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March 19, 2019

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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 

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March 14, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (03-11-2019)

A newsletter from earlier in the week.

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Dr. Farhad Saba
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Mobile Connectivity in Emerging Economies Publics see mobile phones and social media bringing certain benefits to them and their societies. But these views are paired with widespread concerns about their impact on children Pew Research Center

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Award-Winning Faculty Online Teaching Practices: Roles and Competencies

Given the explosive growth of online learning in institutions of higher education, we are in dire need of guidelines for instructing new and continuing online instructors on how best to teach in online spaces. The purpose of this study was to identify the roles of the online instructor and categorize critical competencies for online teaching […]

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Mid-Career Adult Learners in an Online Doctoral Program and the Drivers of Their Academic Self-Regulation: The Importance of Social Support and Parent Education Level

Adult professionals enroll in online graduate programs and rely on social support and on their ability to self-regulate to be successful. The literature on academic self-regulation among emerging adults (traditional college age) is ample, but we do not know how social support interacts with academic self-regulation among adult graduate students at mid-career, particularly among those […]

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Two Pedagogical Models of Video Integration in Multiparticipant Courses

To respond to needs arising from the field and institutional constrictions, various video-integrated teaching methods were offered to students in multiparticipant courses. Two hundred ninety-five students studying in two Sociology of Education courses agreed to participate in the research. One hundred sixty-two students participated in Course 1, in which all the lectures were recorded and […]

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But What Do The Students Think: Results of the CUNY Cross-Campus Zero-Textbook Cost Student Survey

The results of the first cross-campus survey of student opinions on Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) courses are in: City University of New York (CUNY) students like their ZTC courses, primarily for the cost savings and ease of access. The survey results yield rich data about how positively students feel about their Zero Textbook Cost (ZTC) […]

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The Relationship Between Students’ Personalities and Their Perception of Online Course Experiences

Minimal research is available in the literature about the relationship between student personality, based on the Big Five model, and online course experiences, based on the Community of Inquiry framework. It was hypothesized in this study that the five personality factors of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, and openness correlate collectively or singularly to student perceptions […]

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Dropout patterns and cultural context in online networked learning spaces

Dropout is a major concern in networked learning practices, however, little is known about the issue within the perspective of cultural contexts. On this basis, cultural context and dropout patterns were examined through a mixed-methods approach in which social network analysis and two-way between-group comparisons (culture vs. dropout) were conducted. The sample comprised 179 MOOC […]

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United States Distance Learning Association 2019 National Conference

The Future of Digital & Distance Learning, Monday, May 20, 2019 – Thursday, May 23, 2019, Hilton Nashville Airport, Nashville, TN – The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2019 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. Our 2019 event will be held Monday May 20, 2019 Thursday […]

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How Online Education Is Increasing Gender Diversity in STEM

At Coursera, we strive to unlock life-transforming learning and credentials for anyone, anywhere. Seventy-five percent of high-school-aged girls say they are interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), yet only 28 percent of the graduates of U.S. STEM degree programs are female. On Coursera, 30 percent of our U.S. course completers in STEM are […]

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Creating an Online MBA at a Top Business School: The Latest from Michigan Ross

One of the most ambitious efforts in online education is currently underway at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. Since August, the #7 business school in the country has been working to put together an Online MBA degree offering for the fall semester of this year. Earlier this month, they announced they had […]

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Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the “Year of the MOOC.” The premise back then was that classes would make high-quality online education accessible for all and for free. Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. They’ve rolled out bundles of courses called Specializations or Nanodegrees. And […]

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Amira Learning Forge Exclusive Partnership, Leveraging Artificial Intelligence to Empower Educators

First intelligent reading assistant enables more accurate oral fluency assessment, provides voice-activated teacher support AUSTIN, TEXAS, SXSW EDU March 4, 2019 Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) and Amira Learning creator of the first intelligent reading assistant that listens to, assesses and tutors learners today announced an exclusive partnership serving U.S. schools designed to empower […]

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McGraw-Hill Upgrades Adaptive Learning Engine

McGraw-Hill Education today announced SmartBook 2.0, an update to the adaptive learning engine for its Connect learning platform. Connect is a homework and learning management solution that uses adaptive tools to serve up personalized learning content according to students’ individual needs. With SmartBook 2.0, McGraw-Hill has upgraded the adaptive algorithms, “built based upon advanced learning […]

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March 7, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (03-04-2019)

A newsletter from Monday’s inbox.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
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Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
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ENGAGEMENT AND DISCOURSE OF EDUCATORS THROUGH ONLINE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COMMUNITIES Professional learning community (PLC) is a promising strategy for effective professional development because it provides opportunities featuring collaboration, job-embedded contexts, reflection and feedback on practice, and sustained duration of learning. Yet, there are temporal and geographic barriers to designing and implementing a PLC, such as […]

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African American Males Learning Online: Promoting Academic Achievement in Higher Education

Online education is expanding within higher education. However, attrition rates for African American males enrolled in higher education in general, and in online courses specifically, is on the rise. Because the future of our nation depends on how well our educational institutions develop, nurture, and deploy talent, an investigation was conducted to identify factors that […]

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What if online students take on the responsibility: Students’ cognitive presence and peer facilitation techniques

The purpose of this study was to investigate: (a) the characteristics of online students’ cognitive presence in a peer-facilitated discussion environment, and (b) the peer facilitation techniques that enhance cognitive presence development. In this study, we examined 738 discussion messages. Analytic methods included both qualitative and quantitative content analysis. The findings revealed that although cognitive […]

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Participation in Online Courses and Interaction With a Virtual Agent

Online learning environments could be well understood as a multifaceted phenomenon affected by different aspects of learner participation including synchronous/asynchronous interactions. The aim of this study was to investigate learners’ participation in online courses, synchronous interaction with a conversational virtual agent, their relationships with learner performance, and the participation/interaction factor identification. To examine learner participation, […]

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Can a Hands-On Physics Project Lab be Delivered Effectively as a Distance Lab?

In this article, we examine whether an inquiry-based, hands-on physics lab can be delivered effectively as a distance lab. In science and engineering, hands-on distance labs are rare and open-ended project labs in physics have not been reported in the literature. Our introductory physics lab at a large Canadian research university features hands-on experiments that […]

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Designing K-12 Student-centered Blended Learning Environments

Student-centered learning environments (SCLE) enable students to direct their own learning as they engage in authentic problem-solving. SCLEs may be designed using blended learning infrastructure present in many schools today. Using a qualitative single case study design, the researcher examined an alleged student-centered learning environment, with a focus on the environment’s core design values; and […]

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The Curricular and Technological Nexus: Findings From a Study of ePortfolio Implementation

This paper presents findings from a qualitative study of ePortfolio experiences among health professions students at a major Australasian research-intensive university. This exploratory study of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) aims to understand the experiences and perspectives of students introduced to program-level ePortfolios across multiple curricula in the health sciences. Six key themes […]

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LEARN FROM CHIEF LEARNING OFFICERS AT CLO SYMPOSIUM: Discount for USDLA members ONLY

Brenda Sugrue, Global Chief Learning Officer for EY, will be one of the many learning leaders sharing their real-world experiences at Chief Learning Officer Symposium in Las Vegas April 1-3. Brenda will be sharing a global external study conducted by EY to generate new insights on the strategic value of learning and how the learning […]

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Life is complicated: Distance learning helps

Three months after a terrorist attack in Afghanistan left Jeremy Haynes a paraplegic, he met with a psychologist from the Department of Veterans Affairs. He asked me what I wanted to do with my life, said Haynes, a retired Army major. I said I wanted to go back to school. He said, Let’s be realistic. […]

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As traditional colleges grow online, OPM relationships shift

The market for online program management services is broadening as more colleges, including large state systems like SUNY, plant flags in the space. This article is the first of a three-part series exploring the broader issues at play as higher ed debates proposed new rules governing topics such as online learning, emerging educational models and […]

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New Twist in Federal Funding for OER

UPDATED: Education Department apparently disregards congressional instructions for spending 2019 money, dividing $5 million between Arizona State University and Chippewa Valley Technical College. Inside Higher Ed

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Improving Student Outcomes with Adaptive Courseware: The Every Learner Everywhere Network Initiative

The Every Learner Everywhere network helps colleges and universities use adaptive learning technology to improve teaching and learning, with a focus on increasing the success of first-generation students, low-income students, and students of color. EDUCAUSE Review

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MOOCs and the Master’s Degree

The University System of Maryland is experimenting with the use of massive open online courses to accelerate the path to an advanced degree and the work has shed light on surprising new benefits of the MOOC format. Campus Technology

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March 2, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (03-01-2019)

And a newsletter from yesterday’s inbox.

Distance-Educator.com Newsletter
Dr. Farhad Saba
Founder, Editor
USDLA Hall of Fame Inductee
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Dr. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION
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The Educational Equity Imperative: Leveraging Technology to Empower Learning for All The Speak Up National Research Project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school. For the past fifteen years, Project Tomorrow’s® annual Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning has provided schools and […]

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Student Questions: A Path to Engagement and Social Presence in the Online ClassroomWithin the vast search for ways to enhance the online classroom learning environment and to engage students fully, researchers often turn to discussions concerning instructor-student interactions that take place daily in the online classroom. Although students interact with other students and with the content, it is the student-instructor interaction and connection that appears to support […]

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Strategies to Support Personal Knowledge Management Using a Wiki Site in Online CoursesThis article discusses the strategies to support Personal Knowledge Management (PKM) using a wiki site in online courses and examines student perceptions of the helpfulness of the wiki site and the applied PKM-related strategies. Fifty-seven students in six online class sessions completed a 25-item perception survey. The results showed that students did perceive the helpfulness […]

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A Lesson Structure and an Instructional Design Model for Project-Based Online LearningResearch-based best practices that employ learning theories such as Project-Based Learning (PBL) have not been thoroughly developed for the constraints of the K-12 online setting, nor have they been tested in this unique context. K-12 online teacher-developers face many constraints during the process of instructional design and require additional supports to translate these learning theories […]

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Learning Media Repository and Delivery System for Smart Classroom using IoT and Mobile TechnologiesThis paper presents a learning media repository and delivery system (LMRD) for a smart classroom using IoT and mobile technologies. It was designed to support active learning pedagogy. Teachers are able to broadcast learning media or course materials directly to the student mobile devices, after that the students can interact to the media by drawing, […]

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Digital transformation in German higher education: student and teacher perceptions and usage of digital mediaDigitalization in Higher Education (HE) institutions is an issue that concerns many educational stakeholders. ICT skills are becoming increasingly relevant in every context, especially in the workplace, therefore one of the prime objectives for universities has become preparing future professionals to be able to deal with problems and search for solutions, including digital competence as […]

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Engaging Learners in Online Environments Utilizing Universal Design for Learning PrinciplesStudent learning outcomes depend on the depth and quality of their engagement in learning. Since the early 2000s, the concept of engagement has gained a lot of attention from researchers. Scholars often define engagement as a complex construct that consists of behavioral, cognitive, and emotional components, and argue instructors should attend to each one of […]

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SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR CHIEF LEARNING OFFICER SYMPOSIUM: Discount for USDLA members ONLYChief Learning Officer Symposium is the place to share ideas and discuss all the hot topics in L&D. Experience and examine L&D challenges and successes with a personal touch. Learning leaders with years of real-world experience and breakout groups create a corporate learning alliance to help you excel. Find your L&D community and come together […]

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Putting data privacy in the hands of usersA new platform developed by MIT and Harvard University researchers ensures that web services adhere to users preferences on how their data are stored and shared in the cloud. In Riverbed, a user’s web browser or smartphone app does not communicate with the cloud directly. Instead, a Riverbed proxy runs on a user’s device to […]

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Technology for Student Support Abounds, but Implementation Remains an ObstacleSome 200 companies sell technologies and services intended to help colleges and universities with their student support work, which has become a $560 million business. Yet colleges and universities still have obstacles to overcome in implementing and integrating student support systems, according to a study undertaken by Tyton Partners. Campus Technology

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No Email, No Wi-Fi, No LMSAmherst College experienced a catastrophic technical mishap last week that left the campus without access to online services — for five days. As IT staff scrambled to fix the problem, faculty and students suddenly found themselves without access to Wi-Fi, email, Moodle, accounting systems, card-scanning systems or any content hosted on the Amherst.edu website. Inside Higher […]

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Online Students Multitask More (Not in a Good Way)Andrew Lepp wasn’t surprised — and wouldn’t expect most people familiar with higher education to be surprised — by the headline finding of a study he and several colleagues published last week: that students in online courses said they engaged in more noneducational multitasking than did their peers in in-person courses. “I would have bet […]

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New national education network to share adaptive learning resourcesA root cause of college dropouts is the high failure rate in foundational courses, prompting a new initiative, announced Wednesday, aimed at creating a national network for education groups to collaborate on adaptive learning solutions. Every Learner Everywhere, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is supported by 12 higher education and digital learning […]

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March 1, 2019

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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 

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. Please continued your interest in receiving email from us.

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