Enhancing Interdisciplinary Learning with a Learning Management System

Interdisciplinary learning is a form of knowledge production that is increasingly being embraced as an educational approach in higher education. A role of information and communication technologies (ICT) is to enhance interdisciplinary learning. Issues surrounding the mix of interdisciplinary pedagogic methodologies and emerging digital technologies are worthy of investigation. In this paper, the authors report […]

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


7 resources for student collaboration

Collaboration is increasingly emerging as one of today’s top skills. Part of the 4C’s it is needed in K-12 classrooms, in higher education, and in the workforce. Students who leverage technology to build collaboration skills are building strong college- and career-ready skills. eSchool News Full Article

September 21, 2014 | Daily News, Resources


Universal Design for Learning in an Online Teacher Education Course: Enhancing Learners’ Confidence to Teach Online

To prepare teacher candidates for the growing number of online learners they will encounter in their professional practice, it is important that they have the opportunity to experience quality online learning themselves. This paper reports a case study of an online teacher education course that was designed based on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. […]

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


Ball State Online and Distance Education lauded for excellence

September 15, 2014 The Online Learning Consortium (formerly The Sloan Consortium) has honored Ball State University with the 2014 Excellence in Institution-Wide Online Education Award. Committee members recognized the school for “embracing online education as a key strategic element of its mission, leading to outstanding online academic programs of quality, scale and breadth.” Jennifer Bott, […]

September 19, 2014 | Daily News

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Interested in digital badges? 9 critical issues to consider

The promise of digital badges for alternative credentials and skills pathways has not been lost on higher education; yet, there are many concerns—from business, faculty, and students—on the design, and use, of these badges for real meaning. A new framework condenses these concerns into nine critical questions concerning digital badges. eCampus News Full Article

September 18, 2014 | Daily News


Ed-Tech Leader Gender Gaps Identified in New Study

Female technology leaders working for U.S. school districts appear to earn less money than their male counterparts and face more limited access to the top positions in their field—despite tending to be more experienced and equally, if not better, credentialed. Education Week Full Article  

September 18, 2014 | Daily News


Ubiquitous Learning: Determinants Impacting Learners’ Satisfaction and Expectation with Smartphones

Although the concept of ubiquitous technologies has been introduced to many parts of society, there have been limited applications, and little is known about learners’ behavior toward ubiquitous technologies, particularly in the context of English learning. This study considers a sample of Korean students to identify the key factors that influence English-language learners’ (ELLs’) satisfaction […]

September 18, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


An Experimental Study of Corrective Feedback During Video-Conferencing

This study investigated the effectiveness of oral metalinguistic feedback and recasts as well as the effect of focused tasks (FT) in the development of implicit and explicit knowledge during video-conference interactions. This was accomplished by partial replication of a study performed in a classroom setting. Three groups of Brazilian EFL learners (n = 42) participated in […]

September 18, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Distance Education Policy Standards: A Review of Current Regional and National Accrediting Organizations in the United States

A review of distance education accreditation policies and standards written by the six United States regional accrediting commissions and two national accrediting organizations: the Middle States Commission on Higher Education; the New England Association of Schools and Colleges – Commission on Institutions of Higher Education; the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools – The […]

September 15, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Evaluating the Impact of the Administrator and Administrative Structure of Online Programs at Nonprofit Private Colleges

Nonprofit private colleges lag behind their public and for-profit counterparts in offering online programs.  Many nonprofit private colleges affiliated with the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities (CCCU) launched their first online programs within the past five years.  As a result, administrative structures to manage online programs at those institutions may be underdeveloped.  Unfortunately there […]

September 15, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research