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January 14, 2020

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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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Artificial Intelligence in Educational Technology This whitepaper from the team at Fountech.ai examines the impact that Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven solutions can have on the educational sector; how this technology can assist teaching and learning at every level, from basic literacy to postgraduate study. Clearly, it’s beyond the scope of this WhitePaper to analyse every […]

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Collaborative Design Reasoning in a Large Interdisciplinary Learning Tool Design Project

This design case discusses the complex collaborative design reasoning processes involved in developing an online interactive learning tool for learners of all ages to explore and understand the role of flagellate plants in our society. The learning tool consists of a main website (the Voyager) and an interactive, dynamic map of the evolutionary relationships between […]

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A Content Analysis of the Emergent Scholarship on Digital and Open Badges in Higher Education

Higher education is subjected to demands of accountability and reform in terms of cost and student success (Morris, 2016), with some American states also demanding shorter times to degree and alternate pathways that recognize prior learning in other settings (Ohio Department of Education, n.d.). Education reforms refer to policies and practices that promote academic quality […]

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Using Learning Analytics to Improve MOOC Instructional Design

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) allows teaching and learning for everyone. This means that people from any learning background can join any of the courses offered through MOOC platforms. Although learning materials are offered for free, learning retention and learning engagement were found to be consistently low alt-hough some MOOC are offered by well-known instructors. […]

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Teaching and Learning Experiences with Enhanced Books in Engineering Math and Science Courses

This study focuses on understanding the implementation of three interactive digital products in the first-year foundational courses (General Chemistry, Physics I & II, Calculus I & II) at the Faculty of Engineering, and the perceptions of teaching and learning experiences with those products. The data were gathered from the instructors, students and Distance Education Unit […]

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Design of e-learning and online tutoring as learning support for academic writing

The purpose of this paper is to discuss the development and assessment of learning support environments for academic writing that utilize ICT, such as e-learning and online tutoring, in Japanese higher education. First, the authors introduce the design of an e-learning writing program for the Japanese language and assess whether the program is an effective […]

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A systematic review of immersive virtual reality applications for higher education: Design elements, lessons learned, and research agenda

Researchers have explored the benefits and applications of virtual reality (VR) in different scenarios. VR possesses much potential and its application in education has seen much research interest lately. However, little systematic work currently exists on how researchers have applied immersive VR for higher education purposes that considers the usage of both high-end and budget […]

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The Sun Has Risen on Learning Experience Design

You’re an instructional designer who has invested lots of time and energy into creating beautiful online modules for a corporate course. You’ve followed your stakeholders’ wants and needs to a T. You’ve created animations and quizzes. However, once your course is live, you find learner engagement is dismal and your completion rates low. Does this […]

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EdX launches for-credit credentials that stack into bachelor’s degrees

With MicroBachelors, EdX is targeting adults who don’t have the time or funds for a traditional undergraduate education. “This could be transformative in the undergraduate space, particularly for learners that are in the workforce and are looking to get additional skills,” said Anant Agarwal, founder and CEO of EdX, in an interview with Education Dive. Major […]

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U Michigan Tool Helps Students Learn How to Work in Teams

Three engineering faculty members at the University of Michigan — all female — who have co-taught an Introduction to Engineering course have come up with a new tool at the institution to help students learn how to work in teams. The faculty team pursued the new solution as a replacement for doing weekly check-ins with […]

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The 4 biggest challenges to our higher education model – and what to do about them

In a future of unprecedented societal shifts, education is crucial to managing the challenges ahead. With more automated, digitized and fluid job markets, today’s higher education systems are quickly becoming incompatible with the future we are looking towards. We are two decades into the 21st century, yet higher education is generally still geared to succeeding […]

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Microlearning, xAPI, And Training ROI (And Other Jargon) Is Not A Thing

Yes, jargon exists everywhere. If you work, you hear jargon. And in business, there’s certainly no shortage of it. It’s been around for as long as people had a need to simplify complex ideas and concepts. But those involved with Learning and Development seem to have stepped up the jargon rhetoric. Sadly, some learning practitioners […]

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Collaborative Design Reasoning in a Large Interdisciplinary Learning Tool Design Project

This design case discusses the complex collaborative design reasoning processes involved in developing an online interactive learning tool for learners of all ages to explore and understand the role of flagellate plants in our society. The learning tool consists of a main website (the Voyager) and an interactive, dynamic map of the evolutionary relationships between […]

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January 7, 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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The 54th in a series of publications initiated in 1962, the Digest’s purpose is to provide a compilation of statistical information covering the broad field of education from prekindergarten through graduate school. The Digest contains data on a variety of topics, including the number of schools and colleges, teachers, enrollments, and graduates, in addition to […]

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Universities Need to Learn the Early Lessons of Lifelong Learning

For years, future of work reports have warned of major disruption. Artificial intelligence is spreading automation from the factory floor to the offices of university-educated professionals. Workers in jobs that don’t disappear will need different skills and regular retraining. This scenario sounds promising for universities and other education providers, who can prosper from lifelong learners. […]

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Poised for Another Decade of Ed-Tech “Debacles”

Over the holiday break, two pieces of writing coursed through my Twitter feed in successive order. The first was a Washington Post article by Drew Hartwell on the various tracking technologies higher education institutions are employing to surveil their students. As Hartwell reports, “Short-range phone sensors and campuswide WiFi networks are empowering colleges across the United States to […]

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Pro and Con: Combining Instructional Designers and Educational Developers

At some schools, the educational developers and instructional designers are part of a single campus center for teaching and learning. At other institutions, these learning professionals are homed in separate organizations, with IDs in academic computing units and EDs in CTLs. Across the U.S. postsecondary ecosystem, there is an active conversation going on about the […]

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Digital Transformation: A Focus on Creativity, Not Tools

A veteran education technologist, and a prominent researcher and consultant in education and emerging technologies, Ellen Wagner thinks deeply about what we are really saying when we talk about, and often attach labels to, our current initiatives, movements, or hopes at the intersection of education and technology. With present projects and affiliations in professional associations […]

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Closing the Skills Gap 2019

This report identifies talent acquisition challenges that employers face, provides examples of how employers are attempting to fill skills gaps, and explores ways for companies to partner with universities to prepare workers for changing skills needs. Six hundred human resource leaders were surveyed to examine the scope of workforce skills gaps and tactics that employers […]

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Designing an Aesthetic Learner Experience: UX, Instructional Design, and Design Pedagogy

In this design case, we describe a multi-year process during which a team of faculty designed a four-year undergraduate major in user experience (UX) design at a large research-intensive institution. We document the program- and course-level design experiences of five faculty members. This multi-year process has culminated in a dual-strand, integrated studio learning environment. Two […]

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Moving Forward with Learning Analytics: Expert Views

Learning analytics involve the measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, in order to understand and optimize learning and the environments in which it occurs. Since emerging as a distinct field in 2011, learning analytics has grown rapidly, and early adopters around the world are developing and deploying these new […]

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Validation of the Instructional Materials Motivation Survey: Measuring Student Motivation to Learn via Mixed Reality Nursing Education Simulation

Motivation to learn is an important component of education, particularly in the field of educational technology in which the instructor’s physical presence is increasingly absent. The complexity of the many factors that contribute to student motivation renders this domain difficult to measure. The Instructional Materials Motivation Survey (IMMS) instrument was created to measure and identify […]

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Instilling purpose and value in the implementation of digital badges in higher education

This qualitative multi-case study examined digital badge programs being used at three higher education institutions, at the course level, the department level, and the university level. The study sought to explore the adoption of badges in higher education using Rogers’ (2003) innovation diffusion theory to identify factors associated with the adoption process in order to […]

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A Batch of One: A Conceptual Framework for the Personalized Learning Movement

Variation in definitions and models of personalized learning has created confusion and disagreement among practitioners and scholars. However, personalized learning continues to be broadly promoted and funded within schools. This paper offers an inclusive definition of what is happening within the personalized learning movement and aims to be inclusive of diverse epistemologies and cultures. To […]

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Student Perceptions of Engagement in Online Courses: An Exploratory Study

Given the increasing numbers of students who choose to learn online, educators should understand the conditions necessary for student success in this environment. Previous studies have documented that student engagement is essential to student learning, retention, persistence, and satisfaction. In this descriptive qualitative study, we sought to understand how students conceptualize engagement in online courses […]

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Predictors of Online Doctoral Student Success: A Quantitative Study

Online doctoral education is expanding; however, there is a paucity of research on the predictors of student success in these programs. Institutional leaders struggle to provide the academic environment and interventions to help online doctoral students make continual progress and complete their doctoral research, especially in open enrollment environments. In this study, a primarily online doctoral-granting […]

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December 18, 2019

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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
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Conversations About Quality In Higher Education: What Are They And Where Do We Take Them? “What is quality?” has been a staple of conversation in higher education, not only for decades but for centuries. In the current environment, this conversation is complex, involving many constituents and, at times, contentious. To explore and address the central […]

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Predictors of Online Doctoral Student Success: A Quantitative Study

Online doctoral education is expanding; however, there is a paucity of research on the predictors of student success in these programs. Institutional leaders struggle to provide the academic environment and interventions to help online doctoral students make continual progress and complete their doctoral research, especially in open enrollment environments. In this study, a primarily online doctoral-granting […]

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Evaluating the Impact of a First-Year Experience on Student Success at a Distance Learning University

This study evaluated the impact of a First-Year Experience (FYE) program on student success at a small, private, faith-based distance learning university serving a predominantly nontraditional student population. Student data (N = 399) from two groups were compared to determine if the FYE made a difference in student success as measured by persistence and first-year […]

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Evaluating Online Learning Orientation Design With a Readiness Scale

Student online learning readiness (SOLR) has been identified as being closely associated with the success of learning in online environments. Online learning orientations have also been used as a key intervention to support students. However, the evaluation practice and research of online learning orientation design are limited. This research studied the effects of an orientation […]

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How College Students’ Achievement Goal Orientations Predict Their Expected Online Learning Outcome: The Mediation Roles of Self-Regulated Learning Strategies and Supportive Online Learning Behaviors

The purpose of this study was to examine the underlying mechanism between goal orientations and academic expectation for online learners. We simultaneously studied the structural relationships among 2×2 achievement goal orientations, self-regulated learning strategies (SRL), supportive online learning behaviors, and expected academic outcome in various online courses with 93 respondents (70 undergraduate and 23 graduate […]

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Frugal MOOCs: An Adaptable Contextualized Approach to MOOC Designs for Refugees

There is a growing body of literature that recognizes the role Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can play in improving access to education globally, and particularly to thousands of people in developing and developed countries. There is increasing concern, however, that the millions of displaced refugee learners throughout Europe, the Middle East, and other regions […]

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Familiarity, Current Use, and Interest in Universal Design for Learning Among Online University Instructors

This study investigated online faculty familiarity, course design use, and professional development interest regarding universal design for learning (UDL) guidelines. The researchers surveyed all 2017 to 2018 online faculty at a large university in the southeastern United States. Findings included 71.6% of faculty reporting familiarity with at least one UDL guideline, with most respondents indicating […]

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Open and distance learning – Making transformation happen

In a Times Higher Education report dated 19 November, a panel discussion on critical emerging issues in higher education evolved into thinking about ways that universities should modify their approaches to learning, teaching, technology and employability. These are the new realities of education. University World News

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Coursera For Business Announces 100% YOY Growth

Another MOOC provider has found the business training sector provides a more reliable customer base than academic students. On December 10, Coursera announced its enterprise training business has witnessed 100% year-over-year growth and now stands as the company’s largest customer share. Inside ELearning

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D2L and the Empirical Educator Project Form Innovation Partnership

Global learning technology leader D2L today announced that it has made a new, multi-year commitment to the Empirical Educator Project (EEP) to host the EEP community on its learning platform, Brightspace — and to act as a laboratory to promote existing evidence-supported teaching practices while also discovering and testing new ones. Desire2Learn

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Why We Are Using Blockchain for Digital Credentialing

It’s been just over a year since the East Coast Polytechnic Institute began issuing digital diplomas as an early adopter of blockchain technology and the Blockcerts open standard. During that time, our institution has issued nearly 1,600 digital diplomas and become a leading advocate for the use of blockchain for secure digital credentials. Campus Technology

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Student Success: 3 Big Questions

Student success is firmly cemented as a priority for colleges and universities. The goal has occupied a top spot in the EDUCAUSE Top 10 IT issues list for several years. In 2019, Student Success was #2, and Student-Centered Institution was #4.1 The shifting demographics of college/university students, higher education institutions’ performance funding, a volatile and […]

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Online Enrollments Grow, but Pace Slows

The proportion of all enrolled college students who took at least one online class continues to rise, edging up to 34.7 percent in fall 2018 from 33.1 percent the previous year. The rate of increase appears to be slowing ever so slightly, although online education remains the main driver of growth in postsecondary enrollments. 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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Designing Learning for Augmented and Virtual Reality Exploring what instructional designers should consider to ensure that virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality platforms deliver the maximum learning benefit. Major points we covered in the white paper are: The importance of using traditional design models like ADDIE and SAM when appropriate but not being afraid […]

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Effects of Online Course Load on Degree Completion, Transfer, and Dropout among Community College Students of the State University of New York

Research suggests that some students are at risk of lower levels of academic performance when studying online compared to students who take coursework only in the classroom. Community college students appear to be among those that struggle in online settings. In this paper, we hypothesize that online course load may influence outcomes for such students, […]

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How College Students’ Achievement Goal Orientations Predict Their Expected Online Learning Outcome: The Mediation Roles of Self-Regulated Learning Strategies and Supportive Online Learning Behaviors

The purpose of this study was to examine the underlying mechanism between goal orientations and academic expectation for online learners. We simultaneously studied the structural relationships among 2×2 achievement goal orientations, self-regulated learning strategies (SRL), supportive online learning behaviors, and expected academic outcome in various online courses with 93 respondents (70 undergraduate and 23 graduate […]

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Stories of Plagiarism, Theories of Writing: How Public Access of Plagiarism Reveal Circulating Theories of Writing

Rhetoric and Writing Studies have long attempted to bend plagiarism complaints toward theories of writing and learning. Media coverage and institutional discourse, on the other hand, continue framing plagiarism as an isolated, individual problem (Adler-Kassner, Anson, & Howard, 2008). And so we find plagiarism exhaustively covered and still exhausting. Given decades of stalemate, one could […]

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Developing Open Practices in Teacher Education: An Example of Integrating OER and Developing Renewable Assignments

This manuscript offers a reasoning for and example of integrating Open Educational Resources (OER) and open pedagogy within a teacher education course. We highlight a collaborative partnership between library faculty and education faculty and the decision points and processes we used when redesigning this course to provide an example of adopting OER and our considerations […]

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The formative role of teaching presence in blended Virtual Exchange

This paper presents the findings of a three-cycle action research study (Nunan & Bailey, 2009) that investigated the role of teaching presence (TP) in nurturing a Community of Inquiry (CoI) in a teacher training virtual exchange delivered in blended format. The study covers three iterations of such an exchange between three different cohorts of Polish […]

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Correlation between familial roles and persistence of female students on distance education programmes in Ghana: Through the lens of an administrator

The contributions of individuals towards a nation’s development cannot be underestimated. Nevertheless, research has proven that gender roles could create some setbacks to the extent that some individuals may not be able to reach the optimum in higher education. This correlational study explored whether the interplay of some female gender roles affected persistence as female […]

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Marking aids top score on teachers’ edtech wish list

A new survey has revealed that, when asked to choose in which field of edtech teachers would most like to see investment, nothing outranks aids to reduce marking time. Educational Technology

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What Happens to Teachers When Online Students Miss A Class?

Online tutoring—where instructors reach students via the internet, often using videoconferencing—has continued to grow in popularity. Some have begun to investigate how learners fare in this environment compared to traditional face-to-face classrooms. But fewer have looked into how teachers use and adapt to this environment. A recent academic article, however, looks into certain effects of […]

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Is Your ERP Platform Burning?

As legacy ERP solutions begin to show their age, the difference between “cloud-enabled” and “cloud-native” software is becoming a flash point for many higher education institutions. Campus Technology

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How a new AI-powered service is helping one global company transform employee knowledge sharing

Developing a master plan to transform John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. Replacing a double-deck road with a massive tunnel in Seattle. Keeping beachgoers safe from polluted waters in New Zealand with advanced analytics. Those are just a few of the thousands of complex projects delivered each year by Mott MacDonald, a global […]

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Georgia Universities Forge Partnership on Cybersecurity

Clark Atlanta and Augusta universities have announced a new plan that will see them partner on cyberphysical and cybersecurity research and opportunities for their students to earn degrees in those fields. Government Technology

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Apple celebrates the best apps and games of 2019

Today Apple revealed the best apps and games and the most powerful trends that drove app culture in 2019. Apps help simplify our lives and express our creativity, connect us to friends, family and the world beyond, and of course, have fun. In 2019, apps made their mark by reflecting the zeitgeist of our society […]

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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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Mobile Divides in Emerging Economies As ownership of mobile phones, especially smartphones, spreads rapidly across the globe, there are still notable numbers of people in emerging economies who do not own a mobile phone, or who share one with others. A Pew Research Center survey in 11 emerging economies finds that a median of 6% […]

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Do tutors make a difference in online learning? A comparative study in two Open Online CoursesTwo free fully online courses were offered by Peoples-uni on its Open Online Courses site, both as self-paced courses available any time and as courses run over four weeks with tutor-led discussions. We tested the hypothesis that there are no measurable differences in outcomes between the two delivery methods. Similar numbers attended both versions of […]

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Online learning engagement: factors and results-evidence from literatureIn this study, we highlight how previous work on online learning engagement, especially its antecedents and outcomes, has changed over the past decade. Our analysis of literature consisted of three parts: topics; theories and methodology. In addition, we describe current developments in the study of online learning engagement and discuss the role of emerging technologies […]

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Innovative Arts-Based Learning Approaches adapted for Mobile LearningOnline learning continues to evolve from computer-based learning to more focus on mobile learning. With this evolution comes the need to develop (and evaluate) instructional strategies effective in mobile learning. This work-in-progress features a description of four innovative instructional strategies adapted from approaches we developed, used, and evaluated successfully in computer-based online learning. These newly […]

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Mobile learning and student engagement in remote field activitiesThis research is centred on an investigation of the potential for the use of mobile learning in remote field study locations by university students. The study focused on both geospatial concepts and abilities, instructional design methodologies and the impact of learning through the use of mobile devices and online learning. The study group included a […]

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Social media and professional development: a systematic reviewThe great popularisation of social media at the beginning of the 21st century has led to the production of many empirical studies in an attempt to explore the opportunities these platforms provide for different activities, such as learning and updating for professionals. This study aims to identify and summarise the main characteristics of research into […]

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A Neo-Institutionalist Approach to Understanding Drivers of Quality Assurance in ODL: The Case of the Open University of MauritiusIn recent years, quality assurance (QA) in higher education has received increasing attention by academics, learners, institutions, and governments alike. Many open universities (OUs) have taken steps to re-define or re-orient their systems and practices to integrate quality. While there is a growing body of literature on QA best practices, there has been little investigation […]

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Catching the Waves: Technology and the Community CollegeFour waves of technology are linked to access and success—the twin pillars of community college philosophy. We are poised to have more tools, techniques, and technologies at our fingertips than ever before to help our students access learning, succeed on their learning journeys, and ready themselves for productive careers and lives. EDUCAUSE Review

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Virtual Classes in a Virtual WorldStanford’s Graduate School of Business conducts classes on a virtual campus, with avatars, soccer fields and a beach. Is it a second coming of Second Life? Inside Higher Ed

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Bringing Students On Board for PortfoliosHenderson State University wants every student to have a job offer before graduation. A big part of their strategy in approaching that ideal is including career-building skills and tools — like portfolios — in the curriculum. Here, CT learns more about Henderson’s portfolio plans from Chelsea Goza, who is the director of internships in the […]

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Google Earth’s creation tools help students tell stories with mapsWith the goal of providing students with a new way to engage with learning through storytelling, Google Earth has unveiled a new set of new tools that enable maps to be customized and organized into visual narratives. edscoop

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Elsevier Acquires 3D Anatomy Content Provider for $50M3D4Medical, a Dublin, Ireland-based provider of 3D lessons for anatomy education, has been acquired by Elsevier, the company best known for its academic journals. Raidió Teilifís Éireann reports that the deal was worth €46 million (approximately US $50.6 million). EdSurge

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