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This Week in Cheating: Apple Watch Ban

Full disclosure here, people. I’m an Apple Fan-boy. Big time. I have a MacBook, an iPad, and iPhone, I’ve had an iPod Nano 5th gen for years, heck I even had the Limited Edition U2 iPod in High School. Obviously, I deeply covet the Apple Watch. Even if calling it a watch is like calling […]

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Learning by Visuals

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 […]

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This Week in Cheating: Increasing Access and Preserving Academic Integrity

Normally this blog series covers a cheating scandal or discusses new cheating methods and quells any anxiety by showing how ProctorFree can stop, prevent and detect any academic integrity issues. Once in a while we see an exemplar educational technology company making great strides for educational access while preserving the need for academic integrity. This […]

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Enhancing Student and Instructor Online Interaction

While there are many theories pertaining to online learning and outcomes, “Impact of Instructor Immediacy and Presence for Online Student Affective Learning, Cognition, and Motivation” addresses an important theory relating to the importance of web based student and instructor interaction. The transactional distance theory states that cognitive space between instructors and learners puts potential misunderstandings […]

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NCTA 2014: Mining for Success, Scavenger Hunt!

Nothing gets me going like preparing for a conference. The anticipation of the keynotes, relentless scrolling of session descriptions to plan my schedule, and of course, the exhibitor’s SWAG. Next week (September 4-6) our team is heading to NCTA 2014 in Denver, and the theme is “Mining for Success”. Now to be fair, I don’t know […]

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Students forgo their top college choices due to high cost, electing lower-cost options

A record low number of college freshmen are in their first school of choice. Enrolling choices are affected by the cost of top-tier elite colleges, causing students and their parents to choose what the may have previously considered to be second or third tier colleges. According to the UCLA Higher Education Research Institute, only 57% […]

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Online Learning – Is it the Answer for an Affordable Degree and Employability?

The idea of getting into college, only to graduate four years later graduate with six-figure debt and bleak career prospects, shows the landscape some students are facing in higher education. Long gone are the days when students had the luxury to opt for degrees out of pure interest instead of employability. Today, it takes one […]

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Colleges Rewarded for Affordability?

There has been much controversy over rising tuition rates in colleges since the economic recession. While other industries slashed prices to increase consumer confidence, colleges across the nation steadily raised tuition rates to make up for lost state funding. These dramatic increases forced many students to drop out or put their college education on hold. […]

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Students Rush to Fill Online Courses

A recent New York Times article covered the rapidly growing popularity of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) such as Coursera, Udemy and edX. In four months Coursera had drawn in 1 million users, a faster launch then social media giants Facebook and Twitter. Coursera continues to experience growth with enrollment passing 2 millions students at […]