Apple Touts Strong iPad Sales in Global School Market

Apple’s iPad dominates the market for tablets in K-12 schools in the United States, according to recent estimates. This week, Apple officials offered a glimpse of what they say is the device’s major, and growing, presence in the overall, worldwide education space. Education Week Full Article

July 27, 2014 | Daily News, K-12

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It is (More) About the Students: Faculty Motivations and Concerns Regarding Teaching Online

There is increasing interest, if not demand, from universities and students for faculty to teach using online technologies. However, many faculty members are reluctant to teach online. In this paper, we examine data collected from a broad range of faculty (part-time, tenure track, new and more experienced, in education, business, and liberal arts) to explore […]

July 27, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


University virtualisation in Latin America

This article analyses the process by which higher education in Latin America is being digitalised, and how it is radically changing the educational dynamics in the region. The incorporation of digital technology implies a transformation of traditional distance education and the creation of new distance education dynamics. Indeed, some institutions are now offering fully online […]

July 27, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


SIMULACRE: A proposal for practical training in e-learning environments

This article describes an educational innovation project called SIMULACRE, funded by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) through a grant awarded under APLICA 2011. This project focuses on the design, development, implementation and evaluation of a new methodology for practical […]

July 27, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Questions of quality in repositories of open educational resources: a literature review

Open educational resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials which are freely available and openly licensed. Repositories of OER (ROER) are platforms that host and facilitate access to these resources. ROER should not just be designed to store this content – in keeping with the aims of the OER movement, they should support educators in […]

July 27, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Learning from the early adopters: developing the Digital Practitioner

This paper explores how Sharpe and Beetham’s Digital Literacies Framework which was derived to model students’ digital literacies, can be applied to lecturers’ digital literacy practices. Data from a small-scale phenomenological study of higher education lecturers who used Web 2.0 in their teaching and learning practices are used to examine if this pyramid model represents […]

July 27, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Students’ Learning Behavior, Motivation and Critical Thinking in Learning Management Systems

Computer mediated communication (CMC) offers new opportunities for learners to create communities of inquiry that allow for more active learning. This paper reports on the use of a Learning Management System (LMS) as a tool to facilitate students’ writing and critical thinking skills. The primary data for the study came from students’ online learning records […]

July 27, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Exclusive Interview with Ms. Jolie Kennedy, PhD candidate in Learning Technologies, University of Minnesota

Dr. Saba:  In recent years, you have been studying the field of educational technology, instructional design and distance education; you are now a doctoral candidate. What prompted you to study this field? Ms. Kennedy: Our first home computer was a Macintosh Plus. I took it out of the box, set it up, plugged it in, […]

July 27, 2014 | Daily News, Exclusive Interviews

Kindergarten children learning how to use computers.

Peer Learning in Virtual Schools

This article is about peer-to-peer learning amongst students within K–12 virtual schools. This issue is examined through a case study of experiences of three students with disabilities enrolled in one virtual school and that of their parents, teachers, and school administrators. The article is framed around variability in learners’ aptitudes for peer-to-peer learning, in the […]

July 21, 2014 | Daily News, K-12, Research


Self-Regulated Learning Skills and Online Activities Between Higher and Lower Performers on a Web-Intensive Undergraduate Engineering Course

The objective of this study was to evaluate students’ self-regulated learning (SRL) skills used in a Web-intensive learning environment. The research question guiding the study was: How did the use of student SRL skills and student engagement in online activities compare between higher- and lower-performing students participating in a Web-intensive engineering course? Specific focus was […]

July 21, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research