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Baroness Lane-Fox installed as sixth Chancellor of The Open University

Co-Founder of LastMinute.com and digital pioneer, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, has become the sixth Chancellor of The Open University (OU). Martha Lane Fox delivered her inaugural speech as Chancellor at an official installation ceremony today (Wednesday 10 September 2014). Open University Press Release

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Revisiting the “Sleeping Giant” Metaphor: Is It Still Sleeping in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and Is It Still Really a Giant?

In order to revisit Martorella’s metaphor of technology as a sleeping giant this paper analyzes data collected over multiple years in order to provide a portrait of how preservice teachers make sense of and choose (if at all) to integrate digital technologies within their internship classrooms.  Findings indicate that in the Commonwealth of Virginia, within […]

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What Does the Eye See? Reading Online Primary Source Photographs in History

This exploratory study looks at how a sample of preservice teachers and historians read visuals in the context of school history. The participants used eye tracking technology and think-aloud protocol, as they examined a series of online primary source photographs from a virtual exhibit. Voluntary participants (6 students and 2 professional historians) were recruited at […]

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An Exploration of Metacognition in Asynchronous Student-Led Discussions: A Qualitative Inquiry

Research is limited on how metacognition is facilitated and manifested in socially situated online learning environments such as online discussion forums. We approached metacognition as the phenomenon of interest with a methodological objective to evaluate the relevance of a metacognition construct. We also had a content objective to study student-led facilitation of discussions as a […]

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ePortfolios and Audience: Teaching a Critical Twenty-First Century Skill

This article reports on a three-year investigation into how and to what extent ePortfolios sponsor teacher and student learning about audience in first-year writing classes at a mid-sized research university. Through interviews with students and instructors and detailed analysis of students’ ePortfolios, we found that, more often than not, the audience for ePortfolios is multiple. […]

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Success Factors for e-Learning in a Developing Country: A Case Study of Serbia

In this paper, DeLone and McLean’s updated information system model was used to evaluate the success of an e-Learning system and its courses in a transitional country like Serbia. In order to adapt this model to an e-Learning system, suitable success metrics were chosen for each of the evaluation stages. Furthermore, the success metrics for […]

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Working as a System for the Citizens of the State of Georgia

When it comes to the delivery of IT services, the 31 institutions of the University System of Georgia work together as a system to ensure the delivery of more-effective technology solutions at costs that they can better afford. EDUCAUSE Full Article  

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Designing for Learning Engagement in Remote Communities: Narratives from North of Sixty

There are multiple challenges to designing learning experiences for schools in remote communities, including technology and infrastructure limitations, high teacher and administrator turnover, and conflicting interests between local culture and school curricula. In this paper, we offer a brief history of educational initiatives in remote Arctic communities, focusing on: 1) the importance of traditional knowledge, […]

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The SAPO Campus recommender system: a study about students’ and teachers’ opinions

This paper aims to assess the relevance and usefulness of the SAPO Campus recommender system, through the analysis of students’ and teachers’ opinions. Recommender systems, assuming a ‘technology-driven’ approach, have been designed with the primary goal of predicting user interests based on the implicit analysis of their actions and interactions. The results of this study […]

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Learning Outcomes in a Stress Management Course: Online versus Face-to-Face

The purpose of this study was to compare learning outcomes in a stress management course delivered in an online environment with those in the traditional, face-to-face (F2F) classroom. Learning outcomes assessed were exam scores, perceptions relating to awareness of and ability to handle stress, and self-reported decreases in heart rates following five relaxation exercises. Impact […]