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2015

Amplify the Power: Five reasons to use interactive video

By Louise Pasterfield / December 23, 2015

People are watching more video than ever before but its a passive experience. Interactive video means participation, creating interesting opportunities. This article looks at the types of interactive video, benefits for learning, production tips and real life examples. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Data from Survey of Online College Students Helps Institutions Thrive

By David Clinefelter / December 14, 2015

The fourth annual Online College Students: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences report surveyed 1,500 past, present, and prospective fully online college students. This article explores what online college students are looking for from higher education institutions, as well as best practices colleges and universities can implement to provide high-quality online programs. Field of study, affordability and the website are identified as key factors in online students decision making, and are all areas where institutions should carefully consider how to provide an optimal student experience. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

DIY multimedia: A review of a step-by-step handbook

By Sohag Lahiri / December 8, 2015

In "Develop Your Own Multimedia Application: How to Create Interactive Video Applications in Flash Format" Alexis Aronis demonstrates just how simple it is to create a multimedia application from scratch these days. Readers learn how to create unique video projects using Camtasia Studio and Power Point. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Using Twitter in an Undergraduate Setting: Five recommendations from a foreign language class

By Elizabeth Irvin, Colin Taper, Lizza Igoe, Raymond S. Pastore / November 24, 2015

Research has suggested Twitter can be a powerful learning tool when thoughtfully added as a support to course content. Before you choose to add or implement Twitter into an undergraduate course, we share five tips to get there. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION, NONFORMAL/INFORMAL LEARNING

Institutional and Self-Directed Support for Transitioning Faculty

By Valencia Gabay, Diane Roberts / November 19, 2015

This article identifies challenges instructors face transitioning to online teaching from face-to-face learning environments. Research shows many instructors lack administrative support, technical expertise, and peer-to-peer interaction. The authors discuss four strategies to support faculty in overcoming these transitional challenges. These institutional and self-directed supportive measures can lead to effective online instruction and career satisfaction. » [Full Article]
TYPE: MANAGEMENT

Technologies from Classroom to e-learning

By Alison Carr-Chellman / November 19, 2015

Many new technology devices hit the market each year. Most of them are targeted at traditional, face-to-face settings. This article takes a look at recent technologies that might be adapted in the future for an e-learning setting. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Engagement Techniques for Online Education

By Linda Craig / October 21, 2015

Sometimes educators face a serious challenge: How do they elevate the degree of interest, attention and involvement of their students toward learning? We will try to answer this tricky question. What follows is a discussion of available strategies for educators to boost student engagement. » [Full Article]
TYPE: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Building a Blended Learning Classroom that Works

By Marcia Kish / September 16, 2015

Blended learning has the potential to significantly improve student learning and growth, but it is only truly successful when educators carefully base their instructional decisions on high-quality student assessment data. Blended learning coach Marcia Kish shares key principles for implementing blended learning that is data-driven and student-centered, as well as ideas and tools that can help make any blended learning model more effective. » [Full Article]
TYPE: K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Personalization of Learning: Lessons from RTT-D Winners

By Kevin Oliver, Kathryn Kennedy, Laura Hibbard, Bonnie Swan, Tom Clark, Jason LaFrance, Jonathan Oglesby / September 11, 2015

This article presents a synthesis of personalization of learning strategies as extracted from 16 school district proposals funded in the 2012 Race to the Top (RTT-D) federal grant program. Personalization of learning strategies fell into six overall themes: digital learning materials and courses, data and data systems, curriculum and teaching, repurposed learning facilities, human capital, and professional development. For each theme, the article offers a summary, exemplars from the district proposals, and additional recommended resources. » [Full Article]
TYPE: K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Back to Cyber School?

By Alison Carr-Chellman / August 25, 2015

When it comes to K-12 education, should public dollars be used to make individuals or investors rich? Cyber charters do fill an important role for certain students, but more sophisticated forms of oversight are needed to regulate this burgeoning industry. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

A Roadmap for Evaluating Online Teaching

By Adam Wayne Jenkins / August 20, 2015

Evaluating Online Teaching is not so much a how-to guide as it as a roadmap, guiding the reader through the complexities of creating or overhauling a faculty evaluation process. The book places heavy emphasis on contextual factors and is filled with real-world examples. Evaluating Online Teaching is a must-read for distance learning administrators tasked with faculty evaluations. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: MANAGEMENT

Will E-Learning Kill the University

By Alison Carr-Chellman / July 6, 2015

With many predicting the end of higher education, will e-learning be the final blow that kills the university? » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Accreditation Standards and Best Practice for Distance Education

By Colin Easom / May 6, 2015

While some may perceive accreditation standards to be an unconquerable mountain of red tape, this article presents the alternate viewpoint that standards for online education are thoughtfully designed to assist in establishing best practices, thereby enhancing both the quality and delivery of online programs. Highlighting the collaborative process by which the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) establishes and reviews its standards for allied health schools, the author suggests that accreditation agencies are there to support educators, and not to be feared by them. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

Authentic Assessment Tasks: Students take a deep approach to learning

By Sujana Adapa / April 29, 2015

This article presents the student-centered, deep approach to learning. The teaching resources developed for two strategic and services marketing courses have been integrated with several formative and summative assessment tasks. Authentic assessment tasks allowed for deeper engagement of students with the subject content, peers, and the course coordinator. A student-centered deeper approach to learning is evident through the creative thinking and problem solving demonstrated through the provision of solutions to real-life business problems. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

More Than Pretty: A review of Visual Design Solutions

By Ryan Tracey / April 29, 2015

Whether you realize it or not, you are a visual designer. But do not fear, because Connie Malamed's latest book will help you make your pictures more than pretty, by making them effective. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Mobile Learning in Higher education: Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching

By Sandy Schuck / March 31, 2015

Given the ubiquity of mobile devices being used by students in their university, a group of lecturers formed an action-learning group to learn collaboratively about enhancing their teaching with mobile pedagogies. The community of learners developed a process for setting goals for themselves, and for implementing action plans to do with integrating mobile technologies in teaching. The article discusses the processes used and the lessons learned through this project. These findings have informed work done with schools that are trying to integrate mobile learning into their classrooms. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

Mobile Learning in Higher education: Mobilizing staff to use technologies in their teaching

By Sandy Schuck / March 27, 2015

Given the ubiquity of mobile devices being used by students in their university, a group of lecturers formed an action-learning group to learn collaboratively about enhancing their teaching with mobile pedagogies. The community of learners developed a process for setting goals for themselves, and for implementing action plans to do with integrating mobile technologies in teaching. The article discusses the processes used and the lessons learned through this project. These findings have informed work done with schools that are trying to integrate mobile learning into their classrooms. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

Not Just for Students: Mobile Teacher Professional Development

By Mary Burns / March 26, 2015

Mobile phones are emerging as an important professional learning vehicle for the millions of teachers who lack access to computers and technology and their use as teacher professional development tools is expanding. This article shares some examples of how simple mobile phones provide teachers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with access to content, language instruction, and curriculum. While the mobile phone is a promising tool for teacher learning, the article outlines some of the challenges associated with mobile learning and cautions against the temptation to abandon or reduce face-to-face interventions (when possible) in favor of phone-based learning. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERNATIONAL ONLINE EDUCATION

Not Just for Students: Mobile Teacher Professional Development

By Mary Burns / March 26, 2015

Mobile phones are emerging as an important professional learning vehicle for the millions of teachers who lack access to computers and technology and their use as teacher professional development tools is expanding. This article shares some examples of how simple mobile phones provide teachers in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia with access to content, language instruction, and curriculum. While the mobile phone is a promising tool for teacher learning, the article outlines some of the challenges associated with mobile learning and cautions against the temptation to abandon or reduce face-to-face interventions (when possible) in favor of phone-based learning. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERNATIONAL ONLINE EDUCATION

Do Online Courses Help or Hinder English Language Learners' Experience With Math Credit Recovery?

By Boris Costa-Guerra, Leslie Costa-Guerra / March 25, 2015

As online learning enrollments continue to grow, the conversation has shifted from the value of online learning to what tools students should be using and in what capacity. The benefits of having such a variety of options are immense and allow schools to meet the needs of individual learners no matter where they are. However, are all of the outcomes from online learning positive? How is online learning effective for English language learners (ELLs) in mathematics? » [Full Article]
TYPE: K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Do Online Courses Help or Hinder English Language Learners' Experience With Math Credit Recovery?

By Boris Costa-Guerra, Leslie Costa-Guerra / March 24, 2015

As online learning enrollments continue to grow, the conversation has shifted from the value of online learning to what tools students should be using and in what capacity. The benefits of having such a variety of options are immense and allow schools to meet the needs of individual learners no matter where they are. However, are all of the outcomes from online learning positive? How is online learning effective for English language learners (ELLs) in mathematics? » [Full Article]
TYPE: K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Why Instructor Satisfaction Cannot be Ignored

By David Dietrich / February 13, 2015

eLearning is a teaching method that is popular in higher education, with institutions and students looking to take advantage of this increasingly more available educational option. An important factor of effective online education that is often overlooked in the research of eLearning involves the satisfaction of online instructors. This article looks at instructor satisfaction in terms of its importance (impact on instructors, students, and institutions), the variables that impact it, and methods to increase it. » [Full Article]
TYPE: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Knowing Me, Knowing You

By Karen Kear, Frances Chetwynd, Helen Jefferis / February 13, 2015

Some learners find online environments impersonal, but are personal profiles the solution? » [Full Article]
REVIEW: SOFTWARE, TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Knowing Me, Knowing You

By Karen Kear, Frances Chetwynd, Helen Jefferis / February 12, 2015

Some learners find online environments impersonal, but are personal profiles the solution? » [Full Article]
REVIEW: SOFTWARE, TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Why Instructor Satisfaction Cannot be Ignored

By David Dietrich / February 12, 2015

eLearning is a teaching method that is popular in higher education, with institutions and students looking to take advantage of this increasingly more available educational option. An important factor of effective online education that is often overlooked in the research of eLearning involves the satisfaction of online instructors. This article looks at instructor satisfaction in terms of its importance (impact on instructors, students, and institutions), the variables that impact it, and methods to increase it. » [Full Article]
TYPE: PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Learning Technologies Then and Now

By Mark Notess / February 6, 2015

Bill Ferster's latest book, Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Education and Technology, explores the history of self-directed learning, from correspondence courses to MOOCs. If you're new to the educational technology landscape, this book is a thought-provoking introduction. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Learning Technologies Then and Now

By Mark Notess / February 5, 2015

Bill Ferster's latest book, Teaching Machines: Learning from the Intersection of Education and Technology, explores the history of self-directed learning, from correspondence courses to MOOCs. If you're new to the educational technology landscape, this book is a thought-provoking introduction. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

How Mentors Can Improve Online Graduate Student Attrition Rates

By Narjis Hyder, Judith Gilliam / January 26, 2015

Do higher levels of mentoring support contribute to a successful academic graduate career? This article tackles mentoring for online graduate students and its relation to attrition rates focusing on: the benefits of successful mentoring, challenges of online mentoring programs, a review of a model of an online mentoring program, and establishing mentor-mentee relationships. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

A Wake up Call for Practitioners

By Helen Blunden / January 26, 2015

With organizations facing many challenges today, what role does the learning professional have to play? And how can they help their organization succeed in todays changing business world? » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: CORPORATE LEARNING

A Wake up Call for Practitioners

By Helen Blunden / January 26, 2015

With organizations facing many challenges today, what role does the learning professional have to play? And how can they help their organization succeed in todays changing business world? » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: CORPORATE LEARNING

Data Analytics and Predictive Modeling

By B. Jean Mandernach, Kelly Palese-Sanderson / January 14, 2015

The growth of online learning mandates that institutions evaluate instructional effectiveness to ensure students receive a high-quality educational experience. While a number of rubrics exist to benchmark best practices in online teaching, advances in learning management technology are expanding opportunities for utilizing data analytics to effectively and efficiently monitor instructional quality. At present, learning management systems can track logins, activity patterns and time-on-task, but this represents only a fraction the possibilities. Predictive modeling may soon allow for more integrated analytics that can quickly and easily inform evaluations of online teaching. » [Full Article]
TYPE: MANAGEMENT

Study Reveals New Challenges for Online College Administrators

By Rachel Wang / January 14, 2015

College administrators, who are seeking to improve their recruiting and retention methods will benefit from a new report released by The Learning House and Aslanian Market Research. Online College Students 2014: Comprehensive Data on Demands and Preferences delves into data about this new type of student. This article highlights several points from the study that are relevant to college administrators. » [Full Article]
TYPE: MANAGEMENT