Archive for the ‘Higher Education’ Category

4 major changes our colleges should undergo right now

The information age and development of the internet have changed every aspect of human life from dating to journalism. Education did not escape this revolution. From 100 percent online courses to interactive lecture styles, the college experience has changed dramatically in the last couple decades, but some believe that the structure of higher education needs more […]

Reaching Students in Online Courses Using Alternative Formats

This research was conducted to explore whether students enrolled in graduate level courses found some Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies useful and if they actually used them. The strategies we investigated were presenting course information in alternative formats including PowerPoints with voiceover, screencasts, and videos as an alternative to text resources. In addition, students […]

Networked Scholarship and Motivations for Social Media use in Scholarly Communication

Research on scholars’ use of social media suggests that these sites are increasingly being used to enhance scholarly communication by strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration among peers, publishing and sharing research products, and discussing research topics in open and public formats. However, very few studies have investigated perceptions and attitudes towards social media use for scholarly […]

Democratizing digital learning: theorizing the fully online learning community model

The integration of digital technologies at institutions of higher education are profoundly influencing formal learning on a global scale. Social-constructivist models of fully online learning are well-positioned to address the demands of government, and economic and social-development organizations for civically-engaged individuals with strong problem-solving, critical-thinking and collaboration competencies. With an established record of performance at […]

Social media in undergraduate learning: categories and characteristics

This study investigates the core categories and characteristics of the social media technologies (SMTs) that undergraduate students choose to use in their own learning, outside of the formal curriculum. Within a mixed method research methodology, this inquiry employed 30 semi-structured interviews and an online survey (N = 679) to explore why and how undergraduates across disciplines view […]

Sequoia Choice – Arizona Distance Learning is elevating education

Receiving a highly-personalized higher education would be academic nirvana for most students. But for a lucky few Arizona kids, college learning in high school is a reality, not a pipe dream. The Arizona Republic

Identity and agency in school and afterschool settings: Investigating digital media’s supporting role

This study documents opportunities for identity and agency experienced by students in urban school and afterschool contexts, with a focus on digital media’s role in shaping these opportunities. We conducted focus groups and interviews with 43 students and six teachers affiliated with an urban public high school and a network of afterschool programs in the […]

A Delphi study of effective practices for developing competency-based learning models in higher education

Background There are over 600 universities developing competency-based education (CBE) programs in response to student and employer desire to bridge the gap between academic outcomes and employer needs (Fain 2015, https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2015/09/10/amid-competency-based-education-boom-meeting-help-colleges-do-it-right). However, research is still emerging on effective practices for developing CBE programs. Methods The purpose of this qualitative Delphi study was to gather expert […]

Examining the UK higher education sector through the network of institutional accounts on Twitter

Web link mining has been previously used as a way of gaining insight into how the Internet may be replicating or reshaping connections between institutions within the higher education sector. Institutions are increasingly active on social media platforms, and these connections have not been studied. This paper presents an exploratory analysis of the network of […]

Digital Learning Compass: Distance Education Enrollment Report 2017

This report examines the trends and patterns of distance education enrollments among U.S. degree-granting higher education institutions. The findings show that the number of higher education students taking at least one distance education course in 2015 now tops six million, about 30% of all enrollments. Enrollment growth was uneven across higher education sectors. Digital Learning […]