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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]
TAGS: Blended Learning

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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]
TAGS: Blended Learning

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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]

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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]
TAGS: Mobile Learning

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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]
TAGS: Design and Development, Theories and Principles

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Macro vs. Micro? Arguing for the Whole and Not the Chunk!

By Nirupama Akella / October 30, 2013

Has micro-designing of online courses in higher education become more important than macro-designing the online course? Has chunking of content surpassed the need to be holistic enabling deep learning and comprehension? This discussive position paper offers an insight into macro and micro designing of online courses in contemporary higher education, with able support from two case studies and Reigeluths elaboration theory. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Design and Development, Theories and Principles

Interviews, Research/Case Studies

Alicia Sanchez: A review of recent games research

By Jane Bozarth / September 30, 2013

Alicia Sanchez is a regular fixture at conferences where she presents highlights and key findings on current research related to gaming and online learning. Collected in this overview are six studies that address the characteristics of and impact of games. In this inteview, Dr. Sanchez shares her thoughts on the use of games in online learning. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Games and Simulations, Theories and Principles

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Provision Mapping for Online Learning Environments: Is it possible and can it work?

By Anita Devi / September 11, 2013

In this case study, Anita Devi profiles the approach adopted by an online academy, Nisai Virtual Academy (UK), to introduce provision management, provision mapping, and provision maps in order to enhance the learning environment for the learner and to ensure it is used to its maximum potential. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Blended Learning, Program Evaluation, Theories and Principles

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Giving Students Real-World Experience via Virtual-Reality Learning

By Kathy Leck / May 15, 2013

The iMBA program at the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management (LFGSM) allows students to participate in a virtual internship program within a simulated manufacturing company. iMBA lets students work in a virtual corporation with real products, customers, competitors, opportunities, and challenges. This immersion-based, virtual reality learning is considered stickier than passive sit back and observe style lectures as students are more emotionally engaged. Because academic learning and virtual internship occur simultaneously students are able to immediately apply the scholastic concepts, enabling them to more rapidly develop and practice critical business skills. » [Full Article]
TAGS: Digital Literacy, Program Evaluation