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Digital Curation as a Core Competency in Current Learning and Literacy: A Higher Education Perspective

Digital curation may be regarded as a core competency in higher education since it contributes to establishing a sense of metaliteracy (an essential requirement for optimally functioning in a modern media environment) among students. Digital curation is gradually finding its way into higher education curricula aimed at fostering social media literacies. Teachers are urged to […]

September 26, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Design, Research

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New Universe of Learning: The Emergence of Networked Institutions

In early 2015, I wrote an article for The New England Journal of Higher Education, titled “Living with Abundant Information: What’s a College to Do?” In that article, I described the sources and impact on colleges and universities of newly developed abundant information, elaborating on five areas that an institution interested in harvesting the potential […]

September 25, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Factors for Successful Evolution and Sustainability of Quality Distance Education

Distance education (DE) is entering its fourth generation, requiring universities to consider how to sustain this continually evolving delivery method. Competition from for-profit entities, open-source depositories, and an increasing number of non-profit universities has created a competitive marketplace for academia to navigate. Rather than consider implementation of distance education, this research focuses on defining success […]

September 25, 2016 | Accreditation, Assessment, Daily News, Learning Design, Research

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Factors that Influence Student Attrition in Online Courses

Research was conducted to explore predictors for online higher education student attrition. This research was conducted using results from the SmarterMeasure Learning Readiness Indicator to track students in their degree programs. In addition, student outreach was conducted with an experimental group of at-risk students to determine if additional academic support promoted retention. Results demonstrated that […]

September 25, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Design, Research

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Exploratory study of MOOC learners’ demographics and motivation: The case of students involved in groups

This paper reports preliminary findings on students enrolled in a massive open online course, who were also assigned to work in groups. Part of a larger study on the effect of groups on retention and completion in MOOCs, the paper provides students’ demographics (i.e., location, gender, education level, and employment status), and motivation for taking […]

September 25, 2016 | Daily News, MOOCs, Research

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Research Trends in Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Theses and Dissertations: Surfing the Tsunami Wave

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have attracted a great deal of attention by higher education and private enterprises. MOOCs have evolved considerably since their emergence in 2008, all the while given rise to academic discussions on MOOC impact, design and reach. In an effort to understand MOOCs more comprehensively, this study analyzes theses and dissertations […]

September 25, 2016 | Daily News, MOOCs, Research

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How should we measure online learning activity?

The proliferation of Web-based learning objects makes finding and evaluating resources a considerable hurdle for learners to overcome. While established learning analytics methods provide feedback that can aid learner evaluation of learning resources, the adequacy and reliability of these methods is questioned. Because engagement with online learning is different from other Web activity, it is […]

September 25, 2016 | Daily News, Learning Design, MOOCs, Research

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Perceptions of online tutorials for distance learning in mathematics and computing

We report on student and staff perceptions of synchronous online teaching and learning sessions in mathematics and computing. The study is based on two surveys of students and tutors conducted 5 years apart, and focusses on the educational experience as well as societal and accessibility dimensions. Key conclusions are that both staff and students value […]

September 25, 2016 | Daily News, Learning Design, Research

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Demand for online classes grows at Purdue

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University professor Patricia Hart was a little hesitant about shifting her traditional, in-person Spanish film class to an entirely online course. jconline

September 23, 2016 | Daily News, Faculty Development

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[Massachusetts] State government explores partnership with online education company

Massachusetts state government announced a new partnership with an online education company on Thursday to help public employees and the state’s public universities take advantage of online classes. MassLive

September 23, 2016 | Daily News, Governance, Government, Higher Education