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Creating a Community of Learning

Wednesday, 18 March 2015 by

There are many advantages to students who are involved in learning communities. Studies show that students maintain greater academic achievement, greater involvement in classes, more motivation, greater intellectual development and increased retention. Overall, these students are often more engaged and satisfied with their college experience and are more likely to remain in school. How is

Does online group work, work?

Friday, 27 February 2015 by

Before an instructor starts assigning group projects in their online classes, it’s important to ask, can they work? In “Teacher Perspectives on Online Collaborative Learning:  Factors Perceived as Facilitating and Impeding Successful Online Group Work”, 24 students in an online instructional technology course participated in a group project to determine the challenges of online group work.

Learning by Visuals

Friday, 20 February 2015 by

When it comes to learning, external representations, aka visualizations, have always been valuable tools to students. Visualizations play a key role in all learning. So why are visuals important? According to The Theory and Practice of Online Education: Students learn better from words and graphics or pictures than from words alone. There is the The Spatial

Online Learning for the Win

Friday, 06 February 2015 by

In the “A Synthesis of New Research on K-12 Online Learning” study, online and conventional learning were compared. The results found that online learners slightly outperformed face-to-face learners on achievements measures. The outcome = the conclusion that distance education is as effective as conventional education in terms of academic outcomes, rather than more or less

Can online classes deter cheating?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015 by

A McCabe and Treviño (Rutgers University) study took 1,800 students at nine medium to large-sized universities to examine the influence of contextual and individual factors on cheating behavior. Contextual factors of behaviors, such as peer cheating behavior, peer disapproval of cheating behavior, and perceived severity of penalties for cheating, emerged as the most significant. These

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