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November 13, 2019

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 11/12/19

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Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited: Implications for the Digital Era

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Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited: Implications for the Digital Era (SpringerBriefs in Education)

This book explores foundational theories that have been applied in open and distance education (ODE) research and refined to reflect advances in research and practice. In addition, it develops new theories emerging from recent developments in ODE. The book provides a unique and up-to-date source of information for ODE scholars and graduate students, enabling them to make sense of essential theory, research and practice in their field, and to comprehend the gaps in, and need for further enquiry into, theoretical approaches in the digital era. It also offers theory-based advice and guidelines for practitioners, helping them make and justify decisions and actions concerning the development, implementation, research and evaluation of ODE.

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2019 Working Learner Index Drawing on a detailed survey of over 30,000 tuition program participants, the Working Learner Index report delivers important new findings on: Significant generational differences in approaches to education Changes in preferences for education programs and schools Key barriers to employee education and how to address them The impact of student debt […]

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Open Education and Learning Design: Open Pedagogy in Praxis

Beyond providing alternatives to traditional learning resources, there exists a gap in the literature in understanding how openness is impacting teaching and learning in higher education. This paper explores the ways in which educators describe how open education is impacting their pedagogical designs. Using a phenomenological approach with self-identifying open education practitioners, we explore how […]

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Teachers’ Adoption of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education

Open Educational Resources (OER) have the potential to change the domain of higher education; however, adoption is still limited. As teachers are the pivotal actors to adopt OER, more insights are needed on their practices with OER and need of support. This exploratory study uses the OER Adoption Pyramid as a framework to analyse adoption […]

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Higher Education Faculty Desire to Implement Digital Tools: A Follow-Up Study

While online learning and the utilization of digital technologies in higher education continues to be an important part of future plans for higher education course opportunities, some higher education faculty experience barriers to this implementation. These barriers can vary from institutional factors to personal characteristics. Utilizing survey data from the 2015 Ithaka S+R faculty survey […]

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Instructional Strategies for Forming Online Collaborative Teams

The purpose of the study was to explore students’ collaboration experiences with and perceptions of a purposeful group assignment and team-building process in an online graduate class and gain a better understanding of effective grouping strategies in online environments. Students in an online graduate class were assigned to teams based on a purposeful group assignment […]

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Maturity Levels of Student Support E- Services Within an Open Distance E-learning University

The University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of the distance education universities that is shifting from open distance learning (ODL) to open distance e-learning (ODeL). UNISA started as a correspondence institution in the 1950s and it has since evolved into an ODeL university. The aim of this research was to assess and determine the […]

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The Historical Development and Adaptation of Open Universities in Turkish Context

Open and Distance Learning (ODL) has a long history, one marked by the emergence of open universities, which was a critical development in the ecology of openness. Open universities have taken on significant local and global roles within the framework of meeting the needs of their respective regions of influence, and as such, their roles […]

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United States: ED Publishes Final State Authorization For Distance Education Rule

On Friday, November 1, the Department of Education published its final state authorization for distance education regulations in the Federal Register, The rule draws on the 2016 version of the state authorization regulations, ordered into effect by a federal court decision in May of this year, but contains important changes, notably around the scope of […]

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Open Education and Learning Design: Open Pedagogy in Praxis

Beyond providing alternatives to traditional learning resources, there exists a gap in the literature in understanding how openness is impacting teaching and learning in higher education. This paper explores the ways in which educators describe how open education is impacting their pedagogical designs. Using a phenomenological approach with self-identifying open education practitioners, we explore how […]

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Watch: A conversation with the 2019 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award winner

Linda Jorm Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies & DoIT Director of Academic Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2019 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award: Linda Jorn

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A Review of U.S. Department of Education Final Accreditation Regulations

On November 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) published final regulations on accreditation. Overall, these final rules reflect minor changes from the draft consensus language approved by USDE’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that met earlier this year Council for Higher Education Accreditation

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Higher Ed Organizations Push Forward on Credential Transparency

Led by the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Educause, 15 national higher education organizations have signed a joint statement in support of credential data transparency. The signatories are “encouraging their members to describe their credential offerings with a common language and house the data […]

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Connecting the Dots: The Changing Higher Education Landscape

At Distance-Educator.com we strive to keep you abreast of the latest news and developments in higher education and its relation with the world of work. New ideas in news items, however, may prop up at any time and very often not in chronological order. In “Connecting the Dots” we try to bring together recent news […]

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November 5, 2019

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 11/4/19

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Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited: Implications for the Digital Era

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This book explores foundational theories that have been applied in open and distance education (ODE) research and refined to reflect advances in research and practice. In addition, it develops new theories emerging from recent developments in ODE. The book provides a unique and up-to-date source of information for ODE scholars and graduate students, enabling them to make sense of essential theory, research and practice in their field, and to comprehend the gaps in, and need for further enquiry into, theoretical approaches in the digital era. It also offers theory-based advice and guidelines for practitioners, helping them make and justify decisions and actions concerning the development, implementation, research and evaluation of ODE.

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Inside Higher Ed‘s 2019 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology“Embrace” is probably too strong. “Acquiescence” suggests too much passivity. Whatever word you choose, though, the data indicate that American faculty members — whether grudgingly or enthusiastically — are increasingly participating in and, to a lesser extent, accepting the validity of online education. Inside Higher Ed

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Education, privacy, and big data algorithms: Taking the persons out of personalized learning

In this paper, we review the literature on philanthropy in education to provide a larger context for the role that technology company foundations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and ChanZuckerberg LLC, are playing with respect to the development and implementation of personalized learning. We then analyze the ways that education magazines and […]

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Open Universities and Open Educational Practices

The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of how open universities depict their current institutional engagement in open educational practices. In view of the growth of programming for non-traditional students by conventional universities, particularly through online learning and increasing interest in open educational practices, the intention is to gain a better understanding […]

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Competency‐based education: Multiple approaches‐a single institution

The purpose of this paper was to describe the development of two competency‐based curricula for existing programs at the largest community college with single accreditation serving nearly 160,000 students each year. Utilizing a competency framework and industry partners, program level and students level outcomes were defined to adequately prepare students to meet industry needs. Although […]

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Beliefs, Models, and Practices on Fostering Teacher Learning in Technology Integration

Most teachers believe that students’ use of digital devices has a “mostly helpful” effect on students’ education (Busteed & Dugan, 2018). Yet, many teachers are not provided with the professional development and digital tools they need to integrate novel digital technologies effectively in their classroom. A survey administered to 1,208 K-12 teachers by Common Sense […]

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23 Months x 22 Scholars: Collaboration, Negotiation, and the Revision of a Position Statement on Technology in English Language Arts

This article explores the writing processes of 22 English education scholars over the course of 23 months, resulting in the 2018 publication of an updated National Council of Teachers of English position statement, Beliefs for Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom. Through a qualitative approach, authors investigated the ways in which scholars (N […]

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Transformation From RTVUs to Open Universities in China: Current State and Challenges

Open and distance education has been playing an important role in China’s development of higher education and lifelong learning. In 2012, the Chinese government approved six large-scale radio and television universities (RTVUs) to become open universities (OUs), including the Open University of China (OUC), Beijing Open University (BJOU), Shanghai Open University (SHOU), Guangdong Open University […]

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Improving Online Teaching Through Training and Support

Kapi’olani Community College instituted comprehensive training to help faculty design, develop and assess online courses — including supportive incentives to make sure instructors can successfully complete the program. Campus Technology

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Digital Transformation Signals: Is Your Institution on the Journey?

Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination. The digital transformation signals listed in this article indicate progress along the way and provide guideposts for the journey. Educause Review

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Responding to Congress, ALA Denounces Amazon, Macmillan

On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee launched a bipartisan investigation into competition in digital markets. The American Library Association (ALA) today published its official response to the Committee’s request for information. Library Journal

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Educational simulations are on the rise

Students can learn how to tackle real-world challenges when they engage in educational simulations eCampus News

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Ransomware Is Crippling Schools. What Can They Do About It?

A few decades ago, when computers were still novelty gadgets and the internet was not available to everyone, schools and other educational institutions had a minimal reliance on technology. Fast forward to today and the situation has dramatically changed. EdSurge

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IBM Looks Beyond the College Degree

The tech company is looking for different ways to fill “new-collar” jobs in its 360,000-employee workforce by adding digital badges and apprenticeships and deepening partnerships with community colleges.   Inside Higher Ed

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November 1, 2019

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 10/31/19

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OCTOBER 31, 2019
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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning the Future of Higher Education 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), developed by Dr. Michael G. Moore, 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, the authors Dr. Farhad Saba, and Dr. Rick Shearer, provide a comprehensive pragmatic planning method to instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders for assessing the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and developing alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution.

This 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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The Global Learner Survey A learner-driven revolution in education is unfolding around the world. That’s the message from the 11,000 people who responded to the inaugural Pearson Global Learner Survey, a new study capturing the opinions of learners worldwide. As these learners well know, we are in the midst of the single biggest economic shift […]

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Rethinking Open Universities: What Makes Them Unique?This paper considers the current state of the United Kingdom Open University (UKOU) and the implications for the evolution of higher education, whether through open or traditional institutions. Although 50 years have passed since the establishment of UKOU, the first open university, such institutions seem to be losing their ground, notably because they face challenges […]

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Recent Work in ConnectivismSince the introduction of connectivism as a learning theory in 2004 a body of literature has developed both offering criticisms and expanding on applications and empirical validation. This article surveys recent literature on the topic, grouping it into themes, and developing an understanding of current perspectives in connectivism. It surveys current perspectives and criticisms of […]

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Toward an Evidence-Based Framework for Determining Online Course Enrollment Sizes in Higher EducationClass enrollment sizes for online learning in higher education, a topic of persistent interest in the academic literature, impact student learning, pedagogical strategies, school finances, and faculty workload. Yet in the research literature class size is addressed with insufficient specificity to provide enrollment direction. Seeking guidelines for determining online class sizes, the authors conducted a […]

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Navigating learning worlds: Using digital tools to learn in physical and virtual spacesThis article explores the various ways that teachers and learners can navigate different learning worlds with the support of digital tools. Increasingly, teaching and learning takes place in spaces beyond the classroom, whether physical or virtual. Place, navigation and movement have all been recognised as important concepts in approaches to understanding how we learn in […]

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Examining the utility and usability of mobile instant messaging in a graduate-level course: A usefulness theoretical perspectiveThis study examined the usefulness of a mobile instant messaging (MIM) tool to support teaching and learning. Taking a usefulness theoretical perspective, we examined in detail the utility and usability of using WeChat in a postgraduate-level course. Multiple types of data were collected and analysed, including MIM interaction records, questionnaire surveys and semi-structured interviews. The […]

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Mapping the IP [Intellectual Property] Landscape: Reflections on Ownership, Authorship, & Copyright for Writing InstructionThis study arises from over a decade of experience with the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (IP Caucus), a group dedicated to discussing intellectual property (IP) issues that affect practitioners in writing studies and to pursuing initiatives to address IP concerns, such as formulating a policy statement in response […]

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Exclusive Interview with Dr. Mark Nichols, Executive Director Learning Design & Development, Open Polytechnic of New ZealandDr. Saba: You have many years of experience in leading and managing distance education organizations. What attracted you to the field? Dr. Nichols: Initially the attraction was intuitive. I started writing course booklets for my students in my very first teaching job, straight out of management school. I enjoyed it, and was soon appointed to […]

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5 AIs in Search of a CampusTo grasp how artificial intelligence will play out in higher education, and how we can strategically address these changes, we should think about how artificial intelligence might unfold over the next few years. Educause Review

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Smart ALEKSArizona State University’s College Algebra classes have looked a little different these past few years. If you entered a classroom in the fall of 2015, you’d likely find 100 to 140 students listening to the professor lecture. Today, walking into an algebra classroom, you’d see those same 100 students all on their computers, with a […]

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In Cleveland, Verizon boasts ‘first’ 5G-powered middle schoolA public charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, has partnered with Verizon to open a cutting edge innovation learning lab that will be powered with the new generation of wireless internet. According to the telecommunications giant, this makes E-Prep Cliffs the first middle school in the country to be powered by 5G. edscoop

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Online professional development: How to keep faculty coming back for moreUNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Students are in class, but Penn State is doing what it can to get faculty who teach online to come back to class, too – as students. When Penn State World Campus created its faculty development unit in 2008, it offered just one course: Essentials of Online Teaching, or OL 2000. […]

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Where Online Learning Goes NextCharles W. Eliot, who served as President of Harvard University for a record 40 years, charted a roadmap for education in his seminal essay, The New Education. Written in 1869, it made the case for continuously updating how and what students learn, so education could evolve in step with society. That approach remains just as […]

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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning the Future of Higher Education 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), developed by Dr. Michael G. Moore, 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, the authors Dr. Farhad Saba, and Dr. Rick Shearer, provide a comprehensive pragmatic planning method to instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders for assessing the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and developing alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution.

This 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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Digitization of Credentials: Quality of Shorter-Term Educational Experiences Human beings are compulsive learners. Throughout our ever-longer lives we are constantly processing knowledge. New facts, new experiences and new insights please our nerve cells. While we sleep at night our brain is archiving what we have learned that day. These neurological facts make us all lifelong learners, […]

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Artificial Intelligence and the Academy’s Loss of Purpose

This article speculates on the future of higher education as online technology, specifically adaptive learning and analytics as infused by artificial intelligence software, develops and matures. Online and adaptive learning have already advanced within the academy, but the most significant changes are yet to come. These evolving technologies have the potential to change the traditional […]

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Research Ethics of Twitter for MOOCs

This study examined the ethical considerations researchers have made when investigating MOOC learners’ and teachers’ Twitter activity. In so doing, it sought to addresses the lack of an evidence-based understanding of the ethical implications of research into Twitter as a site of teaching and learning. Through an analysis of 31 studies we present a mapping […]

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Professional Development Support for the Online Instructor: Perspectives of U.S. and German Instructors

With the increase in number of courses being offered online, there is an increase in the need for professional development support for instructors to teach online. The purpose of this study is to examine faculty perceptions on professional development needs for online teaching, specifically in the U.S. and in Germany. Based on a qualitative open-ended […]

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Project:Filter – Using Applied Games to Engage Secondary Schoolchildren with Public Policy

Applied games present a twenty-first-century method of consuming information for a specific purpose beyond pure entertainment. Objectives such as awareness and engagement are often used as intended outcomes of applied games in alignment with strategic, organizational, or commercial purposes. Applied games were highlighted as an engagement-based outcome to explore noPILLS, a pan-European policy research project […]

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Examining changes in medical students’ emotion regulation in an online PBL session

Given recent attention to emotion regulation (ER) as an important factor in personal well-being and effective social communication, there is a need for detection mechanisms that accurately capture ER and facilitate adaptive responding (Calvo & D’Mello, 2010). Current approaches to determining ER are mainly limited to self-report data such as questionnaires, inventories and interviews (e.g., […]

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What Monkeys Teach Us about Authorship: Toward a Distributed Agency in Digital Composing Practices

This webtext explores the pedagogical possibilities of teaching with and through “monkey selfies” as the issue of animal authorship and copyright opens up new pedagogical avenues for challenging the static and fixed views of authorship in composing practices. Kairos

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These top Microsoft Teams apps will increase your productivity

If your organization is on board with Microsoft Teams, there are quite a few ways that you can get the most out of the collaboration service. We’ve already highlighted some tips and tricks for Teams, but did you know that you can also add some of your favorite apps as “Tabs” to Teams? If your […]

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Mediasite Announces New Video Tools to Help Schools Meet Gen Z Learning Demands

CHICAGO, Ill. Educause Booth #1231 — October 15, 2019 — Mediasite today announces powerful new features that give users better control over how students experience video lectures, ensuring the most impactful, data-rich and searchable study tools for all. Sonicfoundry

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5 Innovations Added to Our Higher Ed Digital Course Materials for the 2019-2020 School Year

The fall semester has begun and we wanted to share some exciting updates we’ve made to McGraw-Hill technology platforms for the 2019-20 school year. Each is designed to help more students succeed and to help instructors save time and get better results. Check them out below! McGraw-Hill

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Instructure Combines the Power of Portfolium and Canvas

CHICAGO — Oct. 15, 2019 — Today at the EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, Instructure(NYSE: INST) announced that Portfolium, a student portfolio network acquired earlier in the year, is now integrated within the Canvas Learning Management Platform. The combined capabilities allow students to showcase their achievements, projects, and competencies to potential employers. Students can create a Folio […]

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U.S. Colleges Choosing Cengage Unlimited Subscription Service to Offer Students Affordable Access to Textbooks and Course Materials

BOSTON—October 11, 2019 —A growing number of college leaders across the U.S. are choosing to offer Cengage Unlimited campus-wide in order to give their students more affordable access to textbooks and course materials. While students at more than 5,000 institutions can purchase Cengage Unlimited, more than 70 institutions are delivering the subscription service at-scale through […]

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Blackboard Student Services Launches Chatbot Capability

CHICAGO, Oct. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — EDUCAUSE — Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced the launch of Blackboard Chatbot Powered By Ivy.AI, a live conversation simulation tool offering students, instructors, and staff constant personalized support. The chatbot joins a growing suite of accessible and convenient Student […]

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Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 10/14/19

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Transactional Distance and Adaptive Learning: Planning the Future of Higher Education 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), developed by Dr. Michael G. Moore, 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, the authors Dr. Farhad Saba, and Dr. Rick Shearer, provide a comprehensive pragmatic planning method to instructors, administrators, students, and other stakeholders for assessing the current state of their instructional, learning, and management practices and developing alternative models to prescribe future improvements in their institution.

This 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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THE EDTECH OPPORTUNITY: Educational Technology as a Dynamic Growth Sector for Iowa Education is a sector of the economy that is fundamental to the performance of all other sectors of the economy. It is also a sector that stands on its own as a distinct market—consuming products, technologies, content, and intellectual assets to enable its work. […]

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Copyright, Content, & Control: Student Authorship Across Educational Technology PlatformsThere is no longer any doubt about whether the field has been paying attention to “the question of who owns language” (Lunsford & West, p. 383). Today, a vast trove of IP scholarship exists within disciplinary coffers, ranging from issues of textual circulation (e.g., DeVoss & Porter, 2006; Edwards, 2018; Gries, 2015; Ridolfo & DeVoss, […]

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Using the Technology Adoption Model to Assess Faculty Comfort with the Learning Management SystemWhen faculty need to use technology that is not familiar to them, it may take more time to integrate into to their teaching. The purpose of this study was to gather data on the ease of use and usefulness of the Blackboard LMS in anticipation of transitioning to a new LMS. A survey with the […]

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eCelebrations: Virtual Graduations to Celebrate Online StudentsOnline students are often short-changed when they reach their most important milestone—graduation. For many institutions, virtual graduation has proven to be a holy grail of sorts—critically important to student experience, but illusive in form and difficult to achieve. This article explores several existing models of virtual graduations, and proposes a framework to evaluate the quality […]

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What is an ID?Instructional design positions in higher education require greater depth and breadth of knowledge, far beyond the bulleted qualifications found in typical job descriptions. The eDesign Collaborative Research Team wished to explore the discrepancies that exist between commonly identified competencies and those deemed necessary by instructional designers (IDs) actively working in postsecondary education. This study identifies […]

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From confounded to common ground: Misunderstandings between tertiary teachers and students in online discussionsDrawing on findings from two studies, this article focuses on the expectations of students and teachers in higher education, when learning via asynchronous online discussions. In particular, this synthesis highlights a divergence of expectations. The first study investigated how students and teachers experienced asynchronous online discussion within initial teacher education at undergraduate level. The second […]

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The impact of personality on students’ perceptions towards online learningThe aim of this exploratory study was to examine the impact of five personality traits (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and intellect/imagination) on the perception of students towards online learning. A total of 208 students from Taiwan (male = 96 and female = 112) with previous online course experience participated in an online survey using a […]

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National Distance Learning WeekNDLW for 2019 will be November 4-8, 2019 Purpose: The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field. Goal: For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate […]

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A $50 Million Investment in Academic InnovationThe University of Michigan has allocated $50 million to establish a Center for Academic Innovation. The new unit is an upgrade for what was previously the Academic Innovation Initiative and even earlier the Office of Academic Innovation. Academic innovation programs at the university have focused on technology for both online and on-campus learning. Inside Higher Education

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Teach Access Addresses the Accessible Technology Skills GapTeach Access offers networking and experiential learning opportunities for students and curriculum development grants for faculty to help address gaps in accessibility technology skills in the workforce and move accessibility into the mainstream. EDUCASUE Review

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Network Deal to Serve as Research, Public Services VehicleA newly minted Oregon nonprofit is partnering with a California-based education and research network to better connect universities. The new deal will also help deliver public services, officials say. Government Technology

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How Personalized Support and a Culture of Data Can Jumpstart Student SuccessWhen graduation rates plateaued, the University of South Florida turned to predictive analytics and a case management approach to student support — with striking results. Campus Technology

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Coursera for Campus: A New Way to Help Universities Everywhere Deliver Job-Relevant LearningToday, I’m thrilled to introduce Coursera for Campus, a new offering designed to help any university — even those outside of Coursera’s partner ecosystem — to use content on Coursera to deliver job-relevant, multi-disciplinary online learning to its learners. Coursera

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