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April 20, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (04-17-2017)

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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Knocking at the College Door: Projections of High School Graduates Through the Class of 2032 For 40 years, the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) has produced Knocking at the College Door, projections of high school graduates. Widely used by policymakers, enrollment managers, college counselors, K-12 educators, researchers, and the media, this 9th edition […]

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An e-Learning Team’s Life On and Offline: A Collaborative Self- Ethnography in Postgraduate Education Development

This paper primarily discusses the methodology of a case study into interactions and working practices of an learning team, on and offline. Although several ethnographies have been published on online learning, there are apparently none involving communities developing courses. This is a unique insight, bringing a new view of course and staff development. The e-learning team develops courses […]

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Examining the Effect of Proctoring on Online Test Scores

Online education continues to grow, bringing opportunities and challenges for students and instructors. One challenge is the perception that academic integrity associated with online tests is compromised due to undetected cheating that yields artificially higher grades. To address these concerns, proctoring software has been developed to address and prevent academic dishonesty. The purpose of this […]

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Review Article: Online Learning Integrity Approaches: Current Practices and Future Solutions

Online Learning Integrity Approaches: Current Practices and Future Solutions The primary objective of this paper is to help institutions respond to the stipulation of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 by adopting cost-effective academic integrity solutions without compromising the convenience and flexibility of online learning. Current user authentication solutions such as user ID and […]

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Imagining online research design: Is it connective case study or virtual ethnography?

Conducting research online that focuses on various writing genres with adolescent authors demands imagination and improvisation as their composition meanders across multiple communities, forums, and expressive modes, while it simultaneously ignores boundaries and creates new spaces. Research of online contexts is crucial as technology plays an increasing role in education policy (CCSSO/NGA, 2010). As unique […]

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ASU Cronkite School announces new digital audiences minor

The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University will offer a new all-online specialization to create experts in how to find, engage and grow digital audiences. Arizona State University

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Adobe Bolsters eLearning Solutions with New Releases of Captivate and Captivate Prime

SAN JOSE, Calif. – April 11, 2017 – Adobe today announced the latest versions of its industry-leading eLearning authoring tool, Adobe Captivate, and learning management system (LMS), Adobe Captivate Prime. Used in conjunction, as an end-to-end solution, or as standalone offerings, Adobe’s powerful eLearning solutions continue to break new ground for specialists in learning and […]

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Americans have mixed views on policies encouraging broadband adoption

As the Federal Communications Commission continues to address broadband infrastructure and access, Americans have mixed views on two policies designed to encourage broadband adoption, according to a new Pew Research Center survey. Pew Research Center

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OU [Open University, UK] research highlights impact of early lectures on college and university students

Research by the OU and the University of Nevada has discovered that productivity in students is much greater between the hours of 11:00am and 9:30pm than at other times of day. The study of 190 undergraduate students, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, analysed individual study patterns to determine when cognitive […]

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April 18, 2017

USDLA 2017 Virtual Conference

Another item from yesterday’s inbox…

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2017 Virtual Conference
Can’t join us in Indianapolis?  Register for our virtual conference being held May 1-2, 2017.  Registration will give you live access to our opening Keynote Speaker, Elliott Masie, 8 concurrent sessions and our prestigious Awards Banquet.  Recordings of each session will also be provided after the conclusion of the event.
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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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April 12, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (04-10-2017)

Another newsletter from Monday’s inbox.

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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Review and Content Analysis of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance/Distributed Learning (2000-2015) This paper presents a review of distance education literature published in the International Review of Research in Open and Distance/Distributed Learning (IRRODL) to describe the status thereof and to identify gaps and priority areas in distance education research based […]

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Imagining online research design: Is it connective case study or virtual ethnography?Conducting research online that focuses on various writing genres with adolescent authors demands imagination and improvisation as their composition meanders across multiple communities, forums, and expressive modes, while it simultaneously ignores boundaries and creates new spaces. Research of online contexts is crucial as technology plays an increasing role in education policy (CCSSO/NGA, 2010). As unique […]

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The Effects of Lecture Diversity on Germane LoadAn important aspect of MOOCs is the way students interact with video lectures. Instruction provided through video lectures should focus on ways to increase germane cognitive load, which directly contributes to learning. One approach that may lead to an increase of germane load may be to use video lectures with diverse forms of media, including […]

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Analysis of Social Media Influencers and Trends on Online and Mobile LearningAnalysis of Social Media Influencers and Trends on Online and Mobile Learning Although educational practitioners have adopted social media to their online or mobile communities, little attention has been paid to investigate the social media messages related to online or mobile learning. The purpose of this research is to identify social media influencers and trends […]

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Moving Beyond Smile Sheets: A Case Study on the Evaluation and Iterative Improvement of an Online Faculty Development ProgramMoving Beyond Smile Sheets: A Case Study on the Evaluation and Iterative Improvement of an Online Faculty Development Program Institutions of higher education are struggling to meet the growing demand for online courses and programs, partly because many faculty lack experience teaching online. The eCampus Quality Instruction Program (eQIP) is an online faculty development program […]

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Web’s Inventor Tim Berners-Lee Wins the Nobel Prize of ComputingBerners-Lee says Web access is a human right and the technology he created needs a rethink. MIT Technology Review

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UNSW [University of New South Wales] turns to former student Adam Brimo for online learning technology in $100 million makeoverAn e-learning platform developed by a UNSW graduate has been chosen by the university as a key part of its $100 million dollar plan to overhaul teaching and put much of it online in the next five years Financial Review

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The road to real results for online learning in developing countriesAt the headquarters of online education company Coursera in Mountain View, California, a world map with strings and push pins notes all the universities offering massive online open courses, or MOOCs, on its website. devex

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Academic Assembly Launches e-Learning CoursesAcademic Assembly, Inc., a provider of global strategic business services for educational institutions, announces today that it is launching its offering of online training courses with two new product lines: The Essential Bundle, which is designed to help institutions improve their immigration and student visa processes and performance; and the Global Alumni Relations Course, which […]

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April 9, 2017

2017 USDLA Conference – Virtual Option – Keynotes – Networking w/ USDLA

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USDLA 2017 National Conference
April 30 through May 3, 2017
Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites, Indianapolis, IN
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2017 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. This year’s conference (April 30 through May 3, 2017) promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country to Indianapolis, Indiana.
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As a leader in the distance learning industry, we welcome and invite your participation as either an Exhibitor or Sponsor for this year’s event.  Attendees include professionals from K-12, higher and continuing education, and corporate, government and military training, as well as from the telehealth and distance learning consultant organizations.
By Exhibiting or Sponsoring at USDLA 2017 you have the opportunity to get your name in front of attendees and interact in many of our activities throughout the Conference.   Our Exhibitor Showcase is limited, so please contact us today!
SPONSOR/EXHIBITOR LEVELS
Silver Sponsor ($5,000)
  • General Session Sponsor (Address Conference Attendees during General Session and introduce Keynote Speaker)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 3 Attendee Passes
  • Concurrent Session Opportunity
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Bronze Level ($2,000)
  • Breakfast Sponsor
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • 2 Attendee Passes
  • Conference Bag Literature
  • Website and Program Listing
Exhibitor Only ($1,500)
  • Showcase Table Space (8′ Table Space)
  • Website and Program Listing
Friends of the Conference Level ($500)
  • Conference bag literature
  • Website and Program Literature
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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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April 5, 2017

USDLA Newsletter 2017 (04-03-2017)

A newsletter from Monday’s inbox.

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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The Path to Transformation: How Higher Education Institutions are Transitioning to Digital on a Budget To attract and retain students in the competitive higher education space, institutions are undergoing a digital transformation. While many institutions have started down this path, they face challenges when it comes to reduced budgets and pressures to cap spending. Print […]

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Designing Adaptive Learning and Assessment in HarvardX: Collaborative Project by Harvard University and TutorGen

There is an indisputable need for evidence-based instructional designs that create the optimal conditions for learners with different knowledge, skills and motivations to succeed in MOOCs. Harvard University partnered with TutorGen to explore the feasibility of adaptive learning and assessment technology implications of adaptive functionality to course (re)design in HarvardX, and examine the effects on […]

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Faculty Perceptions about Teaching Online: Exploring the Literature Using the Technology Acceptance Model as an Organizing Framework

Academic leaders can better implement institutional strategic plans to promote online programs if they understand faculty perceptions about teaching online. An extended version of a model for technology acceptance, or TAM2 (Venkatesh & Davis, 2000), provided a framework for surveying and organizing the research literature about factors that have influenced faculty’s adoption of online delivery […]

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Download Report: What the Public Knows About Cybersecurity

What the Public Knows About Cybersecurity A majority of internet users can answer fewer than half the questions correctly on a difficult knowledge quiz about cybersecurity issues and concepts Pew Internet Research Center

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Arizona State U Launches Open, Adaptive Lessons on Space Exploration

Arizona State University has created a free series of digital lessons, simulations and virtual field trips designed to teach science through space exploration. Campus Technology

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PLATO Offers Students Personalized Learning

The University of Mississippi’s College of Liberal Arts is implementing a method of personalized learning for students in large courses.hottytoddy.com

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Digital Literacy Resources: https://www.digitallearn.org

If you are new to computers, haven’t used them for a while, are a little unsure and uncomfortable, or just need a bit of a refresher, we have the tools to help you tackle technology at your own pace and gain the confidence you need to succeed.  https://www.digitallearn.org

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Universities Across Brazil Adopt D2L’s Brightspace LMS to Transform Learning

D2L, a global learning technology leader, announces a range of customers across Brazil have selected its Brightspace learning management system (LMS) to modernize the learning experience. Several universities have chosen Brightspace for ease of use, personalized learning, support for blended and online programs, and its learning analytics capabilities designed to improve learning outcomes. Brightspace is […]

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