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A mixed-methods exploration of an environment for learning computer programming

A mixed-methods approach is evaluated for exploring collaborative behaviour, acceptance and progress surrounding an interactive technology for learning computer programming. A review of literature reveals a compelling case for using mixed-methods approaches when evaluating technology-enhanced-learning environments. Here, ethnographic approaches used for the requirements engineering of computing systems are combined with questionnaire-based feedback and skill tests. […]

August 28, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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A review of predictive factors of student success in and satisfaction with online learning

Students perceive online courses differently than traditional courses. Negative perceptions can lead to unfavourable learning outcomes including decreased motivation and persistence. Throughout this review, a broad range of factors that affect performance and satisfaction within the online learning environment for adult learners will be examined including learning outcomes, instructional design and learner characteristics, followed by […]

August 28, 2015 | Daily News, Research

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The Open University continues to be rated highly for student satisfaction

The Open University has once again performed well in the latest National Student Survey released today by HEFCE. The OU was given an overall satisfaction rating of 90% making it one of only three Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to consistently score 90% or above every year since 2007. The Open University

August 27, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education

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6 concerns students have about MOOCs

New qualitative research reveals students may know more about MOOCs than institutions think; have doubts on reliability. eCampus News

August 26, 2015 | Daily News, MOOCs

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Blackboard Acquires Nivel Siete

Companies to Bring More Solutions and Services to the Open Source Community in Latin America Blackboard

August 25, 2015 | Daily News

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As Coursera Evolves, Colleges Stay On and Investors Buy In

Three years ago everyone was talking about Coursera, which had begun partnering with some of the world’s most elite colleges to offer free courses. There was overheated hype, as pundits speculated that it could be a magic bullet to bring down college costs. Wired Campus

August 25, 2015 | MOOCs

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School choice on steroids

New state programs allow students to opt out of their local public schools part time, taking classes online instead Hechinger Report

August 24, 2015 | Daily News, K-12

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More People for U of the People

After three months of studying at Damascus University in Syria, Omar Alhalabi’s life was uprooted. Inside Higher Ed

August 24, 2015 | Daily News

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Universal Design in Online Education: Employing Organization Change

With the rise in online education, universal design is an emerging trend aimed at providing available education opportunities to all students, accommodating for all disabilities. However, universal design in online education remains an ambiguous and lofty goal for an academic organization to undertake. This case analysis employs an organization change theoretical framework via archival document […]

August 23, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Research

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Pedagogical Requirements for Mobile Learning: A Review on MOBIlearn Task Model

Pedagogically sound design for mobile learning application development is a key factor for providing a pleasant and rich learning experience in a mobile environment. In the context of higher education, this need is very critical as institutions and students begin to recognize the importance of bridging the gap between formal classroom and out-of-classroom informal learning […]

August 23, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research