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July 22, 2015

Teaching About Plagiarism In The Online Classroom

How do you help students understand, and avoid, plagiarism? Teachers have reams of tutorials and steps to take to avoid the trap of plagiarism, but many students tune out the advice. I’ve had some success getting students to understand plagiarism in the online classroom by using a short video that illustrates do’s and don’ts by example.
by Oliver Hedgepeth
July 16, 2015

Profitable Uses Of Online Learning In Higher Education

There are 4 distinct models of online learning in higher education: for-credit, research, pre-matriculation, and post-graduation. We researched the activities of 136 U.S. educational institutions, determined the relative frequency of the different models, and analyzed the results by funding source (public vs. private), enrollment, and endowment size. The results indicated that while two of the models are fairly broadly implemented, significant opportunities remain across all institution types in the other two models for differentiation and revenue generation.
by Scott Moore
June 14, 2015

The 7 e-Affordances In eLearning

An online course should provide a rich learning experience for all learners. Do you use technology to simulate traditional teaching and learning practice or do you do more with it? In fact, educational technologies should make it easier to incorporate activities that may not have been possible before. How do you do this? This is when thinking about the seven e-affordances can help you create that.
by Caterina Mastroianni
June 10, 2015

Getting The Most Out Of Your eLearning Course: 10 Study Tips For Online Learners

You have just enrolled in your first online course, but are you ready to study for it? Does it need more, less or the same level of commitment with the traditional instructor-led class you are used to? What are the best strategies for studying in online learning? In this article, I’ll share 10 study tips for online learners that will help you succeed while studying for your online courses.
by Christopher Pappas
March 1, 2015

5 Ways To Make The e-Learning Process Simple

The e-learning process needs to be designed with simplicity in mind. If you can do this when planning an e-learning program for any purpose, then the people who are expected to learn new skills or processes will certainly retain whatever it is you are trying to teach them. Here are a few smart tips that you can use when finding ways to make people learn a little more about whatever you want to help them discover.
by Sameer Bhatia
October 27, 2014

10 Strategies To Help Online Learners Complete An Online Program

“Successful” online learners are those students who complete their online course. “Unsuccessful” online learners either drop out of the online course or fail its requirements. As we all know, online learning suffers from much higher drop-out rates than face-to-face learning. And since most attrition occurs at the beginning of a program/course, it is important to frontload this preparation and interventions at the beginning of the course. This article offers 10 strategies online programs can undertake to increase learner retention.
by Mary Burns
October 11, 2014

How To Make eLearning Less Awful

Technology has much to offer education and training. But it is only now just starting to fulfill its promise. How can eLearning be better applied and constructed to create great eLearning outcomes? This article explores why the adoption of educational technology in the classroom hasn't been as fast as first assumed, but also why this is changing.
by Andrew Barnes
October 2, 2014

Helping Online Learners Succeed (Part 1)

How can we help online learners successfully complete a course of study? The first of two blog posts by Mary Burns focuses on strategies, the first of which is to figure out who should be an online learner. The next post, will offer strategies for promoting retention in online courses.
by Mary Burns
August 29, 2014

Why, What and How To Move To Online Courses

As K-12 and university institutions and school districts shift to an online strategy, an important question is to ask, which courses should be online, face-to-face or blended? Universities, school districts and educational institutions in general often wrestle with which courses should be online and which face-to-face (F2F). This article offers three considerations to help universities and learning institutions think through this decision.
by Mary Burns