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November 14, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (11-12-2019)

Another newsletter from yesterday.

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

Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited: Implications for the Digital Era

Editor: Jung, Insung

 

Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited: Implications for the Digital Era (SpringerBriefs in Education)

This book explores foundational theories that have been applied in open and distance education (ODE) research and refined to reflect advances in research and practice. In addition, it develops new theories emerging from recent developments in ODE. The book provides a unique and up-to-date source of information for ODE scholars and graduate students, enabling them to make sense of essential theory, research and practice in their field, and to comprehend the gaps in, and need for further enquiry into, theoretical approaches in the digital era. It also offers theory-based advice and guidelines for practitioners, helping them make and justify decisions and actions concerning the development, implementation, research and evaluation of ODE.

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2019 Working Learner Index Drawing on a detailed survey of over 30,000 tuition program participants, the Working Learner Index report delivers important new findings on: Significant generational differences in approaches to education Changes in preferences for education programs and schools Key barriers to employee education and how to address them The impact of student debt […]

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Open Education and Learning Design: Open Pedagogy in PraxisBeyond providing alternatives to traditional learning resources, there exists a gap in the literature in understanding how openness is impacting teaching and learning in higher education. This paper explores the ways in which educators describe how open education is impacting their pedagogical designs. Using a phenomenological approach with self-identifying open education practitioners, we explore how […]

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Teachers’ Adoption of Open Educational Resources in Higher EducationOpen Educational Resources (OER) have the potential to change the domain of higher education; however, adoption is still limited. As teachers are the pivotal actors to adopt OER, more insights are needed on their practices with OER and need of support. This exploratory study uses the OER Adoption Pyramid as a framework to analyse adoption […]

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Higher Education Faculty Desire to Implement Digital Tools: A Follow-Up StudyWhile online learning and the utilization of digital technologies in higher education continues to be an important part of future plans for higher education course opportunities, some higher education faculty experience barriers to this implementation. These barriers can vary from institutional factors to personal characteristics. Utilizing survey data from the 2015 Ithaka S+R faculty survey […]

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Instructional Strategies for Forming Online Collaborative TeamsThe purpose of the study was to explore students’ collaboration experiences with and perceptions of a purposeful group assignment and team-building process in an online graduate class and gain a better understanding of effective grouping strategies in online environments. Students in an online graduate class were assigned to teams based on a purposeful group assignment […]

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Maturity Levels of Student Support E- Services Within an Open Distance E-learning UniversityThe University of South Africa (UNISA) is one of the distance education universities that is shifting from open distance learning (ODL) to open distance e-learning (ODeL). UNISA started as a correspondence institution in the 1950s and it has since evolved into an ODeL university. The aim of this research was to assess and determine the […]

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The Historical Development and Adaptation of Open Universities in Turkish ContextOpen and Distance Learning (ODL) has a long history, one marked by the emergence of open universities, which was a critical development in the ecology of openness. Open universities have taken on significant local and global roles within the framework of meeting the needs of their respective regions of influence, and as such, their roles […]

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IN THE NEWS
United States: ED Publishes Final State Authorization For Distance Education RuleOn Friday, November 1, the Department of Education published its final state authorization for distance education regulations in the Federal Register, The rule draws on the 2016 version of the state authorization regulations, ordered into effect by a federal court decision in May of this year, but contains important changes, notably around the scope of […]

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Open Education and Learning Design: Open Pedagogy in PraxisBeyond providing alternatives to traditional learning resources, there exists a gap in the literature in understanding how openness is impacting teaching and learning in higher education. This paper explores the ways in which educators describe how open education is impacting their pedagogical designs. Using a phenomenological approach with self-identifying open education practitioners, we explore how […]

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Watch: A conversation with the 2019 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award winnerLinda Jorm Associate Vice Provost for Learning Technologies & DoIT Director of Academic Technology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 2019 EDUCAUSE Leadership Award: Linda Jorn

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A Review of U.S. Department of Education Final Accreditation RegulationsOn November 1, 2019, the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) published final regulations on accreditation. Overall, these final rules reflect minor changes from the draft consensus language approved by USDE’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee that met earlier this year Council for Higher Education Accreditation

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Higher Ed Organizations Push Forward on Credential TransparencyLed by the American Council on Education (ACE), the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) and Educause, 15 national higher education organizations have signed a joint statement in support of credential data transparency. The signatories are “encouraging their members to describe their credential offerings with a common language and house the data […]

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Connecting the Dots: The Changing Higher Education LandscapeAt Distance-Educator.com we strive to keep you abreast of the latest news and developments in higher education and its relation with the world of work. New ideas in news items, however, may prop up at any time and very often not in chronological order. In “Connecting the Dots” we try to bring together recent news […]

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November 7, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (11-04-2019)

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. Reggie Smith III
CEO / Executive Director
Associate Editor
OFFICIAL USDLA SPECIAL EDITION

Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited: Implications for the Digital Era

Editor: Jung, Insung

 

This book explores foundational theories that have been applied in open and distance education (ODE) research and refined to reflect advances in research and practice. In addition, it develops new theories emerging from recent developments in ODE. The book provides a unique and up-to-date source of information for ODE scholars and graduate students, enabling them to make sense of essential theory, research and practice in their field, and to comprehend the gaps in, and need for further enquiry into, theoretical approaches in the digital era. It also offers theory-based advice and guidelines for practitioners, helping them make and justify decisions and actions concerning the development, implementation, research and evaluation of ODE.

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Inside Higher Ed‘s 2019 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology“Embrace” is probably too strong. “Acquiescence” suggests too much passivity. Whatever word you choose, though, the data indicate that American faculty members — whether grudgingly or enthusiastically — are increasingly participating in and, to a lesser extent, accepting the validity of online education. Inside Higher Ed

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Education, privacy, and big data algorithms: Taking the persons out of personalized learning

In this paper, we review the literature on philanthropy in education to provide a larger context for the role that technology company foundations, such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and ChanZuckerberg LLC, are playing with respect to the development and implementation of personalized learning. We then analyze the ways that education magazines and […]

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Open Universities and Open Educational Practices

The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of how open universities depict their current institutional engagement in open educational practices. In view of the growth of programming for non-traditional students by conventional universities, particularly through online learning and increasing interest in open educational practices, the intention is to gain a better understanding […]

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Competency‐based education: Multiple approaches‐a single institution

The purpose of this paper was to describe the development of two competency‐based curricula for existing programs at the largest community college with single accreditation serving nearly 160,000 students each year. Utilizing a competency framework and industry partners, program level and students level outcomes were defined to adequately prepare students to meet industry needs. Although […]

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Beliefs, Models, and Practices on Fostering Teacher Learning in Technology Integration

Most teachers believe that students’ use of digital devices has a “mostly helpful” effect on students’ education (Busteed & Dugan, 2018). Yet, many teachers are not provided with the professional development and digital tools they need to integrate novel digital technologies effectively in their classroom. A survey administered to 1,208 K-12 teachers by Common Sense […]

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23 Months x 22 Scholars: Collaboration, Negotiation, and the Revision of a Position Statement on Technology in English Language Arts

This article explores the writing processes of 22 English education scholars over the course of 23 months, resulting in the 2018 publication of an updated National Council of Teachers of English position statement, Beliefs for Integrating Technology into the English Language Arts Classroom. Through a qualitative approach, authors investigated the ways in which scholars (N […]

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Transformation From RTVUs to Open Universities in China: Current State and Challenges

Open and distance education has been playing an important role in China’s development of higher education and lifelong learning. In 2012, the Chinese government approved six large-scale radio and television universities (RTVUs) to become open universities (OUs), including the Open University of China (OUC), Beijing Open University (BJOU), Shanghai Open University (SHOU), Guangdong Open University […]

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IN THE NEWS
Improving Online Teaching Through Training and Support

Kapi’olani Community College instituted comprehensive training to help faculty design, develop and assess online courses — including supportive incentives to make sure instructors can successfully complete the program. Campus Technology

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Digital Transformation Signals: Is Your Institution on the Journey?

Digital transformation is a journey, not a destination. The digital transformation signals listed in this article indicate progress along the way and provide guideposts for the journey. Educause Review

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Responding to Congress, ALA Denounces Amazon, Macmillan

On June 3, the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee launched a bipartisan investigation into competition in digital markets. The American Library Association (ALA) today published its official response to the Committee’s request for information. Library Journal

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Educational simulations are on the rise

Students can learn how to tackle real-world challenges when they engage in educational simulations eCampus News

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Ransomware Is Crippling Schools. What Can They Do About It?

A few decades ago, when computers were still novelty gadgets and the internet was not available to everyone, schools and other educational institutions had a minimal reliance on technology. Fast forward to today and the situation has dramatically changed. EdSurge

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IBM Looks Beyond the College Degree

The tech company is looking for different ways to fill “new-collar” jobs in its 360,000-employee workforce by adding digital badges and apprenticeships and deepening partnerships with community colleges.   Inside Higher Ed

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November 4, 2019

NDLW Webinar 2019 – Delivering K-12 Science Curriculum Via Distance Learning In Alaska

A reminder of this K-12 focused webinar coming up this week as a part of the National Distance Learning Week.

NDLW 2019 – Delivering K-12 Science Curriculum via Distance Learning in Alaska

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST

Presenter: Andrea Pokrzywinski, Distance Delivery Instructor

My name is Andrea Pokrzywinski, but everyone calls me Andy. I am the Science Video Conference( VTC) Science teacher for the Lower Kuskokwim School District, in Bethel Alaska. This is my thirteenth year of teaching Science by distance learning. I stumbled into this job when my husband transferred to Bethel. It was a perfect fit for my background in educational technology and science education. I had just finished 7 years of working as an Educational Technology Director for a consortium of 18 rural school districts in Northern Wisconsin. I started my education career as a 7-12 grade science teacher for the Fond du Lac Ojibwe School in Minnesota. Previously, I worked as a fisheries technician and a water chemist. I love all things outdoors and dabble in the visual arts too.

You can see the whole USDLA line-up for National Distance Learning Week at https://usdla.org/2019-ndlw/  Also, be sure to check out the EDEN line-up at http://www.eden-online.org/eden_conference/edlw-2019/

November 3, 2019

USDLA Newsletter 2019 (10-31-2019)

A newsletter from late last week.

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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The Global Learner Survey A learner-driven revolution in education is unfolding around the world. That’s the message from the 11,000 people who responded to the inaugural Pearson Global Learner Survey, a new study capturing the opinions of learners worldwide. As these learners well know, we are in the midst of the single biggest economic shift […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK
Rethinking Open Universities: What Makes Them Unique?

This paper considers the current state of the United Kingdom Open University (UKOU) and the implications for the evolution of higher education, whether through open or traditional institutions. Although 50 years have passed since the establishment of UKOU, the first open university, such institutions seem to be losing their ground, notably because they face challenges […]

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Recent Work in Connectivism

Since the introduction of connectivism as a learning theory in 2004 a body of literature has developed both offering criticisms and expanding on applications and empirical validation. This article surveys recent literature on the topic, grouping it into themes, and developing an understanding of current perspectives in connectivism. It surveys current perspectives and criticisms of […]

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One Size Does Not Fit All: Toward an Evidence-Based Framework for Determining Online Course Enrollment Sizes in Higher Education

Class enrollment sizes for online learning in higher education, a topic of persistent interest in the academic literature, impact student learning, pedagogical strategies, school finances, and faculty workload. Yet in the research literature class size is addressed with insufficient specificity to provide enrollment direction. Seeking guidelines for determining online class sizes, the authors conducted a […]

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Navigating learning worlds: Using digital tools to learn in physical and virtual spaces

This article explores the various ways that teachers and learners can navigate different learning worlds with the support of digital tools. Increasingly, teaching and learning takes place in spaces beyond the classroom, whether physical or virtual. Place, navigation and movement have all been recognised as important concepts in approaches to understanding how we learn in […]

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Examining the utility and usability of mobile instant messaging in a graduate-level course: A usefulness theoretical perspective

This study examined the usefulness of a mobile instant messaging (MIM) tool to support teaching and learning. Taking a usefulness theoretical perspective, we examined in detail the utility and usability of using WeChat in a postgraduate-level course. Multiple types of data were collected and analysed, including MIM interaction records, questionnaire surveys and semi-structured interviews. The […]

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Mapping the IP [Intellectual Property] Landscape: Reflections on Ownership, Authorship, & Copyright for Writing Instruction

This study arises from over a decade of experience with the Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (IP Caucus), a group dedicated to discussing intellectual property (IP) issues that affect practitioners in writing studies and to pursuing initiatives to address IP concerns, such as formulating a policy statement in response […]

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Exclusive Interview with Dr. Mark Nichols, Executive Director Learning Design & Development, Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Dr. Saba: You have many years of experience in leading and managing distance education organizations. What attracted you to the field? Dr. Nichols: Initially the attraction was intuitive. I started writing course booklets for my students in my very first teaching job, straight out of management school. I enjoyed it, and was soon appointed to […]

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5 AIs in Search of a Campus

To grasp how artificial intelligence will play out in higher education, and how we can strategically address these changes, we should think about how artificial intelligence might unfold over the next few years. Educause Review

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Arizona State University’s College Algebra classes have looked a little different these past few years. If you entered a classroom in the fall of 2015, you’d likely find 100 to 140 students listening to the professor lecture. Today, walking into an algebra classroom, you’d see those same 100 students all on their computers, with a […]

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In Cleveland, Verizon boasts ‘first’ 5G-powered middle school

A public charter school in Cleveland, Ohio, has partnered with Verizon to open a cutting edge innovation learning lab that will be powered with the new generation of wireless internet. According to the telecommunications giant, this makes E-Prep Cliffs the first middle school in the country to be powered by 5G. edscoop

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Online professional development: How to keep faculty coming back for more

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Students are in class, but Penn State is doing what it can to get faculty who teach online to come back to class, too – as students. When Penn State World Campus created its faculty development unit in 2008, it offered just one course: Essentials of Online Teaching, or OL 2000. […]

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Where Online Learning Goes Next

Charles W. Eliot, who served as President of Harvard University for a record 40 years, charted a roadmap for education in his seminal essay, The New Education. Written in 1869, it made the case for continuously updating how and what students learn, so education could evolve in step with society. That approach remains just as […]

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November 1, 2019

National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) – Free Webinars – Register Now!

Note these free webinars next week.

Please forward this USDLA Newsletter to anyone you feel will find it of interest. 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 confirm your continued interest in receiving email from us.

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National Distance Learning Week
November 4 – 8, 2019
 
What will you do for NDLW 2019?
 
 
Purpose:
The purpose of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) is to generate greater awareness and appreciation for distance learning, including K-12, Higher Education, Corporate and Military, while recognizing leaders and best practices in the field.
 
Goal:
For schools, colleges, and corporations to conduct local events during NDLW to celebrate and promote the field of online learning.
 
When:
November 4 – 8, 2019
 
Who:
Professionals engaged in the day-to-day practice of distance learning (schools, colleges, corporations, military) and individuals and organizations providing products and services being distributed via online, video conferencing and satellite technologies.
WEBINAR SCHEDULE (FREE)
Monday, November 4th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm ET
Reggie Smith, PhD Executive Director USDLA
Manager, Conference Services, Children’s National Medical Center
“The History of Distance Learning and USDLA”
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm ET
Jackie Luft, Ed.D., Course Facilitator, TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certification Course; and Faculty, Western Colorado University
“How to Make Your Online Courses More Engaging and Accessible with Universal Design”

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3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET 
Bill Ryan, PhD Ryan Consulting
“Microlearning in the World of Distance Learning”
Tuesday, November 5th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Sandra Kucina Softic, President of Eden
Josep Maria Duart Montoliu, Vice President of Eden
“Overview of the European Distance E-Learning Network and Key Issues Effecting European Online & Distance Learning”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Janet Major, BS Associate Director for Education & Facilities
Arizona Telemedicine Program, Southwest Telehealth Resource Center
“Distance Learning Resources for Telehealth”
Wednesday, November 6th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Charmaine Torruella, Chair of AVIXA Diversity Council
Global AV Service Partner
“How to Build Diversity in the Distance Learning Workforce”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Andrea Pokrzywinski, Distance Delivery Instructor
” Delivering K-12 Science Curriculum via Distance Learning in Alaska”
Thursday, November 7th, 2019
11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Special Quality Matters Partner Track)
Steven Crawford, District Director for Maricopa Center for Learning & Innovation
Maricopa Colleges, Phoenix, AZ
“Busting Multimedia Myths: An Evidence Based Approach to Quality Instructional Media”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Rolando Garza, Chair of USDLA State Chapters
Distance Learning & Instructional Technology, Texas A&M University, Kingsville
“USDLA State Chapters and How to Build One for Your State”
Friday, November 8th, 2019
1100 am – 12:00 pm ET
Kristin Deprospero, Vertical Marketing Director, Solutionz, Inc
“An Update on Grant Resources”
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm ET
Naza Djafarova, Director of Digital Education Strategies and Leonora Zefi, Manager of eLearning initiatives and Course Development
“Open Access Resources for Virtual Gaming Simulation in Education”
For more information on NDLW or to Sponsor NDLW…
contact USDLA at 202.248.5023 today!
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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, D.C. 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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