Archive for the ‘Higher Education’ Category


A mixed-methods exploration of an environment for learning computer programming

A mixed-methods approach is evaluated for exploring collaborative behaviour, acceptance and progress surrounding an interactive technology for learning computer programming. A review of literature reveals a compelling case for using mixed-methods approaches when evaluating technology-enhanced-learning environments. Here, ethnographic approaches used for the requirements engineering of computing systems are combined with questionnaire-based feedback and skill tests. […]


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


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


Towards collaboration as learning: evaluation of an open CPD opportunity for HE teachers

Flexible, Distance and Online Learning (FDOL) is an open online course offered as an informal cross-institutional collaboration based on a postgraduate module in the context of teacher education in higher education. The second iteration, FDOL132, was offered in 2013 using a problem-based learning (PBL) design (FISh) to foster collaborative learning. How this was experienced by […]


Critical Discourse Analysis of Moderated Discussion Board of Virtual University of Pakistan

The paper critically evaluated the discursive practices on the Moderated Discussion Board (MDB) of Virtual University of Pakistan (VUP). The paramount objective of the study was to conduct a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of the MDB on the Learning Management System (LMS) of VUP. For this purpose, the academic power relations of the students and […]


Beginning the Fourth Decade of the “IT Revolution” in Higher Education: Plus Ça Change

January 24, 1984, will be remembered in the technology world and elsewhere as the day that Apple launched the Macintosh computer. In the crowded Flint Center at De Anza College, a community college across the street from the Apple campus in Cupertino, California, Steve Jobs pulled a beige computer out of a gray travel bag […]


Download Report

What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. This publication was produced by the NMC in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek […]