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OCTOBER 24, 2017

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FEATURED ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
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Supporting Digital Transformations in Schools: How to build a network infrastructure that will have you poised for ed-tech success In 2014, the Wayne Highlands School District in Wayne County, Pa., embarked on a journey to transform instruction by giving every high school student an iPad and empowering stu- dents at all grade levels to learn […]

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RESEARCH-BASED ARTICLES OF THE WEEK

Open Teaching: a New Way on E-learning?

Open Teaching is currently considered an ambiguous and polysemic concept but has nevertheless become a growing global trend in ICT-based education. To identify key issues on the subject, this article presents a study on Open teaching that combines meta-synthesis and content analysis of research published over the last twenty years in major peer-reviewed databases. Six main analytical categories […]

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Time Shifting and Agile Time Boxes in Course Design

The ongoing integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) into higher education courses is often called blended learning although it often relates to course design. It is usually understood in place categories, as a combination of traditional classroom-based sessions and Internet-enabled distance or online learning practices. One alternative understanding of ICT integration can be constructed […]

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The Effect of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Application on E-learning Acceptance: A Structural Equation Model

Standardising learning content and teaching approaches is not considered to be the best practice in contemporary education. This approach does not differentiate learners based on their individual abilities and preferences. The present research integrates a pedagogical theory Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with an information system (IS) theory Technology Acceptance Model (TAM). It aims to […]

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A Learning Analytics Tool for Usability Assessment in Moodle Environments

The use of analytics technologies is increasingly successful in the e-learning domain. In this paper, we propose a novel model aiming at evaluating usability of interfaces adopted by Learning Management Systems and Massive Open Online Courses platforms based on the comparison between desktop and mobile versions, using specific native indicators. The indicators obtained from log […]

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IN THE NEWS

D2L Brightspace LMS

D2L is not new to online learning. Founded in 1999, D2L (then Desire2Learn) created one of the very first learning management systems (LMS). Today, Brightspace remains one of the most popular platforms in the educational space, behind only Blackboard, Canvas, and Moodle, according to a recent Edutechnica report. Brightspace stands apart from other platforms in […]

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States connect students with degrees they don’t know they’ve earned

A senior at Purdue University, Sage Archer was surprised to get an email out of the blue from the community college where she’d taken summer courses years before. The Hechinger Report

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Digital learning: Education and skills in the digital age

The report gives an overview of an expert consultation on the role and future of education and skills in the digital world. It looks at which skills are important and necessary to undertake the different types of jobs available, and what skills we need to be thinking of developing now and in the future. It […]

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State of North Carolina Partners with Western Governors University to Establish WGU North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC — North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest announced today a new partnership that establishes WGU North Carolina, nc.wgu.edu, an online, competency-based university aimed at expanding access to higher education for North Carolinians. Created through an agreement between the state and nonprofit, nationally recognized Western Governors University, WGU North Carolina offers accredited bachelor’s and […]

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