic signals (EEG) as a tool to monitor the mental engagement index of novice medicine students during a reasoning process. More precisely, the objectives were first, to track […]

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Taking OER Abroad with Library-Led Partnerships

Partnerships are key to strengthening open and affordability initiatives on campus, allowing for strategic collaboration and the alignment of department goals to promote open educational resources in the classroom. This paper will focus on our Libraries’ partnership with our International Programs division to promote open course materials and the open movement at our international study […]

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Is Students’ Early Career Success Their Professors’ Problem?

A new paper asserts the faculty’s obligation to embrace “career-relevant instruction.” What exactly does that mean, for professors and students? Inside Higher Ed

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Is Blockchain the Answer to Education’s Learner Record Issues?

One classic problem in education is the difficulty that learners face when it comes to showcasing their achievements in order to transfer to different educational programs or to capitalize on job opportunities. More and more groups are looking to blockchain as part of the solution. Earlier this month, the American Council on Education (ACE) revealed that […]

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8 Tips for More Professional Education Videos

Let 2020 be the year you master the art of the video. It’ll help you come across as more professional in your courses and will keep your students better engaged with the learning. In a session at last fall’s OLC Accelerate conference, Rachel Valerio, who serves as an elearning video producer at Miami University in […]

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How K-8 Teachers Are Using Virtual and Augmented Reality in Classrooms Today

Despite the challenges associated with using VR and AR in the classroom and the dearth of research in this area, teachers have been able to integrate these technologies into their curricula in successful and innovative ways. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center queried 15 pre-K to grade 8 teachers through questionnaires and interviews to learn more […]

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5 critical steps to securing modern school networks

After over 30 years in IT, change is the only constant. I love that this job brings with it constant opportunities for me to learn and grow. Unfortunately, if you are like me, the past several years have seen an exponential increase in risk, and a serious loss of sleep. I have ransomware to thank […]

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Gale Launches New Online Learning Platform for Public Libraries

Gale, a Cengage company, today announced the launch of Gale Presents: Udemy, a new online learning platform for public libraries – powered by Udemy for Business – that provides patrons access to over 4,000 high-quality, on-demand video courses taught by world-class instructors across more than 75 categories. Now libraries can provide patrons with a personalized […]

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