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Sarah Askins

Getting Instructors On Board with E-Textbooks


A growing trend among textbook publishers are e-textbooks. In addition to the hard copy of a textbook, textbook publishers offer online learning tools to supplement the textbook materials; however, instructors are not fully utilizing these new online materials. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, instructors are not recognizing the full potential of the online supplemental materials to improve student performance in the classroom.

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Sarah Askins

Students Value Internet Over Teachers

In a recent survey of community college students, over half of the students polled valued access to high-speed internet over instructors. According to an article in The Washington Post, community college students are taking more online education courses, engaging in more online homework and tutorials, and benefiting from a more flexible learning model. These results could explain why community college students value the internet over any person involved in the community college experience.

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Sarah Askins

Creating an Personal Online Teaching Style

With the increasing popularity of online courses, many college and university instructors face a new challenge—conveying their unique teaching style through an online course. According to an article on Faculty Focus, an effective online course instructor will establish personal teaching style which will foster a more cohesive online learning community. Many instructors infuse their teaching styles in online course through clear communication, solid course design, and current technology.

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Jason D. Baker

New Federal Agency for Educational Technology?

According to The Chronicle of Higher Education and the journal Science, President Obama is planning to propose a new agency within the U.S. Department of Education to develop and promote educational technology.

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Sarah Askins

Graduate Students Create Competition for Blackboard

With a simple graduate course assignment “to find the worst software for online education and make it better,” Brian Whitmer and Devlin Daley , two Brigham Young University graduate students, focused on improving the “learning management system software or LMS.” According to an article in The Salt Lake Tribune, Whitmer and Daley searched for an LMS that would be more user-friendly than industry leader Blackboard. When they couldn't find a better LMS, these two students created “Canvas” which is more “intuitive” and more readily “accessible” than any other LMS on the market.

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