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Instructional Technology: Avoiding the Golden Hammer

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]

Asynchronous Video-Based Discussions 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]

Learning is Social with Zoom Video Conferencing in your 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]

#teachingwithtwitter: Tweeting to foster online engagement and learning

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]

Optimizing Feedback Delivery with Text-Expanders

By Heathe 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

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

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]

What Do College Faculty and Businesses Think About Online Education?

By Melissa Andrews / December 3, 2018

Since 1994, student enrollments in online education programs have dramatically increased. As colleges and businesses expand their use of e-learning, it has become more and more important to find cost-effective ways to deliver instruction and training that will meet student and business needs. Perceptions of what constitutes quality programs by faculty members, the community, administrators and businesses all vary making planning for the future even more difficult. Little research in the field also compounds the complexity of knowing which strategy will provide colleges and businesses the quality standards that it requires. This indecision and lack of information is often what leads to poor training practices for online instructors, limited knowledge of program components by hiring managers and biases about student capabilities when comparing an online to traditional programs. » [Full Article]

Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Online Classroom

By Christy M. Rhodes, Steven W. Schmidt / November 30, 2018

The concept of culturally responsive teaching has long been associated with the traditional, face-to-face classroom. However, the growth of distance education has meant that traditional classrooms are being replaced by online courses, and educators who were used to teaching in face-to-face classrooms now find themselves in a very different situation of teaching online. Culturally responsive teaching is important in all classrooms, and it can be done online. This article examines basic principles of culturally responsive teaching in the context of elearning. It focuses on practical ideas for instructors interested in developing their own culturally responsive online teaching skills. » [Full Article]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

The Negentropic Professor and the Online Curriculum

By Sydney Freeman, Allen Kitchel, Alison Carr-Chellman / November 28, 2017

Entropy, the notion of a gradual decline toward disorder, randomness and, eventual collapse, affects all human, living and social systems, including universities. While strictly speaking, entropy is a measure rather than a construct; it has been understood in more metaphorical colloquial ways and has been applied to concepts within the social sciences, such as education. One of the primary negentropic forces in today's university is the enrollment increases that online classes bring as a form of order and integration. This paper focuses on negentropy as it is lived out through online learning, strategically applied in higher education contexts. » [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]

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? It's 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. Here's 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 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]

Amplify the Power: Five reasons to use interactive video

By Louise Pasterfield / December 23, 2015

People are watching more video than ever before but it's 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 today's 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]