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Learning Outcomes in a Stress Management Course: Online versus Face-to-Face

The purpose of this study was to compare learning outcomes in a stress management course delivered in an online environment with those in the traditional, face-to-face (F2F) classroom. Learning outcomes assessed were exam scores, perceptions relating to awareness of and ability to handle stress, and self-reported decreases in heart rates following five relaxation exercises. Impact […]


Student Performance at a Community College: Mode of Delivery, Employment, and Academic Skills as Predictors of Success

Numerous studies have been conducted to evaluate differences in online and face-to-face (F2F) student performance. However, relatively little work has been done to evaluate differences in online and F2F student performance at community colleges, which attract different students than 4-year institutions and professional programs. Using multiple and logistic regression models, the authors examined 11 predictors […]


Interaction Patterns in Synchronous Online Calculus and Linear Algebra Recitations

This study describes interaction patterns observed during a pilot project that explored the use of web-conferencing (WC) software in two undergraduate distance education courses offered to advanced high-school students. The pilot program replaced video-conferencing technology with WC software during recitations, so as to increase participation in the program from schools systems unable to afford the […]


Managing Communication and Professional Development in Online Graduate Programs with Electronic Portfolios

Four years ago, two online graduate programs at a mid-size university in the western United States implemented ePortfolios to foster communication and connectedness among students and faculty, develop community that extends beyond course boundaries, and promote professional goal formation and achievement among students. This article describes choices made by administrators prior to and during implementation […]


ScratchJr: Coding for kindergarten

Can children learn to code at the same age they’re learning to tie their shoes? That’s the idea behind ScratchJr, a free iPad app released this week by researchers at the MIT Media Lab, Tufts University, and Playful Invention Company (PICO). MIT Media Lab Press Release


E-Textbook Dissatisfaction Grows as Students Progress Through School

Anybody who says Facebook has totally lost the college crowd is misinformed. College students spend an average of 7.6 hours on that social networking site every week, compared to just under five hours on YouTube and three hours each on Twitter and Instagram. Campus Technology Full Article


Less Prescriptive in California

California’s two most powerful state politicians have taken a gentler approach in their push for public institutions to get creative with inexpensive and efficient degree offerings. Inside Higher Ed Full Article


Open badges for education: what are the implications at the intersection of open systems and badging?

Badges have garnered great interest among scholars of digital media and learning. In addition, widespread initiatives such as Mozilla’s Open Badge Framework expand the potential of badging into the realm of open education. In this paper, we explicate the concept of open badges. We highlight some of the ways that researchers have examined badges as […]


Watch the Video: “The Intel Trinity: How Robert Noyce, Gordon Moore, and Andy Grove Built the World’s Most Important Company”

Michael Malone is a regular editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal and has covered Silicon Valley for over 30 years.  His books include “The Guardian of All Things” and “Learning Curve.”  For more, visit: In this program Mr. Malone talks about the rise and importance of Intel and the men who created it.  […]


Learning with and from Facebook: Uncovering power asymmetries in educational interactions

Although social networking sites (SNS) are increasingly popular among students, their academic application is unfolding on trial basis and best practices for integration into mainstream teaching are yet to be fully realised. More importantly, is the need to understand how these sites shape academic relations and participation of heterogeneous students, particularly in resource-constrained African environments. […]