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A Closer Look at the Unplag Plagiarism Checker

By Michael Yarborough / September 27, 2016

Plagiarism checkers have long turned into irreplaceable educators' assistants. The most efficient of them allow you to not just compare student papers to online sources or databases, but also to suggest some corrections and teach students how to follow citation rules. Not all the newly launched tools of that kind can really boast of having substantial differences and useful functionality. Still, there are some alternatives that are worth trying. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: SOFTWARE, TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Can Snapchat Bridge the Communication Chasm in Online Courses?

By Jon Ernstberger, Melissa A. Venable / March 3, 2016

Snapchat, a video- and photo-sharing mobile app, has experienced fast growth among college students, followed by adoption by the colleges themselves. Most recently, individual educators are using Snapchat, and similar social tools, to reach students at a distance. While there are benefits in the apps potential for creativity and personal connection, challenges lie in the platforms temporary nature, concerns about privacy, and resistance to social sharing in an educational setting. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES, HIGHER EDUCATION

Online Testing, Is It Fair?

By Brittni Brown / February 16, 2016

Although online education has become mainstream, many critics still fear it is an unequal form of education primarily because cheating techniques are outstripping our means of monitoring students. Cheating does pose a serious problem to online education, but new technologies are capable of limiting the threat. In combination with a proactive teaching style, anti-cheating tech can clamp down on unethical behavior and create a school environment that is as honest as any in-class setting. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

The Best of CES 2016: Transforming education with technology

By Alison Carr-Chellman / January 12, 2016

CES 2016 was rife with opportunities to consider the future of e-learning. Many new products will make their way into households in the near future, and the e-learn practitioner can be on the cutting edge by starting to think about how to add practices for those inevitable changes in household electronics. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: EVENTS, TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

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

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

Five Reasons to Download Adobe Presenter

By Craig Wiggins / November 7, 2013

In this review, Craig Wiggins takes a look at Adobe Presenter 9 and weighs the values of its new features. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: SOFTWARE, TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Yammer in the Classroom

By Victoria Raish / August 22, 2013

Having a debate is a very effective way of engaging students with the class material that requires higher-level thinking skills such as creation, synthesis, reformulation, and communication of original ideas. The traditional face-to-face debate is difficult to transition to a completely asynchronous virtual learning environment. Using a social media platform in a Learning, Design, and Technology course at Penn State University allowed virtual students to engage emotively with the material in the same manner as their residential peers. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Should Instructional Designers care about the Tin Can API?

By David Kelly, Kevin Thorn / March 6, 2013

The Tin Can API is an extremely hot topic in the elearning industry. But what exactly is it, and what does it mean to today's instructional designer? In this article, David Kelly and Kevin Thorn explain what the Tin Can API is, and explore just how much it may impact the world of today's instructional designer. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

PowerPoint as a Graphics Editor

By Kevin Thorn / February 13, 2013

As a preview to the Training 2013 Conference & Expo, this article will serve as an introduction to Kevin Thorn's session "PowerPoint as a Graphics Editor." With a focus visual design and communication, Thorn delves into how our brains work and perceive visual signals. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES