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January 10, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (01-07-2019)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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CEO / Executive Director
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Using Technology to Promote Postsecondary Success and Savings In 2013, the University of Texas at Tyler (UTT) began the implementation of the PATSS (Patriots Accessing Technology for Savings and Success) program, an initiative that seeks to increase the use of online technologies for instruction. A portion of a course’s classes a third, half, or […]

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Do Alumni of Online Programs Give More Than Alumni of On-campus Programs?This multi-institutional study examined the giving patterns of alumni of online degree programs as compared to alumni of campus-based degree programs. Similarities and differences were statistically examined relative to the act of giving as well as the amount given to the respective institution by alumni within three years of the most recent degree conferred. Five […]

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Public Administration Field Placements for Online UniversitiesThis paper is a proposal that online universities should establish partnerships with city governments to create field placement opportunities for graduate students of public administration. The research was accomplished by reviewing current articles on field placements for traditional universities and by disseminating a 9-question survey to 100 cities across the United States. The findings from […]

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Using connectivism theory and technology for knowledge creation in cross-cultural communicationThis study examined the significance of connectivism theory and technology for knowledge creation in cross-cultural communication. The findings rely on the exercise designed and conducted by the facilitators of two different institutions/universities based in two different countries. This exercise was conducted for two intercultural management classes in New Delhi, India and Graz, Austria. This article […]

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Deviating From the Traditional Instructional Tools: Integrating Twitter in a Sociology of Deviance CourseAs the use of social media in post-secondary education expands, so does the research literature examining its effectiveness in engaging students. Studies have examined the use of Twitter as an assessment and engagement tool, and since this is a broad and growing research area, better understanding whether Twitter can promote these outcomes in an upper-level […]

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Moving Towards Sustainable Policy and Practice A Five Level Framework for Online Learning SustainabilityThis paper addresses the issue of sustainability in online learning in higher education. It introduces and discusses a five-level framework for helping higher education institutions to make the transition from enterprise to sustainable policy and practice in online learning. In particular, it responds to evidence in the literature regarding the lack of sustainability in online […]

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Research on the construction of seamless learning platform based on open educationThe implementation of the national education and lifelong education should break through the traditional learning mode in the digital era. A seamless learning environment is the intelligent form of deep integration of digital learning environment and physical learning environment. The development and construction of seamless learning space and platform is a new trend of international […]

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Key topics related to the use of new technologies in educationOh, you work at the World Bank, someone recently remarked to me. It must be great to have access to so much information and data about so many things. Yes, that’s certainly a perk of the job, I responded, although it can be overwhelming at times. What’s more interesting, and exciting, at least to me […]

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Cloud-based SaaS solution weConnect enables collaborative learning at the University of NorthamptonThe University of Northampton, one of the oldest universities in the UK, is leading the way in adding value to society. Staff is dedicated to share knowledge, support creativity and help students to make changes that will transform their lives. It recently invested in Waterside, a brand new campus, fully designed to adapt to 21st […]

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Villanova U. students are building a virtual tour of the VaticanStudents and faculty from a private Catholic university in Pennsylvania have been recreating some of the most historic Vatican and Roman sites using virtual reality technology, and have now begun planning their latest project a virtual tour of the Apostolic Palace of Castel Gandolfo. edscoop

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It’s a website¦ it’s a portfolio¦ Whatever it is, it’s much better than a resumeHave students create their own website to demonstrate mastery of your course content. In my classes, I have my students create their own website. I do this in all of my classes and I don’t teach any classes on web design or graphic design. This assignment is popular with my students and extremely useful for […]

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Putting Advanced Computing Power Within ReachIndiana University’s Pervasive Technology Institute is leading an NSF grant (currently valued at more than $13 million) to create, implement and operate Jetstream, a user-friendly cloud environment designed to give more researchers and students at higher education institutions access to high-end computing resources on demand, from their tablets, laptops or desktop computers. Campus Technology

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A Whole New World (of Learning) : The end of the LMS as we know it is comingWhen I began my career as an analyst, I started out studying the LMS market. At that time (early 2000s), learning management systems were an innovative new business application that helped companies build and manage e-learning and track and organize all forms of training. These systems were actually the first practical employee-centric portals. Fast forward […]

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December 25, 2018

Happy Holidays From USDLA

Another season greeting…

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2019 USDLA Call for National Conference Volunteers
 
USDLA Needs you!!
 
Now that we’ve found our home for the 2019 USDLA National Conference in Nashville, TN we need to build our committee.
We are looking for folks to assist with:
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 – Awards Dinner
 – Roundtable Dinners
– Night on the Town Event
– Hospitality
– Event Setup
– Registration
– Collateral Design
– Sponsorship Drives
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If you would like to be involved please contact Janet Major at jmajor@usdla.org. We will have our first meeting in early December.
Thank you!
Pat Cassella USDLA President 
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The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) is a non-profit association formed in 1987 and is located in Washington, DC. 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 Please forward this USDLA information to anyone interested. Subscriptions are available by clicking on the link below or visiting USDLA.org at no cost. You’re receiving this email because of your relationship with USDLA.

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December 22, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (12-20-2018)

Another newsletter from Thursday’s inbox.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
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Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
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Promoting online training opportunities for the workforce in Europe This document is the interim report for the new European initiative on “Promoting Online Training Opportunities for the Workforce in Europe” (2017-2019) and has been prepared for the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME) and the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs […]

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On-campus, distance or online? Influences on student decision-making about study modes at universityThis article examines the choices students make when deciding the mode of study they will enrol in for university. It expands on previous work in the field by surveying 744 Faculty of Arts students at an Australian university who had the choice of enrolling in one of three study modes: on-campus, distance or purely online. […]

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Burn Bright, Not Out: Tips for Managing Online TeachingManaging the online classroom presents new challenges for faculty members. New online faculty members can become confused with the process of teaching and creating content online due to a lack of support and ignorance of tools and strategies. Issues often arise in online teaching due to the ubiquity of the online classroom and finding appropriate […]

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Creating Boundaries Within the Ubiquitous Online ClassroomManaging one’s time and setting boundaries while teaching online are essential for continued job satisfaction and effective teaching. Online teaching offers attractive flexibility, but instructors report high teaching workloads, feeling isolated, high stress levels, and a poor work-life balance. By utilizing assumptions about online learners set out in andragogy theory, the practical application of the […]

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Sustainability of Open Education Through CollaborationThe definition of openness influenced the sustainability of business models of Open Education (OE). Yet, whether openness is defined as the free (re)usage of resources, or the free entry in courses, there always is a discussion on who pays for the resources used in these offerings. The free offering of courses or materials raises the […]

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Interactions in MOOCs: The Hidden Part of the IcebergInteractions that take place between MOOC users outside of discussion forums, and out of the reach of course designers, have received little attention from the scientific community despite their potential influence on learner retention. Based on an online survey, we found that MOOCs are often used as an activity among friends and family, and not […]

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The Rise and Fall (?) of Digital NativesBuilding on the earlier net generation and millennials concepts, Prensky popularised the notion of a generation of “digital native” students through his 2001 two-part series “Digital natives, digital immigrants”. Although his ideas about how students perceive and utilise technology resonated with many educators, they lacked supporting evidence. Subsequent investigations, which informed the so-called “digital natives […]

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Carnegie Mellon and Western Governors Building Career Coaching AgentsTwo universities will be working together on a research project to help students explore jobs. The National Science Foundation awarded almost $700,000 over three years to Western Governors University (WGU) and Carnegie Mellon University to create “intelligent coaching agents” for non-traditional students pursuing work in STEM. Campus Technology

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Online Learning: A 2-Voiced Case for AmbivalenceWading into the rip currents of online learning evangelism and countersurging cries of alarm about the corporatization of higher ed, Steve Mentz and Christopher Schaberg seek steady footing. Inside Higher Ed

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Spotlight on Innovation: Managing Online Growth at Texas TechA popular online human resources concentration marked an early indication of the potential popularity of distance learning at the institution. Inside Higher Ed

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Many Online Education Marketplaces Have Sputtered. Will Quizlet’s Pass the Test?Content may be king. But distribution determines the fate of kingdoms. For decades, print textbook publishers have owned K-12 distribution channels, usually through fleets of sales representatives that hone relationships with schools and districts. EdSurge

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Digital programme gives Syrian refugees access to HERefugees from the Syrian crisis and disadvantaged young people in Jordan and Lebanon are gaining access to short online courses and up to 24 months of blended learning study programmes through a partnership involving two universities in the region and King’s College London in the United Kingdom. University World News

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Virtual reality could serve as powerful environmental education tool, according to Stanford researchersUtter the words “ocean acidification” in mixed company, and you’ll probably get blank stares. Although climate change has grown steadily in the public consciousness, one of its most insidious impacts – a widespread die-off of marine ecosystems driven by carbon dioxide emissions – remains relatively unknown. Stanford University

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December 7, 2018

USDLA Newsletter 2018 (12-05-2018)

A newsletter from a couple of days ago.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
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Quality Principles for Competency-Based Education This publication builds off of the early ideas introduced in the paper In Search of Efficacy: Defining the Elements of Quality in a Competency-Based Education System, developed for the 2017 National Summit on Competency-Based Education. After a series of revisions building on input from experts and practitioners in the field, […]

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How MOOC-Takers Estimate Learning Success: Retrospective Reflection of Perceived BenefitsMassive open online courses (MOOCs) have attracted a great deal of interest in recent years as a new learning technology. Since MOOCs inception, only limited research has been carried out to address how learners perceive success in MOOCs after course completion. The aim of this study was to investigate the perceived benefits as the measurement […]

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MOOCs and OER in the Global South: Problems and PotentialThis paper examines the problems and potential of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Education Resources (OER) in the global South. Employing a systematic review of the research into the use of open online learning technologies in Southern contexts, we identify five interrelated themes emerging from the literature: 1) access to the Internet; 2) […]

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Learning in virtual reality: Effects on performance, emotion and engagementRecent advances in virtual reality (VR) technology allow for potential learning and education applications. For this study, 99 participants were assigned to one of three learning conditions: traditional (textbook style), VR and video (a passive control). The learning materials used the same text and 3D model for all conditions. Each participant was given a knowledge […]

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Making it real: The development of a web-based simulated learning resource for occupational therapy studentsEquipping students with graduate attributes that ensure they are ready to work in complex health environments is highly important. Recently there has been increased use of simulation in health education to assist in the acquisition of graduate attributes, and to provide meaningful and authentic learning opportunities. The Deakin University Occupational Therapy program developed a unique […]

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Australian university students access to web-based lecture recordings and the relationship with lecture attendance and academic performanceWeb-based lecture technology (WBLT) allows students access to recorded lectures delivered live to the classroom any time and to any device with internet. This technology has become standard across universities. This study of Australian undergraduate psychology students explored many important questions related to WBLT. About 75% of students surveyed utilised recorded lectures. Qualitative responses allowed […]

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The Values of Open PedagogyTo support open educational practices, we must understand the meaning of open pedagogy and articulate the values that shape it. EDUCAUSE Review

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The OER Knowledge CloudThe UNESCO/COL OER Knowledge Cloud will greatly enhance research opportunities and access to knowledge and research on Open Educational Resources and related information by removing barriers, opening up scholarship and making research universally accessible. The OER Knowledge Cloud has been established to identify, collect, preserve and disseminate available documents of enduring value to researchers, industry, […]

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Imagining an Apple Store for Online DegreesGeorgia Tech moves forward with plans to create storefronts for its online education programs, joining a growing number of institutions offering hybrid online learning experiences. Inside Higher Ed

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Student coaching pays off at Loyola University New OrleansMany student success initiatives in higher education focus on meeting the needs of students who are most at risk of dropping out. Loyola University New Orleans has flipped this script by giving every first-year student personalized coaching and the percentage of students who return for their second year is now at an all-time high. eCampuse News

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University of Florida Works to Ensure Websites are AccessibleAn online course doesn’t provide proper captioning during a video lecture. A department website features flashing and moving elements than cannot be easily turned off. A downloaded scholarship document is unable to be filled out with a hands-free, assisted computer device Center for Digital Education

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University of Missouri System Chooses Cengage Unlimited Subscriptions to Save Students Money on Course MaterialsBOSTON and ST. LOUIS, November 16, 2018 – As part of its efforts to increase affordable access to textbooks, the University of Missouri System will be offering Cengage Unlimited subscriptions to all students enrolled in Cengage courses beginning in January 2019. Cengage, the largest U.S.-based education and technology company serving the higher education market, provides […]

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Virtually InspiredFrom holographs and educational games, to drones and robots, 21st century educators are forging new and amazing trails in technology-enhanced teaching and learning. Virtually Inspired is a place where educators can come for inspiration by perusing each video showcase below to see how creative professionals around the globe are infusing technology with learning. Drexel University Online

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December 6, 2018

Case Studies In Distance Learning By USDLA

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 Pleased to announce that the United States Distance Learning Association will be participating with our Turkish colleagues during DILET2018. The participants for our session are all members of the USDLA Board of Directors.
  
 
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2019 USDLA Call for National Conference Volunteers
 
USDLA Needs you!!
 
Now that we’ve found our home for the 2019 USDLA National Conference in Nashville, TN we need to build our committee.
We are looking for folks to assist with:
 – Program Creation
 – Awards Dinner
 – Roundtable Dinners
– Night on the Town Event
– Hospitality
– Event Setup
– Registration
– Collateral Design
– Sponsorship Drives
– And more!
 
If you would like to be involved please contact Janet Major at jmajor@usdla.org. We will have our first meeting in early December.
Thank you!
Pat Cassella USDLA President 
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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 Washington, DC. 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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