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A multi-institutional study of the impact of open textbook adoption on the learning outcomes of post-secondary students

Posted: 2/6/2016 - 07:47 PM

September 2015
Lane Fischer,
John HiltonIII, T. Jared Robinson,, David A. Wiley

Major S...
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GRCC seeks to lower textbook costs for students with new partnership

Posted: 2/5/2016 - 08:44 AM

Feb 4, 2016
by Monica Scott

Grand Rapids Community College has entered into a new partnership to lower textbook costs for students, officials say.  GRCC has partnered with Rice University's OpenStax program to encourage the use of free textbooks, peer-reviewed by educators to ensure they meet course requirements.

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The Limits of Open

Posted: 2/3/2016 - 05:46 PM

from Inside Higher Ed
January 29, 2016
by Carl Straumsheim

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Inspiring Innovation in Competency-based Education

Posted: 1/28/2016 - 09:47 PM

from Campus Technology
January 26, 2016
by Mary Grush


"Institutions venturing into competency-based education must have an awareness of regulatory, accreditation, and sustainability issues, as well as experience with assessment and program design methodologies," explains veteran CBE consultant Ruki Jayaraman.  Read full article here:  Read the full news item

Review and Promotion, Tenure and Technology

Posted: 1/28/2016 - 09:41 PM
from Inside Higher Ed
January 26, 2016

New Report Identifies Core Issues in Competency-Based Education

Posted: 1/20/2016 - 01:42 PM

from Campus Technology Newsletter
January 20, 2016
by Michael Hart

"The Competency-Based Education Ecosystem Framework" is a report from Public Agenda which focuses on the CBE framework and identifies concerns and challenges with that framework. 

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9 Ed Tech Trends for 2016

Posted: 1/19/2016 - 04:32 PM

from Campus Technology
Jan 13, 2016

Four technology and innovation experts discuss the hottest trends in higher ed tech this year. Those trends include makerspaces, competency-based education, virtual reality, data analytics and machine learning, accessibility, mobile first, wearables, video and wireless infrastructure.  Read full article at: https://campustechno...
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6 Killer Examples of Gamification in eLearning

Posted: 10/12/2015 - 10:02 AM

 1. Induction program. 2. Professional skills enhancement (account management fundamentals for project managers. 3. Compliance. 4. Rewards and recognition. 5: Soft skills and time management—a gamified activity on time wasters. 6. A gamified assessment.

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4 eLearning Challenges in Creating Courses for Multiple Devices Including Smartphones

Posted: 10/12/2015 - 10:00 AM

1. Usability and global navigation. 2. Combination of operating systems. 3. Content treatment. 4. Development process. The process should be iterative and fluid. Higher testing time should be accounted in the development process. The storyboard should focus more on the core content and the visual elements.

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Survey Shows Participation in Online Courses Growing

Posted: 4/24/2015 - 10:11 AM

From Inside Higher Ed
April 21, 2015
by Ashley A. Smith

"Distance education at community colleges continues to increase even as overall enrollment at two-year institutions falls. A study released Monday found distance education enrollments account for nearly all recent student growth at two-year institutions. Th...
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Online Degrees Show 'Net Positive' Campus Impact

Posted: 4/16/2015 - 09:49 AM

from Campus Technology
By Dian Schaffhauser

Arizona State University sustainability scientists, with support and assistance for Dell sustainability experts studied the social and environmental benefits of online education.  According to their study - the overall impact is 'net positive' meaning that online education puts "more back into society and the environment than to take out of it."

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Distance Ed Myths Debunked

Posted: 3/5/2015 - 10:11 AM

from Inside Higher Education
March 5, 2015
by Carl Staumsheim

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What are the Impacts of Adopting OERs?

Posted: 2/12/2015 - 09:49 AM

February 2015

The Open Educational Resources (OER) Adoption Impact Explorer launched by David Wiley and Lumen Learning is a research-based calculator that will make custom projections for the impact of adoptiong OER in a course/campus, including student savings, retention, grades, etc.

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The 6 Technologies That Will Change the Face of Education

Posted: 2/12/2015 - 09:37 AM

The 2015 Horizon Report - produced by New Media Consortium and Educause - was released this week and focuses on key trends accelerating technology adoption in higher education, the challenges that impede technology adoption in higher education, and the educational technology developments on the horizon.  

The report - in its thirteenth year - looks at trends and challenges that support the developments in educational technology.  The results suggest that the flipp...
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Top 6 Higher Ed Digital Policy Issues to Watch in 2015

Posted: 2/12/2015 - 09:11 AM

Center for Digital Education
January 2015

Technology moves faster than the policy developed to govern it - and educational technology policy watchers have identified six major policy issues colleges should be focused on in 2015.  They are: Security threats, State authorization for distance education programs, Internet of Things management, Competency-based exploration, staffing shortfall, and accessibility.

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