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Google Rolls Out Free LMS for Apps for Education

Google’s free learning management system, Google Classroom, is now in full release and is being made available today to all Apps for Education customers. The service had been in limited preview since May. During that time, according to Google Apps for Education Product Manager Zach Yeskel, more than 100,000 educators applied to be a part […]

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Faculty perceptions of webcasting in health sciences education

Pre-recorded lectures (podcasts) and recordings of live lectures (lecture-capture) are now everyday occurrences on many college campuses. Student use and opinions of these technologies have been frequently studied. However, there has been little reported on how faculty perceive these technologies. This article reports the results from a 2010 survey of dental, medical, and nursing faculty […]

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Using videoconferencing mediated mentoring to support an adjunct faculty

Mentoring is an effective way to orient new employees to an organization’s work climate. Many colleges operating in multiple locations and providing programs for working adults through evening classes rely on the expertise of adjunct faculty to provide instructional methods. The research literature about mentoring in a higher education context mainly focuses on mentoring full […]

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Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering ‘Modules’ Instead

People now buy songs, not albums. They read articles, not newspapers. So why not mix and match learning “modules” rather than lock into 12-week university courses? That question is a major theme of a 213-page report released on Monday by a committee at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology exploring how the 153-year-old engineering powerhouse should […]

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Watch the Presentations: MIT Technology Review Digital Summit

The MIT Technology Review Digital Summit examines tomorrow’s digital technologies and explains their global impact on both business and society. You’ll get insider access to the innovative people and companies at the heart of the next wave of the digital revolution. MIT Technology Review Watch the video of presentations

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Developing An Information Literacy Assessment Rubric: A Case Study Of Collaboration, Process, And Outcomes

A team of four librarians at the University of Houston (UH) Libraries partnered with the UH Office of Institutional Effectiveness and its Director of Assessment and Accreditation Services for General Education to conduct a campus-wide, exploratory assessment of undergraduate information literacy skills. The project evaluated a selection of graduating, senior-level student papers using a rubric […]

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Integrating An Information Literacy Quiz Into The Learning Management System

The Claremont Colleges Library Instruction Services Department developed a quiz that could be integrated into the consortial learning management software to accompany a local online, open-source information literacy tutorial. The quiz is integrated into individual course pages, allowing students to receive a grade for completion and improving faculty and student buy-in. Piloted in nine first-year […]

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Social presence in online learning communities: the role of personal profiles

Online communication is increasingly used in education, but it is not without problems. One significant difficulty is a lack of social presence. Social presence relates to the need for users of technology-based communication to perceive each other as real people. Low social presence can be a particular issue in text-based, asynchronous systems such as discussion […]

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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 […]

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Teachers’ changing practices with information and communication technologies: an up-close, longitudinal analysis

While digital technology has become a significant resource for contemporary schooling, we still have little understanding of how these resources shape teachers’ scholarly practices and what support is needed to improve and move forward. This paper reports on a 5-year qualitative, longitudinal study on the scholarly practices of a small number of Australian primary and […]