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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 todays 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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

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]