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Online to drive campus closures

SOME of Australia’s 39 universities will eventually have to shut down their physical campuses given the prospect of rising low-cost competition from online providers where improving assessment and accreditation means employers may be happy to accept such qualifications, Telstra’s chief scientist Hugh Bradlow said yesterday.
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Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment

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Welcome! While eLearning has been around for some time now, we are always looking for new ideas and good practice tips in an effort to make our online learning activities more effective.

 

This topic is curated by staff in Learning Environments at the University of Melbourne, along with invited colleagues.
 
Note: These articles are posted around a common interest in MOOCs, to provide information and promote discussion. They do not represent the views or positions of the University of Melbourne.

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Survey: Most Students Say Online Learning Is as Good or Better Than Face-to-Face

In a survey of 1,500 online students, most considered the value of their degree equal to or greater than the cost they paid to take it. Among those who have attended face-to-face and online courses, the majority said that online learning is as good as or better than attending courses on campus. The survey was conducted by Learning House and Aslanian Market Research.
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Online Course Design Standards

Online Course Design Standards | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
The Online Education Initiative (OEI) is a collaborative effort among California Community Colleges (CCCs) to ensure that significantly more students are able to complete their educational goals by increasing both access to and success in high-quality online courses.
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Working the Online Crowd: Humor and Teaching with Tech

Infusing online courses with a little fun can make a big difference in engaging and motivating students.
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Online Ed Leaders Agree Top 2 Indicators of Program Quality Are Student Success Rates, Student Evaluations

The majority of online education leaders agree that most relied-upon metrics currently in use by online programs are student retention and graduation rates and student course/program evaluations, according to a recent survey from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. While those two indicators topped the list by far, other quality measures, such as faculty training, summative student assessment, program reputation and external rankings, were less commonly cited by the survey respondents.
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Study Finds Flipped Classroom Model Does Not Improve Grades in Health Science Course - But there were other benefits!

A study at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that in a health science course following the flipped classroom model, there was no statistically significant differences in test scores or students' assessments of their course, compared to a traditional lecture course.
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Report: Instructional Design Support Helps Increase Student-to-Student Interaction in Online Courses

When instructional designers are involved in online course design, student-to-student interaction goes up, according to a new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. The survey compared reported student interaction levels at institutions where instructional design support is required for online course development vs. those where such support is absent or optional. Perhaps not surprisingly, respondents perceived interactivity to be significantly higher for the former.
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5 Criteria to Retain the Faculty Voice in Quality Online Programs | EDUCAUSE

5 Criteria to Retain the Faculty Voice in Quality Online Programs | EDUCAUSE | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Two higher education leaders share their experience fostering faculty engagement in online learning programs.
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User stories: How do I tell you what I want?

User stories: How do I tell you what I want? | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Great solutions don’t always start with great ideas. One of the mistakes many of us make is in keeping our half-developed ideas to ourselves, and trying to present the perfect solution before we dare to share with others. Andrea Scheuringer shares a solution: the user story.
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Higher education students’ experiences of digital learning and (dis)empowerment | Costa | Australasian Journal of Educational Technology

Higher education students’ experiences of digital learning and (dis)empowerment | Costa | Australasian Journal of Educational Technology | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it

This paper focuses on learning practices in higher education in relation to a digital participatory culture. Using key principles of critical education, the research set out to explore higher education students’ sense of agency online – or lack of it –as part of their formal learning practices. The research found that although students were proficient Web users, they did not exercise their learner agency beyond what they assumed to be expected of them, thus evidencing the stability of their learning habits in relation to the learning conventions associated with the academic field. Perhaps more surprisingly, however, is students’ perception of the Web not only as a space of student participation, but also as a space of student surveillance. Such perceptions constitute real obstacles to meaningful participation as a form of learning.

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Why Aren’t Tech-Enhanced Learning Strategies More Widely Used? | EDUCAUSE

Why Aren’t Tech-Enhanced Learning Strategies More Widely Used? | EDUCAUSE | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Although institutions continue to invest a considerable amount of time and money in technology-enhanced learning strategies, many aren’t seeing widesp
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Why Aren’t Tech-Enhanced Learning Strategies More Widely Used?

author: Kristi Depaul

taken from: educause review April 3 - 2018

although there is a huge amount of money worldwide that can be provided for tech-learning strategies and implementations, these are not used for teaching, overmore many people is questioning themselves about this issue. the answer is that technologies in general have proved failures in several contexts the author says that even if they seem a lot beneficial for teaching uses it may get complicated for improving learning strategies.
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Using a Course Start-Up Message to Improve Student Outcomes | EDUCAUSE

Using a Course Start-Up Message to Improve Student Outcomes | EDUCAUSE | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Giving students a list of tips for online learning helped them better prepare for and succeed in their courses.
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Using a Course Start-Up Message to Improve Student Outcomes

author: Julie Moser

taken from: Educause review. April 9 - 2018

I found this article relevant because first the title was quite interesting and then when I started reading I realized that it was a program that was implemented with adult learner who did no know about technology then some outcomes were shown in terms of adult characteristics and needs, improvement on online succes. 
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Are we giving online students an education with all the nuance and complexity they deserve? (opinion)

Are we giving online students an education with all the nuance and complexity they deserve? (opinion) | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Sean Michael Morris asks: Are we giving our online students an education with all the nuance and complexity they deserve?
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Survey: 7 in 10 People Don't Believe Online Classes Can Provide a 'True College Experience'

In spite of the fact that nine in 10 people believe online and distance learning programs will grow in popularity over time, seven in 10 don't think that students can a get a "true college experience" from an online-only program. That drops to five in 10 for those students who have attended a blended learning course. Those results surfaced in "Online Education Trendspots," a survey intended to understand experiences and perceptions of online or distance education programs.
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OpenLearning Blog - Educator Profile: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alyani Ismail

OpenLearning Blog - Educator Profile: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alyani Ismail | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
For this month’s Educator Profile, we sat down with Assoc. Prof. Dr. Alyani Ismail from Universiti Putra Malaysia to learn more about her thoughts and experience teaching on OpenLearning.
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TEL edvisors network: Log in to the site

TEL edvisors network: Log in to the site | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
It is our intention to put the "practice" back into Community of Practice by supporting and encouraging active participation in this group. For this reason we are using MoodleCloud for the rich assortment of tools that it provides to support engagement. 

We'll be sharing news on Twitter using the @TELedvisors account and #TELedvisors hashtag. 

In tertiary education, there is a wide range of highly skilled and knowledgeable people that provide advice, support and leadership about all facets of technology enhanced learning (TEL)

We are known as educational designers, developers and consultants, learning technologists, and academic developers, among other things. Collectively, we are TEL edvisors. We have chosen the name edvisors because this describes the advising that we do in an educational setting and also lets us put our own spin on it. I hope you join us in finding ways to work together more effectively. 
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Report: Adaptive Learning, Learning Analytics Are Most Wanted Tech for Online Programs

When asked what tools and technologies they would most like to adopt for their online programs, online education leaders cited adaptive learning and learning analytics as their most wanted tech, according to the latest Changing Landscape of Online Education report, a joint initiative of nonprofit Quality Matters and Eduventures Research.
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Are Workarounds an Excuse to Accept Bad Process Design? | EDUCAUSE

Are Workarounds an Excuse to Accept Bad Process Design? | EDUCAUSE | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Workarounds can lead to dramatic process inefficiencies when the temporary fix becomes standard practice.
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Asynchronous Discussions, Group Projects Still Dominate in Online Courses

Asynchronous discussions and group projects are the most important techniques currently used for online learning, according to a new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research. When asked which online learning methods were most important at their institutions, respondents pointed to those two activities first, followed by problem-based learning, quizzes and research projects.
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Reading and Studying on the Screen: An Overview of Literature Towards Good Learning Design Practice | Nichols | Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning

Reading and Studying on the Screen: An Overview of Literature Towards Good Learning Design Practice | Nichols | Journal of Open Flexible and Distance Learning | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Reading and Studying on the Screen: An Overview of Literature Towards Good Learning Design Practice
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​The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers | EdSurge News

​The Future of Online Learning Is Offline: What Strava Can Teach Digital Course Designers | EdSurge News | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Strava is a fitness app that allows people to log and upload their runs, bike rides, swims and other fitness activities. Using GPS data, a runner ca
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Research: Online Courses Associated with Improved Retention, Access

Online courses are associated with higher retention and graduation rates, increased access and cost savings of as much as 50 percent, according to a new study from Arizona State University.
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Instructional Designers Are Teachers

Instructional Designers Are Teachers | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Instructional designers are teachers. Three-fold. On Monday, they are teachers of teachers, assisting with the framing of an instructor’s ideas for their class into the shape of the LMS or other digital platform. They know, or should know, what is possible, what isn’t possible, what stretches the boundaries of tradition, and what bends toward new and imaginative applications. 

But to define instructional designers as only this, as experts in content delivery, is reductive and incorrect. Because instructional designers are not IT staff. They are not technologists. At the root of what they do is a maddening desire to create meaningful learning experiences in digital space.
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Don’t Forget, Instructional Design Is About Problem Solving | EDUCAUSE

Don’t Forget, Instructional Design Is About Problem Solving | EDUCAUSE | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
The rise in demand for instructional design has given way to a series of misconceptions about the discipline; two educators offer an informative view
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Instructional design improves engagement in online courses

Instructional design improves engagement in online courses | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
A new survey of online education leaders from Quality Matters and Eduventures Research indicates that instructional design (ID) support can be a major part of how well online learners interact with each other in digital classrooms, as reported in Campus Technology. Courses where ID professionals were mandated to support classroom created a nearly 30% increase in student-to-student engagement against classroom where instructional design personnel were not used or not a mandated resource in the learning experience. 
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We must develop 'techno-wisdom' to prevent technology from consuming us

We must develop 'techno-wisdom' to prevent technology from consuming us | Learning and Teaching in an Online Environment | Scoop.it
Technology isn't value-neutral. Unless we understand the ethical assumptions behind our technology, we can't trust the solutions it offers.
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