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Planning your Educational Podcast for an Online Course: Four genres to consider

By Christopher Drew / July 12, 2019

Podcasting for education has become increasingly popular in the past decade. This article explores four genres of podcast and how they can be used in online courses. The genres include: The Chat Show, The Narrative, The Tutorial and The Quick Burst. Each genre has its own strengths and weaknesses for supporting student learning, but each can also be employed for different learning tasks. Educators can seek out podcasts from each genre to incorporate in their teaching, or similarly inspire students to create their own podcasts after exploring the features of each genre. » [Full Article]

Academic Integrity in the Online Classroom

By Jacob A. Bane / July 3, 2019

As distance education grows, so does the need to ensure student identity and academic integrity. The academic integrity landscape continues to evolve, and universities have deployed a variety of methods to ensure integrity. The Ohio State University used a dual approach to ensure academic integrity across its distance education offerings employing a virtual proctoring solution and faculty education on authentic assessments. A solid foundation was set with this initiative; however, development will continue in order to meet the needs of a changing educational landscape. » [Full Article]

Augmented, Virtual, and Mixed: How the realities are impacting our our L&D reality

By Ann Rollins, Tom Pizer / May 16, 2019

The realities of learning are upon us. As learning practitioners, it is tough to keep on top of the emerging technology landscape. In this article, we define augmented, virtual, and mixed reality and provide use cases and context as to how each fits in the learning landscape based on our experience. We also share design considerations and a starting guide for practitioners as they begin to bring the realities into their learning ecosystems. » [Full Article]

Instructional Technology: Avoiding the Golden Hammer

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By B. Jean Mandernach / December 31, 2018

In this Special Issue of eLearn Magazine, we examine the value and impact of instructional technology for addressing specific challenges faced by educators in the online classroom. With an emphasis on practical utility, authors share technology tools that have aligned effectively with their pedagogical needs to produce positive teaching and learning outcomes. » [Full Article]

Using Multimodal, Asynchronous Discussion Forums in Public (aka: Why My Students Blog)

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Nicole M. Zumpano / December 31, 2018

Blogging in online courses has advantages for students and the field of education. Read why I require blogging in my technology in education graduate courses. » [Full Article]

Adaptive Hypermedia Content

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Derek Luch / December 31, 2018

This brief literature review is as an introduction to the adaptive hypermedia possibilities in the education field. As digital learning technology advances and more complex algorithms hosted online, the practical aspects of machine learning may be of interest to practicing educators. » [Full Article]

Asynchronous Video-Based Discussions in the Online Classroom

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Katrina M. Wehr / December 31, 2018

This article presents a review of research surrounding asynchronous video communication and its impact on social presence in online courses. The author includes a narrative of firsthand experience as an instructional designer implementing asynchronous multimodal discussions, along with a survey of student perspectives as well as the instructor's. Recommendations for improvement in future implementations are also included. » [Full Article]

Screencasting Technology to Increase Engagement in Online Higher Education Courses

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Shaunna Waltemeyer, Jeff Cranmore / December 31, 2018

This paper reviews screencasting software as a means to establish and maintain student engagement and authentic relationships in higher education virtual classrooms. While student engagement is often a challenge with virtual classrooms new technologies are available that allow teachers to provide audio and video feedback to students. Screencasting software can be used for individual feedback, demonstrations, and modeling. The paper concludes with recommendations for future research. » [Full Article]

Integrating Technology: An innovative approach to improving online discussion boards

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Frederick R. Kates, Hanadi Hamadi, Malcolm M. Kates, Samantha A. Larson, George Raul Audi / December 31, 2018

As the online education environment continues to grow, the use of online mechanisms for discussion have become important for enhancing the development of a learning community. Changing the way online discussion boards are used today, from teacher-generated prompts to student-created videos, which include a discussion question, may improve the learning experience and engagement. Therefore, there is always more to learn and more to try with instructional technology. » [Full Article]

Learning is Social with Zoom Video Conferencing in your Classroom

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Jane Sutterlin / December 31, 2018

Zoom has become a robust, indispensable and reliable video conferencing tool for the way we work, teach and learn together. When we create a positive social learning environment with supportive faculty and student relationships, we are able to retain our online students. Zoom connects easily across room systems, desktops and mobile devices to seamlessly bring together our various campus sites and long-distance participants. Utilizing the numerous features of zoom creates an authentic online teaching environment. » [Full Article]

Web Conferencing Supports the Wake Tech High School Equivalency Program

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Chris Roddenberry, Maria Fister / December 31, 2018

The High School Equivalency Program (HEP) is a national initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Education that helps migrant workers obtain high school equivalency diplomas. Wake Technical Community College?s HEP program recently transitioned to a fully online model supported by the use of the Adobe Connect web conferencing software, providing immediate benefits to both instructors and students. This paper provides a roadmap for other non-traditional educational programs that want to transition to online environments. » [Full Article]

Learning Efficiency of Video-based Learning

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Shulong Yan, Emily Baxter / December 31, 2018

What role should video play in online learning? That is the question that learning designers and teaching faculty face more and more when designing online instruction. In this paper we will share what we learned about students' learning experience in a video-based online course. We will propose a new perspective for looking at video as an instructional tool, based on our findings using a qualitative research method. » [Full Article]

Using Flipgrid to Increase Students' Connectedness in an Online Class

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Michelle Bartlett / December 31, 2018

Flipgrid, a free video discussion forum tool, increases students' perceptions of connectedness in the online classroom. Video discussion forums embedded in an online course can be used in many ways to connect instructors to students, and students to their peers. Embedding a tool that brings voice, tone, and body language to the online classroom strengthens connectedness and can increase civility. » [Full Article]

#teachingwithtwitter: Tweeting to foster online engagement and learning

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Catherine Honig / December 31, 2018

Research on teaching with Twitter points to a variety of educational benefits to engagement and learning. Tweeting encourages a backchannel discussion of class topics and activities, and it has the potential to expand learning in interesting ways. A constellation of emerging best practices offers helpful guidance for instructors and paves the way for effective implementation in both online and face-to-face courses. » [Full Article]

Using 'Code Words': A simple gamification technique to guide students to instructor personalized resources

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By John Steele, Samia Humphrey / December 31, 2018

The purpose of this article is to offer ideas using a simple gamification technique of the ?code word? to connect students to vital classroom content and or personalized instructor materials. However, there is no value in this material if instructors are unable to guide their students to it. Gamification can provide ways to engage students in seeking out these beneficial resources that can help them be successful in the course. » [Full Article]

Optimizing Feedback Delivery with Text-Expanders

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Heather Moore / December 31, 2018

This article presents strategies to optimize usage of text-expanders. Online instructors need to deliver high-quality feedback on a high volume of assignments in a short span of time, yet high volume means that feedback delivery can be a repetitive task as students make similar mistakes. When repetitive tasks are combined with time pressure, feedback quality degradation may result. Text-expanders are one possible tool to maintain quality while improving time efficiency. » [Full Article]

Using Texting Tools to Reinforce Communication in the Online Classroom

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Shelley Evans, Marny Rhodes, Alecia Anderton / December 31, 2018

Texting tools are useful communication tools used by higher education instructors to send short messages to students or guardians. The tool can also be a vehicle for enhancing student engagement and communication by sending reminders, words of encouragement, and other announcements. Some texting tools are accessible to students with disabilities thanks to the voice-to-text feature, highlighted in this article. Challenges to using texting tools are addressed and best practices for implementation are described. » [Full Article]

Standing Out: Online content marketing for online programs

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Ted Cross, Laura Polk / December 31, 2018

As digital education becomes more accepted by learners and more institutions offer programs online, getting the word out about programs has become increasingly challenging. This paper offers a case study and recommendations for online content marketing of online programs. » [Full Article]

Using Screen Recording Platforms to Increase Instructor Presence in an Online Classroom

Special Issue: Instructional Technology in the Online Classroom

By Seanan Kelly, Charles Banaszewski / December 31, 2018

Recent advances such as video and audio conferencing, online real-time chat and instant messaging features have created synchronous learning opportunities in online classrooms. Use of screen recording tools specifically, provide the ability to make short recordings, which provide a quick and personal way to respond to individuals or groups. Additionally, when utilized for feedback purposes, screen recordings enhance instructor presence in the classroom, provide one-to-one, teacher-student exchanges reducing the virtual distance between instructors and students. » [Full Article]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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 app's potential for creativity and personal connection, challenges lie in the platform's 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]