Learning to Adapt

Major study of adaptive learning finds inconclusive results about its ability to improve outcomes and lower costs, but use at two-year colleges and in remedial courses shows potential. Inside Higher Ed

June 23, 2016 | Adpative Systems, Daily News, Higher Education


Scaling Up OER

New initiatives at university systems show the maturation of efforts to increase the use of open educational resources. Inside Higher Ed

June 22, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Open Educational Resources


Web 2.0 user knowledge and the limits of individual and collective power

This paper revisits and builds upon a prominent theme in First Monday’s 2008 “Critical perspectives on Web 2.0” special issue: exploration and critique of the claim that Web 2.0 “… provides novel opportunities for the articulation of individual and collective social power by enhancing participation in media production and cultural expression” (Zimmer, 2008). This article refreshes the […]

June 19, 2016 | Daily News, Technology


Preface: A decade of Web 2.0 – Reflections, critical perspectives, and beyond

It has been more than 10 years since the publication of “What is Web 2.0?”, Tim O’Reilly’s influential declaration of Web 2.0’s practical and conceptual underpinnings (O’Reilly, 2005). In 2008, First Monday published a special issue on “Critical perspectives on Web 2.0” (Zimmer, 2008) bringing together a diverse group of scholars to “expose, explore and explain the […]

June 19, 2016 | Daily News, Technology


“I don’t conversate with those I don’t know”: The role of trust/distrust in online engagement

Digital spaces are populated by youth who navigate, consume, create, and distribute information through their participation as designers, contributors, respondents, and distributors. A key prerequisite to collaboration, participation and distributed knowledge is trust. The literature informs us that the creation of trust involves several variables: the individual, their experiences, familiarity, and the environment (online, offline, […]

June 19, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Design, Research


Putting technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) in action: An integrated TPACK-design-based learning (DBL) approach

Design-based learning (DBL) has been considered a useful approach in teacher education because of its emphasis on the investigation of technology integration problems in design processes. Despite recent interest in understanding how technological, pedagogical, and content knowledge (TPACK) translates to action, limited research exists on how TPACK is developed within DBL contexts and what principles […]

June 19, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Design, Research


e-Portfolios enhancing students’ self-directed learning: A systematic review of influencing factors

e-Portfolios have become increasingly popular among educators as learning tools. Some research even shows that e-portfolios can be utilised to facilitate the development of skills for self-directed learning. Such skills include self-assessment of performance, formulation of learning goals, and selection of future tasks. However, it is not yet clear under which conditions e-portfolios optimally facilitate […]

June 19, 2016 | Assessment, Daily News, ePortfolio, Higher Education, Research


The Online Learner: Characteristics and Pedagogical Implications

Globalization has stretched the scope of the online learner population from a homogeneous profile of mostly adult, mostly employed, place-bound, goal-oriented, and intrinsically motivated to one that is heterogeneous, younger, dynamic, and responsive to rapid technological innovations. This paper describes the emerging characteristics of the online learner and ensuing pedagogical implications and suggests that exploratory […]

June 19, 2016 | Daily News, Instructional Design, K-12, Learning Design, Research


Pennsylvania Schools See Benefits After Shifting to Teacher-Created Online Curriculum

Now students spend more time solving problems instead of writing down lecture notes thanks to mobile devices and digital curriculum. Center for Digital Education 

June 19, 2016 | Daily News, K-12


Strategic Planning in e-Learning

As spring descends upon us, thoughts of innovation and new ideas start to burst forth. My thoughts are carefully concentrated on strategic planning, which my current university undertakes every five years or so. Most corporations take on the task more frequently, and those of us on the front lines recognize it is being done constantly. […]

June 19, 2016 | Daily News, Elearning, Higher Education, MOOCs