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Learn The Do’s, Don’ts of Online Group Work

By Lila Romero, US News ​Group collaboration is increasingly important in online learning. Professors commonly assign group projects that require intense collaboration with classmates scattered throughout the nation or world, depending upon your major. Those that have never experienced online group work before, may be wondering how it all works. If you’ve already had the pleasure [...]

Design Considerations for Integrating Twitter into an Online Course

by Linda E. Rohr, Jane Costello, and Thomas Hawkins, IRRODL While the use of Twitter for communication and assessment activities in online courses is not new, it has not been without its challenges. This is increasingly true of high enrolment courses. The use of a Twitter Evaluation application which leverages a Learning Management System’s (LMS’s) application [...]

Stories from Students in Their First Semester of Distance Learning

by Mark Brown, Helen Hughes, Mike Keppell, Natasha Hard & Liz Smith, IRRODL Online and distance learning is becoming increasingly common. Some would say it has quickly become the preferred or ‘new normal’ mode of study throughout the world. However, surprisingly little is known about what actually happens to first year distance students once they have [...]

4 ways ePortfolios are going beyond college resume building

By Bridget McCrea, eCampus News For the most part, ePortfolios are seen as online, digital repositories where college students can house their work for sharing with potential employers and other interested parties. Projects, resumes, artwork and designs, work samples, video clips, awards, honors, and myriad other materials can be neatly organized and presented in a digital [...]

Community college shares OER degree pathway

by eCampus News Students can access two complete degree programs at zero cost using OER. For colleges everywhere, offering a zero textbook cost degree program became easier as Northern Virginia Community College’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) and open courseware provider Lumen Learning announced a collaboration to publish 24 online college courses for two complete degree programs. [...]

10 higher education buzzwords and phrases

By Meris Stansbury, eCampus News If you still think MOOC is a buzzword, you couldn’t be more wrong. Here are the higher education buzzwords and phrases that some like to call “edubabble.” higher-education-buzzwordsFor those critics who say education moves at a snail’s pace, they’re wrong…at least when it comes to terminology—and technology-based terminology, especially. From buzzwords [...]

EdX Stays Committed to Universities, Offering Credits for MOOCs

by Allison Dulin Salisbury, EdSurge The next wave of experimentation for edX involves creating those for-credit pathway programs. EdX announced three in the last six months, including two just in the last four weeks: Global Freshman Academy: A complete freshman year offered on edX by Arizona State University which had a soft launch this year. The [...]

Online learning can work if universities just rethink the design of their courses

by the Conversation Research has shown that students who have access to better designed, and more personalised, courses tend to have higher engagement and better outcomes. A study of more than 1,000 engineering students taught with online lessons that adapt to suit individual needs cut the percentage of students who failed the course from 31% to [...]

Online prison education is the route to reducing recidivism

BY MOHAMMAD SYEDA, Daily Texan 2013 RAND Corporation study shows that for every $1 invested in prison education, we actually save $4 to $5 in the long run, purely due to recidivism decreasing. In the recent past, such a reform happened: Specter grants. These grants allowed prisoners to enroll in GED-level courses. However, Congress failed to [...]

Study calls for clearer rules for adjuncts teaching online classes

By Benjamin Farniok, Minnesota Daily About 75 percent of faculty are part-time or adjuncts nationwide. Adjunct faculty members instructing online courses often don’t receive enough training, according to a recent study. The study, released earlier this month, suggested schools develop clearer policies and laid out a number of problems with adjuncts teaching online classes. The report [...]