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JANUARY 17, 2018

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FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Navigating the Digital Shift II: Implementing Digital Instructional Materials for Learning SETDA expands upon the 2015 Navigating the Digital Shift report with a focus on living and learning in the digital age. In this second publication, stakeholders will learn about states’ guidance and policies around the implementation of digital instructional materials as well as best […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

African American Males and Online Education: A Review of the Literature

Online education is continuing to grow in popularity with students with more and more institutions offering fully online degrees. In addition, online education potentially offers a color free environment where students are less likely to be judged by race and treated more equally as this is one of the benefits of online education. However, African […]

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Hidden Aspects of Administration: How Scale Changes the Role of a Distance Education Administrator

Distance education research literature tends to focus on building economies of scale as a way to improve efficiency and effectiveness. However, the smaller scale distance education operation has a place and there are institutions, such as the one where the current study was set, that, while being keen to improve efficiency and effectiveness practices, do […]

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Hybrid Education: The Potential of Teaching and Learning with Robot-Mediated Communication

Blended learning, which combines online and face-to-face pedagogy, is a fast-growing mode of instruction as universities strive for equitable and alternative pathways to course enrollment, retention, and educational attainment. However, challenges to successfully implementing blended instruction are that social presence, or students’ ability to project their personal characteristics into the learning space, is reduced with […]

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Factors Affecting the Participation of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in e-Learning and Their Satisfaction: A Quantitative Study

Today the digital divide is measured not so much by access to the internet but by people’s ability to interact in cyberspace, which calls for specific digital communication skills. These skills are also required for participation in e-learning, bearing in mind that the deaf and hard of hearing have certain characteristics related to their condition.  […]

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IN THE NEWS

Why You Should Ask Students to Help Design Courses

Welcome to Teaching, a weekly newsletter from The Chronicle of Higher Education. This week, Beckie Supiano describes what one college has learned from involving students in course design. We also report on new data on distance education, share a couple of teaching tips, and invite you to tell us where you turn for such advice. […]

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Congressman, FCC commissioner (literally) answer students’ call on net neutrality

Jessica Rosenworcel and Rep. Paul Tonko videoconferenced with students from Bethlehem High School for a real-life lesson in civic engagement. edscoop

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Why Amazon is Investing in an Educational Robotics Startu

It’s no secret that Amazon loves to invest in and acquire small startups with promise. The Alexa Fund, Amazon’s corporate venture fund focused on AI, may be new but so far, it has been behaving just like the rest of the “Amazon family.” A recent CB Insights study on Amazon reports that the Alexa Fund, […]

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5 key steps in developing a system for digital credentials

As job applicants seek to demonstrate their skills, institutions can arm their students with digital credentials eCampus News

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