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Introduction to Distance Education: Theories and Theorists: Ramifications of the Theory of Transactional Distance

By Farhad Saba Founder, Distance-Educator.com Offering adaptive learning based on the needs of the learner for independence and the requirement of the discipline for structure can be implemented in educational organizations with a management system that is conducive to learners starting and completing courses of studies based on their needs as compared to administrative needs […]

April 13, 2014 | Daily News, Research

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Introduction to Distance Education: Theorists and Theories: Verifying Theoretical Concepts

By Farhad Saba, Ph. D. Founder, Distance-Educator.com As the field of distance education has grown in the past two decades, new concepts have been introduced to the literature. Authors in scholarly journals and books routinely use words, such as, eLearning, online learning, or web-based education to denote modes or means of learning in which the […]

April 6, 2014 | Daily News, Research, Theory

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Introduction to Distance Education: Theorists and Theories — Reflections on Theories

By Farhad Saba, Ph. D. Founder, Distance-Educator.com Industrialization has been a feature of distance education for many years. Otto Peters, a pioneering theorist, explained when technology is used to reach students in mass, education assumes industrial characteristics, such as, standardization of services and mass production of educational products (Keegan 1994). To the extent that correspondence […]

March 30, 2014 | Daily News, Research

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Khan Academy: The Illusion of Understanding

This paper examines the ongoing challenge of defining what learning means from the perspective of the cognitive and learning sciences, especially as it unfolds in online environments. To better define learning as well as offer guiding principles, this paper uses Khan Academy as an example of what some highprofile individuals, such as Bill Gates, are […]

April 23, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, K-12

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Are We Who We Think We Are? ePortfolios as a Tool for Curriculum Redesign

This paper focuses on the use of ePortfolios to inform the redesign and development of academic degree programs. The practice aligns with the Connect to Learning (C2L) design principles of inquiry, reflection, and integration (IRI), which are nested within C2L’s “Catalyst for Learning” model for successful ePortfolio implementation [1]. In 2011 Northeastern instituted an ePortfolio […]

April 23, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, K-12, Research

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Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its Birthday

Like most youngsters, the Digital Public Library of America has been growing fast. Officially a year old, it now encompasses more than seven million items, three times what it started with 12 months ago. Wired Campus Full Article

April 22, 2014 | Daily News, Resources

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Learning networks to enhance reflectivity: key elements for the design of a reflective network

A major challenge for the knowledge society is to narrow the education gap, hence the need for strategies that foster innovation and improvement in education. Thus, with the support of technology and the Internet, virtual academic communities have emerged in order to exchange and disseminate innovative educational practices. The objective of the study presented in […]

April 22, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Open educational practices and technology appropriation: the case of the Regional Open Latin American Community for Social and Educational Research (CLARISE)

A major challenge for the knowledge society is to narrow the education gap, hence the need for strategies that foster innovation and improvement in education. Thus, with the support of technology and the Internet, virtual academic communities have emerged in order to exchange and disseminate innovative educational practices. The objective of the study presented in […]

April 22, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Adaptive Learning Systems: Introductory Discussion

By Dr. Farhad Saba Founder and Editor, Distance-Educator.com The ideal of the industrial age was standardization of goods and services. Mass uniform production of goods brought down the cost of units produced ushering in the economic prosperity of the developed countries in the 20th century. As the United States and other advanced economies are moving […]

April 20, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education

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Fostering Foreign Language Learning Through Technology-Enhanced Intercultural Projects

The main aim of learning English as an international language is to effectively communicate with people from other cultures. In Taiwan, learners have few opportunities to experience cross-cultural communication in English. To create an authentic EFL classroom, this one-year action research study carried out three collaborative intercultural projects using web-based tools (online forums, weblogs, Skype, […]

April 19, 2014 | Daily News, Research

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A Digital Badge Initiative in First-Year Writing Courses

This coming fall, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC will be rolling out a unique curricular initiative throughout its English Department that administers digital badges to students who demonstrate mastery in the critical skills outlined in first-year writing courses. Denise Paster, assistant professor and coordinator of composition, and Alan Reid, teaching associate, have designed an […]

April 17, 2014 | Daily News

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Implementation of a Quality Assurance Review System for the Scalable Development of Online Courses

With the growing demand for quality online education in the US, developing quality online courses and online programs, and more importantly maintaining this quality, have been an inevitable concern for higher education institutes. Current literature on quality assurance in online education mostly focuses on the development of review models and frameworks as well as the […]

April 17, 2014 | Daily News, Research