Archive for the ‘Higher Education’ Category

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8 surprising facts about undergrads and ed-tech

It’s not every day, after scouring headlines from dozens of news sources, that news—especially education technology news—can surprise a seasoned education writer; but in recent research provided by EDUCAUSE, as well as a spiffy new infographic, many details on how undergraduate students are using ed-tech are fascinating…in that they’re not always as ‘cutting-edge’ as some […]

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India suffers doubly due to lack of open access

Developing nations, especially India, increasingly face a challenge in prioritising their goals. One that has become increasingly relevant in this context, in the age of open knowledge, is the relevance of subscription journals in the dissemination of knowledge in a developing society. University World News Full Article  

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‘PARTLY SELF-MADE NICHES’? STUDENT-ONLY SPACES IN AN LMS

Eighty-nine students were provided with a student-only live-voice space in a Learning Management System (LMS). Would they use it and, if so, would they feel sufficient ownership to create what Havnes (2008) described as “partly self-made niches”? In this study, a substantial proportion of respondents reported that they used the space not only for social […]

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USING RESEARCH TO INFORM LEARNING TECHNOLOGY PRACTICE AND POLICY: A QUALITATIVE ANALYSIS OF STUDENT PERSPECTIVES

As learning technologies are now integral to most higher education student learning experiences, universities need to make strategic choices about what technologies to adopt and how to best support and develop the use of these technologies, particularly in a climate of limited resources. Information from students is therefore a valuable contribution when determining institutional goals, […]

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Is It Time To Dismantle the Lecture Hall?

In this debate, the question might not be so much about whether online education is effective, but whether it could be any worse than the existing model. Campus Technology Full Article

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Incorporating the Experiential Learning Cycle into Online Classes

Based on a case study built upon an introductory digital media class in a large urban school, this case study explores the relationship between ee-learning, a combination of experiential and e-learning, and technological integration in online higher education classes. By incorporating the experiential learning theory proposed by Kolb (1984), which elaborates upon John Dewey’s notion […]

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Shifting from Obligatory Discourse to Rich Dialogue: Promoting Student Interaction in Asynchronous Threaded Discussion Postings

Asynchronous online threaded discussions are widely recognized as a tool to enhance learning in the virtual classroom.While they can serve as a mechanism for reinforcing material and promoting a deeper understanding of course content, discussion boards often lack rich and dynamic dialogue, and instead serve as a field of obligatory discourse, hasty postings, and repetitive […]

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A collection of suggested electronic course templates for use in higher education

The collection of electronic course templates suggested in this article results from collaborative investigation between instructional support staff and academic staff users of the virtual learning environment (VLE) at two institutions, one in the United Kingdom and the other in the United States. The particular VLE in use at both institutions was Sakai, although the […]

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The Challenges of a Contemporary Educator – Terry Anderson Interview

Professor Terry Anderson, who is based at Athabasca University in Canada, is one of the famous figures of contemporary education, and his list of achievements is lengthy. He is one of the pioneers of online and distance learning, and is Editor Emeritus of the influential online open access journal International Review of Research in Open […]

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Student motivation and achievement in learning English as a second language using Second Life

This study investigates the impact of a 3D virtual learning environment based on Second Life on student motivation and achievement in learning English as a second language. Twenty-one university students participate in this study, with the support of an English instructor. The Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ) was used to evaluate students’ intrinsic and […]