New PBS KIDS “Measure Up!” App Encourages Kids and Parents to Play and Learn Together

Arlington, VA, June 16, 2016 – Today, PBS KIDS debuted a new, free app designed to help kids build math skills and empower parents to support their learning. Designed for 3- to 5-year-olds, PBS KIDS Measure Up! focuses on building kids’ measurement skills through a combination of games, videos and activities from popular PBS KIDS’ […]

June 17, 2016 | Daily News, K-12


ALEX Wants to Fill Classrooms Like Airbnb Fills Beds

“In a world where we can place people in empty seats in cars and empty beds in houses, why not place people in empty chairs in college classrooms?” That’s what a team of Harvard University students say about their new start-up called ALEX (Anyone’s Learning EXperience). The students recently won a Public Sector Innovation Award […]

June 17, 2016 | Higher Education


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Mapping Research Trends from 35 years of Publications in Distance Education This article maps out trends in distance education research and scholarship from 35 years of publications in the Distance Education journal. Titles and abstracts of 515 full papers were analyzed using the text-mining tool LeximancerTM to identify and describe themes in distance education research […]

June 14, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Re-Envisioning Student Preparation for Online Learning

UA Online’s Launch Pad is designed to be a one-stop shop for success, whether it be prior to the start of classes or deep into a student’s academic career. The University of Arizona

June 14, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Design


Logging Off, Dropping Out

Hard data on which students are failing to use learning management software can help colleges intervene to boost retention rates. Inside Higher Ed

June 13, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Management Systems


Fold-back: Using emerging technologies to move from quality assurance to quality enhancement

Emerging technologies offer an opportunity for the development, at the institutional level, of quality processes with greater capacity to enhance learning in higher education than available through current quality processes. These systems offer the potential to extend use of learning analytics in institutional-level quality processes in addition to the widespread focus on business analytics, and […]

June 12, 2016 | Assessment, Daily News, Faculty Development


Potential of digital teaching portfolios for establishing a professional learning community in higher education

Digital teaching portfolios (DTPs) are increasingly adopted in higher education for various purposes such as assessment, learning, and showcasing. This paper reports on a collective case study of four teaching staff who have developed DTPs with an emphasis on building a professional learning community at a higher education institution. A number of themes emerged from […]

June 12, 2016 | Daily News, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Research


New Ideas on the Design of the Web-Based Learning System Oriented to Problem Solving From the Perspective of Question Chain and Learning Community

In recent years, a number of models concerning problem solving systems have been put forward. However, many of them stress on technology and neglect the research of problem solving itself, especially the learning mechanism related to problem solving. In this paper, we analyze the learning mechanism of problem solving, and propose that when designing Web-based […]

June 12, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Design


Enhancing Student-Student Online Interaction: Exploring the Study Buddy Peer Review Activity

The study buddy is a learning strategy employed in a graduate distance course to promote informal peer reviewing of assignments before submission. This strategy promotes student-student interaction and helps break the social isolation of distance learning. Given the concern by Arum and Roksa (2011) that student-student interaction may be distracting from instead of contributing to […]

June 12, 2016 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Learning Design, Research


Big data for social media learning analytics: potentials and challenges

Today, the information gathered from massive learning platforms and social media sites allow deriving a very comprehensive set of learning information. To this aim, data mining techniques can surely help to gain proper insights, personalize learning experiences, formative assessments, performance measurements, as well as to develop new learning and instructional design models. Therefore, a core […]

June 12, 2016 | Analytics, Daily News, Social Media