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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]

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]

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]

From MOOCs to Learning Analytics: Scratching the surface of the 'visual'

By Jeremy Knox / November 13, 2014

The visualization of big MOOC data enables us to see trends in student behaviors and activities around the globe, but what is it that we are not seeing? » [Full Article]

The Importance of Setting the Stage

By Glenn Johnson, James L. Rosenberger, Mosuk Chow / October 1, 2014

The motivation for engaging in peer review of teaching vacillates between providing opportunities to improve teaching and evaluating teaching performance. We strive to find ways to maximize the benefits of peer review of teaching because this activity provides a valuable opportunity for peer collaboration and curricular coordination within a program. This article discusses a range of strategies that we have used to engage online instructors in thinking critically about the quality of their online instruction; we show how these strategies help "set the stage" for maximizing the benefits that a well structured peer review of online teaching can provide. » [Full Article]

Evaluating Interactive Learning Content in an eLearning Environment

By Khalil Ajami, Maher Suleiman / June 30, 2014

The interaction between teacher and learner, as well as the interaction between learner and content, has a significant impact on the effectiveness of any learning process. In this paper, we discuss interactivity in the context of eLearning and we focus on the interaction between the learner and the content. The objective is to provide clear metrics to measure learner-content interactivity from the design perspective and at the level of learning objects. » [Full Article]

Putting the Classroom in the Cloud with Virtual Desktops and Bring-Your-Own-Device

By Shawn Mills / April 30, 2014

IT departments in educational environments must constantly balance expenses while implementing new technology to engage learners and empower instructors. Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is one method IT administrators can implement for simplified computer lab management, increased security measures, and to allow students and teachers to work with their mobile devices. » [Full Article]