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Innovation. Inspiration. Connection.

By Anita Samuel / October 24, 2017

The Distance Teaching and Learning Conference 2017 brought together distance educators, instructional designers, and administrators for three days of innovation, inspiration, and connection. Take a look at what happened at DTL 2017. You might want to include this in your 2018 schedule. » [Full Article]

An Interview with Shai Reshef--President, University of the People

By Donna Gardner Liljegren, Melissa Venable / October 4, 2017

The University of the People is a non-profit, tuition-free, accredited U.S. online university, with a mission to provide accessible, affordable, high-quality higher education. Current president and founder Shai Reshef shares his insights into how the organization is reaching this goal through strategic partnerships and a mostly volunteer work force, laying the groundwork for a new educational model. » [Full Article]

Gamification, Education and E-learning: An interview with Andrzej Marczewski

By Aras Bozkurt / September 11, 2017

In this interview from Aras Bozkurt, one of the leading gamification experts, Andrzej Marczewski, discusses the definition of gamification, its impact on and its application in e-learning, and some insights about the future of the gamification. » [Full Article]

How Elearning Practitioners can Find Value in Augmented and Virtual Reality Technology

By Jeremy Manjorin / August 29, 2017

This book review of Practical Augmented Reality written by Steve Aukstakalnis explores the practical side of augmented and virtual realities for the professional learner. » [Full Article]

eLearn Magazine: Advancing forward

By Simone Conceicao, Anita Samuel / July 21, 2017

eLearn Magazine is entering a new period and exciting changes lie ahead. » [Full Article]

e-Learning in the Age of Betsy DeVos

By Allison Carr-Chellman / March 9, 2017

Betsy DeVos is the new U.S. Secretary of Education, having been confirmed by not just a razor-thin measure, but rather by a tie-breaking vote by Vice President Mike Pence that was unprecedented for a presidential cabinet appointment. What are the likely potentials and possibilities for e-learning in the new era of Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos? Its worth exploring what we might be able to anticipate for e-learning in the coming era. » [Full Article]

A Fundamental Look at Cultural Diversity and the Online Classroom

By Karen Milheim / February 28, 2017

Understanding the unique differences between online and traditional classroom environments, and how culture manifests itself within each setting, can help shape a positive educational experience for students. The purpose of this article is to provide a broad overview of how cultural diversity can influence the online classroom. The author suggests ways instructional professionals can work towards improving the online learning experience for culturally diverse student groups with respect to communication, course design, and acknowledgement of differences. » [Full Article]

Freirean Principles for E-learning

By Davin Carr-Chellman / December 29, 2016

Learning is a transformative process as much for the e-learner as for the more traditional learner. In the process of helping our students grow, the transformative potential of our work can be enhanced by humanizing, participatory, and emancipatory methods. These methods, as portrayed in this article, have foundations in the work of Paulo Freire and are presented here to give specific guidelines for e-learning applications of Freire's ideas. » [Full Article]

The Web as a Creative Thinking Partner

By Michael DeSchryver / December 12, 2016

This article outlines the development and application of the Theory of Web-Mediated Knowledge Synthesis. This theory, essentially the application of creative thinking to online learning and reading comprehension, provides a roadmap to enable learners to use the web in more creative ways. This is an important consideration in both schools and the workspace as access to information is less a competitive advantage than what is done with that information and what value can be added to it. » [Full Article]

Four Essential Tips for Professional Development Success

By Heidi Schroeder / November 28, 2016

As professionals in the world of eLearning, we are often called upon to develop and deliver effective professional development opportunities for staff and faculty who will engage students in online learning. Discover the four essential elements that can transform a mediocre course offering into an effective learning opportunity. These elements will help faculty stay engaged throughout the professional development course, and walk away with tools and tips that they can use in their future courses. » [Full Article]

Gamification Is Simply Bells and Whistles

By Guy Boulet / November 14, 2016

Gamification has become the latest buzzword in the learning community. It is the addition of game mechanics elements to learning content in order to motivate learners. But, most claims about the efficiency of gamification of learning are theoretical. Various studies have demonstrated gamification relies on extrinsic motivators, which may work in the short term but have negative impacts on the long term as it undermines students intrinsic motivation to learn. Gamification is nothing more than bells and whistles: It is fun at first, but it quickly becomes annoying. » [Full Article]

The Worst Four-Letter Word in Higher Education Today? Uber.

By Dan Sarofian-Butin / October 6, 2016

Uber has become the worst four-letter word in higher education. It connotes the unbundling and deprofessionalization of faculty work. The only way to get over this worry is to realize Uber and similar technologies are just another four-letter word: a tool. This will allow us to rethink and recreate our role in this "age of disruption." » [Full Article]

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]

Using Video Games to Crowdsource Scientific and Intellectual Work

By Robert Hein / August 24, 2016

This review examines Karen Schrier's new book, Knowledge Games, which forwards a platform and a rhetoric for thinking about, discussing, and developing a new breed a video games. These emerging "knowledge" games promise to enculturate players into scientific and intellectual communities, using their gameplay to actually help solve real-world problems and to generate knowledge. Schrier's infectious passion and easy-to-read style make her book an excellent point for teachers, students, researchers, and designers to learn about affordances and constraints of these potentially world-changing games. » [Full Article]

Technology Enhanced Learning for Higher Education in Brazil

By José Dutra de Oliveira Neto, Gilvania de Sousa Gomes / August 16, 2016

There is a pressing need to adapt to the students' learning style because old teaching strategies no longer work today. Emerging technologies present new opportunities for transforming teaching and learning. Active methodologies like flipped learning, using technology and collaboration, provides a new instructional model that improves teaching effectiveness and efficiency in higher education. » [Full Article]

How Online Training Can Help Businesses Prepare for Brexit Uncertainty

By Keir McDonald / July 21, 2016

In the wake of the results of UK's Brexit referendum, various uncertainties that different sectors will be facing under shifting legislation need to be addressed. Online training can help businesses prepare for this period of uncertainty. » [Full Article]

Strategic Planning in e-Learning

By Alison Carr-Chellman / May 17, 2016

As most in leadership know well, online learning, e-learning and other forms of distributed learning are increasingly important as parts of strategic plans for organizations, higher education, and k-12 schools. This article briefly takes up a few of the critical elements of strong strategic plans including the uses and importance of needs assessment, reflection, identifying organizational e-learning strengths, opportunities, and resources, seeing novel and unique program opportunities, and the importance of a core group of supporters for the programs forwarded in the strategic plan. » [Full Article]

The New Organizational Learning: A Review of Teaming

By Clark Quinn / May 13, 2016

Amy Edmondson's new book, Teaming, points the way to the future of organizations. She makes a strong case that learning in organizations, the source of innovation, comes from people in teams. Professor Edmondson lays out the need for new structures, new processes, and new approaches for leadership. This review provides an overview and points out the contributions. » [Full Article]

How To Apply Reflective Practice when Teaching Online

By Joan Gilbert / April 26, 2016

The human brain takes in information, process it, learns, and grows from it. Heres how psychology principles and information processing can collaborate to achieve optimum results in e-learning and e-teaching. » [Full Article]

Teaching Online Can Make Us Better Teachers

By Marie Norman / April 8, 2016

Online education gives teachers unique opportunities to more profoundly bring learning research and learner-centered teaching practices into their teaching. This article examines five reasons online teaching can lead teachers in healthy directions by exploring the (beneficial) challenges of lecturing online, the untapped potential of student-generated content, the critical importance of student motivation, the social and emotional components of learning, and the benefits of multi-sensory learning. » [Full Article]

The Move is On! From the Passive Multimedia Learner to the Engaged Co-creator

By Margarida Romero, Therese Laferriere, Thomas Michael Power / March 17, 2016

The educational integration of information and communication technologies (ICTs) has led to unfounded hopes of meeting many recurring educational challenges: from increasing learner motivation to lowering drop-out rates. ICTs are not an educational revolution per se; in some situations, their pedagogical usage lead to truly technologically-enhanced learning (TEL) situations, whereas in others, ICTs could relegate the learner to a passive spectator or low-interactivity user/consumer of multimedia content that limits the implementation of a socio-constructivist learning process based on a collaborative knowledge construction process. In this article, we analyze the limits of techno-centric approaches in the integration process of ICTs to teaching and learning, and argue for active learning and reflexive approaches to TEL. » [Full Article]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Expanding the Uses of Blogs in the Classroom

By Yekyung Lisa Lee, Yeo Hwan Ik / December 31, 2014

Blogs are not only tools for self-expression or social interaction among school children. They also have the potential to influence the cognitive processes of learning. The authors detail their experience using blogs at a public elementary school in Korea. » [Full Article]

English Language Acquisition and the Internet: Access and choice in the digital age

By Alex Jude / December 29, 2014

Today there are more than 1 billion people learning English as a second language worldwide. With demand for ESL tuition increasing year-on-year, there is a chronic global shortage of native English teachers on the ground. This is pushing up class sizes and lesson prices while leaving learners with less choice. The emergence of Skype schools, social language networks, and new online resources represents a big change within the ESL industry and a challenge to its traditional structure. » [Full Article]

Do you Blend? Huntley High School Does

By Amy Garrett Dikkers, Aimee L. Whiteside, Somer Lewis / December 22, 2014

Huntley High School in Huntley, Illinois has recently implemented a blended learning initiative to meet needs of their learners in the 21st century, infusing technology into the schools curriculum and teachers instructional practices, and preparing students for college and career. Huntley's unique mix of traditional and blended learning provides a variety of ways for students to learn in both elective and core classes. We share Huntleys unique model of blended learning, focusing on four lessons learned. » [Full Article]

Finding Your Niche During the MOOC Revolution

By Donna Gardner Liljegren, Lisa Trombetta / December 5, 2014

Elmhurst College, a small, four-year, liberal arts college, identified its niche and used partnerships to develop and market a successful MOOC promoting its programs in geospatial science. The authors explain how the same process may help you to identify and launch MOOCs to a niche audience. » [Full Article]

Online Learning and the Doctorate

By Alison Carr-Chellman / December 2, 2014

As the popularity of online doctoral programs grows, its vital for learners to have an accurate picture of the professional opportunities that await them within industry and academia. » [Full Article]

The Development of Online Distance Education in Saudi Arabia

By Uthman T. Alturki / November 25, 2014

Today we live in the era of the knowledge revolution, which accelerates scientific discoveries, technological developments, and the spread of knowledge. Perhaps one of the most rapid technological developments is what is happening in the field of communication technology, the Internet, and distance education. These developments have affected all aspects of life and pose new challenges in all areas especially in the field of education. » [Full Article]

Three Questions to Ask Before You Embark on Gamification

By Yi Yang / November 21, 2014

What's the difference between game-based learning and gamification? When shall I use game-based learning and when shall I use gamification? Many instructional designers and instructors struggle in differentiating those two terms and debate on which learning strategy to choose. The article will reveal the answers to these questions and posit three questions for instructional designers and instructors to consider to help them make the decision. » [Full Article]

Creating Instruction for Ubiquitous Learners: Three paradigm shifts that are changing the foundations of instructional design

By Timothy Stafford / November 21, 2014

Learning is shifting, but in many ways it is the foundations of learning that are having the most profound effect on contemporary instructional designers. Defining social media, digital literacy and learning, knowing, and expertise are only the tip of the iceberg for the future of learning within digital environments. » [Full Article]

From MOOCs to Learning Analytics: Scratching the surface of the 'visual'

By Jeremy Knox / November 13, 2014

The visualization of big MOOC data enables us to see trends in student behaviors and activities around the globe, but what is it that we are not seeing? » [Full Article]

The Significance of Educational Technology History and Research

By George Veletsianos / November 11, 2014

What impacts learning are changes in instructional design and pedagogical practices supported by the introduction of new technologies, not the technology itself. » [Full Article]

An Interview with Dr. Rouel Belleza

By Joe Cozart / October 31, 2014

Cherokee County is a suburban school district northwest of Atlanta, GA. In the last several years, the district has seen an explosion of interest in online learning. The district is attempting to leverage digital resources in a way that can enable growth of blended learning district wide as well. » [Full Article]

The Importance of Setting the Stage

By Glenn Johnson, James L. Rosenberger, Mosuk Chow / October 1, 2014

The motivation for engaging in peer review of teaching vacillates between providing opportunities to improve teaching and evaluating teaching performance. We strive to find ways to maximize the benefits of peer review of teaching because this activity provides a valuable opportunity for peer collaboration and curricular coordination within a program. This article discusses a range of strategies that we have used to engage online instructors in thinking critically about the quality of their online instruction; we show how these strategies help set the stage for maximizing the benefits that a well structured peer review of online teaching can provide. » [Full Article]

Training Online Teachers Through A Badge Driven Course

By Joe Cozart / September 30, 2014

The Georgia Virtual School is a supplemental online school that employs more than 200 teachers. Due to growth and attrition new teachers must continually be hired, which created a large burden for the school. The problem was addressed through the creation of an open online course driven by badge credentialing. Interested teachers now complete this training course prior to the hiring process. This ensures job applicants have a basic knowledge of online learning and a better understanding of the requirements to teach online, thus decreasing attrition in the first year. Course participants go through five modules and earn a badge after successfully demonstrating an understanding of the material in the respective module. » [Full Article]

eLearning and Higher Education in Pakistan: What may hamper it

By Abida Ellahi, Bilal Zaka / September 23, 2014

As part of higher education, universities have been increasing their efforts to promote learning growth and innovation. In Pakistan private and public institutions of higher educations have undertaken eLearning initiatives. This article draws from the research literature and a preliminary descriptive study to describe the current status of eLearning systems in a few universities within Pakistan, and discusses the challenges faced in implementing eLearning projects in Pakistan. In order to play an important role in democratizing education and contributing toward creating knowledge workers, higher education needs to play a more active role in promoting and supporting eLearning initiatives. » [Full Article]

A Balancing Act Part III: Technical support on the front lines of modern-day online education

By Jennifer A. Shamsy / September 12, 2014

Though a team approach is desired, many online instructors/trainers still fulfill an informally defined and delegated technical support role at least in part when time and skills allow. As we look to the future, there will be an increase in technical support demands further emphasizing the need for a comprehensive team approach to technical support. » [Full Article]

Why Employers Can't Ignore Onboarding with Tech

By Andrew Fayad / September 3, 2014

The traditional onboarding process for new hires is broken, and with today's technology, theres no excuse for saying: "That's the best we can do." » [Full Article]

You Think You Know Online Learners? Think Again

By Jill Cross / August 28, 2014

Online learning is a dynamically evolving practice, and many companies operate under outdated assumptions about their audience. InReach, a continuing education solution provider, recently conducted a survey to uncover the wants and preferences of online learners. The findings, which are shared within, can help identify the key factors that make up a successful online program. » [Full Article]

Where the Boys Are: Understanding online learning and gender

By Alison Carr-Chellman / August 20, 2014

This opinion piece explores the nature of the learners in elearning environments with a special focus on gender. Unexpectedly, more girls than boys are enrolling in all levels of online learning and the implications for elearning professionals are explored here. » [Full Article]

Attitude Plus Aptitude Will Determine Altitude

By Brooke Bennett / July 31, 2014

Online learning offers many advantages. However the expanding use of technology does not come without challenges. As educators, we are forever trying to find ways to motivate students in our online classrooms. Are there specific tactics and activities that could help enhance student motivation? It is shown that through our behaviors, such as consistent feedback and prompt responses, we can create an environment that encourages and motivates students while enhancing student engagement and participation. » [Full Article]

A Balancing Act Part II: Providing technical support before, during and after the online course

By Jennifer A. Shamsy / July 25, 2014

As one of many roles of online instructors, effective technical support can be achieved by engaging in proactive steps before, during, and after the course or training program. » [Full Article]

Design for Online Learning Using a Learner's Perspective Approach

By Simone C. O. Conceição / July 2, 2014

A variety of instructional design models provide pathways for developing courses using different philosophical approaches. However, many design models tend to focus more on the teaching than on the learning portion of the process. Roderick Sims, in his book "Design Alchemy: Transforming the Way We Think About Learning and Teaching," provides an innovative approach to design online instruction that focuses primarily on the learning rather than the teacher or content. He uses the term "design alchemy" to explain how a designer can think about learning and teaching as a practical and effective means to creative online environments that maximize the educational experience. » [Full Article]

Evaluating Interactive Learning Content in an eLearning Environment

By Khalil Ajami, Maher Suleiman / June 30, 2014

The interaction between teacher and learner, as well as the interaction between learner and content, has a significant impact on the effectiveness of any learning process. In this paper, we discuss interactivity in the context of eLearning and we focus on the interaction between the learner and the content. The objective is to provide clear metrics to measure learner-content interactivity from the design perspective and at the level of learning objects. » [Full Article]

The Revolution in Higher Education and the Needs of the New Academic

By Alison Carr-Chellman / June 9, 2014

This new e-Lead from the editor's desk is an introspective look at what eLearning means to the daily rituals of the ivory tower, and the impact eLearning is having on academic life today. » [Full Article]

Scaffolding Collaboration: An interview with Chen Wenli

By Ryan Tracey / June 5, 2014

In the Singaporean culture where individuals do not automatically act as a group, a structured process is promoting collaborative learning and critical thinking. » [Full Article]

An Engaged and Engaging Mobile Learning Ecosystem

By Cathy Cavanaugh, Jace Hargis / May 30, 2014

This synthesis interprets findings from research efforts conducted during the first six months of a college mobile education program to provide insights into key program features and outcomes. In so doing, it classifies the findings in five themes: Engaging Technology, specifically iPads as cognitive tool-boxes for learning; Engaged Pedagogy consisting of student-centered teaching practice; Engaged Faculty interpreted through their perceptions and uses of the tools and ecosystem; Engaged Community of Learners who are creating teaching and learning media with the tools; and Engaging Learning Ecosystem where learning time and space expands. » [Full Article]

A Balancing Act Part I: Technical Support and the Online Instructor

By Jennifer Shamsy / May 30, 2014

Technical issues can create a barrier to fully accessing and engaging in online classrooms. The need to support learners in overcoming these barriers may be addressed through a team approach or by individual instructors/trainers taking on the technical support role. While this role may not always be clearly defined or formally delegated, assuming the role of technical support in an online classroom has both benefits and drawbacks. » [Full Article]

Raising the Bar: An interview with Carol Russell

By Ryan Tracey / May 20, 2014

College students are tech savvy, and they want to use their mobile devices to enhance their learning experience. How should institutions and instructors respond? Dr. Carol Russell of the University of Western Sydney (UWS) in Australia has some thoughts and her answers may surprise you. » [Full Article]

Essential Knowledge Aggregation, Delivery, and Assessment

By Igor Schagaev, Brian Kirk, Liz Bacon / May 7, 2014

It is clear that the use of ICT for education has not yet achieved its potential. In this paper we present our vision on the further development and widening of learning through the enhanced use of ICT. In this context, learning is considered as having a framework with several essential and connected processes. Web semantic methods now enable the monitoring of knowledge and curriculum updates. Substantial research is required, as well as an understanding of how the human brain manages various channels of information delivery. We consider knowledge delivery in combination with textual, visual, and audio information. Its efficiency can be improved when we discover and apply methods used for successful performances and plays. » [Full Article]

Putting the Classroom in the Cloud with Virtual Desktops and Bring-Your-Own-Device

By Shawn Mills / April 30, 2014

IT departments in educational environments must constantly balance expenses while implementing new technology to engage learners and empower instructors. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is one method IT administrators can implement for simplified computer lab management, increased security measures, and to allow students and teachers to work with their mobile devices. » [Full Article]

Speaking Your Mind: Using elements of narrative storytelling in eLearning

By Chris Jennings / April 29, 2014

To compensate for the lack of human presence in online courses, consider adding narrative story elements to your eLearning that situates the learner in immersive, real-world scenarios. Framing learning in the context of relatable stories can add tremendous value and enjoyment to students instruction. Employ an appropriate course voice that attracts users to the content, inviting them to explore, rather than overwhelming them with information. » [Full Article]

Outside the LMS Box: An interview with Ashley Tan

By Ryan Tracey / April 10, 2014

Dr. Ashley Tan leads the Centre for e-Learning at Singapore's National Institute of Education, which is the only institute in the country responsible for preteacher education. In this interview, Dr. Tan discusses the movement of instructors away from the institutional LMS toward open social platforms. » [Full Article]

Developing Engaging Content

By Randhir Vieira / March 20, 2014

Companies need training that is not only flexible and affordable, but can be deployed and consumed quickly. Enter eLearning. Trainers have the dual challenge of helping employees meet compliance or other industry requirements and respond to changing customer needs. These pressures mean trainers must create new online courses on the fly while ensuring the content is easily consumable to reinforce rapid learning. By using existing material and frequently measuring feedback, among other ideas, you can transform your online training program into a highly efficient machine for learning and competing. » [Full Article]

A Look at Web-based Instruction Today

By Ann Taylor / March 12, 2014

In part two of our interview with Badrul Khan, Ann Taylor and Badrul examine Web-based instruction in relation to Khan's "Framework for e-Learning." They also discuss Badrul's interviews with visionaries leading the way in technology-based education, and he shares advice for those just entering the Web-based instruction realm. » [Full Article]

A Look at Web-based Instruction Today: An interview with Badrul Khan, Part 1

By Ann Taylor / February 28, 2014

In the first of this two-part series, Ann Taylor and Badrul Khan discuss how Web-based instruction has grown since its inception and explore the particular case of MOOCs. » [Full Article]

Using Game Mechanics to Enhance Leadership Education

By Zack Bodnar / February 24, 2014

Gamification has significant advantages for incentivizing learning and professional training as a complement to traditional learning management systems. This article highlights how the Deloitte Leadership Academy introduced game mechanics into its executive training program using Badgeville's Behavior Platform to leverage the same intrinsic motivators--namely peer recognition and a bit of friendly competition--to spur participation and convince busy executives to invest their valuable time to fully engage with the program. With the addition of gamification to their online learning system, Deloitte saw a 46 percent increase in student retention and significant improvements in course completion time. » [Full Article]

Getting Out from Under the Contract: The risk of over relying on third parties for eLearning

By Chris Jennings / February 10, 2014

eLearning requires a specific set of development skills and specialized technologies to support learning goals and program needs. To offer a dynamic program that evolves to meet the needs of users, try to use internal talent and systems that allow you to control as much of the content creation and supporting technologies as possible. This will create a program independent of third parties and keep your program relevant for years to come. » [Full Article]

The Agony or the Empathy? An interview with Anne Bartlett-Bragg

By Ryan Tracey / February 5, 2014

Anne Bartlett-Bragg holds a unique space in eLearning as both a researcher and a practitioner. In this interview, Anne discusses the importance of immersion. By empathizing with the learner, one can truly design the best solution. » [Full Article]

Bridging the Gap: The Role of Ongoing Training and Coaching

By Kurt Andersen / January 31, 2014

Did you know there is a major gap in the sales training process? This article shares the results of a survey that explores the gap, analyzes why it exists, and proposes strategic methods for addressing this issue. » [Full Article]

eLearn Enters a New Era

By Alison Carr-Chellman / January 29, 2014

eLearn Magazine is entering a new era and will look and feel rather different in the coming months. The editor-in-chief shares a preview of what is new and what is coming. » [Full Article]