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    Students Want Online Learning Options Post-Pandemic

    Inside Higher Ed

    The experience of learning remotely during the pandemic left students with a positive attitude toward online and hybrid courses, a new survey suggests.

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    A Popular Study Found That Taking Notes by Hand Is Better Than by Laptop. But Is It?

    EdSurge

    The 2014 research study fit with the hunches of many “laptop skeptics.” But there’s one problem with the research, a psychology professor says: When other scholars have repeated the experiment, they haven’t gotten the same result.

  • website preview Displayed: 02/01/2021 - 06/03/2021

    The Pandemic May Have Permanently Altered Campuses. Here’s How.

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    With faculty, staff and students adapting to life online or working from home, The Chronicle asked more than 40 architects, campus planners, and leaders in student life about how campus spaces might look different in the future.

  • website preview Displayed: 02/01/2021 - 06/03/2021

    Bringing the Outdoors Online: Creating Online Field Labs

    Faculty Focus

    A pair of academics in Clemson University’s Department of Forestry and Environmental Conservation share best practices garnered from multiple semesters of creating and delivering successful, engaging online field labs.

  • website preview Displayed: 02/01/2021 - 04/03/2021

    Facilitating Effective Collaboration in Virtual Student Teams

    Faculty Focus

    This article highlights the key stages that virtual student teams typically go through, along with one or more practical strategies that instructors can employ to facilitate those stages.

  • website preview Displayed: 02/01/2021 - 04/03/2021

    Online Learning to the Rescue: Again

    Inside Higher Ed

    Online learning has helped rescue higher education from the pandemic and from natural disasters, wars, and untold disasters. Will it now inject higher ed into the fourth industrial revolution?

  • website preview Displayed: 10/20/2020 - 02/03/2021

    Virtual Signs of Serious Mental Health Problems: A Teacher's Guide to Protecting Students

    EdSurge

    With much of education being delivered in a virtual environment during the pandemic, monitoring students’ mental health is harder, but more critical, than ever.

  • website preview Displayed: 10/20/2020 - 02/03/2021

    Virtual Learning Should and Can Be Hands-On

    Inside Higher Ed

    Alexis R. Abramson, an engineering dean, provides advice on how to replicate the experiential learning of labs, group projects and field research in virtual and hybrid classes.

  • website preview Displayed: 09/02/2020 - 11/03/2020

    Enhancing Instructor Credibility and Immediacy in the Design of Distance Learning Systems and Virtual Classroom Environments

    Journal of Applied Instructional Design

    If human beings use more than voice to communicate, what implications does the ability to more effectively replicate eye-to-eye contact have in collaborative distance education?

  • website preview Displayed: 09/02/2020 - 11/03/2020

    How to Overcome Classroom Zoom Fatigue

    Inside Higher Ed

    Elizabeth Stone shares the strategies she used to transform her recent Zoom class into one of the most gratifying teaching experiences she’d ever had.

  • website preview Displayed: 6/30/2020 - 9/3/2020

    Comment: Offering Compassion and Care in Online Courses

    Faculty Focus

    In this era of uncertainty, instructors cannot tell their students when social distancing restrictions might end or the economy might stabilize. However, even in online courses, they can tend to their students' emotional well-being along with their learning.

  • website preview Displayed: 6/30/2020 - 9/3/2020

    This Professor Known for Viral Videos Is Actually Camera Shy. Here's How He Overcame It.

    EdSurge

    Micheal Wesch of Kansas State University is a rare professor who is a celebrity on YouTube. He's made viral education videos that have amassed more than 10 million views. But surprisingly, Wesch doesn't like to be on camera. Jeffrey R. Young caught up with him for an EdSurge podcast.

  • website preview Displayed: 5/1/2020 - 7/3/2020

    Open Educational Resources Are 'Moving Up the Adoption Ladder' Around the World

    EdSurge

    Open educational resources have gone global and may help make learning more accessible, equitable and inclusive around the world. So says the latest Educause Horizon report, which identifies technologies and trends that are changing higher education. ​

  • website preview Displayed: 5/1/2020 - 7/3/2020

    The Difference Between Emergency Remote Teaching and Online Learning

    Educause

    Well-planned online learning experiences are meaningfully different from courses offered online in response to a crisis or disaster. Colleges and universities should understand those differences when evaluating this emergency remote teaching. ​

  • website preview Displayed: 4/1/2020 - 5/3/2020

    Virtual Classes in a Virtual World

    Inside Higher Ed

    Stanford's Graduate School of Business conducts classes on a virtual campus, with avatars, soccer fields and a beach. The program may, if you're the right age, be reminiscent of massive multiplayer online games, like Second Life or Club Penguin. ​

  • website preview Displayed: 4/1/2020 - 5/3/2020

    Organic Online Discussions: Saving Time and Increasing Engagement

    Faculty Focus

    When the instructor begins the discussion thread with multiple levels of open-ended questions, as is often done in the classroom, students can take the conversation in a variety of directions as they respond to what others have said, thus creating a more natural conversation.​

  • website preview Displayed: 3/1/2020 - 4/3/2020

    Blackboard Behind Bars​​

    Inside Higher Ed

    Colleges and corrections departments increasingly are turning to online instruction for incarcerated students. But while those programs may be easier to scale, challenges and questions about quality remain.​

  • website preview Displayed: 3/1/2020 - 4/3/2020

    Commentary: Why I Won't Let My Classes Be Recorded​​

    The Chronicle of Higher Education

    In early January, I received an email message from an audio-visual coordinator at the UCLA School of Law asking whether I wanted my spring-semester class to be recorded. I responded, as I have to similar messages in previous years, with a request not to record my class.

  • website preview Displayed: 2/1/2020 - 3/3/2020

    Using Debate in an Online Asynchronous Social Policy Course​​

    Online Learning Journal

    This paper presents the use of a debate in an online asynchronous social policy course. Debate is frequently used as an instructional strategy in higher education, but little is known about the use of this tool in an online learning environment

  • website preview Displayed: 2/1/2020 - 3/3/2020

    Engaged Gazes: Principles that Online Teaching Can Learn From Themed Museum Exhibits​​

    Faculty Focus

    There are several lessons that online educators could learn from themed museum exhibits to make our online experiences as interesting as the newest museums. These lessons are presented here with the acronym GLIDE: Gaze, Layout, Immersion, Diversions, and Explore.​ ​

  • website preview Displayed: 11/30/2019 - 2/3/2020

    What's So Great About VR? Virtually Everything

    Virtually Inspired

    Virtual reality isn't just for gamers and gadget geeks anymore. In fact, as the technology gets better and cheaper, VR is the wave of the future when it comes to creating a memorable learning experience – and for good reason.​

  • website preview Displayed: 11/30/2019 - 2/3/2020

    3 Ways to Improve Online Students' Experience

    Education Dive

    Administrators at Educause shared ways they are preparing students for online courses and improving their experience once they're enrolled.

  • website preview Displayed: 11/1/2019 - 12/3/2019

    Pedagogy and Profit? Efforts to Develop and Sell Digital Courseware Products for Higher Education

    American Educational Research Journal

    The individual economic benefits of higher education are largely determined by what students learn in the process of obtaining their degrees. Increasingly, for-profit companies that develop and sell digital courseware products influence what college students learn.

  • website preview Displayed: 11/1/2019 - 12/3/2019

    Enhancing Instructor Credibility and Immediacy in Online Multimedia Designs

    Educational Technology Research and Development

    Online learning can be very impersonal, but well-crafted video can foster both instructor credibility and immediacy, adding a personal touch. By Miguel Ramlatchan, assistant vice president for technology in Old Dominion University's Office of Distance Learning, and Ginger S. Watson.​

  • website preview Displayed: 09/30/2019 - 11/3/2019

    Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Applications, Promise and Perils, and Ethical Questions

    Educause Review

    What are the benefits and challenges of using artificial intelligence to promote student success, improve retention, streamline enrollment, and better manage resources in higher education?​

  • website preview Displayed: 09/30/2019 - 11/3/2019

    Well Begun is Half Done: Using Online Orientation to Foster Online Students' Academic Self-Efficacy

    Online Learning (OLJ)

    Our findings provide strong evidence about how the use of an online learning orientation (OLO) as proactive support strategy can boost online students' academic self-efficacy. By M'hammed Abdous, director of Old Dominion University's Center for Learning and Teaching.

  • website preview Displayed: 8/16/2019 - 10/3/2019

    As Education Moves Online, an Interfaith-Education Group Wants to Move With It

    Chronicle of Higher Education

    Whenever I hear about a hate crime in America, I find myself thinking about education: Where did those perpetrators learn that hate? And what can colleges do to bring more tolerance and mutual understanding into our dealings with one another? In pursuit of that goal, an interfaith-education group is expanding its reach.

  • website preview Displayed: 8/16/2019 - 10/3/2019

    Gamification and Accessibility

    The International Journal of Information and Learning Technology

    This paper focuses on gamification, considers the needs of all learners, including those who identify as disabled, and raises important inquiries about equity and access to technological instructional materials.​

  • website preview Displayed: 6/30/2019 - 8/3/2019

    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.

  • website preview Displayed: 6/30/2019 - 8/3/2019

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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

    VirtuallyInspired.org

    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

    3PlayMedia.com

    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?

    Study.com

    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.

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

    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.

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

    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.