Major barriers for participating in online teaching in developing countries from Iranian faculty members’ perspectives

Although higher education systems in developing countries such as Iran have embraced the online education approach, they are confronted with significant challenges in this transition, one of which is lack of instructors’ participation in online teaching. Therefore, this research is aimed at exploring barriers and influential factors for this lack of participation. The researchers developed […]

July 29, 2016 | Daily News, Governance, Government, Higher Education


The nature of collaboration and perceived learning in wiki-based collaborative writing

Wiki-based collaborative writing has been widely adopted in education to facilitate collaborative learning. However, research shows that students adopt different collaboration patterns during wiki-based collaborative writing, and that collaboration patterns may vary in how they enhance learning. It is thus critical to understand the relationship between the nature of collaboration and learning. This study examined […]

July 29, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Design, Research


Open and Distance Learning: Cultural Practices in Nepal

Nepali education culture is dominated by face-to-face tutoring. It has a long history starting from the Gurukul culture to the present formal schooling. Emerging practices of using technology in education have been promoting online learning as a form of distance education and gaining popularity. This paper focuses on digging out the contextual reality of open […]

July 29, 2016 | Daily News, Governance, Government, Higher Education, Open Learning


ICT Capacity Building: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Rwandan Policies from Higher Education Perspective

With the development of technology in the 21st Century, education systems attempt to integrate technology-based tools to improve experiences in pedagogy and administration. It is becoming increasingly prominent to build human and ICT infrastructure capacities at universities from policy to implementation level. Using a critical discourse analysis, this study investigates the articulation of ICT capacity building […]

July 29, 2016 | Daily News, Governance, Government, Higher Education, Research

A Critical Look at a Blended English Language Teacher Education Program with an Emphasis on the Practicum

The aim of the present study was to explore what types of difficulties student teachers enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in English Language Teacher Education program offered in a blended format and their cooperating teachers encountered during the student teacher practicum. The participants were 21 fourth grade student teachers and 12 cooperating teachers. […]

July 29, 2016 | Faculty Development, Higher Education, Learning Design, Research


Meeting Teacher Expectations in a DL Professional Development Programme – A Case Study for Sustained Applied Competence as Programme Outcome

Meeting teacher expectations for a professional development programme (PDP) is expected to strengthen sustainable applied competence as programme outcome since teachers will be more motivated to apply the programme content in practice. A revised distance learning (DL) programme was augmented by a practical component comprising a work-integrated portfolio and audio-visual material, aimed to support the […]

July 29, 2016 | Faculty Development, Higher Education, Open Access, Research


Results of 2016 Professional Learning Survey

The SIIA Vision K-20 Project promotes the best uses of technology to ensure that all students have access to a learning environment capable of preparing them to compete globally and lead the world in innovation. The Vision K-20 Survey is an annual online self-assessment hosted on SIIA’s Vision K-20 website for educators and educational leaders […]

July 29, 2016 | Faculty Development, Higher Education, K-12, Technology


New NetRef 3.0 Software Allows Teachers to Manage Web Access in Real-time and Produce Online Activity Reports by Student, Class and School with No Device Installation

DULLES, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–NetRef has rolled out their latest upgrade, NetRef 3.0, which gives teachers complete control of the 21st century classroom. Enhancing an already comprehensive technology that allows personalized Internet access for every classroom, the new NetRef 3.0 update provides timeframes of when students have gone off task, allows customization of websites, and offers detailed […]

July 29, 2016 | Daily News


Summer School Helps Students Build Tech Tools To Improve Learning

Ashish Aggarwal wants to help students taking online classes by creating a digital teaching assistant to answer questions. To help turn his idea into reality, Aggarwal needed to learn about data and software. So, he enrolled in Carnegie Mellon University’s Simon Initiative LearnLab Summer School, which teaches participants about the leading tools that merge education, […]

July 28, 2016 | Daily News, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Instructional Design


Stanford students create tools to enhance teaching and learning

Empowering teachers. Closing educational gaps. Coping with stress. Getting good feedback. These familiar challenges will soon be getting some new attention.

July 28, 2016 | Teaching