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

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 Internet is used for distance education. Rarely, […]

April 6, 2014 | Daily News, Research, Theory


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

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 education relied on mass production of instructional […]

March 30, 2014 | Daily News, Research


Defining a self-evaluation digital literacy framework for secondary educators: the DigiLit Leicester project

Despite the growing interest in digital literacy within educational policy, guidance for secondary educators in terms of how digital literacy translates into the classroom is lacking. As a result, many teachers feel ill-prepared to support their learners in using technology effectively. The DigiLit Leicester project created an infrastructure for holistic, integrated change, by supporting staff […]

April 16, 2014 | Daily News, Research


Predictors of perceived importance and acceptance of digital delivery modes in higher education

Teaching and assessment in higher education institutions are increasingly supported by digital tools and services. Students, however, perceive and value the importance of such e-learning offerings in very diverse ways. The goal of this article is to examine which predictors significantly influence students’ perceptions of the value of digital learning formats. Based on Küpper’s acceptance […]

April 16, 2014 | Daily News, Research


Project Ara: Google says ‘next 5 billion’ will build their phones

Google’s next major smart phone project won’t just be competing for the same customers as Apple’s iPhone, Samsung’s Galaxy S5, or even Amazon’s rumored upcoming smart phone. The Christian Science Monitor Full Article

April 16, 2014 | Daily News



Washington, DC (April 3, 2014)— EDUCAUSE announced today that President and CEO Diana G. Oblinger will retire in March 2015. Dr. Oblinger has led the association for a decade, first as a vice president then as president. Dr. Oblinger joined EDUCAUSE, a higher education technology association with 2,400 member colleges, universities, and corporations, in 2004 as […]

April 16, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education


The Latest Chat App for iPhone Needs No Internet Connection

Mobile app stores are stuffed with messaging apps from WhatsApp to Tango and their many imitators. But FireChat, released last week for the iPhone, stands out. It’s the only one that can be used without cell-phone reception. FireChat makes use of a feature Apple introduced in the latest version of its iOS mobile software, iOS7, […]

April 13, 2014 | Daily News


Early learning, assisted by technology

VINCI’s model combines hands-on, experiential learning with software that identifies early learning gaps While students are working on activities, the software analyzes their progress—helping teachers know if they’ve grasped the material. Susan Kelly is excited about the possibilities when her school welcomes its first class of students this fall. eSchool News Full Article

April 12, 2014 | Daily News, Open Learning


PBS Announces Sizzling Summer Season Lineup

ARLINGTON, VA; April 10, 2014 — PBS announced today a summer schedule of programming spanning generations and genres. From examinations of our nation’s history to our connections to the animal kingdom, and escapes to Britain’s courtrooms and countryside, PBS offers diverse series and specials for all viewers. Returning favorites this summer include the second season […]

April 12, 2014 | Daily News, Open Learning


The Right to Tweet

Faculty members and staffers at public institutions in Kansas have doubled down on a policy that protects their right to express their opinions on social media. The proposal now heads to the Kansas Board of Regents, where it faces uncertain prospects. Inside Higher Ed Full Article

April 10, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Technology


Your Guide to Picking an Online College

It wasn’t too long ago that online schools held little credibility, but the number of schools offering education degrees all or partially online has increased dramatically in the last decade. The rise in online courses and degrees provides students more options as employers demand more skills, but experts warn that not all programs are created […]

April 10, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education