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Will the Next Classroom Disruption Be in 3-D? Facebook’s Virtual-Reality Company Thinks So

College Park, Md. — Brendan Iribe dropped out of the University of Maryland here, but before he did he amassed 227 parking tickets. And he managed to meet two business partners who would help him build the virtual-reality company Oculus VR, which Facebook bought this year for about $2-billion. Wired Campus Full Article

September 15, 2014 | Daily News

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Flexibility and quality make IGNOU popular

The Indira Gandhi National Open University is the largest university in the country and among the biggest in the world in terms of the number of students enrolled. According to the latest enrolment figures of the University’s Kochi centre, it is hugely popular among students in Kerala, too. The Hindu Full Article  

September 15, 2014 | Daily News

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Sticking With Spanish: Reasons for Study and Motivation Maintenance in Adult Beginner Distance Language Learners

This paper examines the reasons for study of adult beginner distance learners of Spanish and the relationships between those reasons and motivation maintenance. A survey of 563 Open University UK students found motivational orientations distinct from those of young people in earlier studies. Adult learners who maintained their motivation also demonstrated a greater number of […]

September 15, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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The Effects of Social Networking Sites in Distance Learning on Learners’ Academic Achievements

The general aim of this study is to determine the effects of learning management systems supported by social networking sites on learners’ academic achievements in distance education. The study group consisted of 75 undergraduate students from a state university in eastern Turkey. The data for the study, in which an experimental research design was used, […]

September 14, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Call for Chapters: Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases

Digital Badges in Education: Trends, Issues, and Cases Publisher: Routledge (Imprint of Taylor and Francis Group) Call for Chapters – Proposals Due 30 October 2014 More than any other time in history, learners have access to a multitude of learning opportunities. In large part, greater availability of learning options is possible because of the Internet […]

September 14, 2014 | Daily News

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Exclusive Interview with David Collery, CEO, CCKF (Realizeit)

Dr. Saba: How did you become interested in using technology for improving education and training? Mr. Collery: A background in teaching in disadvantaged high schools in Dublin for 15 years from 1970, where I saw the low expectation of both the environment and the students, made me determined to set the same teaching and learning […]

September 14, 2014 | Daily News

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Exploring the Dimensions of Self-Efficacy in Virtual World Learning: Environment, Task, and Content

 This study explores the dimensionality of college students’ self-efficacy related to their academic activities in the open-ended virtual world of Second Life (SL). To do this, relevant dimensions of self-efficacy were theoretically derived, and items to measure these dimensions were developed and then assessed using a survey methodology. Using data from 486 students enrolled in […]

September 11, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education

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Does the Online Environment Promote Plagiarism? A Comparative Study of Dissertations from Brick-and-Mortar versus Online Institutions

In recent years, there has been a concern that the Internet has been contributing to a growth in student plagiarism. This paper reports on a study aimed at investigating if there were differences between plagiarism levels in doctoral dissertations submitted by students enrolled at traditional, brick-and-mortar institutions and those by students attending online counterparts. A […]

September 11, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Baroness Lane-Fox installed as sixth Chancellor of The Open University

Co-Founder of LastMinute.com and digital pioneer, Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho, has become the sixth Chancellor of The Open University (OU). Martha Lane Fox delivered her inaugural speech as Chancellor at an official installation ceremony today (Wednesday 10 September 2014). Open University Press Release

September 11, 2014 | Daily News, Higher Education

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Apple Watch: Coming to a Classroom Near You?

Wearable technology has entered the mainstream. The Apple Watch, announced on Tuesday, ushers in the possibility that, one day soon, campuses across the country will contend with students who are literally attached to their gadgets. Wired Campus Full Article

September 11, 2014 | Daily News