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February 17, 2018

2018 USDLA Conference – Register Today!

Yet another item from Wednesday’s inbox…

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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org 

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February 16, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (02-14-2018)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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2018 Top 10 IT Issues Higher education’s biggest concerns are converging with technology’s greatest capabilities. Evidence is mounting that digital technology is a major differentiator and a key to productivity and success within higher education. The 2018 Top 10 Issues reveal the broader strategic impact of technology on the entire institution. EDUCAUSE

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Revisiting the Reusability and Openness of Resources in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Open Courseware

The marketing of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Open Courseware gives the impression that it has the potential to contribute to quality open learning and opening up higher education globally. It is from this perspective that the potential contribution of Open Educational Resources (OER) units in the MIT Open Courseware to opening up higher […]

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Conversational Functions for Knowledge Building: a Study of an Online Course at University

Interactions in online courses have been studied by analyzing Conversational Functions used by participants. Cacciamani, Perrucci Khanlari (2016) developed a coding scheme, named CF4KB, consisting of four Global Conversational Functions (GCF), each articulated in two Specific Conversational Functions (SCF). The aims of the present study were to explore: 1) What are the more frequently SCF […]

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Implementation of New Communication Tools to an Online Chemistry Course

Online courses provide flexibility and convenience for students and have become very popular in recent years. With the advance of technology and change of habits for the uses of traditional communication tools among students, there is a need for educators to explore effective ways to communicate with students that fit their social-media life styles. Two […]

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Effect of Motivational Scaffolding on E-Learning Environments: Self-Efficacy, Learning Achievement, and Cognitive Style

The present research studies the effects of motivational scaffolding that favor self-efficacy and improve learning achievement in students with different cognitive styles in the Field Dependence/Independence (FDI) dimension, when they interact in an e-learning environment on mathematics. The research has an experimental design with two groups and a posttest. One group of students interacted with […]

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Online Degree Program Virtual Orientation: What to Expect

Online degree programs may require new students to attend orientation to acclimate them to the virtual classroom. One orientation format is asynchronous, meaning students read text or watch videos and complete the requirements whenever it’s convenient for them within a certain time frame; they don’t, for instance, need to participate in sessions in person or […]

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Online learning: Universities’ push for physical classes battles virtual trends

Australian universities are pushing back against Harvard economist Kenneth Rogoff who has argued for a heavy shift to online learning, especially for undergraduate degrees. Although domestic unis admit in the long run circumstances may push some of them into it. Financial Review

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Virtual Reality for Learning Raises High Hopes and Serious Concerns

Is virtual reality finally ready to make inroads in K-12? Technology companies are making a fresh push, and some market dynamics could provide them a tailwind. But there’s plenty of reason to remain skeptical. Education Week

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How learning analytics can provide students (and teachers) what they want

The words analytics and data might seem alien or even intimidating to most of us unless you are a number-cruncher or a market analyst, why would they be of any use, right? However, Professor of Learning Analytics at The Open University, Bart Rienties, has spent much of his career researching how data can improve […]

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February 7, 2018

Explore the Neuroscience of Teaching Online

From Monday’s inbox…

Drexel University Online
Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning & Online Instruction

EXPLORE THE NEUROSCIENCE OF TEACHING ONLINE

DREXEL UNIVERSITY’S ONLINE POST-BACHELOR’S CERTIFICATE IN NEUROSCIENCE, LEARNING & ONLINE INSTRUCTION

Discover Drexel University’s online Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction. Apply the latest research in neuroscience and effective learning to improve the quality of online/hybrid course design and instruction for adult students.

You Will Learn

  • How the adult brain organizes, retains and applies information and experience
  • Why health, emotion and social interaction are important to learning
  • What it takes to design and teach &#8220brain-targeted” online/hybrid courses
  • How to meet online course quality standards and regulations

Program Features

Brain
Focuses specifically on the neuroscience of adult learning in the online/hybrid environment
Classroom
Enables students to seamlessly translate classroom knowledge into real-world practice, as they learn
Online Learning
Provides a unique opportunity to experience quality online education first-hand – a critical step in understanding what it means to be an adult online student
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Interested in learning more about the online Post-Bachelor’s Certificate in Neuroscience, Learning and Online Instruction program?
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About Drexel University

Founded in 1891, Drexel University is a top-ranked, urban research university, located in the heart of Philadelphia. Known as a pioneer in distance education for working adults, this transformative institution launched its first fully online program nearly two decades ago. And today Drexel offers more than 140 high-quality online degree and certificate programs, designed to provide practical knowledge for professional success.

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United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), 76 Canal Street,Suite 301, Boston, MA 02114

February 2, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (01-30-2018)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. John G. Flores, USDLA
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Crossing the Line: What Counts as Online Harassment? Americans agree that certain behaviors constitute online harassment, but they are more divided on others Pew Research Center surveys have found that online harassment is a common phenomenon in the digital lives of many Americans, and that a majority of Americans feel harassment online is a major […]

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A double-loop evaluation process for MOOC design and its pilot application in the university domain

The diffusion of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is significantly changing the way people learn and update their knowledge and competencies. Although the benefits characterizing MOOCs, which leverage on free and open access to know-how and digitized materials, there are some challenges which call for improving and enhancing the existing methods and approaches for MOOCs […]

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Lessons learned from developing online training for humanitarians

A comprehensive online learning programme with more than 200 courses was built by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies between starting with 2009 and 2015, offering development opportunities to the Red Cross and Red Crescent (RCRC) volunteers and staff to broaden their understanding, to strengthen their organisations, and to be better […]

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A Learning Analytics Approach for Evaluating the Impact of Interactivity in Online Video Lectures on the Attention Span of Students

Aim/Purpose As online video lectures rapidly gain popularity in formal and informal learning environments, one of their main challenges is student retention. This study investigates the influence of adding interactivity to online video lectures on student attention span. Background Interactivity is perceived as increasing the attention span of learners and improving the quality of learning. […]

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Development of an institutional framework to guide transitions into enhanced blended learning in higher education

The rapidly changing digital landscape is having a significant influence on learning and teaching. Our study assesses the response of one higher education institution (HEI) to the changing digital landscape and its transition into enhanced blended learning, which seeks to go beyond the early implementation stage to make the most effective use of online learning […]

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Supporting Analytics through Data Integration and Governance

[This article is the fourth in a 2017 series that presents case studies related to the theme of integration and partnerships as reflected in enterprise IT: Communicating the Business Value of Enterprise IT Integrating Data and Systems to Support Next-Generation Enterprise IT Aligning Institutional Processes Through Business Process Redesign Supporting Analytics through […]

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The Role of Higher Education in the Changing World of Work

The changing world is a universal topic of interest, with particular resonance to higher education. Colleges and universities research change, teach about change, and often impact current and future change. To support students to live in this ever-changing world, those of us who work in higher education strive to provide solid, relevant preparation at the […]

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The New Google Play Audiobooks and the Academic Library

Excellent news that Google is getting into the audiobook business. Starting this week, audiobooks are available on Google Play. The online store has decent selection of newly released audiobooks for under $10. Even better, your first audiobook purchase is 50 percent off. Inside Higher Ed

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Blackboard and ReadSpeaker Partner to Enhance Accessibility of Digital Course Content

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 23, 2018 – Blackboard and ReadSpeaker are furthering their partnership to help instructors worldwide improve the accessibility of course content for their students. Currently, ReadSpeaker is Blackboard’s exclusive text-to-speech provider that is fully integrated within Blackboard’s learning management systems, supporting Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Now, as part of this extended collaboration, […]

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January 27, 2018

2018 Distance Learning Conference (Keynotes, Awards-Due 1/26/18, & More…)

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Call for Nominations NOW DUE January 26, 2018
 
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About United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA)
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Boston, Massachusetts. The association reaches 20,000 people globally with sponsors and members operating in and influencing 46% of the $913 billion dollar U.S. education and training market. USDLA promotes the development and application of distance learning for education and training and serves the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information, networking and opportunity. Distance learning and training constituencies served include pre-k-12 education, higher and continuing education, home schooling as well as business, corporate, military, government and telehealth markets. The USDLA trademarked logo is the recognized worldwide symbol of dedicated professionals committed to the distance learning industry. http://www.usdla.org 

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