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Outlook for online learning in 2013: online learning comes of age

Outlook for online learning in 2013: online learning comes of age | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Pushing Through The Perils of Teaching Online - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Pushing Through The Perils of Teaching Online - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

I knew the student evaluations from my spring online class would be harsh, but that harshness exceeded anything I had imagined.

 

The class was disorganized, students said again and again.

 

The professor was distant and uninvolved, others growled.

 

Several students dismissed my attempt to promote peer learning, complained about a lack of feedback, moaned about the added cost of an online class, snarled about my ability as a teacher. One even suggested that I was unfit to teach.

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Can foreign languages go digital with online education? - ICEF Monitor

Can foreign languages go digital with online education? - ICEF Monitor | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

 

Today, enrolment in online courses is growing at a faster rate than that of higher education overall, and more schools are striving to increase their web-based programmes. However, while many courses made an easy transition to online instruction, educators have struggled to create high-quality, foreign language courses and even foreign language degree programmes offered exclusively over the Internet.

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Interview: Heather O’Mara On Teacher-Student Bonds In Online Learning | WiredAcademic

Interview: Heather O’Mara On Teacher-Student Bonds In Online Learning | WiredAcademic | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The Hechniger Report sat down with Heather O’Mara, CEO of HOPE Online Learning Academy, a blended-learning school that works with a largely at-risk student population across Colorado.

 

KF:  While the article addresses a K-12 context many of the insights are useful to consider when lookiung at shifts to fully online engagement in a higher ed setting.

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Selecting Online Learning Technologies: An Interview with Tony Bates | Faculty Focus

Selecting Online Learning Technologies: An Interview with Tony Bates | Faculty Focus | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
With so many technologies available to enhance online learning, it’s important to choose wisely.

 

What are some common mistakes instructors make when selecting learning technologies?

 

With so many technologies available to enhance online learning, it’s important to choose wisely. In an interview with Online Classroom, Tony Bates, an e-learning and distance education planning and management consultant, offered some insights on what to consider when making technology choices. We offer an excerpt of that interview here.

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Interactive Online Learning Produces Learning Outcomes on Par with Traditional Teaching Methods -- Campus Technology

Interactive Online Learning Produces Learning Outcomes on Par with Traditional Teaching Methods -- Campus Technology | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Hybrid teaching methods that combine interactive online learning with limited classroom teaching produce equivalent learning outcomes to traditional classroom teaching methods, according to new research released recently.

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English Raven: Taking your course online? Beware the belittling 'information dump'!

English Raven: Taking your course online? Beware the belittling 'information dump'! | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
The rush to capitalise on online learning has been with us for a long time now, but across a number of contexts I am involved in currently it would be fair to say the surge has increased significantly.

 

"Yes, but without a Queen you are only providing half a learning realm. If Content is King, then Communication is Queen. Facilitation or interaction might have been better words for it, but it didn't alliterate quite as well..."

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Professors shouldn't be afraid of online learning (essay) | Inside Higher Ed

Professors shouldn't be afraid of online learning (essay) | Inside Higher Ed | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

nside Higher Ed’s survey about faculty views of online educationis on point. Since I had participated by filling out the survey, I was curious about its findings. My interest surged after reading the related article by Steve Kolowich -- who noted that for professors “the rise of online education excites them more than it frightens them.” According to the survey’s composite data, I fit the profile of Academic Everyman. So, to flesh out the statistical bones, here are some observations by an archetypal Old Prof who wonders as he wanders through the new terrain of distance learning.

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How to get students to participate in Online Discussions…

How to get students to participate in Online Discussions… | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This is the first post in a triplet series on how to create effective discussions in an online learning environment. This post discusses how course instructors can shape and create robust and rich ...

 

KF:  Quite a clear intro to the topic with soime clear points for consideration.  Useful for subject specialists who find them selves needing to teach. 


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Study Suggests Many Professors Use Interactive Tools Ineffectively in Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Study Suggests Many Professors Use Interactive Tools Ineffectively in Online Courses - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Professors can choose from a growing palette of Web-based tools to make their online courses more interactive. But a new study suggests that many community-college instructors aren’t taking advantage of those options. Instead, the professors are relying on static course materials that aren’t likely to motivate students or encourage them to interact with each other.

 

The study, presented here at the annual technology conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College, observed 26 high-enrollment online courses at two community colleges in Virginia last spring. It found that most professors relied on text-based assignments and materials. In the instances when professors did decide to use interactive tools like online video, many of those technologies were not connected to learning objectives, the study found. The findings could help explain how community colleges can structure the selection of technology to improve student-retention rates.

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Time Managements Tips to Get Success in Online Learning | The eLearning Site

Time Managements Tips to Get Success in Online Learning | The eLearning Site | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Are you an online student and want to learn ways to stay top of your online classes. Online degree programs give students the flexibility to take their classes anytime, anywhere. In order to staying on top of your online education, discipline, commitment, and organization are required. These are the basic traits that any online student must possess in order to get succeed. Online learning involves a dedicated time of independent study and in order to stand out in an online learning course it is very important to incorporate various time management practices into the day. Below are mentioned some of the best time management tips that can help you stay competitive in the online learning.

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18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Online learning is one of the most talked about and fastest growing sectors in higher education and corporate training today. The Sloan-C International Conference on Online Learning is the premier global gathering covering this field.

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18th Annual Sloan Consortium International Conference on Online Learning

'At A Crossroads: Online Education in a Complex World'

October 10-12, 2012

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort - Lake Buena Vista, Florida

 

Virtual attendance is only $109 (or $500 for multiseat institutional virtual attendance)

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Athabasca University Press - The Theory and Practice of Online Learning

Athabasca University Press - The Theory and Practice of Online Learning | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
AU Press publishes scholarly monographs, journals and websites. Electronic publications of AU Press are freely available online via open access.
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Free PDF version available:  http://www.aupress.ca/books/120146/ebook/99Z_Anderson_2008-Theory_and_Practice_of_Online_Learning.pdf

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PDF version available for download free.

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Con: Online learning turns college into assembly line

Con: Online learning turns college into assembly line | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Online learning may solve problems of tuition and the state budget, but it is not a solution to the major problem facing America today: teaching people how to think for themselves...
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Peter Norvig: The 100,000-student classroom - Video on TED.com

TED Talks In the fall of 2011 Peter Norvig taught a class with Sebastian Thrun on artificial intelligence at Stanford attended by 175 students in situ -- and over 100,000 via an interactive webcast.

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Tech experts, educators see massive online learning shift by 2020

Tech experts, educators see massive online learning shift by 2020 | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Higher education’s economics are unsustainable and vulnerable to technologies that could make college campuses the hub of the privileged few, according to a vast collection of opinions from international technologists and educators.
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Liberty University’s net assets headed for $1 billion, thanks to online programs

Liberty University’s net assets headed for $1 billion, thanks to online programs | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Liberty University's net assets have sustained a fivefold increase -- from $150 million to $860 million -- over the past six years, driven by the rapid expansion of its online programs.

 

Because Liberty is a nonprofit institution, any surplus it generates must be invested back into the school. However, Falwell said there is no strict timeline about when Liberty must use the money; part of Liberty’s strategy is to build an endowment that will secure the long-term stability of the school.

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Collaborize Classroom | Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students

Collaborize Classroom | Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Collaborize Classroom® is a free online collaborative education platform that allows students and teachers to transcend the boundaries of their physical classroom to engage in an online collaborative learning environment.

 

Collaborize Classroom offers a variety of compelling and intuitive structures for online discussion that are designed to support innovative teaching and promote higher level thinking.

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Online learning is just beginning

Online learning is just beginning | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

UNIVERSITIES are traditionally seen as exclusive institutions for the few, not the many. But that is changing as a new wave of online courses throws open the doors of academia to all. Led by world renowned American institutions like MIT and Harvard, this push to democratise learning is being taken up in Australia too.

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Brainstorm in Progress: 15 Time-Saving Tips for Teaching Online

Brainstorm in Progress: 15 Time-Saving Tips for Teaching Online | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Online learning saves time for students. Students in online courses have 24/7 access to their course materials, other students, and their instructor. For working students, this is an incredible benefit. But we often hear that online learning takes a lot of an instructor’s time.

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Are Universities Afraid of Online Learning? » Online Universities

Are Universities Afraid of Online Learning? » Online Universities | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
On May 17, 2012, Peter Klein, writing for the Christian Science Monitor, wrote that, "Mainline universities loudly proclaim their love of online learning — and pedagogical innovation more generally — while doing everything possible to retard it. The strategy has been to make a few easy, low-cost, conservative moves that preserve the status quo, such as putting some existing courses online, while trying to suppress the innovative outsiders like Phoenix, DeVry, TED, Kahn Academy, etc. It’s a classic example of what Clayton Christensen calls sustaining innovation — incremental changes that keep the existing market structure intact. The last thing the higher-ed establishment wants is disruptive innovation that challenges its dominant incumbent position" (CSMonitor.com).
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Online Learning Is Reshaping Education

Online Learning Is Reshaping Education | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
This article is Part Two of a three-part series on the growth on online colleges.
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eScholar 2011 Teri Charrois - Case Study

Teri Charrois from the School of Pharmacy used online debates to promote critical thinking with positive results.
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Ten Ideas for Exercises in the Virtual Classroom — Web Conference Guru

Ten Ideas for Exercises in the Virtual Classroom — Web Conference Guru | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

If you have either attended or facilitated training in a virtual classroom you know that maintaining a high level of interactivity is key to keeping participants engaged.  Here are ten ideas for exercises to try in your next virtual classroom...


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Petra Pollum's comment, May 28, 2012 5:22 PM
Thanks once again for sharing very useful ideas.
Dr. Susan Bainbridge's comment, May 28, 2012 5:25 PM
Thanks for your lovely comments Petra!