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February 24, 2015 e-Newsletter – 2/23/15

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Professional Development: Designing Initiatives to Meet the Needs of Online Faculty

The increasing prevalence of online courses mandates an examination of the similarities – and differences – in the faculty training and development needs of those teaching online. With institutions facing increasingly limited resources, there is a need to prioritize faculty development initiatives that will encourage faculty participation. An examination of interest, attendance and completion rates […]

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An Examination of the Relationship between Online Class Size and Instructor Performance

With no physical walls, the online classroom has the potential to house a large number of students. A concern by some is what happens to the quality of instruction in courses with high enrollments. The purpose of this research was to examine online class size and its relationship to, and potential influence on, an instructor’s […]

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Rhizo14: A Rhizomatic Learning cMOOC in Sunlight and in Shade

The authors present findings from the first stage of research into a ‘home-grown’ connectivist MOOC, Rhizomatic Learning: The Community is the Curriculum (Rhizo14). We compare the surface view of the MOOC that has been presented in a range of open blog posts and articles with the view from beneath the surface that we have found […]

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Social Interaction in Self-paced Distance Education

In this paper we present a case study of a self-paced university course that was originally designed to support independent, self-paced study at distance. We developed a social media intervention, in design-based research terms, that allows these independent students to contribute archived content to enhance the course, to engage in discussions with other students and […]

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Student-created app introduces playful, introspective art prompts to museum experience

Timothy Berg stands before King Henry V Courting Princess Catherine of Valois inside the David Owsley Museum of Art. He chuckles at the words on his iPad: “Princess Catherine seems completely bored with Henry. Give him a better pickup line.” Ball State University

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UNESCO’s Mobile Learning Week 2015 puts the focus on leveraging technology to empower women and girls

UNESCO’s flagship conference Mobile Learning Week 2015, taking place in Paris from 23-27 February, will focus around leveraging technology to empower women and girls around the world. The event is organised this year in partnership with UN Women. Open Education Europa

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People are more overwhelmed than ever by how much they need to remember on a daily basis. In fact, according to a 2013 survey commissioned by the Post-it brand, the average person forgets 4 important things every day, or 1460 things every year. That’s a lot of valuable information! The fact is, keeping track of everything […]

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Developing Strategies for Implementing Analytics

Interviewed members of the EDUCAUSE IT Issues Panel believe that analytics initiatives are critical to improving institutional business processes and ensuring student success. EDUCAUSE

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During this live webinar, Monica Brady-Myerov, veteran public radio journalist and founder and CEO of Listen Current, will explore the role of online tools in building critical listening skills in students of all ages. With so many exciting new digital tools that are focused on audio, educators are challenged to select tools that best align with the listening standards and the needs of their students.


Webinar participants will learn about tools they can use to help students build critical listening skills. They will also explore how to use mobile devices and computers to record sound and edit it in the classroom. Some of the tools that will be featured include Listen Current, AudioBooM (formerly Audioboo), and VoiceThread. Webinar participants are encouraged to ask questions and share their own experience with building listening skills using audio tools.



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February 23, 2015

Plugged In | 02.23.15 | (powered by iNACOL)

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The eight students graduating from Principal David Finley’s eAcademy won’t add too much to the annual congestion of thousands of graduates and families descending on the Redlands Bowl this June. But they will be the first graduates of the Redlands…
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For years, accreditors, employers and a host of educational reformers have sought an outcomes-oriented education with explicit learning objectives and rigorous assessments to evaluate and certify students’ knowledge and proficiencies. Convinced that grade…
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Delegate Richard P. “Dickie” Bell (R-Staunton) announced Friday that House Bill 324 passed in the State Senate. Delegate Bell’s House Bill 324 establishes a new Virtual Virginia School and creates a Board of the Virginia Virtual School as a policy agency…
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Students recently had the unique opportunity to trade places with their teachers and do some of the educating for a change. Elementary and middle school students from Yuma Elementary School District 1 campuses were tasked with training staff on…
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Newsletter from the International Council for Open and Distance Education

The 26th ICDE World Conference – call for papers

Experts, academics and practitioners from across the globe are invited to attend the 26th ICDE World Conference, hosted by the University of South Africa, in South Africa from 14-16 October 2015. The call for papers deadline is fast approaching.

The conference will address open and distance learning in 21st century global higher education within the context of increasing demands for access, decreasing state resources and growing concern about the quality of provision. The Presidents’ Summit will be held during the World Conference, and the High Level Policy Forum will be held on 17 October.

Join the conversation on Twitter: #icdeunisa

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Prize of Excellence 2015 nominations invited

ICDE members are hereby invited to nominate candidates for the ICDE Prize of Excellence 2015, the global prize of excellence in open and distance education. There are three prizes including the ‘Institutional Prize’, ‘Individual Prize’ and ‘Prize for Lifelong Contribution to the field’.

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Call for interest – The Presidents´ Summit, SCOP 2016

ICDE invites for proposals to create an innovative, topical, highly focused and exciting experience for the participants. Bids from members in Australia – Oceania and South America will have priority.

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Call for interest – 27th ICDE World Conference 2017

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is pleased to announce a Call for interest for the 27th ICDE World Conference scheduled for 2017 and asks member institutions to submit declarations of interest for hosting this conference. Bids from members in America will have priority, North America first and South America second.

The biennial ICDE World Conference is widely recognized as the leading world event in open and distance education and offers a forum for the presentation of cutting edge developments, network building, and professional development.

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Celebrate Open Education Week! 9-13 March 2015

Open Education Week is an annual opportunity to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness. Participation in all events and use of all resources are free and open to everyone.

Open Education Week will run from 9-13 March this year, and is coordinated by The Open Education Consortium.

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2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University – call for papers

The 2nd International Conference of the African Virtual University (AVU) will bring together researchers, policymakers and practitioners seeking to make sense of the challenges and explore emerging opportunities afforded by ICTs and open, distance and e-learning (ODeL) in addressing issues of access, equity and quality of higher education and training in Africa.

The conference theme will be ‘Linking Open Education and eLearning Research to Practice’ and will be held from 1-3 July 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya.

The call for papers is now open.

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Asian Association of Open Universities joins the ICDE network

The Asian Association of Open Universities has joined the ICDE network following the approval of their application for associate membership by the ICDE Executive Committee.

Founded in 1987, the Asian Association of Open Universities is a non-profit organization of higher learning institutions that are primarily concerned with open and distance education (ODE).

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ICDE welcomes five new members to the network

ICDE welcomes five new members to the ICDE network. The new members are from three different regions across the world.

The five new members include:

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MOOC – how Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) enrich teaching & learning

African Virtual University (AVU) has organized a MOOC that will enable you to learn all about how Information Communication Technologies (ICTs) enrich teaching and learning.

The MOOC has been postponed to 9 March 2015, and participants are still able to register online.

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5th Annual Gulf Education Conference and Exhibition 2015

This innovative two-day conference will be held in Abu Dhabi from 17–19 March 2015, and is dedicated to supporting the cross-fertilization of global education programmes and to facilitate partnerships between international organisations with Ministries of Education and academic institutions of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Asian regions.

For the first time in its history, the event is taking place in the Gulf region. Register now and confirm your attendance for this momentous event!

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February 21, 2015

Quality Matters Higher Ed News for February 2015

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This month’s QM Higher Education Newsletter features great information on how to submit an Annual Conference Proposal, webinar offerings, professional development opportunities, and much more.
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February 2015

In this issue:

  • Say Hello to the New Research Colleagues
  • Design High-Quality Online or Blended Courses with QM
  • New Resource: IYOC Workshop License
  • Submit Your Proposals for the 7th Annual Conference
  • Keep Pace with Changes in Online Education and Hear About One District’s Response in the Keeping Pace and QM Success Stories Webinars
Welcome New QM Research Colleagues
QM is excited to announce new Research ColleaguesMaryam Ghayoorrad, Karen Pickles and Jyl Warner, who join Deborah Anne Banker, Frederick Brockmeier, Ericka Hollis (Research Review Manager), Sharon Lalla (Senior Research Colleague) and Bethany Simunich (Senior Research Colleague) in assisting QM Director of Research Kay Shattuck.

Since 2013, the Research Colleagues (RCs) have worked closely with the Director of Research to track, document, and analyze scholarly research that informs the continuing reflection and improvement of the QM Standards. They also discuss, advise on and support the QM research agenda.

QM offers educators, researchers and others useful resources to conduct and make use of QM-related research. Take advantage of these powerful tools and help contribute to the body of scholarly literature investigating why quality matters in education.

Design Your Online or Blended Course with QM
There are advantages to pursuing professional development with QM. Each features tools and takeaways you’ll use right away and are offered at a variety of dates and times for your convenience.

The Designing Your Blended Course(DYBC) workshop (begins March 12) explores the eight General Standards in the QM Rubric and provides a framework to build a blended course.

DYOC workshop iconThe Designing Your Online Course(DYOC) workshop (begins March 19) explores the eight General Standards of the QM Rubric, focusing on learning objectives and overall course alignment.

Get tools you can use to improve your courses with QMprofessional development.

IYOC Workshop License Available
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QM is now offering Full, Full-Small and System subscribers the option of purchasing asupplemental license to facilitate Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshops either face-to-faceor online. Provide your instructors another way to continuously improve their online and blended courses by offering the IYOC at your campus.

Learn more about IYOC workshop license cost savings.

Add this license to your subscription and start saving on the cost of offering the IYOC workshop!

Education and Engagement: 7th Annual QM Conference

Keeping Pace and QM Success Stories Webinars

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Time to head West and go Deep into the Heart of Quality, QMers! Share and engage with the QM community by submitting your 7th Annual QM Conference on Quality Assurance in Online Learning proposals by Wednesday, April 8. This year’s conference is being held at the San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio, Texas!

Craft your proposal based on one of these formatsin seven concentrations.

If you submit your proposals by Friday, March 6, you’ll receive early decision notification AND a discount of $100 on the regular presenter rate. You will receive an e-mail with information about returning to your proposal to make changes once you’ve submitted it.

We’re pleased to provide resources you need to develop and submit a strong proposal.

Contact the Events and Conferences Manager with questions about your submissions.

Share your experience, ideas and excitement with your colleagues at the 7th Annual QM Conference.Submit your proposal before Friday, March 6 for early decision notification and a $100 discount!

Get important information on trends and topics inEvergreen Education logodigital learning research across school districts like yours as John Watson, founder, Evergreen Education Group, QM K-12 program logoand Christine Voelker, Director, K-12 Program, Quality Matters, present “Keeping Pace”, a FREE webinar, on Wednesday, February 25 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Immediately following the “Keeping Pace” webinar, join Robert Cougar Burke, Brian Kennedy, Sheryle Kuhnley, Cristina Padilla and Jyl Warner, Albuquerque Public Schools for“Quality Matters at the Core: A Roadmap for Collaborative Online Course Development” — a FREE QM Success Stories webinar — onWednesday, February 25 from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. ET. Separate registration is required.

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