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FEBRUARY 27, 2017

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FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Dawn breaks on a gorgeous morning in summer 2025. Peter has been waiting for this for months. It’s New Student Orientation Day at My University, Peter’s customized version of four formerly separate independent colleges that functionally merged several years earlier. He readies himself quickly and by 8:30 a.m. carefully opens the box he recently received […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

Increasing Student Engagement in Online Educational Leadership Courses

Utilization of online instruction continues to increase at universities, placing more emphasis on the exploration of issues related to adult graduate student engagement. This reflective case study reviews nontraditional student engagement in online courses. The goals of the study are to enhance student focus, attention, and interaction. Findings suggest that interactivity seems to be a […]

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Teaching Online: Where Do Faculty Spend Their Time?

An understanding of online teaching time requirements provides essential information to inform scheduling, course size and instructor workload; in addition, awareness of the distribution of time across online teaching tasks provides insight to focus faculty efforts and tailor professional development to target instructional needs. The purpose of the current study is to examine the investment […]

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Student Satisfaction as a Predictor of Retention in a Professional Online For-Profit Higher Education Institution

This study expanded on prior satisfaction and retention research by exploring this relationship within the online for-profit sector.  An ex post facto design was utilized at an online for-profit undergraduate institution with programs in the creative arts to explore the relationship between student satisfaction as measured by the Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) and […]

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The Effectiveness of Teaching-Learning Process in Online Education as Perceived by University Faculty and Instructional Technology Professionals

 The major objective of the study reported here is to identify and rank in terms of relative importance selected principles and their means for achieving an effective online education. Research steps employed include (1) conducting a review of relevant literature reporting success as well as challenges online course delivery has been experiencing in the higher […]

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IN THE NEWS

A Guide to Picking a Learning Management System: The Right Questions to Ask

Over the past 10 years, new learning management systems (LMSs) have sprung on the scene to rival the Blackboards and Moodles of old. On the EdSurge Product Index alone, 56 products self-identify and fall into the LMS category. And with certain established companies like Pearson pulling out of the LMS ranks, where do you start? […]

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Texas A&M Law Offers Two Online Graduate Degree Programs

Students of two new distance learning programs at Texas A&M University School of Law might be separated by cities, states or even countries—but they’ll still be bound together in their “cultish” identities as Aggies, said William Byrnes, who created the programs. Texas Lawyer

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Are textbooks in or out? The state of open educational resources

Open education is a hot topic in both the K-12 and higher education spaces due to a number of factors, including the desire to make education more affordable. OpenSource.com

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Unigranrio Partners With Blackboard To Double Its Distance-Learning Students

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb. 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Unigranrio, a leading higher education institution in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro, has signed a partnership with Blackboard to optimize its undergraduate courses currently delivered through distance learning, and to launch a hybrid approach during 2017. The institution expects the partnership to enable it to […]

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