Faculty: 7 ways to avoid social media mistakes

Faculty discuss recommendations for navigating the informal waters of social network connections with students and alumni. eCampus News

June 18, 2017 | Daily News, Social Media

OU supports year-long BBC science and technology season

The OU is supporting a year-long season of science and technology programmes that will bring science to life for millions. Launched under the banner Tomorrow’s World, the radio and TV programmes and online hub, will take science out of the lab and into peoples’ homes, addressing how science is changing peoples’ lives, reshaping the world, […]

June 18, 2017 | Daily News, Resources

Tracking the Money for Open Educational Resources in South African basic Education: What We Don’t Know

Limited research has been done to date on the extent of public funding of Open Educational Resources (OER) within basic education (K-12 equivalent) in South Africa. As claims have been made about the potential cost reductions that come with using OER, this study aimed to establish a benchmark of public spending on educational resources, uncover […]

June 18, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, New Economy, Open Educational Resources

Incentivizing the Production and Use of Open Educational Resources in Higher Education Institutions

Substituting open educational resources (OER) for commercially-produced textbooks results in demonstrable cost savings for students in most higher education institutions. Yet OER are still not widely used, and progress toward large-scale adoption in most colleges and universities has been slow. This article reviews the literature informing financial and other issues that affect OER adoption. It […]

June 18, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Open Educational Resources, Open Learning

Designing quality into direct-assessment competency-based education

Background Meeting the nation’s need for 60% of its working age population to hold postsecondary education by 2025 is not possible through traditional educational institutions and formats. They simply do not have the “seats” available. Students, employers, and regulatory agencies are actively exploring educational alternatives, such as competency-based education, rightfully expecting assurances of quality. Methods […]

June 15, 2017 | Competency Based Education, Daily News, Higher Education

Implications for educator preparation programs considering competency-based education

The competency-based educational (CBE) model has been implemented in numerous colleges and universities across the United States since its inception. While some of these institutions have elected to adopt CBE within a limited number of academic departments or programs, others have chosen to build their entire curriculum in such a way that requires all students […]

June 15, 2017 | Competency Based Education, Daily News, Faculty Development, Higher Education

Tertiary students’ understandings and practices of informal learning: A New Zealand case study

In 2013, we undertook research in a New Zealand University to gain insights into students’ understandings of informal learning, its connection to formal learning and how they engaged in informal learning using digital and mobile technologies. A total of 765 students (postgraduate, undergraduate and first-year students) completed a questionnaire. Follow-up interviews were conducted with 30 […]

June 14, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Learning Design

Elements of satisfactory online asynchronous teacher behaviour in higher education

In this study, differences were analysed between two groups of online teachers in a Master of Special Educational Needs program. One group scored high on student satisfaction and the second group received low student satisfaction ratings. Findings indicate that high satisfaction is associated with relatively long and pedagogically complex messages that are most often addressed […]

June 14, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, Instructional Design

Optical Communication at Record-High Speed

Soliton frequency combs generated in optical microresonators allow to transmit data at rates of more than 50 terabits per second – publication in Nature Science and Technology Research News

June 14, 2017 | Daily News, Telecommunication

Blackboard Achieves AWS Education Competency Status

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Blackboard Inc., a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced that it has achieved Amazon Web Services (AWS) Education Competency status. This designation recognizes that Blackboard has demonstrated technical proficiency and success building cloud-hosted educational solutions for clients. Blackboard

June 14, 2017 | Daily News, Higher Education, K-12