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    Virtual Language Learning at Monash University

    Virtually Inspired

    Monash University in Australia created a blended learning environment where students role-play in a virtual world to practice speaking Chinese. Students are present either in the classroom or online; the physical classroom, however, has a live presence in the virtual world.

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    Online Education: An Overlooked Lever of Education Policy

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Right now, the only enrollment momentum in higher education is occurring online; it's growing while overall enrollment is falling. And state leaders who ignore this trend will forgo a moment to have an impact.

  • website preview Displayed: 5/1/2019 - 7/3/2019

    Learning Strategies: A Synthesis and Conceptual Model

    Npj Science of Learning

    This article explores a model of learning that proposes that various learning strategies are powerful at certain stages in the learning cycle. A synthesis of 228 meta-analyses led to the identification of the most effective strategies.

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    Facebook and the Others: Potentials and Obstacles of Social Media for Teaching in Higher Education

    Computers & Education

    This study reports the results of a survey addressed to the Italian academic staff, with the aim of identifying the uses of social media in the field of university teaching practices. Overall, the results emphasize ambivalent attitudes toward the benefits and challenges of social media in the context of higher education.

  • website preview Displayed: 4/1/2019 - 5/1/2019

    Improving Students' Learning With Effective Learning Techniques

    Psychological Science in the Public Interest

    Cognitive and educational psychologists have been developing and evaluating easy-to-use learning techniques that could help students achieve their learning goals. In this monograph, the authors discuss 10 learning techniques in detail and offer recommendations about their relative utility.

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    Every Sunday, These Historians Go to the Movies — All in the Name of Digital Community

    Chronicle of Higher Education

    Every Sunday night, doctoral candidate Jason Herbert and other historians watch the same movie. They tweet along, sharing insight, tidbits, and punchlines. The effort has cultivated quite a following since the hashtag #HATM (Historians At The Movies) was launched in July 2018.

  • website preview Displayed: 3/1/2019 - 4/1/2019

    Reef HQ Video Conferencing for Online Learning

    Virtually Inspired

    What are the chances that a majority of students will have the opportunity to explore an ocean far away, with a top scientist or expert as a personal guide? A journey down under reveals an innovative online program that is swimming in delightful content and providing students (and instructors) around the world an experience they won't soon forget.

  • website preview Displayed: 3/1/2019 - 4/1/2019

    Educational Psychology's Past and Future Contributions

    Journal of Educational Psychology

    This paper synthesizes three of the key themes in Patricia Alexander's (2018) stimulating analysis of the past and future of educational psychology—concerning the contributions of educational psychology to the science of learning, science of instruction, and science of assessment.

  • website preview Displayed: 2/1/2019 - 3/2/2019

    The Four-Component Instructional Design Model: Multimedia Principles in Environments for Complex Learning

    The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning

    The 4C/ID model claims that four components are necessary to realize complex learning: (1) learning tasks, (2) supportive information, (3) procedural information, and (4) part-task practice. This chapter discusses the use of the model to design multimedia learning environments and relates 14 multimedia principles to each of the four components.

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    How Can Brain Research Inform Academic Learning and Instruction?

    Educational Psychology Review

    This paper explores the potential of neuroscience for improving educational practice by describing the perspective of educational psychology as a linking science; providing historical context; offering a conceptual framework for the connections among neuroscience, cognitive science, educational psychology, and educational practice; and laying out a research agenda.

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    Social Media for Academics

    Mark Carrigan

    Reflecting his research as a digital sociologist at the University of Cambridge, Carrigan’s book provides guidance on using social media for academic purposes across disciplines, from publicizing your work and building networks to engaging the public with your research. Preview the first chapters on Google Books.

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    NMC Horizon Report: 2018 Higher Education Edition

    New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative

    The six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology profiled in this report are likely to impact teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in higher education.

  • website preview Displayed: 12/1/2018 - 1/2/2019

    Why Instructional Designers Should Lead the Way in Online Learning

    Performance Improvement

    Colleges and universities should adopt a collaborative approach to online education that melds faculty expertise with online learning design and technological expertise. This article addresses why and how instructional designers should lead the way.

  • website preview Displayed: 12/1/2018 - 1/2/2019

    Gamification in Higher Education


    With the premise of teaching statistics in a fun and engaging manner for first and second year university students, Rosie Ching of Singapore Management University created an iPad and Flash game-based app called “CSI: Agent on a Mission.” This “learn as you play” game takes students on an adventure that spans seven countries with more than 500 options and 60 checkpoints.

  • website preview Displayed: 11/1/2018 - 12/1/2018

    Roadmap to Web Accessibility in Higher Education


    Although new web technologies and online media have been a boon for distance and online teaching, students and staff with disabilities have become increasingly disadvantaged. This white paper provides guidance for making online university content accessible to as many stakeholders as possible.

  • website preview Displayed: 11/1/2018 - 12/1/2018

    What is Curriculum Design?


    Curriculum design is a big part of teaching, but it can be hard to know exactly what it means. This free video tutorial is part of a larger lesson on Instructional Pedagogy. It highlights the “what” and “why” to designing a course, as well as the importance of curriculum mapping.

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    5 Easy Steps for Creating an Engaging Online Course

    Inside Higher Ed

    This article examines the best practices or factors that create a more engaging online course. The five themes provide tips and strategies for enhancing the online course design experience based on the ADDIE model.

  • website preview Displayed: 10/1/2018 - 11/1/2018

    Educational Technology Research Past and Present: Balancing Rigor and Relevance to Impact School Learning

    Contemporary Educational Technology

    The exponential growth of technology usage in education, via such applications of distance education, Internet access, simulations, and educational games, has raised substantially the focus and importance of educational technology research. In this paper, we examine the past and present research trends, with emphasis on the role and contribution of research evidence for informing instructional practices and policies to improve learning in schools.

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    How Students Develop Online Learning Skills

    EDUCAUSE Review

    Successful online students share their secrets for getting the most from online classes, focusing on time management, active participation, and practice.

  • website preview Displayed: 9/1/2018 - 10/1/2018

    Knowledge Building: Theory, Pedagogy, and Technology

    The Cambridge Handbook of the Learning Sciences

    Knowledge building represents an attempt to refashion education in a fundamental way, so that it becomes a coherent effort to initiate students into a knowledge creating culture. Accordingly, it involves students not only developing knowledge-building competencies but also coming to see themselves and their work as part of the civilization-wide effort to advance knowledge frontiers. In this context, the Internet becomes the first realistic means for students to connect with civilization-wide knowledge building and to make their classroom work a part of it.

  • website preview Displayed: 9/1/2018 - 9/30/2018

    Hey, Alexa, Should We Bring Virtual Assistants to Campus?

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Research universities are squeezing an extra roommate into residence halls: Amazon’s Alexa. The Georgia Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, and Arizona State University last year provided students with Echo Dots, puck-shaped, voice-activated devices programmed to answer campus-specific questions about meal plans and business hours for campus buildings.

  • website preview Displayed: 7/13/2018 - 9/1/2018

    Experienced online instructors: beliefs and preferred supports regarding online teaching

    Journal of Computing in Higher Education

    While online courses are becoming a mainstay of college course offerings administrators, staff, instructors and students have different perceptions about how online courses should work. While faculty members are expert in their discipline and institutions provide support for acquiring content expertise, how instructors develop skills in online teaching is neither systematic nor codified in higher education. This preliminary study reports findings from a Delphi study of expert online teachers who identified 11 institutional strategies that best supported their development of online teaching skills. Three major areas of most value were: training, external supports, and prolonged experience.

  • website preview Displayed: 7/12/2018 - 9/1/2018

    Technology is driving us to distraction

    The Guardian US

    How often are you diverted from a task by the seductive lure of your mobile phone? And does it matter? In a landmark book, James Williams argues we’re losing the power to concentrate.

  • website preview Displayed: 4/18/2018 - 7/15/2018

    The Misguided Drive to Measure ‘Learning Outcomes’

    The New York Times

    Without thoughtful reconsideration, learning assessment will continue to devour a lot of money for meager results.

  • website preview Displayed: 3/14/2018 - 4/14/2018

    Good Fonts for Dyslexia

    15th Int'l ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

    There is evidence that the presentation of text has a significant effect on a text's accessibility for people with dyslexia. In this paper, we present the first experiment that uses eye-tracking to measure the effect of font type on reading speed...

  • website preview Displayed: 3/7/2018 - 4/7/2018

    Digital Readiness Gaps

    Pew Research Center - Internet & Technology

    Americans fall along a spectrum of preparedness when it comes to using tech tools to pursue learning online, and many are not eager or ready to take the plunge...

  • website preview Displayed: 2/28/2018 - 3/31/2018

    Can Design Thinking Redesign Higher Ed?

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    The promise of innovation on tap has drawn a growing number of professors and college administrators to design thinking. Some see it as a way to better engage a new generation of students...

  • website preview Displayed: 2/21/2018 - 3/21/2018

    Universal Design for Online Courses: Applying Principles to Pedagogy

    Open Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning

    Universal design (UD) educational frameworks provide useful guidelines for designing accessible learning environments with the intention of supporting students with and without disabilities. This article describes how one university instructor defined and applied the principles of Universal Instructional Design (UID) to pedagogy, while designing three online courses...

  • website preview Displayed: 2/14/2018 - 3/14/2018

    Formative Assessment and Self-Regulated Learning: A Model and Seven Principles of Good Feedback Practice

    Studies in Higher Education

    The research on formative assessment and feedback is re-interpreted to show how these processes can help students take control of their own learning – i.e. become self-regulated learners. This reformulation is used to identify seven principles of good feedback practice that support self-regulation...

  • website preview Displayed: 2/7/2018 - 3/7/2018

    Interaction, Internet self-efficacy, and self-regulated learning as predictors of student satisfaction in online education courses

    The Internet and Higher Education

    Student satisfaction is important in the evaluation of distance education courses as it is related to the quality of online programs and student performance. Interaction is a critical indicator of student satisfaction; however, its impact has not been tested in the context of other critical student- and class-level predictors...

  • website preview Displayed: 1/31/2018 - 2/28/2018

    Transformational Teaching: Theoretical Underpinnings, Basic Principles, and Core Methods

    Educational Psychology Review

    Approaches to classroom instruction have evolved considerably over the past 50 years. This progress has been spurred by the development of several learning principles and methods of instruction, including active learning, student-centered learning, collaborative learning, experiential learning, and problem-based learning. In the present paper, we suggest that these seemingly different strategies share important underlying characteristics and can be viewed as complimentary components...

  • website preview Displayed: 1/24/2018 - 2/24/2018

    Interaction in Distance Education and Online Learning: Using Evidence and Theory to Improve Practice

    Journal of Computing in Higher Education

    In a recent meta-analysis of distance and online learning, Bernard et al. (2009) quantitatively verified the importance of three types of interaction: among students, between the instructor and students, and between students and course content. In this paper we explore these findings further, discuss methodological issues in research and suggest how these results may foster instructional improvement...

  • website preview Displayed: 1/17/2018 - 2/17/2018

    Learning (About) Outcomes: How the Focus on Assessment Can Help Overall Course Design

    Canadian Journal of Higher Education

    The demand for quantitative assessment by external agencies and internal administrators can leave post-secondary instructors confused about the nature and purpose of learning outcomes and fearful that the demand is simply part of the increasing corporatization of the university system...

  • website preview Displayed: 1/10/2018 - 2/10/2018

    Traditional Assessment of Learning Versus Online Assessment

    The International Scientific Conference eLearning and Software for Education

    Assessment not only measures progress but also help e-instructors to identify effective assessment strategies. Online courses make possible new forms of working and learning together that would be difficult to use in the classroom-based course.

Last updated December 15, 2017.