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September 17, 2019

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Blended Learning for Quality Higher Education: Selected Case Studies on Implementation from Asia-Pacific The rapid advancement of technologies and their ubiquitous use in our daily lives have dramatically changed the way knowledge is created and disseminated. As a technology-enhanced pedagogical approach, blended learning – the deliberate combination of online learning with face-to-face classroom-based learning – […]

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Learners’ beliefs about language-learning abilities in face-to-face & online settings

This mixed-methods study investigates the beliefs of language learners about their ability to attend language classes and learn the language in face-to-face and online settings using Ajzen’s perceived behavioral control (PBC) construct. Two treatments were conducted in two contexts: a face-to-face language-learning context (n = 684) and an online language-learning context (n = 289). The results show that certain […]

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Comparison of video demonstrations and bedside tutorials for teaching paediatric clinical skills to large groups of medical students in resource-constrained settings

Videos are increasingly being used for teaching clinical skills in medical education. However, most reports on the effectiveness and benefits of videos in medical teaching have come from developed countries. Resource constraints in South African academic hospitals, together with increasing numbers, may apply pressure on the standard of clinical teaching. This study investigated the potential […]

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Critical Components of Formative Assessment in Process‑Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning for Online Labs

In the traditional lab setting, it is reasonably straightforward to monitor student learning and provide ongoing feedback. Such formative assessments can help students identify their strengths and weaknesses, and assist faculty to recognize where students are struggling and address problems immediately. But in an online virtual lab setting, formative assessment has challenges that go beyond […]

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The Patras Blended Strategy Model for Deep and Meaningful Learning in Quality Life‑Long Distance Education

Life-long learning is currently being embraced as a central process that could disrupt traditional educational paths. Apparently, the (ideal) type of learning often promoted is deep and meaningful learning, though it is not always required to be so. Deep learning goes beyond superficial knowledge assimilation of unlinked facts; it aims at developing deep disciplinary […]

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The mediating role of motivation for creative performance of cloud-based m-learning

The purpose of this study was to investigate the predictability of cloud-based m-learning for creative performance, and the mediating effect of motivation. The participants were 116 college students, who participated in the pre-test and post-test of a teaching experiment. The conclusions of this study are as follows: (1) cloud-based m-learning has a significant positive effect […]

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Teacher Education at a Distance: What are the Student Teachers Saying?

The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is one of the increasing Open and Distance learning Institution that has reposition itself for innovative teacher training programme at a distance. This ODL paradigm has widen student’s access and opened up n ew possibilities of learning. But if the emergence of student’s voice has presented itself as […]

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Rethinking the Context of Edtech

The sociology of education technology has encouraged us to emerge from our areas of specialization and work together as a community of practice to reconsider the context of edtech. EDUCAUSE Review

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Nebraska College Launches New Data Science Major

Nebraska Wesleyan University has developed an integrative data science major designed to connect its traditional liberal arts education with high-tech skills now in demand by employers. Nebraska Wesleyan University

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Can Amazon Upskill Higher Education? A Beta Test

Amazon Prime Day came and went on July 15th, and by most accounts, it left smiling faces around the globe. But just a few days before this annual shop-a-thon, Amazon announced a gift of its own: a pledge to spend more than $700,000,000 to train and upskill 100,000 employees , about a third of its […]

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3 Ways Student Data Can Improve Your Teaching

Leveraging data from your classroom can be one of the most effective ways to ensure students succeed ou’ve flipped your classroom, you’re assessing often with quick quizzes, and your students are even finding that regular, low-stakes assessments help their learning. But now you have a problem—too much data. What do you do with it all […]

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The Global Landscape of Online Program Companies

New trove of data suggests a bigger, more complex, more varied ecosystem of companies that work with colleges to take their academic programs online. Trying to bring order and understanding to a market as transitory and diffuse as the business of online education can be a challenge. Important contributions have come in recent years from […]

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Market Signals for Research-Based Innovations

Earlier this year, Digital Promise spoke with more than 50 stakeholders across the country to understand the most pervasive challenges facing the current edtech industry. Educators and education leaders, education nonprofit and procurement platform staffers, and edtech product teams shared that they need three things in relation to the edtech marketplace: trustworthy information, common indicators […]

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September 10, 2019

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 9/9/19

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SREB Fact Book on Higher Education The SREB Fact Book on Higher Education is one of the nation’s most comprehensive collections of comparative data on higher education. For decades, state leaders, policymakers, researchers and journalists have used the Fact Book to find accurate, comparable data and learn more about long-term trends. The 2019 Fact Book includes more than […]

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Learning Analytics to Inform the Learning Design: Supporting Instructor’s Inquiry into Student Learning in Unsupervised Technology-Enhanced Platforms

Instructors may design and implement formative assessments on technology-enhanced platforms (e.g., online quizzes) with the intention of encouraging the use of effective learning strategies like active retrieval of information and spaced practice among their students. However, when students interact with unsupervised technology-enhanced learning platforms, instructors are often unaware of students’ actual use of the learning […]

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Orchestrating Learning Analytics (ORLA): Supporting Inter-Stakeholder Communication About Adoption Of Learning Analytics At The Classroom Level

Despite the recent surge of interest in learning analytics (LA), their adoption in everyday classroom practice is still slow. Knowledge gaps and lack of inter-stakeholder communication (particularly with educational practitioners) have been posited as critical factors for previous LA adoption failures. Yet, what issues should researchers, practitioners and other actors communicate about, when considering the […]

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The Collaborative Mapping Model: Relationship-Centered Design for Higher Education

Instructional designers list one of their primary obstacles as collaborating with faculty (Intentional Futures, 2016). Additionally, instructional designers experience a high degree of role misperception and struggle to advocate for clear and defined roles (Drysdale, 2018). In order to address these challenges, I created the Collaborative Mapping Model (CMM), a model of instructional design for […]

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Digital divide: addressing Internet skills. Educational implications in the validation of a scale

Recent studies indicate that Internet skills have a positive impact on academic achievement. This article presents a national study that seeks to validate an Internet skills scale that was already tested in other EU countries (the Netherlands and the United Kingdom) to understand the competence level of the population as a whole as well as […]

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From Confounded Common Ground: Misunderstandings Between Tertiary Teachers and Students in Online Discussions

Drawing 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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Learning Also Needs To Be a Little Fun: What Academic Learning Goals Can Students Achieve by Developing Games

This study presents an exploratory investigation of how learning through game development can contribute to students’ academic learning and how applying game making for learning as a teaching method can be linked to subject-specific learning goals. The paper describes a project where twenty-two second grade Danish students worked with problem-based assignments that supported them in […]

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Winning the Battle for Student Success

One higher education institution, South Texas College, is winning the battle for student success, fighting against poverty and language barriers with the help of a mobile communication tool. EDUCAUSE Review

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Buffalo schools build Wi-Fi network targeting ‘homework gap’

A school district in Buffalo, New York, has announced a $1.3 million project to bring Wi-Fi connectivity to thousands of students’ homes in two of the city’s most poorly connected neighborhoods. edscoop

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Unicheck Debuts AI-Powered Contract Cheating Detection

Plagiarism and cheating prevention software company Unicheck has introduced Emma, an artificial intelligence tool for authorship verification. Campus Technology

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Are online exams in higher education the right way forward?

Online or digital exams can save lecturers ample marking time, also saving students the hassle of putting pen to paper to demonstrate their knowledge in an area of study. Study International

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She’s The Future Of Moodle. Gry Stene At MoodleMoot Australia 2019

The “Moot where Moodle plays home” usually ends with a splashy closing keynote from an invited speaker. It is meant to inspire and awaken the Open EdTech senses. Last July in Melbourne there was almost no exception. LMS Puls

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Internet2 Network Adds Support for IPv6 RTBH Signaling and Filtering

Remote Triggered Blackhole Filtering (RTBH) is one among several mitigation techniques offered to the Internet2 community for mitigating Denial of Service (DoS) threats. Recently, the Internet2 network added support for RTBH signaling and filtering over the IPv6 R&E network. Inter-domain RTBH signaling requires a consistent and standardized approach that also conforms to best practices adopted […]

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September 4, 2019

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 9/3/19

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The IT Workforce in Higher Education, 2019: CIOs, DEI, HR, Mentoring, and Salaries Drawing on survey data from nearly 1,600 IT professionals in higher education, each of the five reports in this series highlights a number of important findings (one for each report shown below) that will be useful for technology and higher education professionals […]

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Understanding the Early Adjustment Experiences of Undergraduate Distance Education Students in South Africa

Much research in face-to-face contexts outlines the importance of early adjustment on students’ higher education experiences. However, few studies have replicated this research in distance learning contexts to unpack the early multifaceted adjustments associated with studying in absence of a physical campus. This is particularly needed from a Global South perspective, where countries like South […]

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How captions help people learn languages: A working-memory, eye-tracking study

Captions provide a useful aid to language learners for comprehending videos and learning new vocabulary, aligning with theories of multimedia learning. Multimedia learning predicts that a learner’s workingmemory (WM) influences the usefulness of captions. In this study, we present two eye-tracking experiments investigating the role of WM in captioned video viewing behavior and comprehension. In […]

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Developing Self-Directed Learners Through an ePortfolio Peer Consultant Program

This case study looks at the implementation of an extracurricular program, the ePortfolio Peer Consultants (ePPC) peer-mentoring technology group, as a part of an ePortfolio project at the University of Virginia and its impact on the development of ePortfolio skill sets. Specifically, we seek to understand if and how the participation in this program has […]

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Constructing a Professional Identity: Connecting College and Career Through ePortfolios

In this paper, we describe the use of ePortfolios at a public, land-grant university and document how the ePortfolio has been used to develop more authentic learning experiences. We discuss the best practices for ePortfolios and its varied use as a teaching and learning tool. In addition, we discuss the challenges of implementing ePortfolios. For […]

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Using Debate in an Online Asynchronous Social Policy Course

This paper presents the use of a debate in an online asynchronous social policy course. Debate is frequently used as an instructional strategy in higher education, but little is known about the use of this tool in an online learning environment. Participants (N = 36) completed an online debate assignment and both qualitative (reflection papers) […]

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From Proprietary Textbook to Custom OER Solution: Using Learner Feedback to Guide Design and Development

This study presents the initial needs analysis and formative evaluation of the beta version of an open educational resource (OER) textbook solution. The OER textbook, created by the authors, replaces a proprietary, paper-based textbook and is delivered to students digitally, within a learning management system. Findings show that students are concerned about cost and convenience, […]

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Sustainability, Solidarity, and Community in Higher Education

Rebuilding a relationship of trust between higher education institutions and the public they serve—and ensuring the sustainability of higher education itself—requires that we focus our practices and our modes of communicating around building solidarity and community both on campus and across campuses. EDUCAUSE Review

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How to Teach Online: An interview with Dr. Angel Pazurek

Dr. Angelica (Angel) Pazurek, Ph.D. is currently a senior lecturer and graduate faculty member in learning technologies at the University of Minnesota. She teaches undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate courses and workshops on digital literacy, social media, online teaching and learning design, and research methodologies for learning technologies. Angel is also a researcher at the Learning […]

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Engaging students in a post-email world

Discover how one university found a way to work around too much unread email and engage with students on a personal level eCampus News

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Distance Learning Without Computers

Arizona State University is finding out what refugee farmers in Uganda and online course creators have to teach each other about making do with very little. Campus Technology

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Ransomware ‘halts everything’ in Connecticut school district

Administrators at Wolcott Public Schools, a K-12 district of five schools in Western Connecticut, announced Thursday they are recovering from a cyberattack that hit their computers during the last week of school last June. edscoop

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August 27, 2019

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Virtual Schools in the U.S. 2019 As proponents continue to make the case that virtual education can expand student choices and improve the efficiency of public education, full-time virtual schools have attracted a great deal of attention. Advocates contend that this potential for individualization allows virtual schools to promote greater student achievement than can be […]

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“So I Feel Like We Were Just Theoretical, Whereas They Actually Do It”: Navigating Twitter Chats for Teacher Education

In this qualitative study, the authors analyzed the participation of preservice teachers in a discipline specific Twitter chat known as #sschat. Findings indicated that preservice teachers found value in the chat when they shared resources with practicing teachers, had resources shared with them, and built professional networks. However, there were instances when the preservice teachers […]

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Using Technology Tools for Formative Assessments

In recent years, online teaching has become extremely popular. Most institutions of higher learning are offering online courses in almost every field of study. Teaching any course online is challenging, but teaching quantitative courses, such as operations management, management science, statistics, and others, have added a more challenging dimension to online teaching. Publishers have been […]

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Creative and Innovative Online Teaching Strategies: Facilitation for Active Participation

Facilitating an online course in today’s student population requires an educator to be innovative and creative and to have an impactful online presence. In the current online learning environment (also known as e-learning), keeping students’ thoughtfully engaged and motivated while dispensing the required course content necessitates faculty enabling a safe, nonjudgmental environment whereby views, perspectives, […]

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Connecting physical and virtual spaces in a HyFlex pedagogic model with a focus on teacher interaction

This article highlights interaction within physical and virtual spaces in a higher education HyFlex learning environment with live streamed lectures and seminars. What kinds of learning spaces do we shape when we connect physical and virtual spaces? How do we interact in these spaces, and how do they affect our interaction? The perspective of ‘designs […]

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Using Online Lectures to Promote Engagement: Recognising the Self-Directed Learner as Critical for Practical Inquiry

This study analyzed the relationships between teaching presence, social presence and cognitive presence in online learning environments (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000), with an emphasis on examining ways in which the design of instructor presentation formats relates to student responses within discussion forums. Both quantitative and qualitative analyses were used to determine the nature of […]

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Designing for distance learning in developing countries: a case study

Teaching and learning in higher education are being transformed through complex configurations of people, tasks, material and digital resources. Successful designs for innovative learning require understanding how these complex configurations relate to learner’s activity. This paper illustrates the application of a networked learning approach to frame the design of distance learning in higher education in […]

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Taking IT Way beyond Accessibility: 5 + 4 = 1 Approach

We all agree that accessibility is the right thing to do. What concrete steps should IT professionals take in order to support access for learners, faculty, and staff across our colleges and universities? EDUCAUSE Review

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At Indiana U., video platform blends traditional and distance education

Students attending Indiana University are now able to combine the collaborative benefits of a traditional classroom education with the ease of access that comes with distance learning, through video conferencing technology. edscooop

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Salesforce Joins Forces with SNHU to Offer College Credits

A new partnership between Southern New Hampshire University and Salesforce will give students the opportunity to earn college credits for completing Salesforce training badges. Campus Technology

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New Plugins On The Block! Compatible With Moodle, Totara, Blackboard Open LMS

Despite the limited options to commercialize and promote Moodle plugins from within, and the prodigiously long review queue, the entrepreneurial spirit that comes along with open source learning remains defiant. Many of the new plugins here are the perfect illustration. Freemium, licenses, donationware or simply a talent showcase defy the barricades and enhance the experience of […]

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Trust and Identity in Research and Education Program Report Released, Highlights Key Accomplishments for Simplifying Campus Processes and Advancing Inter-Institutional Collaboration and Research

The time involved in installing and configuring key software components has been significantly reduced, and training opportunities have expanded to help organizations come up to speed more quickly. Those are two of the findings of the final report from the Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER) program, which was released earlier this week. […]

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Online Education Start-Up, Backed by Research University Credit

Outlier, from founder of MasterClass, aims to create high-quality, low-priced ($400) gen-ed courses to help community college students transfer. Credits will bear University of Pittsburgh’s name. Inside Higher ED

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August 21, 2019

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AUGUST 20, 2019
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GLOBAL QUALITY IN ONLINE, OPEN, FLEXIBLE AND TECHNOLOGY ENHANCED EDUCATION This report was developed to provide a platform for development of guidelines for quality in online, open, flexible and technology enhanced education in all regions of the world . The intended audience includes: relevant associations that support quality in online, open, flexible and technology- enhanced […]

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Teachers as Connected Professionals

As education becomes increasingly complex, effective continuing professional learning is an important strategy to support teachers in schools. However, current professional development approaches may not meet contemporary teachers’ needs. Seeking to enhance teachers’ professional learning opportunities, this paper presents a model of learning as a connected professional. The model draws upon the findings of a […]

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Changes in Faculty Perceptions about Online Instruction: Comparison of Faculty Groups from 2002 and 2016

Faculty perceptions about online instruction were explored using data from a 32-item Quality Distance Education Survey (QDES) administered in 2002 (N = 120) and 2016 (N = 120) to U.S. higher education instructors with online teaching experience. Descriptive and ANOVA procedures were used to compare 2002 and 2016 group faculty perceptions about online instruction. Compared […]

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Personalizing and Extending Deliberation in the Online Classroom: Future Horizons

Research indicates that when instructors interact with students online their academic engagement increases, yet there is little research on student peer interactions and its effectiveness in terms of academic engagement. This study evaluates peer deliberations on a collaborative website for students enrolled in an American politics course at two institutions. Significant evidence reveals that student […]

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College Students’ Motivation and Confidence for ePortfolio Use

Research has consistently demonstrated the benefits of using ePortfolios in higher education and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) added ePortfolios to its High-Impact Practices list (Watson, Kuh, Rhodes, Light, & Chen, 2016). The majority of studies on college students’ ePortfolio use have focused on implementation within a specific course or from a […]

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Multicultural Learning and Experiences in Design through Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Framework

One of the requirements for interior design students by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) is to be “prepared to work in a variety of contexts as well as across geographic, political, social, environmental, cultural, and economic conditions.” To help with this preparation, faculty partners from two institutions- the University of Minnesota Interior Design […]

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A nimble organization and a flexible degree program: A term‐based competency‐based education case study

Anderson University began re‐designing one of its online degrees using competency‐based education principles in 2015, using almost 2 years to develop the curriculum and implementation plans. The model is designed with maximum flexibility, letting students choose their path to competency at each course rather than developing both subscription and term models. In the term‐based model that […]

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Everything Old is New Again: Textbooks, The Printing Press, The Internet, and OER

Sadly, as Audrey Watters has frequently noted, it might be impossible to find a field of endeavor outside educational technology where more of the participants are so utterly ignorant of its history. David Wiley Blog

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A University’s Online M.B.A. Is Less Expensive — and Purposely Different

Boston University’s new online business degree is $24,000 for a reason. Unlike on-campus program, it has no electives and is aimed at a different audience. Inside Higher Ed

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Vietnam National University launches distance medical training

Underpinned by a decentralised cloud network, the university is offering medical training to people in rural and poorer areas Educational Technology

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Apple Is Leading the Charge Into College Life With Mobile Credentials

Some today argue that the battle for K-12 classroom devices is over. But a new arena is stirring on college campuses. On August 13th, Apple announced that over 100,000 students at more than one dozen American universities will be able to navigate campus, gain entrance to their dorm, and buy food in the cafeteria with […]

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Google Adds Tools for Grading, Plagiarism Detection

This week, Google introduced Assignments, a revamp of its Course Kit toolkit (in beta last year), designed to streamline the process of collecting and grading student work. Campus Technology

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Georgia’s Largest Online School Rocked by Legal, Tech Trouble

With 10,000 students and $90 million in state funding, the Georgia Cyber Academy should be running at full speed. Instead, it has been hit by legal problems, tech issues and communication problems, leaving parents fuming. Center for Digital Education

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