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Mathieu Plourde

Arizona State Working with Community Colleges in Interactive OER Pilot - 0 views

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    "What Anbar has in mind is something he calls "active OER." That's taking the standard digital textbook and expanding it with the addition of digital resources, including simulations that are both interactive and adaptive. "The learner doesn't just move something around in the simulation but actually gets prompting feedback that guides them to success," he explained. That's where Smart Sparrow comes in: The company produces aero, a learning platform that allows the instructor to pull together lessons from a set of templates that can include text, tests, assessments, virtual labs and field trips, and other digital components. For the purposes of the consortium, those elements would be pulled from OER materials."
Mathieu Plourde

New study reveals that OER courses and degrees benefit student retention and completion... - 0 views

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    "Students who use OER find them to be accessible, relevant, and engaging. Over 60 percent of students reported that the overall quality of their learning experience in an OER course was higher in comparison to a typical, non- OER course. Though creating OER courses and degrees is time consuming, instructors in several colleges said they had made changes in instruction as a result of working with OER materials. Though few instructors made changes to their pedagogical practices specific to OER, use of these materials allowed them to align materials better with their learning goals. Instructors already using student-centered and hands-on learning strategies said that the OER materials helped what they were already doing. Several instructors also reported that students were more engaged with OER materials compared to textbooks, because they are better tailored to good pedagogy, reading materials are more relevant and interesting, and students can be more involved in the construction of the learning experience."
Mathieu Plourde

Great news! OER courses can boost engagement - 0 views

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    ""The study indicates that, based on two years of implementation across scores of colleges, OER can be an important tool in helping more students-and particularly low-income and underrepresented students-afford college, engage actively in their learning, persist in their studies, and ultimately complete," says Dr. Karen A Stout, ATD president. "Data show that even using the most conservative estimates, cost savings are significant and that OER content plays a role in helping strengthen instruction and learning across not just a few courses but entire degree pathways.""
Mathieu Plourde

Commons of Our Own - 1 views

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    "The LCC Open Learn Lab was an experiment launched in Spring 2016 to see if a DoOO type project were feasible or valuable at a community college. LCC was the first community college to attempt a DoOO project.  The results of that initial experimentation period were enormously successful as documented in the final report for what had become "Phase I" of an ongoing project."
Mathieu Plourde

The First State To Offer Free Community College To Nearly Every Adult : NPR Ed : NPR - 0 views

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    "the program is simple: If you don't have a degree, and you want one, your tuition is free. That's important because research shows the greatest obstacle for adults looking to go back to school is money. They often have to maintain a household budget while reducing work hours, paying for dependent care, and more."
Mathieu Plourde

Groups band together to improve transfer pathways for community college students | Insi... - 0 views

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    ""The colleges aren't doing all the things they know that work for incoming freshmen," said Wyner. A significant driver of the problem, according to Jenkins, is the ambition and mission creep that infects many regional four-year universities and often leads to neglect of transfer students, who make up fully one-third of the sector's new students."
Mathieu Plourde

Promising partnership between Drexel University and three community colleges ends @insi... - 0 views

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    "Drexel University last January earned praise for expanding a transfer program that brings the university's faculty members to local community colleges. But Drexel is phasing out the program less than a year later."
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Community of Inquiry - 0 views

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    "This interactive web-site is designed to collect published research about the CoI and discuss these publications with interested researchers and practitioners.  We hope to create a community of inquiry about the Community of Inquiry framework!"
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Lawmakers back Tennessee Promise plan for free tuition - 0 views

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    "The House joined the Senate in approving "Tennessee Promise," the plan Haslam laid out in February to cover the full cost of two-year college for every high school graduate starting in fall 2015. The plan also calls for reducing the amount of Hope scholarships for freshmen and sophomores at state universities to $3,500, a cut of $500 a year. Juniors and seniors would receive $4,500."
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Haslam proposes free community college - 0 views

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    The Republican governor proposed setting aside $300 million from the Tennessee Education Lottery to fund an endowment that would cover all tuition and fees to two-year institutions for all graduating high school seniors. The plan also calls for reducing Hope scholarships for incoming students at four-year universities by $1,000 for the first two years.
Mathieu Plourde

Helping Students Learn: What Students Want from Us - 1 views

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    "I included the following question on my usual first day questionnaire: "What is the most important thing I can do to best help you learn, and to do well in this course?" I received responses from 41 out of the 42 students (all junior Met. majors) and those responses will be the topic of discussion."
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The New Public - 0 views

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    "In fall 2006, former DJ, point guard and teacher turned first-time principal, James O'Brien, opened a small public high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, where 1/3 of residents live below the poverty line and the graduation rate is 40%. With infectious optimism, O'Brien and his team of eight undertook an unconventional approach and ambitious mission: Create a school with an arts-oriented curriculum that also emphasizes self-development, community collaboration and social change. Initially, the buzz from everyone was that this was a dream come true. "
Mathieu Plourde

CTAs - The Visibility Factor #edcmooc - 0 views

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    "So as you can see, a varied view about the presence of CTA's emerges from the comment, but most seem to agree that their presence was indeed required, and people would have actually preferred if they had been informed about the presence of the CTAs. As it turns out, there was a thread on the Coursera forums introducing the CTAs, but I think there is a problem with that. I have already voiced my view on Coursera's forums - they are not very user friendly and a thread like this can easily be missed there. Honestly speaking, I prefer the social spaces as compared to the forums on Coursera."
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mixxt - Create your own Social Network for free! - 0 views

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    "Launch a homebase for your cause and collaborate. Simplify the organisation of your group and share content with like-minded people. All in your own space where you have control. Create your very own and free Social Network. You don't need to be a developer. Just select what you need and get started now."
Mathieu Plourde

Google+ EdTech Communities for Educators, Instructional Designers and Technologists | E... - 0 views

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    "A quick search for "edtech communities" returns thousands of results. Here's a helpful list of some of the best communities for professors, administrators and IT workers. "
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Pinmaps.net - 0 views

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    "Community Maps Create a community or educational map and share it with other users. Any registered user can add map points to it."
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How to Create a Google+ Community - 0 views

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    "Here's how you can do that step-by-step, as well as how to promote your community, plus 6 community suggestions and 6 community uses!"
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