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Establishing a Successful Developmental Online Learning Environment


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Organizing your personal research library and compiling bibliographies: I was an EndNote refusenik, but now I’m a Mendeley convert | Impact of Social Sciences

Organizing your personal research library and compiling bibliographies: I was an EndNote refusenik, but now I’m a Mendeley convert | Impact of Social Sciences | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Until a few days ago the way I organized my research library was a bit chaotic, and doing references and bibliographies was always a huge chore that often took days at a time. Essentially I had hundreds and hundreds of PDFs, extracts from blogs and web pages, Word documents and presentations swilling around my hard drive.

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Digital technologies and the tensions between research and teaching

Digital technologies and the tensions between research and teaching | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Kim Catcheside takes a look at some of the issues that emerged from the recent live chat about what good teaching should look like in higher education.

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Linking theory to practice in learning technology research | Gunn | Research in Learning Technology

Linking theory to practice in learning technology research | Gunn | Research in Learning Technology | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Linking theory to practice in learning technology research...

 

Abstract

We present a case to reposition theory so that it plays a pivotal role in learning technology research and helps to build an ecology of learning. To support the case, we present a critique of current practice based on a review of articles published in two leading international journals from 2005 to 2010. Our study reveals that theory features only incidentally or not at all in many cases. We propose theory development as a unifying theme for learning technology research study design and reporting. The use of learning design as a strategy to develop and test theories in practice is integral to our argument. We conclude by supporting other researchers who recommend educational design research as a theory focused methodology to move the field forward in productive and consistent ways. The challenge of changing common practice will be involved. However, the potential to raise the profile of learning technology research and improve educational outcomes justifies the effort required.

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JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching :Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions

JOLT - Journal of Online Learning and Teaching :Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Designing and Orchestrating Online Discussions

 

David L. Baker
Associate Professor, Department of Public Administration
California State University, San Bernardino
San Bernardino, CA 92407 USA
dbaker@csusb.edu

 

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This author’s position is that asynchronous online discussions face an array of resolvable pedagogical and course management challenges. Online discussions can transform mere course chatter into a cyber forum of student-centered learning through meticulous planning, designing and orchestrating. After introducing common issues, a literature review summarizes the contributions that online discussions bring to distance learning. The author then addresses pedagogical and managerial issues that plague online discussions with strategies that instructors may readily employ. In the pedagogical realm, these include insights on organizing online discussions, using groups to facilitate interactions, establishing discussion parameters, and ensuring that the course syllabus introduces online discussion details. In the managerial realm, approaches are offered regarding overseeing discussion windows, using icebreakers, assessing student performance, ongoing communications, maintaining an online presence, netiquette, and a variety of other online discussion tips. In support of online instructors, the article weaves in relevant literature with the hard learned lessons from the author’s ongoing attempts to improve online discussions. It concludes by urging instructors to cultivate improvement continuously through candid self-critique supplemented by student feedback.

 

Keywords: Asynchronous learning; distance learning, online pedagogy, online groups; online discussions; and discussion assessment.

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Compare Mendeley with EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero

Compare Mendeley with EndNote, RefWorks and Zotero | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it
Academic software for bibliography creation and research paper management by Mendeley...
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Evernote for Students: The Ultimate Research Tool - Education Series

Evernote for Students: The Ultimate Research Tool - Education Series | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Enter Evernote. For students, it’s an invaluable way to organize research and streamline the collaboration process. Here are some examples of how Evernote simplifies the student research process.


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The Launch of Scholrly: new search engine seeks to change the way people find research - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Launch of Scholrly: new search engine seeks to change the way people find research - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education | eLearning and Blended Learning in Higher Education | Scoop.it

Beta opening of Scholr.ly:  http://scholr.ly/

 

"What’s most interesting to me is Scholrly’s people-centric emphasis. When you search with a keyword you not only get relevant citations but relevant people as well. The goal is to let users search for people and to figure out who is important within the subject context. And not only that, but what else have those people worked on, who have they worked with, and other related connections."

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Research in Learning Technology

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Aims & Scope
Research in Learning Technology is the journal of the Association for Learning Technology. It aims to raise the profile of research in learning technology, encouraging research that informs good practice and contributes to the development of policy. The journal publishes papers concerning the use of technology in learning and teaching in all sectors of education, as well as in industry.

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