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Mathieu Plourde

Fair Use and Online Learning - 0 views

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    "The important point to remember is that the fair use guidelines that are used to determine what materials can be used on the local campus do not automatically transfer to online courses offered to the consumer public. To many faculty, these rules seem bureaucratic, but librarians can help navigate the terrain that faculty are not accustomed to dealing with. And, by becoming comfortable with copyright provisions themselves, faculty can ensure that their online students access the same level of resources that on-campus students enjoy."
Mathieu Plourde

Online STEM Courses Need More Real-World Interactivity - 0 views

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    "What do students want in the learning activities for their online STEM courses? They'd prefer more real-life problems to solve and instructional resources such as simulations, case studies, videos and demonstrations. They'd also like the chance to meet and collaborate with other students as well as teaching assistants online. Finally, they'd appreciate clear and consistent information from instructors about instructions, assignments, assessments, due dates, course pages and office hours. What do students currently get? The most common course activities are the completion of major projects or assignments, reading, visiting websites, taking quizzes or exams, and viewing slideshows. The most interaction they report experiencing comes from reading course news and announcements and receiving e-mails from the instructor."
Mathieu Plourde

National University System Advances Efforts to Increase Access to a Quality, ... - 0 views

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    "FlexCourse, a teaching and learning platform offering self-paced online degree programs, comes from a combination of acclaimed technological assets and programs of UniversityNow, which were acquired by NUS, and enhancements and customization by NUS developers; NUS affiliate John F. Kennedy University is the first to integrate FlexCourse, with classes starting in September"
Mathieu Plourde

Improving Instruction at Scale - 0 views

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    "First, it has strategically developed its own resources-through satellite campuses, online instruction, and rigorous faculty development-to extend its internal instructional capacity. For the past twenty years, UCF has supplemented its network of physical campuses with a vast, virtual extension of its instructional reach through technology. Now, nearly 78 percent of all UCF students take online or hybrid courses and 38 percent of all credits are earned online."
Mathieu Plourde

Online Program Management: A view of the market landscape -e-Literate - 1 views

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    "For the vendors, when this model works they get a far higher revenue per student that would have been possible with platforms sales or other fee-for-service approaches. As I described in a post about 2U, that company makes $10k - $15k per student per year, whereas an LMS vendor might make $20 per student per year. While 2U is the high end of the market and not all OPM vendors get that kind of revenue, we are talking about several orders of magnitude difference per student."
Mathieu Plourde

How to Keep the Human Element in Online Classes - 0 views

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    "So what makes an online class feel less like it's taught by a bot and more like it's a human-centered experience? The following three principles and related strategies will help faculty keep humans front-and-center of their online courses:"
Mathieu Plourde

Love Letter to Online Learning - MICHELLE PACANSKY-BROCK - 0 views

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    " humans are more important than technology, but inspiring faculty should be our goal. Our organizational cultures need to embrace online learning as unique. We need to be supporting faculty by immersing them in engaging, meaningful online classes as part of their preparation to becoming great online instructors. When our organizational practices convey a hierarchy between face-to-face and online classes, that hierarchy will translate into the attitudes of the instructors who teach those classes."
Mathieu Plourde

Celebrating the 30th anniversary of the first fully online course | Tony Bates - 0 views

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    "The first totally online credit course delivered entirely via the Internet was taught in January, 1986 at the University of Toronto, through the Graduate School of Education (then called OISE: the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education). Thus January, 2016 marks the 30th anniversary."
Mathieu Plourde

Online Teaching, It Turns Out, Isn't Impersonal - 0 views

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    "Now that I've completed this first course, I feel strongly that Edmundson and other critics - however well-intended - are simply misguided about online learning being too impersonal. I got to know my group of 30 online students as well as, or better, than any undergraduate course I've taught in recent years. (I should add that teaching evaluations confirmed my sense that the class achieved its goals)."
Mathieu Plourde

John Green: The nerd's guide to learning everything online - 0 views

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    "Some of us learn best in the classroom, and some of us ... well, we don't. But we still love to learn, to find out new things about the world and challenge our minds. We just need to find the right place to do it, and the right community to learn with. In this charming talk, author John Green shares the world of learning he found in online video."
Mathieu Plourde

Are small, private online courses the future of higher education in America? - 0 views

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    " wellspring of fresh faith has surged up around so-called SPOCs. Small and Private, not Massive and Open, SPOCs are boasting better completion rates and better vibes than their highly scalable predecessors."
Mathieu Plourde

Cut the professor a check and walk away. - 0 views

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    "If administrators really wanted to improve the quality of any particular online course, they would cut the professor a check and walk away.  No, I'm not talking free money here.  There'd be a call for proposals, and reports at the end to demonstrate that the professors who got the money did what they said they'd do.  All the usual accountability measures.  If the professor needs help making this happen, then they can call the instructional designers rather than the other way around.  If administrators wanted to find a place to fund these checks, they could just cut out all the money going to for-profit Silicon Valley startups rather than the actual educational experience and give it to faculty instead."
Mathieu Plourde

New Digital Learning Report Card Describes Promising Practices for States - Digital Edu... - 1 views

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    "As to the future of digital learning, Bailey predicts increasing opportunities for students to take course online or in blended learning environment, more options for state-approved online classes, and a focus on competency-based learning. "State policy can remove roadblocks to students' digital learning opportunities, Bailey said"
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Your Guide to the Theory and Practice of Online Teaching and Learning - 0 views

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    "Get the free ebook The Theory and Practice of Online Teaching and Learning: A Guide for Academic Professionals, brought to you by Routledge Education and featuring hand-picked content from some of our leading titles."
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Hemingway - 0 views

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    "Hemingway highlights long, complex sentences and common errors; if you see a yellow highlight, shorten the sentence or split it. If you see a red highlight, your sentence is so dense and complicated that your readers will get lost trying to follow its meandering, splitting logic - try editing this sentence to remove the red."
Mathieu Plourde

University of Phoenix has lost half its students. Stock plunges 28% - 0 views

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    "Enrollment at America's largest for-profit university was about 460,000 students five years ago. Now it's 213,000."
Mathieu Plourde

For Online to Really Matter in Education, We Need to Redefine Competency - 0 views

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    "Competency-based learning turns higher education on its head - starting not with the curriculum, but rather the competencies one should exhibit upon completion (according to, say, employers). From there, course developers design assessments that test for these competencies. Then - and only then - do we turn to the task of developing the curricula that prepares students to demonstrate mastery on the assessments. In a competency-based program, failure becomes an anachronism; students continue until they demonstrate competency."
Mathieu Plourde

How Faculty Adapt their Practices to Teach Online - An Interview with Donna Murdoch - 0 views

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    "They perceived they had overcome most obstacles, but that others at their institutions had not.   They did not believe that others were teaching courses that were on par with face-to-face classes in terms of quality. This is because of findings 2 and 3. The second finding was that the overwhelming majority did not feel support from their institutions when transitioning to online modalities, rather they indicated that experiential learning in the form of mentorship, learning by doing, and dialog with peers were most critical when overcoming the challenges. The third finding was that the majority of participants indicated the time required for preparation and intrusion of time on an ongoing basis during the course of an online class were significantly greater than time requirements of a face-to-face course."
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