State Educational Technology Directors Association Announces New Strategic Plan for 2017-2020

For Immediate Release Contact: Tracy S. Weeks, Ph.D. Executive Director SETDA 202-715-6636 x700 SETDA Announces New Strategic Plan for 2017-2020 October 20, 2016 (Washington, D.C.) SETDA, the principal membership association of U.S. state and territorial educational technology leaders announced today the key initiatives of its new Strategic Plan. The 2017-2020 Plan builds on SETDA’s 15-year record of […]

October 26, 2016 | Daily News, Governance, K-12


Impact and Nonimpact of Online Competition

Paper finds growth of fully online degree programs led to increased spending and falling enrollments at some place-based colleges, but had little impact on tuition rates. Inside Higher Ed

October 26, 2016 | Daily News, Reports & White Papers, Research


Design and evaluation of a Facebook game for self-directed e-learning

Social networking sites (SNSs) such as Facebook have a potential to become a valuable learning environment. Facebook games with appropriate instructional design may provide players with better learning experiences and outcomes. Using an effective educational Facebook game, we aimed to explore the educational effects of Facebook games as self-directed e-learning environments. We tested our hypotheses […]

October 25, 2016 | Daily News, Social Media, Social Networks


Economies of the Internet

What we do when we are online is inextricably linked to economics. Restrictions on commercial use of the Internet were lifted in 1991 and a small number of commercial sites existed on the Web even prior to its popularization from 1993–94. Today, tweeting news events, searching for information on movie screenings, talking to others, or […]

October 25, 2016 | Daily News, New Economy

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Teaching Multiple Online Sections/Courses: Tactics and Techniques

The challenge of teaching online increases as the number of sections or courses increase in a semester. The tactics and techniques which enrich online instruction in the tradition of quality matters can be modified and adapted to the demands of multiple instructional needs during a semester. This paper addresses time management and instructional design strategies […]

October 25, 2016 | Daily News, Faculty Development


Exploring Communication and Course Format: Conversation Frequency and Duration, Student Motives, and Perceived Teacher Approachability for Out-of-Class Contact

This study explored how course instructional format (i.e., online, face-to-face, or hybrid) is related to the frequency and duration of out-of-class communication (OCC) between college instructors and students, to student motives for communicating with teachers, and to perceived teacher approachability for conversation outside of class. Though differences in frequency of and student motives for engaging […]

October 25, 2016 | Daily News, Informal Learning


Development of Open Textbooks Learning Analytics System

Textbook costs have skyrocketed in recent years, putting them beyond the reach of many students, but there are options which can mitigate this problem. Open textbooks, an open educational resource, have proven capable of making textbooks affordable to students. There have been few educational development as promising as the development of open textbooks to lower […]

October 25, 2016 | Analytics, Daily News, Open Access, Open Educational Resources

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An Analysis of Density and Degree-Centrality According to the Social Networking Structure Formed in an Online Learning Environment

In this study, we assessed the communication structure in an educational online learning environment using social network analysis (SNA). The communication structure was examined with respect to time, and instructors’ participation. The course was implemented using ELGG, a network learning environment, blended with face-to-face sessions over a 14-week period. Data were collected from 114 undergraduate […]

October 25, 2016 | Daily News, Social Networks


ePortfolio-Based Learning Environments: Recommendations for Effective Scaffolding of Reflective Thinking in Higher Education

In addition to providing a useful repository for learning products, ePortfolios provide enhanced opportunities for the development of advanced learning skills. It can be argued, however, that ePortfolios are not being implemented effectively towards fulfilling this important function. This paper presents an investigation of an ePortfolio environment that scaffolded the learning of pre-service teachers. The […]

October 25, 2016 | Assessment, Instructional Design, Learning Design