How do virtual world experiences bring about learning? A critical review of theories

While students do learn real-world knowledge and skills in virtual worlds, educators have yet to adequately theorise how students’ virtual world experiences bring about this learning. This paper critically reviewed theories currently used to underpin empirical work in virtual worlds for education. In particular, it evaluated how applicable these theories’ learning mechanisms are to virtual […]

March 29, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Influences that undermine learners’ perceptions of autonomy, competence and relatedness in an online context

Online learning has grown considerably in recent years. However attrition rates from online courses indicate that not all learners are successful in such settings, and various factors have been identified as crucial to learner persistence. Research evidence suggests that motivation is one such factor. This study builds on previous studies by using self-determination theory (SDT) […]

March 29, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Learning from TESS-India’s Approach to OER Localisation Across Multiple Indian States

Arguably, the benefits of open educational resources (OER) are greatest in low- and middle-income countries, where they have the potential to increase access to learning for those who may otherwise be excluded. However, for OER to be truly useful to educators and learners they need to be adapted to suit the contexts in which they […]

March 29, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Characteristics of Adjunct Faculty Teaching Online: Institutional Implications

Over the last decade, there has been a steady increase in online learning enrollments. The proportion of college students taking at least one online course is at an all-time high and 66% of higher education institutions indicate that online learning is critical to their long-term strategy (Allen & Seaman, 2014). Universities are increasingly relying on […]

March 29, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Competency-Based Education: A Framework for Measuring Quality Courses

The growth of competency-based education in an online environment requires the development and measurement of quality competency-based courses. While quality measures for online courses have been developed and standardized, they do not directly align with emerging best practices and principles in the design of quality competency-based online courses. The purpose of this paper is to […]

March 29, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Students’ emotions for achievement and technology use in synchronous hybrid graduate programmes: a control-value approach

Synchronous hybrid delivery (simultaneously teaching on-campus and online students using web conferencing) is becoming more common; however, little is known about how students experience emotions in this learning environment. Based on Pekrun’s (2006) control-value theory of emotions, the dual purpose of this study was first to compare synchronous hybrid students who attend online versus on-campus […]

March 29, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


‘I finally felt like I had power’: student agency and voice in an online and classroom-based role-play simulation

This article presents an educational action research study examining how one online, classroom-based role-play simulation offers middle school students the opportunity to strengthen their agency and voice. The Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT) is a web-mediated simulation designed for middle school classrooms where students take on roles of various characters throughout the world, history […]

March 29, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Study: This is why mobile is king on campus

Annual report on digital study trends reveals major jump in college students’ use of mobile tech. eCampus News

March 29, 2015 | Daily News

The Birth of Artificial Intelligence

Online or In-Person? One College Lets Students Switch Back and Forth

When you register for a course, you often have a choice: in-person or online. But at Peirce College, you don’t have to pick one or the other. All students will soon get access to both formats in the same course. Wired Campus

March 29, 2015 | Daily News

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The Changing Cost of Open Source

At one time higher ed wanted community-built software because of the $0 price tag; now many universities are paying somebody else to keep open source projects moving forward. Campus Technology

March 29, 2015 | Daily News