^ Ho, A. D., Reich, J., Nesterko, S., Seaton, D. T., Mullaney, T., Waldo, J., & Chuang, I. (2014). “HarvardX and MITx: The first year of open online courses”. HarvardX and MITx Working Paper No. 1. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2381263. SSRN 2381263 .
Online education originated from the University of Illinois in 1960. Although internet would not be created for another nine years, students were able to access class information with linked computer terminals. The first online course was offered in 1986 by the Electronic University Network for DOS and Commodore 64 computers. Computer Assisted Learning eventually offered the first online courses with real interaction. In 2002, MIT began providing online classes free of charge. As of 2009, approximately 5.5 millions students were taking at least one class online. Currently, one out of three college students takes at least one online course while in college (Promises and pitfalls). At DeVry University, out of all students that are earning a bachelor’s degree, 80% earn two-thirds of their requirements online (Promises and Pitfalls). Also in 2014, 2.85 millions students out of 5.8 million students that took courses online, took all of their courses online (Promises and Pitfalls). From this information, it can be concluded that the number of students taking classes online is on the steady increase.  
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April 25: Withdraw from all Spring courses after the drop/withdrawal deadline. Students must petition their college with appropriate documentation for approval to withdraw from all courses after the deadline
“Legacy eLearning” refers to any that was developed using software that is outdated, unsupported, or incompatible with current learning systems. So, what can instructional designers do to convert legacy programs to modern eLearning? eLearning Tools legacy eLearning MORE
Virtual classroom learning and microlearning have become commonplace in corporate training. Both options adapt beautifully to the modern classroom , which strives for adaptability, flexibility, and accessibility. At face-value, though, the connection between this EdTech option and this design model seems ambiguous at best. As training professionals, we do our best to keep up with current trends in the field. MORE
Summer 2017 Courses – Summer courses are now available to instructors in eLearning. Students will be loaded one month prior to the semester start. Summer courses, however, will not become visible to students… More until the first day of class (May 30th). REMINDER: Adding Users to Your eLearning Course Below are forms to have users added to your eLearning courses. We strongly recommend that all requests be submitted… [ 188 more words ]
There are lots of decisions to be made when choosing fonts for your eLearning projects. I have, on occasion, used serif fonts in my eLearning courses (if the client insists, I use the font they want and try to push back if the font makes things unreadable). eLearning MORE
There is an assumption that technology is inherently interesting so it must be helpful in education; based on research by Daniel Willingham, that is not always the case. He argues that it does not necessarily matter what the technological medium is, but whether or not the content is engaging and utilizes the medium in a beneficial way.
Single Sign-On (or SSO) is a term that finds its way on to every LMS requirement list. It can appear complicated at first but it doesn’t have to be. In this post, we outline: What is SSO? What’s the difference between SSO and an API? How to decide which one is most suitable for your needs. MORE
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Formative assessment is more difficult, as the perfect form is ongoing and allows the students to show their learning in different ways depending on their learning styles. Technology has helped some teachers make their formative assessments better, particularly through the use of classroom response systems (CRS). A CRS is a tool in which the students each have a handheld device that partners up with the teacher’s computer. The instructor then asks multiple choice or true or false questions and the students answer on their device. Depending on the software used, the answers may then be shown on a graph so students and teacher can see the percentage of students who gave each answer and the teacher can focus on what went wrong.
It’s very exciting to learn about and invest in the latest trends in educational technology. Who among us hasn’t been swept up by the allure of gamification , the promise of curation , and a desire to embed microlearning at every conceivable moment of learning need? No matter how enticing these new ideas might be, we are always (rightly) concerned about adoption. MORE
I’ve been on a surprise strip. You book a trip for three day but without having a clear where you are going to. Very exciting! We had to be at Schiphol by 5 am and although we were still sleepy: the taxi driver was not. He talked a lot, probably to stay awake.
If you are using groups in your course, and a student gets dropped from the course by the Registrar, they are also dropped from their group. However, when the student is re-enrolled in the course, they are not automatically reinstated into their course group(s). The instructor must re-add the student to his/her group again.
^ Diecker, Lisa; Lane, Allsopp; O’Brien, Butler; Kyger, Fenty (May 2009). “Evaluating Video Models of Evidence-Based Instructional Practices to Enhance Teacher Learning”. Teacher Education and Special Education. 32 (2): 180–196. Retrieved 2011-09-17.