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Open University looks to the future as it celebrates 47 years of transforming lives

The Vice-Chancellor of The Open University (OU) has called on the organisation to draw inspiration from its “glorious” past as it marks the 47th anniversary of receiving its Royal Charter. A series of special events have been taking place across the OU, including keynote speeches from Peter Horrocks, as well as the University’s Pro-Chancellor, Richard […]

April 29, 2016 | Daily News

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OU expertise to boost Europe-wide anti-cheating system

The Open University is one of the lead partners in a European £5.5 million programme to develop anti-cheating tools in e-learning. The Open University 

April 29, 2016 | Daily News

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Skype Reaches 1 Billion Downloads

It’s been just over 7 years since Skype entered the iTunes app store with our first iPhone app. Since then, we launched on Android in October 2010 and released mobile video calling on New Year’s Eve that same year. Microsoft

April 28, 2016 | Daily News

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Can technology help teach literacy in poor communities?

Project to provide children with tablets loaded with literacy apps reports encouraging results in Africa, U.S. MIT

April 28, 2016 | Daily News

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Download Report

The fourth edition of the National Education Policy Center’s annual report on online and blended learning schools provides a detailed overview and inventory of full-time virtual schools and blended learning schools, also called hybrid schools. Little rigorous research has examined their inner workings, but evidence indicates that students differ from those in traditional public schools, and […]

April 28, 2016 | Daily News, K-12, Research, Virtual Schools

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Tech Tools, Image Libraries Transforming Art History Classes

Over the course of an academic year, AP Art History teachers must get their students to respond emotionally and intellectually to artworks that are often found in galleries or historic sites thousands of miles away. Education Week

April 26, 2016 | Daily News

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Capella University Acquires Hackbright Coding Bootcamp for $18M

About a year ago, media outlets lit up with news that coding bootcamp Dev Bootcamp had gotten acquired by Kaplan, Inc. But today, the “mergers and acquisitions” news beat takes a slightly different turn with Hackbright Academy. EdSurge

April 25, 2016 | Daily News

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It’s time GW finds its footing in online learning

There’s a change in tide for higher education. The way students learn isn’t always in conventional, face-to-face classrooms anymore: More students are taking classes online, especially graduate students. The GW Hatchet 

April 25, 2016 | Daily News

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Participatory Learning Through Social Media: How and Why Social Studies Educators Use Twitter

The microblogging service Twitter offers a platform that social studies educators increasingly use for professional development, communication, and class activities, but to what ends? The authors drew on Deweyan conceptions of participatory learning and citizenship aims of the field as lenses through which to consider social media activities. To determine how and why social studies […]

April 24, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Design, Research, Social Media

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Teaching students using technology: Facilitating success for students from low socioeconomic status backgrounds in Australian universities

Australian higher education has adopted a widening participation agenda with a focus on the participation of disadvantaged students, particularly those from low socioeconomic status (LSES) backgrounds. As these students begin to enter university in greater number and proportion than ever before, there is increasing interest in how best to facilitate their success. A recent national […]

April 24, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Design, Research