Online Learning Update

July 3, 2021

EDUCAUSE QuickPoll Results: Artificial Intelligence Use in Higher Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:03 am

D. Christopher Brooks, EDUCAUSE Review

About two-thirds of respondents reported that institutional deficiencies to support the adoption and maintenance of AI are the main challenges to the implementation of AI at their institutions (see figure 4). Nearly three-quarters of respondents said that ineffective data management and integration (72%) and insufficient technical expertise (71%) present at least a moderate challenge to AI implementation. Financial concerns (67%) and immature data governance (66%) also pose challenges. Insufficient leadership support (56%) is a foundational challenge that is related to each of the previous listed challenges in this group.

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July 2, 2021

OER and Teaching Through the Rearview Mirror

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:12 am


Ray Schroeder, Inside Higher Ed

In this 21st century, technologies are changing the landscape of industry and society at a rate not previously documented. Are our courses keeping up? I fear that far too many of our colleagues are using the same texts, the same syllabi, and sharing the same — now stale — facts in their classes with not enough attention to the changes that technologies and social shifts are making in their field. The increasing rate of change shows no signs of abating. Increasingly, we are under pressure as educators to ensure that what we teach is not outdated. We must not be teaching for jobs and career paths that are dwindling away to the dustbin of history. It is incumbent on us to perform the due diligence to assure that what we are teaching will be more relevant tomorrow than yesterday.

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Tips from Women for Women Seeking Leadership Positions in Higher Education

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am


Wisr co-founder and CEO Kate Volzer is joined by Dr. Angela Clark-Taylor, Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women at Case Western Reserve University. The two talk about their chance meeting in 2019 and the work they’ve done together since to support and empower women working in higher ed. Dr. Clark-Taylor shares actionable advice derived from her research on gender equity. Both offer insights they’ve collected through their work leading professional development conferences and webinars designed to help women push through career barriers and pull other women up along the way.

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Will Open Access Destroy the Quality of Research? Debunking This and Other Myths About Open Access Journal Publishing

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

Marissa Massare – IGI Global

While open access (OA) publishing is gaining traction in the publishing industry, there are many myths and misconceptions that are being shared within the academic community that can deter researchers from considering it as a possibility when submitting their work to scholarly journal publications.


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July 1, 2021

8 Tips for Educators Dealing with Digital Fatigue

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:07 am

Graham Glass, EdTech

Education is a profoundly caring profession. You are required have high moral obligations and endure stressful work environments, a problem that has only worsened during the pandemic. During the shift to remote learning, professors and instructors quickly adapted to gain new skills. Many spent long hours learning how to use complex digital tools, modifying their teaching strategies for an online learning environment. However, after more than a year of hybrid or fully remote teaching, everyone in the education system has likely been affected by some form of digital fatigue — an unproductive state of mental exhaustion and disengagement. Considering that the future of higher education looks increasingly hybrid, it is critical for faculty to learn how to prevent digital fatigue.

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‘Blended learning has the potential to meet the challenges in nurse education’

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

FIONA CUST, Nursing Times

Online can offer a very rich virtual workspace in which interactions can occur among students in real time or through discussion boards. Students have reported appreciating the flexibility and convenience of being able to work in their own time and location, and fitting this around the demands of, for example, childcare.  The flexibility offered in a blended learning approach may also foster a sense of autonomy – the learners can, on many levels, plan their own learning and take an increased responsibility for this. We aim to develop independent, autonomous, lifelong learners – it may signify that this approach can assist in the achievement of this.

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From Virtual Spectator to Participant: Engaging Students in Synchronous Online Learning Activities

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:02 am

Meigan Robb, Faculty Focus

Keeping students engaged in online courses takes careful consideration. Technology options are available to help create a virtual learning environment that promotes social interaction. Occasionally, engaging students in synchronous online learning activities is one option for facilitating connections and a sense of community between faculty and students. Virtual video conferencing platforms, such as ZOOM, have created unique opportunities for facilitating synchronous online learning activities. However, faculty are often faced with the challenge of students who are hesitant to participate in a synchronous virtual learning environment. This article will share simple strategies for transitioning virtual students from spectator to participant during synchronous online learning activities.

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