Exploring Digital Badges in University Courses: Relationships between Quantity, Engagement, and Performance

Digital badging research is gaining momentum as instructors and administrators consider new models for assessing learning in nontraditional contexts (e.g., informal science learning programs, flexible online courses, adaptive learning systems). While many studies are examining the effectiveness of digital badges for pedagogical functions, such as motivating students, few attempts have been made to identify relationships […]

August 13, 2017 | Daily News, Digital Badges, Higher Education

The Origins of Innovation in the Edtech Ecosystem

The learning management system as we have known it is fading in its importance. Supplanting it are hundreds of tools and innovations, created by a plethora of vendors, institutions, students, and instructors in a frothy, bubbling world known as the edtech ecosystem. EDUCAUSE 

August 10, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Interface Design, Learning Management Systems

We’re not teaching the web correctly

Web literacy must become a fundamental part of our global education system. Without it, opportunity is squandered. With it, we can propel billions farther, faster. Brookings Institution

August 10, 2017 | Daily News, Information Literacy, Technology

Online assessment could improve math marks of deaf learners

Online mathematics assessment (OMA) could help improve the mathematics performance of deaf and hard-of-hearing learners in South Africa Phys.org

August 9, 2017 | Accessibility, Assessment, Daily News, Instructional Design

Penn State World Campus Taps VR for Educating Teachers

A project at Penn State World Campus immersed teachers into a virtual classroom as part of a graduate-level special education course. Students could use a virtual reality headset to watch 360-degree videos or view them as regular videos on YouTube. Campus Technology 

August 9, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, K-12, Learning Design, Virtual Reality

China: Research could suffer as internet controls tightened

Chinese internet restrictions, known as the ‘great firewall of China’, have often been an issue for Chinese academics who find their access to overseas research restricted. They have become more concerned as new internet controls – particularly on virtual private networks or VPNs, which circumvent national censorship of the internet – look set to be […]

August 9, 2017 | Accessibility, Daily News, Government, Higher Education, Telecommunication

Could Georgia Tech Use Online to Shave Time Off Bachelor’s Degrees?

University uses model from closely observed master’s in computer science on undergraduates for first time, finds notable success and sees path to shaving a year or more off in-person instruction. Inside Higher Ed

August 7, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design, MOOCs

Communicating with the Online Student: The Impact of E-Mail Tone on Student Performance and Teacher Evaluations

Students are more commonly completing coursework online and as such many professors teach online courses. Due to the popularity of online courses and the need for professors to teach in a format varying from the traditional classroom setting, it is important to evaluate whether or not certain teaching approaches, such as establishing rapport, should be […]

August 6, 2017 | Daily News, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Instructional Design

A Cross-Sectional Study to Describe Academics’ Confidence, Attitudes, and Experience of Online Distance Learning in Higher Education

Previous research, mainly from North America and Asia, has highlighted how many academics in Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are concerned about the academic integrity of online distance learning (ODL) compared with face-to-face-teaching and its impact on their work and the student learning experience. Far less is known about this topic for HEIs in the UK, […]

August 6, 2017 | Assessment, Daily News, Faculty Development, Higher Education, Instructional Design, Online Teaching

Lessons from Forty Years as a Literacy Educator: An Information Literacy Narrative

This article summarises the author’s evolution as a writing instructor toward a career as a librarian teaching information literacy and finally as a scholar and researcher studying information literacy as an academic subject.  Changes in writing pedagogy are explored as they relate to changes in the author’s instructional practices and how they underlie an understanding […]

August 6, 2017 | Research, Review of Literature