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Sarah Askins

E-Learning for Teens with Autism

Learning how to navigate the socially challenging world of high school can be stressful for autistic teenagers. Even with the support of teachers and parents, teenagers with an autism diagnosis struggle to complete basic tasks and learn social skills needed for success. What if an e-learning application for smart phones could assist these teenagers through various social situations? According to the research of Peter Ohrstrom in his article Helping Autism-Diagnosed Teenagers Navigate and Develop Socially Using E-Learning Based upon Mobile Persuasion, Ohrstrom discusses the prototype of a mobile application that could be customized to help autistic teenagers in challenging situations.

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Finding a Student's Voice in the Online Classroom

Students attending traditional college campuses have the opportunity to interact with their professors and others students daily. For some students, the logistics of attending college on campus is an impossibility due to geographic limitations, and online classes offer students a way to earn a college degree without being physically present on a college campus. Do online students miss out on the social interactions and discussions that traditional college students engage in daily? Are these discourses important for education, and how can it be incorporated into online courses? According to an article by Mariann Solberg entitled Educating the Citizen of Academia Online?, Solberg posits that online courses need to have a discursive space for social interactions among students and professors by using synchronous technologies in addition to asynchronous.

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Encouraging Open Sourcing in Education

 

For many community college students, the prospect of earning a two year degree is exciting. These students look forward to better jobs, better life circumstances; however, many of these students do not finish these degree programs. In March 2010, President Obama encouraged lawmakers to increase funding substantially to community colleges to increase the percentage of students graduating. While this measure did not pass, both the Departments of Education and Labor  collaborated on a new federal funding program for community colleges. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, community colleges can receive federal funding if those schools will develop more open education resources  or OER's.

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Computers for Tutors: Individualized Online Learning

Debuting this summer, a new computer base learning program dubbed Knewton will be introduced into several mathematics classrooms on the Arizona State campus. Knewton provides students with almost instantaneous feedback on their progress, speeds up the material if the students understand the concept, and signals to the professor if students are not grasping course objectives. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, Knewton and other open source computer based learning programs have the potential to assist students struggling with the course material and reward students who are grasping key concepts in the course.

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Education Apps: The New Use for Smart Phones

With the ubiquitous presence of the iPhone or Droid smart phones on college campuses, students carry around a potential learning tool. Smart phones can access the internet, a plethora of applications designed for education, but how can these devices change education? In 2008, Abilene Christian University wanted to see how smart phones could better education, and they provided students and faculty with iPhones or iPod Touches. According to an article in The Chronicle for Higher Education, several universities are developing applications for smart phones that would help students engage with the material, their professors, and each other.

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