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October 21, 2017

New Report: Takeaways From The 2017 Blended and Personalized Learning Conference

From this neo-liberal group pretending to be an academic body.

It’s time for iNACOL’s 2017 Symposium!

On Tuesday, October 24th at 2:15 PM, see Tom’s panelHow new staffing models maximize the power of personalized and blended learning

On Wednesday, October 25th at 4:00 PM, see Julia’s panelEdtech that connects: Tools and approaches to expanding students’ social capital 

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October 20, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (10-18-2017)

Another newsletter from Wednesday’s inbox.

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OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects The basic concept of personalized learning (PL) instruction that is focused on meeting students’ individual learning needs while incorporating their interests and preferences has been a longstanding practice in U.S. K12 education. Options for personalization have increased as personal computing devices have become increasingly […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Net Neutrality and its Implications to Online Learning

In this article, we studied net neutrality as a complex sociocultural phenomenon that can affect the works of distance education scholars and online learners. We decided to take part in this research because many distance education scholars and learners take net neutrality for granted. We engaged in a qualitative investigation of US public documents and […]

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Using Design-Based Research to Develop Meaningful Online Discussions in Undergraduate Field Experience Courses

From a design perspective, the intentionality of students to engage in surface or deep learning is often experienced through prescribed activities and learning tasks. Educators understand that meaningful learning can be furthered through the structural and organizational design of the online environment that motivates the student towards task completion. However, learning engagement is unique for […]

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Types of Participant Behavior in a Massive Open Online Course

In recent years there has been a proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs), which provide unprecedented opportunities for lifelong learning. Registrants approach these courses with a variety of motivations for participation. Characterizing the different types of participation in MOOCs is fundamental in order to be able to better evaluate the phenomenon and to support […]

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An examination of factors that impact the retention of online students at a for-profit university

Online learning has continued to grow in recent years. However, retaining students in online courses and programs has posed a challenge. Whether the university is public, private, offers both face-to-face and online programs, or is 100% online, retaining students in online programs can be an issue. This study reflects the widespread desire at a large […]

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Udacity Official Declares MOOCs Dead (Though the Company Still Offers Them)

Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs dead, leading to questions about what that means for one of the companies offerings (which still include free MOOCs). EduSurge

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Education without Brick and Mortar: Stanford Online High School

There was once a perception that online high schools can’t replace the real things namely, a quality face-to-face classroom experience. In 2017, this perception is finally shifting, and Stanford Online High School (Stanford OHS) is one of the online secondary schools driving this change. Thanks to its now established track-record and the currency it naturally has […]

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MIT Launches Digital Plus Courses for Professional Learnin

MIT Professional Learning is launching a new program designed to offer organizations courses for their employees that feature project-based challenges designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty. Campus Technology

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Exploring the Use of E-Textbooks in Higher Education: A Multiyear Study

=A four-year university-wide study of students’ e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased, particularly among younger students. =The major barriers including a student preference for print and unfamiliarity with e-textbooks show signs of being alleviated. =Other factors related to mobile device access and pedagogically effective e-textbooks show little change over the study […]

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October 19, 2017

Distance-Educator.com Free e-Newsletter 10/17/17

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Informing Progress: Insights on Personalized Learning Implementation and Effects The basic concept of personalized learning (PL) — instruction that is focused on meeting students’ individual learning needs while incorporating their interests and preferences — has been a longstanding practice in U.S. K–12 education. Options for personalization have increased as personal computing devices have become increasingly […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Net Neutrality and its Implications to Online LearningIn this article, we studied net neutrality as a complex sociocultural phenomenon that can affect the works of distance education scholars and online learners. We decided to take part in this research because many distance education scholars and learners take net neutrality for granted. We engaged in a qualitative investigation of US public documents and […]

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Using Design-Based Research to Develop Meaningful Online Discussions in Undergraduate Field Experience CoursesFrom a design perspective, the intentionality of students to engage in surface or deep learning is often experienced through prescribed activities and learning tasks. Educators understand that meaningful learning can be furthered through the structural and organizational design of the online environment that motivates the student towards task completion. However, learning engagement is unique for […]

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Types of Participant Behavior in a Massive Open Online CourseIn recent years there has been a proliferation of massive open online courses (MOOCs), which provide unprecedented opportunities for lifelong learning. Registrants approach these courses with a variety of motivations for participation. Characterizing the different types of participation in MOOCs is fundamental in order to be able to better evaluate the phenomenon and to support […]

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An examination of factors that impact the retention of online students at a for-profit universityOnline learning has continued to grow in recent years. However, retaining students in online courses and programs has posed a challenge. Whether the university is public, private, offers both face-to-face and online programs, or is 100% online, retaining students in online programs can be an issue. This study reflects the widespread desire at a large […]

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IN THE NEWS
Udacity Official Declares MOOCs ‘Dead’ (Though the Company Still Offers Them)Udacity helped popularize the idea of offering college-level courses online to anyone for free, a format known as MOOCs (for Massive Open Online Courses). But this week a Udacity official called MOOCs “dead,” leading to questions about what that means for one of the company’s offerings (which still include free MOOCs). EduSurge

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Education without Brick and Mortar: Stanford Online High SchoolThere was once a perception that online high schools can’t replace the “real thing”—namely, a quality face-to-face classroom experience. In 2017, this perception is finally shifting, and Stanford Online High School (Stanford OHS) is one of the online secondary schools driving this change. Thanks to its now established track-record and the currency it naturally has […]

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MIT Launches Digital Plus Courses for Professional LearninMIT Professional Learning is launching a new program designed to offer organizations courses for their employees that feature project-based challenges designed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology faculty. Campus Technology

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Exploring the Use of E-Textbooks in Higher Education: A Multiyear Study=A four-year university-wide study of students’ e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased, particularly among younger students. =The major barriers — including a student preference for print and unfamiliarity with e-textbooks — show signs of being alleviated. =Other factors related to mobile device access and pedagogically effective e-textbooks show little change over the study […]

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October 18, 2017

iNACOL Plugged In | 10.18.17

And from the neo-liberals…

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iNACOL PLUGGED IN 10.18.17

Dear Colleagues:

The iNACOL Symposium is next week, October 23-25, in Orlando, Florida. Connect with us during the event on Twitter at @nacol and #inacol17. Attendees can find conference information and plan their schedules by visiting the iNACOL Symposium website or downloading the iNACOL Symposium mobile app. Here are helpful links in advance of the Symposium:

Below are the latest events, news and trends shaping the future of K-12 education.

New from iNACOL’s Blog: Education Domain

Why the Increased Focus on Social-Emotional Learning?
With increasing frequency, social-emotional learning (SEL) is getting renewed attention — in research, in policy and in the classroom. It’s not a new concept, so why is there new interest? Education stakeholders increasingly realize that it…

State Policy & K-12 Competency-Based Education
The traditional, time-based K-12 education system is ill-equipped to prepare all students for success. Even with high school graduation rates at an all-time high (82%), graduates are entering college with 37% needing remediation, and only…

Recommendations for State Policymakers to Build Competency-Based Systems
Fully-developed, student-centered systems require significant shifts in policy and practice. They require the right balance of policies that create space for innovation and those that ensure equity with adequate supports and quality…

Leadership in Student-Centered, Equitable Learning Environments
Across the world, educators are transforming their schools to create more student-centered, equitable learning environments. Effective leadership is critical to the success and sustainability of this transformation. To better understand…

Upcoming iNACOL Events

November Leadership Webinar | Charting the Course for the Next Phase of K-12 Competency-Based Education
November 8, 2017  |  2:00-3:00 p.m. ET
Learn more and register.

iNACOL Symposium 2017
October 23-25, 2017  |  Orlando, Florida
Theme: Personalizing Learning: Equity, Access, Quality

Plugged In Headlines: Other News in Personalized, Competency-Based, Blended and Online Education

Catalyzing Equity through Culturally Responsive Education and Competency-Based Education
Chris Sturgis, CompetencyWorks

When the Focus Is On The Student, Not The Class
Rachel Gotbaum, NPR Ed

Personalized Learning… Is It All a Matter of Time?
Julia Freeland Fisher, Christensen Institute

A Learner-Centered Culture Includes Educators, Too
Amanda Avallone, Next Generation Learning Challenges

Taming the Wild West of Digital Badges and Credentials
Michael Horn, Forbes

Competency-Based Instruction in Concord Means New Grades on Report Cards
Lola Duffort, Concord Monitor

iNACOL in the News

Why Students in Public and Private High Schools Will All Benefit from a Mastery Transcript
Patricia Russell and Susan Bell, Education Dive
Some might say we’re unlikely partners because we represent two distinct areas in the educational universe — private and public schools. As different as we may seem, we share so many of the same goals for students. In fact, after learning…

From Personalized Math to Micro-Schools, This NewSchools Cohort is Reimagining Learning
Bruce Anderson, EdSurge
How do you find educators who want to completely rethink our notions of what a school is and design something entirely new? That was the question gnawing at Scott Benson two years ago when he ran into his friend — and fellow senior…

EdReform in the Modern Era
Tom Vander Ark, Education Week
Most of what is considered innovative today has a long sordid history behind it. American education reform over the last hundred years has been driven by some recurring themes: early learning, school models, standards-based reform…

15 Dimensions of Personalized Learning
Tom Vander Ark, Education Week
As the dominant meme of U.S. education, personalized learning is frequently discussed and debated. We’ve each developed a mental model of what it is aspirationally and how that’s different from what we used to do. While there is…

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[AECT] News & Notes – October 16, 2017

Another newsletter from Monday’s inbox.

October 16, 2017
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NEWS&NOTESThe purpose of each weekly issue is to provide information and to engage members in the diverse opportunities and activities of your association.

ALERT! The Hyatt Regency Jacksonville is looking forward to welcoming AECT for its annual convention. They have added additional rooms to our block, so be sure to use the hotel registration link to book your accommodations if you’ve not done so. Looking forward to seeing you in Jacksonville in a few weeks!

LOOKING TO SAVE? If you are looking to save on hotel expenses in Jacksonville and would consider a roommate, please let us know and we’ll try to match you up with another interested party. Email us at AECT.

3MT COMPETITION. AECT’s 3MT Competition has extended the deadline for the 3MT Preliminary Video Competition to October 22. Finalists will be chosen to present in person at AECT (November 102:45). This year’s Grand Prize is a TechSmith Camtasia license, and we also have fabulous book prizes from AECT and Springer. Graduate Student finalists will get swag including t-shirts from TechSmith!  Click herefor criteria and here for a link to the registration form. For any and all questions, please email Sylvia Rogers.

ARE YOU A LEADER? Are you a leader in AECT or in one of its divisions?  As a leader in an AECT division, your expertise is a valuable asset. The AECT Leadership Development Committee has prepared a special event for AECT and division leaders to engage in thoughtful conversation to learn what leadership looks like in our respective divisions. Join us Wednesday, November 8 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. in Conference Center A (3rd Level) for a lively discussion. Although this is a continuation of our work during Summer Leadership 2017, every AECT leader is welcomed. This interactive session will provide opportunities to meet other leaders and learn from them. We hope you can make time to attend this event. Please send any questions and your RSVP to M. Aaron Bond by October 31st.

DDL T-SHIRTS FOR SALE. DDL is excited to announce that we have t-shirts for sale with the new logo! With three styles and five colors available and domestic/international shipping, you can proudly represent the division and AECT where ever you go. All proceeds from sales will support DDL programming and awards, such as our co-sponsorship of the #AECTleads competition in Jacksonville. Visit https://teespring.com/get-ddl-shirt to order today!

BREAKFAST WITH CHAMPIONS. Come join us for this exciting event on Thursdaymorning in JAX. Tickets are still available for purchase [$5]. This AECT-sponsored continental breakfast convention tradition allows members to engage in conversations on research topics and interests with the top scholars and AECT leaders. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity. The following are a few of this year’s 31 champions: Rob Branch, Hakan Aydin, Trey Martindale, Barbara Lockee, Peg Ertmer, and Stephanie Moore.

AECT JOB CENTER. At the 2017 AECT Convention in Jacksonville, Florida, we’ll continue to provide the Job Center to help you connect with other job seekers and potential job positions. The center will be set up with information about job openings, resources for improving your CV/Resume and cover letters, as well as a room where potential employers may conduct interviews. We will need a few volunteers to keep things moving. If interested, please complete the Job Center Volunteer Form to sign up for shifts. For more information please contact Jerry Hubbard.

NEW DEFINITION! Educational technology is the study and ethical application of theory, research, and best practices to advance knowledge as well as mediate and improve learning and performance through the strategic design, management and implementation of learning and instructional processes and resources.

Bookmark the AECT website and make it your go-to place for information about your professional association. Check in often. There’s always something new!


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Toll Free: 877-677-AECT Phone: 812-335­-7675 Email: aect@aect.org

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