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JULY 26, 2017

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Shaping the Educational Technology Innovation Ecosystem Key Takeaways Moving beyond “one size fits all,” Next Generation Digital Learning Environmentresearch is a call to action for greater personalization of educational experiences built on a technology foundation seamlessly integrating existing and emerging digital technologies and products. An ecosystem of open-standards–based interoperable digital products shaped by the education […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

‘Over the Edge of the Wild’: Lessons of discovery through developing transdisciplinary breadth in blended courses

Universities are increasingly recognising the need to broaden the experience and understanding of their students beyond a single disciplinary approach, to produce graduates more capable of solving the problems of a multidisciplinary world. At the University of Tasmania, a ‘breadth unit’ program is underway with the dual purpose of evidencing student experience in graduate attributes […]

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Student Perceptions of College Faculty Who Use OER

Research indicates that students find open educational resources (OER) favorable, but there is no research regarding students’ perceptions of faculty who use open textbooks. In the present study we examined this topic experimentally with two undergraduate psychology courses at a small public university. Participants read two passages—one about an instructor using an open textbook and […]

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What Impacts do OER Have on Students? Students Share Their Experiences with a Health Psychology OER at New York City College of Technology

This article reports findings from a study conducted with students in three sections of a Health Psychology course that replaced a traditional textbook with open educational resources (OER) as the primary course material. The purpose of the study was to learn how OER impacted students. Data were collected in Fall 2015 with students from New […]

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Facilitating Professional Learning Communities Among Higher Education Faculty: The Walden Junto Model

Virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLC) have become an innovative way to meet the professional development needs of faculty in the online learning environment. Walden University’s model for PLCs, the Walden Junto, uses a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online strategies and is based on a philosophy that embraces the faculty members’ needs for professional growth […]

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IN THE NEWS

New camera designed by Stanford researchers could improve robot vision and virtual reality

Stanford engineers have developed a 4D camera with an extra-wide field of view. They believe this camera can be better than current options for close-up robotic vision and augmented reality. Stanford University 

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Major Tech Companies Strive to Make Tools Accessible for Students

Adobe, Microsoft and Google all have designed features that could benefit those with disabilities at universities. EdTEch Focus on Higher Education 

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7 Elements To Include In Your Next Online Training Simulation

Do your online training simulations offer your employees the experience they need? In this article, I’ll highlight the 7 elements that belong in every online training simulation. eLearning Industry

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Finding the ROI of Online Programs

It’s time to get serious about growing online education programs if your institution wants them to be sustainable. This Arizona State University research project is examining the costs and benefits of scaling digital learning in order to share replicable return-on-investment mechanics and tools for any school willing to take on the challenge. Campus Technology 

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