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2018

eLearn Magazine: A retrospective on 2017-2018

By Simone C. O. Conceicao, Anita Samuel / October 12, 2018

eLearn Magazine entered a new period in July 2017. The success of the magazine over this past year has been a team effort. The ultimate goal for this past year was to push the boundaries of eLearning and technology and explore innovations to further the conversation around strategies in eLearning. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION

Openness in Education: An Interview with Martin Weller

By Suzan Koseoglu, Aras Bozkurt / September 18, 2018

This interview about openness in education was conducted with Martin Weller by Suzan Koseoglu and Aras Bozkurt. Weller is a Professor of Educational Technology at the Open University (UK) and the president of The Association for Learning Technology. A prominent figure in the move toward opening up education, Weller has published many articles and four books on topics related to open and online education, including The Digital Scholar and The Battle for Open. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW, INTERNATIONAL ONLINE EDUCATION

Uncovering the Evidence Behind Common Learning Myths and Misconceptions

By Praveen Krishnamurti / September 12, 2018

In his book Millennials, Goldfish & Other Training Misconceptions?, Dr. Clark Quinn systematically analyzes the most common myths, misconceptions, and superstitions currently prevalent in the theories and practice of adult learning. He presents a compelling case for relying on scientific methodologies while examining eLearning theories and concepts, regardless of the source from which they emanate. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: CORPORATE LEARNING

The Rise of Learning Engineering

By Ellen Wagner, Jodi Lis / August 7, 2018

The Industry Connections Industry Consortium on Learning Engineering (ICICLE) was formed in 2017 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) as a community-driven platform across sectors to advocate and support the development of the professional and academic disciplines of learning engineering. This article is an invitation to participate. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION, DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Quality Control Versus Academic Freedom: Walk the line

By Miriam RB Abbott, Jami M. Nininger, Peggy Shaw / July 30, 2018

Colleges incorporate online education using a variety of approaches. For some, there is little oversight applied to course design. At other institutions, instructors manage pre-written courses and serve primarily in a grading role. As online education expands, institutions must develop policies that balance the demands of academic freedom and student-centered design, the latter of which is valued by accreditors. Limited elements of standardization, including course design templates and grading rubrics, can help institutions demonstrate consistency and quality while preserving faculty academic freedom in course content. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

Better Assessment

By Clark Quinn / July 13, 2018

Linda B. Nilson provides the rationale for, and mechanisms to achieve, a better approach to assignments. Utilizing competencies, criteria, and a refocus of ownership, she argues for a systematic change, illustrated with many examples. There has been an ongoing search for criteria to improve assessments, and this is a cogent call about why and how to do it. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

CFISD: A school district banking on technology to forge academic success

By Frankie Jackson, Daniele Loffreda / May 31, 2018

With the proliferation of digital learning technology in the classroom, combined with the bandwidth needs of today's tech dependent Gen Z student, educational networks, which provide the backbone for critical campus Wi-Fi services, are strained all over the country. In order to access bandwidth-intensive digital learning tools and multimedia content that help students reach their full potential, reliable and robust connectivity is required. » [Full Article]
TYPE: K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Need a Thought Leader?

By Yvonne Phelps, Heather Welzant / May 11, 2018

This article explores the characteristics of the type of thought leadership needed to drive high quality design and delivery of online/hybrid programs. The thought leaders of today must constantly scan the higher-education environment, as well as the world at large, to look for new and innovative ways to practice effective quality assurance. Further, today's higher education leaders must not only be up to speed on the current quality assurance debate, but they also need to be thought leaders in the disciple of quality assurance. The article includes examples of thought leaders currently paving the way for more innovative and effective practices. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

12 Steps Toward Immersive Learning

By Dov Jacobson / April 19, 2018

Presented is an overview of virtual and augmented reality techniques. This article is tailored for learning professionals who find mixed reality interesting but confusing. Included are a dozen features that differentiate points on the Mixed Reality Spectrum, enabling readers to choose the ones that are best suited for learners. » [Full Article]
TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

South by Southwest 2018: Reflections for e-Learn Magazine

By Alison Carr-Chellman / April 4, 2018

This multimedia article offers some reflections on the South by Southwest 2018 conference for e-Learn Magazine readers/watchers. The South by Southwest conference is held in Austin each spring, and represents the best of the arts and technology melding with high profile speakers such as Bernie Sanders, Melinda Gates, and Bill Hader. This article reviews several days of experiences at SXSW EDU and SXSW including interviews, information from the EDU Playground, and SXSW exposition show floor. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: EVENTS, TYPE: EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES

Implementing Blended Learning the Right Way

By Kevin E. Kessler / March 30, 2018

You may have read the quintessential texts on blended learning, the 'why', the need for disruption, the types of models, etc. However, you've never read a workbook like this. The Blended Course Design Workbook is the most important book any school (or teacher) should own in order to implement blended learning the right way. This book provides steps, checks, and explanations on how to build or improve a blended-learning program. This is not a book of theory or persuasive change, this is a how-to book that needs to be on every shelf of every school. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: K-12 BLENDED AND ONLINE LEARNING

Promoting Student Engagement with Smartphone Technology

By Caesar Perkowski, Cortney McLeod / March 26, 2018

This article presents specific, tangible ways that professors can improve the success rate of their hybrid and online courses in rural settings in the state of Georgia, where the student populations are largely lower socio-economic and African-American. The goal is for this project to add to the overall discussion of pedagogical theory, as it relates to online and hybrid education. » [Full Article]
TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

Online Learning: Bridging the Cultural Gaps

By Alia Arafeh / March 2, 2018

The pervasiveness of online education created opportunities for learners across the world to pursue their higher education at accredited universities of their choice. However, this form of education generated several challenges for both educators and learners due to several cultural differences. As the world is a global village, it has become crucial to satisfy the academic and professional needs of these learners who aspire to get the best scholastic aptitude. Yet, there are many benefits of cultural diversity for both educators and learners. The rich examples of the impact of culture on online learning stated throughout "Culture and Online Learning: Global perspectives and research" help understand the effect of cultural differences on creating a successful and effective learning environment, which embraces online students and provides them with the tools to assist their success. » [Full Article]
REVIEW: LITERATURE, TYPE: HIGHER EDUCATION

Four Questions to Ask When Using YouTube in the Classroom

By Christopher Drew / February 20, 2018

With the rise of the flipped classroom concept, videos from platforms such as YouTube are increasingly being embedded in education courses. Teachers use videos they find online not only as stimulus materials, but also because they can explicitly teach concepts to learners. This article proposes teachers reflect on the pedagogical value of such videos before using them as educational materials. Based on constructivist principles that emphasize active learning and critical thinking, four simple questions are presented for teachers to ask about videos that are designed to explicitly teach before selecting them as tools that do teaching their courses. » [Full Article]
TYPE: DESIGN FOR LEARNING

Openness in Education and Digital Scholarship: An interview with Bonnie Stewart

By Aras Bozkurt, Suzan Koseoglu / February 6, 2018

Bonnie Stewart, a researcher at University of Prince Edward Island, Canada, sat down with eLearn Magazine to discuss openness in education, scholarship, and Antigonish 2.0. » [Full Article]
TYPE: INTERVIEW

Getting Serious about eLearning

By Clark N. Quinn / January 18, 2018

Are you ready to take eLearning to the next level? Do you want to be a part of meaningful eLearning? The Serious eLearning Manifesto is the first step forward. Clark Quinn provides an inside look at what led to the creation of the manifesto and how we can all be a part of the movement for serious eLearning. » [Full Article]
TYPE: OPINION