The Body Issue

Study suggests digital models can help medical schools, which face a shortage of cadavers, teach students human anatomy. digital cadaver can be more educational than the real thing for certain medical students, a new study found. Inside Higher Ed

January 17, 2017 | Daily News, Virtual Lab

Harvard/MIT Report Analyzes 4 Years of MOOC Data

Two of the brains behind the institutions’ edX programs have released results of a joint research project that mined the data generated through four years of MOOC activity. Campus Technology 

January 16, 2017 | Daily News, MOOCs

Teaching Project Management on-line: lessons learned from MOOCs

Creating a course for teaching project management online in a full online distance-learning environment was a challenge. Working with adult learners from different continents that want to complete a Master degree was an additional challenge. This paper describes how different MOOCs were used to learn about teaching -(meta) e-learning. MOOCs provide diverse opportunities for teachers […]

January 15, 2017 | Daily News, MOOCs, Research

Web Strategies for the Curation and Discovery of Open Educational Resources

For those receiving funding from the UK HEFCE-funded Open Educational Resource Programme (2009–2012), the sustainability of project outputs was one of a number of essential goals. Our approach for the hosting and distribution of health and life science open educational resources (OER) was based on the utilisation of the WordPress.org blogging platform and search engine […]

January 15, 2017 | Daily News, Open Access, Open Educational Resources

Design of a computer-based learning environment to support diagnostic problem solving towards expertise development

Learning through problem solving is a pedagogical approach that situates learning in problem-solving contexts. As a form of constructivist learning, problem solving has received increased attention in complex and ill-structured domains such as scientific inquiry and medical education. However, effective learning in problem-solving contexts is difficult to realize because problem-solving tasks often involve complex processes […]

January 15, 2017 | Daily News, Instructional Design

Knowledge retention in capstone experiences: An analysis of online and face-to-face courses

This research chronicles the development of a capstone experience by a regional comprehensive university. The process began with a multi-year project during which the faculty annually reviewed the results with a view to determining if the class provided the deep learning culminating experiences anticipated. A major measure of success was the desire to replicate the […]

January 15, 2017 | Daily News, Learning Design

Eye tracking and early detection of confusion in digital learning environments: Proof of concept

Research on incidence of and changes in confusion during complex learning and problem-solving calls for advanced methods of confusion detection in digital learning environments (DLEs). In this study we attempt to address this issue by investigating the use of multiple measures, including psychophysiological indicators and self-ratings, to detect confusion in DLEs. Participants were subjected to […]

January 15, 2017 | Daily News, Research

Coordinated Implicitly? An Empirical Study on the Role of Social Media in Collaborative Learning

As social media is widely adopted in collaborative learning, which places teams in a virtual environment, it is critical for teams to identify and leverage the knowledge of their members. Yet little is known about how social media influences teams to coordinate their knowledge and collaborate effectively. In this research, we explore the roles of […]

January 15, 2017 | Daily News, Social Media

Online Instructors’ Use of Scaffolding Strategies to Promote Interactions: A Scale Development Study

A great deal of research has documented that interactions among students or between students and instructors are key to student success in an online learning setting. However, very little research has been statistically and systematically conducted to examine online instructors’ conscious and effortful use of scaffolding strategies to promote interactions in online courses. The purpose […]

January 15, 2017 | Daily News, Instructional Design, Research

Penn State World Campus most recognized in U.S. News’ online programs rankings

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State World Campus is ranked in the top 10 in six categories of U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 Best Online Programs, the most of any institution. The Pennsylvania State University

January 13, 2017 | Daily News