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Sarah Askins

Online Forums and Critical Thinking

With the online platforms Blackboard and Moodle, more university professors are using these mediums to enhance critical thinking and reflection skills of students. Online discussion forums allow students more time for deeper reflections upon the content of the course material, class lectures, and the collaborative work with other students. In a report by Tene Barber entitled The Online Crit: The Community of Inquiry Meets Design Education, Barber reports how a course adopts an online forum discussion and how it has the potential to foster better critical thinking skills among the students.

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Are Universities Ready for Disasters?

April 2011 brought some of the deadliest tornadoes to the South. These natural disasters have directly damaged several university campuses and disrupted the class schedule for many students. One college campus in Raleigh, North Carolina, Shaw University has closed its doors for the rest of the semester due to tornado damage. In the wake of these disasters, how are universities preparing for “academic continuity” for their students and faculty? According to the research of Katrina A. Meyer and Jeffrey L. Wilson in their article The Role of Online Learning in Emergency Plans of Flagship Institutions, many flagship universities have addressed the physical safety and emergency preparedness for its students and faculty; however, many of these institutions do not address how the academic portion will continue in the event of a major disaster.

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Defining E-Learning: Whose Definition is Correct?

During the late 1990's, several scholars predicted that the e-learning phenomenon would become the dominant instructional tool for the university. Students use technologies for entertainment so the natural assumption would be that educational technologies would be readily accepted; however, e-learning as a pedagogical tool has had several challenges to overcome both from faculty and students. According to Sarah Guri-Rosenbilt and Begona Gros in the article E-Learning: Confusing Terminology, Research Gaps and Inherent Challenges, Guri-Rosenbilt and Gros believe an over-arching definition of e-learning and significant institutional research would help universities determine whether e-learning is truly a cost effective instructional tool.

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Making Online Education a Priority

Online courses are becoming a valuable option for colleges and universities. With more students wanting to take courses online, higher education institutions have recognized this thriving trend and have included online learning in their long term plans. According to an article in Tech Journal South, a recent study “Online Learning Trends in Private Sector Colleges and Universities” suggests that online education has had a positive influence on higher education.

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Online Education: A New Graduation Requirement

In this technological age, more education experts believe that students can learn more efficiently through a virtual classroom. The state of Florida has been steadily expanding its online education offerings, and this expansion is could mean requiring an online course for every graduating high student. According to The Miami Herald, virtual classrooms help reduce education spending and offer students access to more class choices.

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