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Using social media to engage and develop the online learner in self-determined learning

Social media technology provides educators with an opportunity to engage learners in the online classroom, as well as to support development of learner skills and competencies. This case study explores the role of social media in promoting cognitive and meta-cognitive learner development while using a heutagogical teaching and learning approach. Research was conducted using questionnaires […]

November 21, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


An empirical examination of individual and system characteristics on enhancing e-learning acceptance

Due to the continued prevalence of e-learning underutilization in Indonesia’s higher education context, this study empirically examines individual and system characteristics believed to influence students’ acceptance of e-learning systems. The proposed research model is developed to examine the influence of five characteristics of the Technology Acceptance Model using the Structural Equation Modelling technique. This study […]

November 20, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Building Mobile Apps for Faculty

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s application development team meets faculty mobile app needs by working collaboratively, managing goals and expectations, and emphasizing transparency. Campus Technology Full Article

November 20, 2014 | Daily News


The Use of Fair Use

WASHINGTON — Publishers are seeking “corrective authoritative guidance” from the federal government to stop the trend of court rulings they say are expanding copyright exemptions beyond their legal intent, but higher education associations argue interfering could upset the balance between copyright holders and consumers. Insider Higher Ed Full Article

November 20, 2014 | Daily News


What counts as educational video?: Working toward best practice alignment between video production approaches and outcomes.

The twenty years since the first digital video camera was made commercially available has seen significant increases in the use of low-cost, amateur video productions for teaching and learning. In the same period, production and consumption of professionally produced video has also increased, as has the distribution platforms to access it. Furthermore, advances in social […]

November 17, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


A Painful Transformation

Faculty members at Connecticut’s regional universities and community colleges are considering a coordinated revolt against a systemwide plan they say prioritizes centralization and online education over academic excellence. Inside Higher Ed Full Article

November 17, 2014 | Higher Education


The Effects of Meta-Cognitive Instruction on Students’ Reading Comprehension in Computerized Reading Contexts: A Quantitative Meta-Analysis

Comprehension is the essence of reading. Finding appropriate and effective reading strategies to support students’ reading comprehension has always been a critical issue for educators. This article presents findings from a meta-analysis of 17 studies of metacognitive strategy instruction on students’ reading comprehension in computerized reading contexts. Overall, some instances of metacognitive strategy instruction tended […]

November 16, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Augmented Reality Trends in Education: A Systematic Review of Research and Applications

In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in applying Augmented Reality (AR) to create unique educational settings. So far, however, there is a lack of review studies with focus on investigating factors such as: the uses, advantages, limitations, effectiveness, challenges and features of augmented reality in educational settings. Personalization for promoting an inclusive […]

November 16, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Resources


Self-esteem and Loneliness as Factors Affecting Distance Learning Students

This study aims at empirically examining the relation of self-esteem and loneliness with social presence, academic performance, satisfaction with the course and intention for academic drop out, in a blended distance learning environment in Greece. The study involved both undergraduate and postgraduate students of the Hellenic Open University (HOU). Data were collected via a four-section […]

November 16, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


The Case for ‘Passive’ Learning – The ‘Silent’ Community of Online Learners

This paper examines two modules within the Faculty of Social Sciences at The Open University (OU) and considers the extent to which ‘passive’ learning may be taking place. Both are level one modules (first year undergraduate) and use a combination of asynchronous (forums) and synchronous (Blackboard Collaborate technology, branded ‘OU Live’) technologies for teaching. The […]

November 16, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research