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Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its Birthday

Like most youngsters, the Digital Public Library of America has been growing fast. Officially a year old, it now encompasses more than seven million items, three times what it started with 12 months ago. Wired Campus Full Article

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Learning networks to enhance reflectivity: key elements for the design of a reflective network

A major challenge for the knowledge society is to narrow the education gap, hence the need for strategies that foster innovation and improvement in education. Thus, with the support of technology and the Internet, virtual academic communities have emerged in order to exchange and disseminate innovative educational practices. The objective of the study presented in […]

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Open educational practices and technology appropriation: the case of the Regional Open Latin American Community for Social and Educational Research (CLARISE)

A major challenge for the knowledge society is to narrow the education gap, hence the need for strategies that foster innovation and improvement in education. Thus, with the support of technology and the Internet, virtual academic communities have emerged in order to exchange and disseminate innovative educational practices. The objective of the study presented in […]

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Adaptive Learning Systems: Introductory Discussion

By Dr. Farhad Saba Founder and Editor, Distance-Educator.com The ideal of the industrial age was standardization of goods and services. Mass uniform production of goods brought down the cost of units produced ushering in the economic prosperity of the developed countries in the 20th century. As the United States and other advanced economies are moving […]

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Introduction to Distance Education: Early Research

By: Farhad Saba, Ph. D. Founder, Distance-Educator.com Systematic study of distance education is a relatively new phenomenon. Formal scholarly journals solely dedicated to distance education did not appear in the English speaking world until the 1980s, although the first formal studies of the use of radio and television in education appeared in the 1930s and […]

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Fostering Foreign Language Learning Through Technology-Enhanced Intercultural Projects

The main aim of learning English as an international language is to effectively communicate with people from other cultures. In Taiwan, learners have few opportunities to experience cross-cultural communication in English. To create an authentic EFL classroom, this one-year action research study carried out three collaborative intercultural projects using web-based tools (online forums, weblogs, Skype, […]

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A Digital Badge Initiative in First-Year Writing Courses

This coming fall, Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC will be rolling out a unique curricular initiative throughout its English Department that administers digital badges to students who demonstrate mastery in the critical skills outlined in first-year writing courses. Denise Paster, assistant professor and coordinator of composition, and Alan Reid, teaching associate, have designed an […]

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Implementation of a Quality Assurance Review System for the Scalable Development of Online Courses

With the growing demand for quality online education in the US, developing quality online courses and online programs, and more importantly maintaining this quality, have been an inevitable concern for higher education institutes. Current literature on quality assurance in online education mostly focuses on the development of review models and frameworks as well as the […]

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A Composite Theoretical Model Showing Potential Hidden Costs of Online Distance Education at Historically Black Colleges and Universities: With Implications for Building Cost-Resistant Courses and Programs

Growing numbers of historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) are entering the arena of online distance education. Some are seeking to grow large-scale programs that can compete for market share with historically White institutions and for-profit schools. This theoretical essay develops a composite model to assist HBCU administrators in their planning and implementation of e-learning […]

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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 […]