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A review of predictive factors of student success in and satisfaction with online learning

Students perceive online courses differently than traditional courses. Negative perceptions can lead to unfavourable learning outcomes including decreased motivation and persistence. Throughout this review, a broad range of factors that affect performance and satisfaction within the online learning environment for adult learners will be examined including learning outcomes, instructional design and learner characteristics, followed by […]


The Open University continues to be rated highly for student satisfaction

The Open University has once again performed well in the latest National Student Survey released today by HEFCE. The OU was given an overall satisfaction rating of 90% making it one of only three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to consistently score 90% or above every year since 2007. The Open University


6 concerns students have about MOOCs

New qualitative research reveals students may know more about MOOCs than institutions think; have doubts on reliability. eCampus News


Blackboard Acquires Nivel Siete

Companies to Bring More Solutions and Services to the Open Source Community in Latin America Blackboard


School choice on steroids

New state programs allow students to opt out of their local public schools part time, taking classes online instead Hechinger Report


More People for U of the People

After three months of studying at Damascus University in Syria, Omar Alhalabi’s life was uprooted. Inside Higher Ed


Universal Design in Online Education: Employing Organization Change

With the rise in online education, universal design is an emerging trend aimed at providing available education opportunities to all students, accommodating for all disabilities. However, universal design in online education remains an ambiguous and lofty goal for an academic organization to undertake. This case analysis employs an organization change theoretical framework via archival document […]


Pedagogical Requirements for Mobile Learning: A Review on MOBIlearn Task Model

Pedagogically sound design for mobile learning application development is a key factor for providing a pleasant and rich learning experience in a mobile environment. In the context of higher education, this need is very critical as institutions and students begin to recognize the importance of bridging the gap between formal classroom and out-of-classroom informal learning […]

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How Do Students Use Their Mobile Devices to Support Learning? A Case Study from an Australian Regional University

Though universities are eager to leverage the potential of mobile learning to provide learning flexibly, most balk at the cost of providing students with mobile hardware. The practice of ‘bring your own device'(BYOD) is often mooted as a cost-effective alternative. This paper provides a snapshot of student ownership of mobile devices at a regional Australian […]


50,000 Graduates in 15 Years: Class of Summer 2015 Marks Major Milestone for WGU

SALT LAKE CITY — On Saturday, August 15, Western Governors University (WGU) will hold its 29th semi-annual commencement in Salt Lake City. In addition to recognizing students who have graduated in the past six months, the nation’s first competency-based university will mark another major milestone—50,000 graduates in just 15 years. Western Governors University