From Edutopia, “Schools and districts around the country are discovering the benefits of online learning: flexible scheduling, personalized learning, and expanded course offerings despite budget cuts.”
Here is a nice slide deck on media comparison studies by Chuck Hodges!
From my inbox:
I recently came across the following article on presence written by Annie Jézégou titled: Presence in E-learning : Theoretical Model and Perspectives for Research.
This article proposes a model of presence in e-learning that has some similarities with but also some important distinctions from the model of community of inquiry in e-learning (Garrison & Anderson, 2003). It addresses the notion of presence from a different angle, characterizes and specifies it differently. The author outlines the epistemological referents of the model proposed. Then, she describes the interaction processes at work in each of the three dimensions of the model: socio-cognitive presence (1), socio-affective presence (2) and pedagogical presence (3). She also provides a schematic representation of this model. Then, she shows how its three dimensions can be related to each another and presents the main hypotheses that result from these relations. In conclusion, the author outlines that theoretical and empirical research is needed to confirm the relevance of the model proposed, to identify its strengths and to suggest axes for improvement.
Access the article online: http://www.jofde.ca/index.php/jde/article/view/809
I must confess that I miss Educause Quarterly and the “reader” counts it provided for each article. But I was happy to see the following top 10 list sent out by Educause.
|Top-Ten IT Issues, 2012
By Susan Grajek and Judith A. Pirani
|Disrupting Ourselves: The Problem of Learning in Higher Education
By Randall Bass
|Thirteen Ways of Looking at Libraries, Discovery, and the Catalog: Scale, Workflow, Attention
By Lorcan Dempsey
|Discovering the Impact of Library Use and Student Performance
By Brian Cox and Margie Jantti
|Online Educational Delivery Models: A Descriptive View
By Phil Hill
|A Post-LMS World
By Louis Pugliese
|An Open Letter to Students: You’re the Game Changer in Next-Generation Learning
By Mark David Milliron
|“No More Excuses”: Michael M. Crow on Analytics
By Michael Crow
|Technology and the Broken Higher Education Cost Model: Insights from the Delta Cost Project
By Rita Kirshstein and Jane Wellman
|Challenge and Change
By George L. Mehaffy
The MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT at http://jolt.merlot.org/) has just released a Call for Papers for a special issue on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), to be published in Summer (June) 2013. The Guest Editors of the special issue are George Siemens (Athabasca University), Valerie Irvine (University of Victoria), and Jillianne Code (University of Victoria).
Proposals in the form of extended abstracts (500 words) are due on November 15, 2012, with full manuscripts due on January 31, 2013.
The full Call for Papers is available at the following URL:
Please feel free to share this information with others who you think might be interested.
Mark J. W. Lee (Charles Sturt University)
Editor, MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT)