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North Carolina State’s Moodle plug-in gamifies sport management course

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive A Moodle plug-in developed in-house at North Carolina State University has gamified an Introduction to Sport Management course. Conceived by assistant teaching professor Edwin Lindsay, assistant professor Michelle Harrolle (who is no longer at the university), and NC State business and tech applications analyst Stephen Bader, the plug-in allows students to [...]

Examining overtime rule’s real impact on higher ed

By Autumn A. Arnett, Education Dive An examination of 2014 salary data shows a number of support positions at universities across the country do not meet the threshold for the new overtime guidance. This means hundreds of employees per campus will be eligible for either a raise in base salary or overtime pay for any hours [...]

How an Online Course Can Help You Change Career

by Say Campus Life If you consider your options carefully, and still decide that changing career is the right thing to do, you may find that you need qualifications to make the change. This is when online courses can be a real help. If you already have a full time job then you will not have [...]

Moocs prove that universities can and should embrace online learning

by Kerri Morgan, Times Higher Education The demand by students to study by distance, and the increasingly sophisticated delivery methods on offer, has created a truly staggering shift in our understanding of what “going to university” means. No longer are students confined to studying within their borders: a wonderful fact if you come from a poor [...]

Commentary: Colleges need to catch up on game-based learning

By Ramin Nadaf, Given their ubiquity, it makes sense to apply games to schoolwork. Many teachers have done so through game-based learning, in which actual video games are used to teach specific skills. Take the online game “Whack-A-Bone,” which teaches the names, locations, and functions of bones and muscles throughout the human body. Or the [...]

Our online model will always be free: ALISON founder

by Sanjay Vijayakumar, the Hindu When compared to other prominent Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) such as Udacity, Coursera and edX, ALISON’s content is not drawn from elite US-based universities, instead it focuses on practical workplace skills. ALISON, which has 7 million learners and over 750 courses, focuses mainly on developing markets such as India and [...]

University of Iowa investigates claims of cheating by online students

by Vanessa Miller, the Gazette Safeguards in place to prevent cheating among University of Iowa online students recently detected “potential irregularities” during an exam, prompting the institution to launch an academic misconduct investigation. The revelations came after ProctorU, a national proctoring service that the university partners with to provide identity verification for several online courses, alerted [...]

3 Ways Online Students Might Take Exams

By Bobbie Lynn Eicher, US News Different programs have different test-taking requirements and might proctor exams in person or online. Some programs will require that students have the proper equipment needed to take tests online, such as a microphone and webcam. Few students would cite exams as their favorite part of being in school, but [...]

Role of CIO critical in higher ed’s future

By Roger Riddell, Education Dive Citing an Educause and Jisc report that states future IT leaders in higher ed must bring strategic focus to the role, EdTech Magazine breaks down the importance of the position as campuses are increasingly required to adapt to the technological demands of the 21st Century. Strategy in the role must go [...]

Continuing Education Divisions as Impact Agents in Online Initiatives

by Vickie Cook and Gayla Stoner, Evolllution Continuing Education divisions have an opportunity to work with their institutions to impact change through standalone centers focused on supporting campus-wide online program development. This article will look at seven key components that will benefit an institution’s centralized approach led by the CE Division as well as the impact [...]