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Penn State researchers awarded funding for online learning innovations

by COIL, Penn State University Penn State’s Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) has announced it will fund seven new projects through its Research Initiation Grant program. The goal of the grant program is to provide seed money for Penn State researchers to gather preliminary evidence in the hope of pursuing external funding for larger [...]

MU to offer military discount for online classes

By ROGER MCKINNEY, Columbia Tribune The University of Missouri has established a 10 percent tuition discount for online courses available to current military members, veterans and their spouses and children. The discount applies to base tuition for a maximum of 150 hours of undergraduate credits and 75 hours of graduate credits through Mizzou Online. Recipients must [...]

5 Essential Steps to Building Community for Your Online Course

by Kunal Chawla, EdSurge Learning online can be a very lonely process. You sit with your computer, working for the most part in a quarantined digital island, unaware of your peers and their struggles in the course. In this post I want to highlight some ways of connecting online students and creating a vibrant learning community. [...]

Students’ Mobile Learning Practices in Higher Education: A Multi-Year Study

by Baiyun Chen, et al; EDUCAUSE Review Two university-wide surveys about students’ mobile technology ownership and learning practices show that mobile device ownership is high and continues to increase among students. Students and instructors need technical, logistical, and pedagogical support for integrating mobile devices and apps in formal and informal learning environments. Continuous support and targeted [...]

Bringing the Social Back to MOOCs

by Todd Bryant, EDUCAUSE Review Various existing learning environments could scale to MOOC size and benefit learners by adding the social elements now missing, from citizen science to simulations, games, virtual reality, and augmented reality. In a recent report from HarvardX and MITx, participant growth was found to be linear, meaning that while the exponential growth [...]

Six Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education

by Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Review When we consider the future roles of digital technology in higher education, it is often helpful to think in terms of trajectories rather than predictions. Predictions are remarkably fragile things. Any unforeseen factor will render the prediction false or off-target, and as those variables increase, so too does the likelihood that [...]

4 Features to Look for in a 21st Century LMS

By Dian Schaffhauser, THE Journal It’s a sure bet that every program calling itself an LMS these days offers the course-management basics: providing a way for students to submit assignments and for teachers to run online discussions and deliver announcements. But those were the same features LMS users wanted a decade ago, and they pale in [...]

Three ways to help online students succeed

By Laura Devaney, eCampus News A recent survey of 28,000 students yielded three specific factors that could influence online academic performance, with many stakeholders saying online student success really depends on effective learning design. Based on the survey results and statistically valid samples, Eduventures issued three recommendatdions to help institutions focus on online student success. 1. Align [...]

8 open source platforms for IT consideration

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News Usually, the higher-ed industry has a reputation as being one of the slowest adopters of new technology. But when it comes to open source software (OSS), campus IT departments are ahead of other industry and consumer tech adoption curves, says Scott Wilson, service manager of OSS Watch at the University of [...]

The 3 key ingredients for mobile learning success

By Keith Krueger, eSchool News Don’t forget these keys of mobile implementations ingredients-success. Why are some mobile learning implementations successful while others struggle? It seems struggling districts are missing at least one of a handful of ingredients that successful districts have in common. When it comes to mobile learning success, leaving out just one key [...]