Archive for the ‘Higher Education’ Category


What the Results of a Survey of Coursera Students Mean for Online Learning

When Coursera, Udacity, and edX started up within four months of one another, in 2012, The New York Times declared it the year of the MOOC. Now that the clamor is dying down, researchers are gauging what actually has developed in terms of massive open online courses. Wired Campus


MOOCs and Learner Engagement

What learners do during MOOCs–and why it matters A new report examines learner activities during MOOCs, and the importance of integrating certain tools. eCampus News     In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos […]


Perceptions of Online Learning Spaces and Their Incorporation in Mathematics Teacher Education

While digital environments can offer convenient, viable options for preservice and inservice teachers to engage in or continue their studies, little is known about teachers’ experiences with and perceptions of various existing online learning spaces. This paper describes an initial investigation using data from a group of preservice and in-service mathematics teachers who interacted by […]


Use of social networking sites: Facebook group as a learning management system

Social networking sites (SNSs) are becoming popular day by day in academia as well as in business organizations around the world. Facebook as the largest and fastest networking sites, is one of the important SNSs that can play an important role in different academic disciplines. The aim of this study is to investigate the use […]


The Use of Learning Contracts to Promote Student Success in Online Doctoral Programs

This quantitative study provides evidence of the benefits of learning contracts in online higher education. In this study, data were gathered from doctoral students who had completed all course work and comprehensive exams, but failed to make expected progress on dissertation. The students were given the opportunity to participate in a voluntary program requiring the […]


Don’t Tell the Faculty: Administrators’ Secrets to Evaluating Online Teaching

Administrators at many colleges and universities have had online courses at their institutions for many years, now. One of the hidden challenges about online courses is that they tend to be observed and evaluated far less frequently than their face-to-face course counterparts. This is party due to the fact that many of us administrators today […]


Demographic and Enrollment Characteristics of Nontraditional Undergraduates: 2011-12

This set of Web Tables provides an array of descriptive statistics about undergraduates with nontraditional characteristics enrolled in the 2011-12 academic year. The tables present the percentage and distribution of undergraduates who possess specific nontraditional characteristics by demographic, enrollment, and academic characteristics. National Center for Educational Statistics

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An analysis of user-generated comments on the development of social mobile learning

In this study, the authors used a mixed-method approach to analyze user-generated comments on social mobile learning from three leading news sites that report the latest development in higher education. Koole’s mobile learning model was used to code comments made by the public on the three news sites. Results showed that social mobile learning has […]


Knowledge scaffolding visualizations: A guiding framework

In this paper we provide a guiding framework for understanding and selecting visual representations in the knowledge management (KM) practice. We build on an interdisciplinary analogy between two connotations of the notion of “scaffolding”: physical scaffolding from an architectural-engineering perspective and scaffolding of the “everyday knowing in practice” from a KM perspective. We classify visual […]


Flipping a College Calculus Course: A Case Study

As online videos have become more easily available and more attractive to the new generation of students, and as new student-learning approaches tend to have more technology integration, the flipped classroom model has become very popular. The purpose of this study was to understand college students’ views on flipped courses and investigate how the flipping […]