Effects of Web-Based Collaborative Writing on Individual L2 Writing Development

This study investigated the effect of repeated in-class web-based collaborative writing tasks on second language writers’ (L2) individual writing scores. A pre-test post-test research model was used in addition to participant surveys, class observations, and teacher interviews. Participants included 59 L2 writers in a writing class at a large U.S. university. The 32 participants in […]

May 30, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Design, Research


The Pygmalion Effect in Distance Learning: A Case Study at the Hellenic Open University

The Pygmalion Effect is the positive form of self-fulfilling prophecy and shows how teacher expectations influence student performance. According to this phenomenon, higher expectations can lead to an increase in performance. In this research qualitative methodology was adopted both in data collection, and in analysis, in order to investigate the impact of the Pygmalion Effect […]

May 30, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Design, Research


The Best of Two Open Worlds at the National Open University of Nigeria

It will be wise for educational institutions, from primary to tertiary level, globally, to reflect on their position and profile with respect to the new concepts of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Responses will be diverse of course but the potential is so manifest that many institutions probably will consider […]

May 30, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, MOOCs, Open Educational Resources, Open Learning, Research, Resources


Dimensions of open research: critical reflections on openness in the ROER4D project

Open Research has the potential to advance the scientific process by improving the transparency, rigour, scope and reach of research, but choosing to experiment with Open Research carries with it a set of ideological, legal, technical and operational considerations. Researchers, especially those in resource-constrained situations, may not be aware of the complex interrelations between these […]

May 30, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Open Educational Resources, Open Learning, Research, Resources

Social Presence

Instructor’s Use of Social Presence, Teaching Presence, and Attitudinal Dissonance: A Case Study of an Attitudinal Change MOOC

This study examines a MOOC instructor’s use of social presence, teaching presence, and dissonance for attitudinal change in a MOOC on Human Trafficking, designed to promote attitudinal change. Researchers explored the MOOC instructor’s use of social presence and teaching presence, using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework as a lens, and examined the facilitation of […]

May 30, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Design, MOOCs, Research, Theory


Revising the Community of Inquiry Framework for the Analysis of One-To-One Online Learning Relationships

In online learning research, the theoretical community of inquiry framework has been used extensively to analyze processes of inquiry among learners and instructors within a community. This paper examines a special case of community of inquiry consisting of only one learner and one instructor. Together they en­gage in an online coaching discourse to form a […]

May 30, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research, Theory, Theory Development


New Global Online Education Projects Selected for Duke Support

Six faculty-led projects reflect the state of online education on campus and beyond. Duke University  

May 26, 2016 | Daily News


Cranium Cafe: Campus style student services — now available online

Cranium Cafe has developed a 4-in-1 software that replicates on-campus style student services. Accessible entirely online with no downloads or software installations. Our goal is to democratize student services, such as online advising, enrollment, financial aid, recruitment, tutoring, professor office hours, career services, regardless of ability or location. Cranium Cafe

May 25, 2016 | Resources


University passes MOOC milestone

The University of Melbourne has passed the one million enrolments milestone for its massive open online courses (MOOCs) delivered in partnership with Coursera. The University of Melbourne 

May 25, 2016 | Daily News