Digital Learning in Higher Ed

How to Build Meaningful Community for Online Learners #DLNchat

Learning is often a social process, taking place through dialogue, discussion and other forms of interpersonal interaction. Even when it happens individually, having a supporting community can provide learners with the motivation and opportunities for applying and connecting knowledge.With more and more students learning remotely, the #DLNchat community set out last week to answer the question: How can universities create meaningful community for online students?

When His Roster Outgrew His Classroom, This Prof Mastered Modular Online Curriculum

It was an unanticipated scheduling issue that challenged Dr. Bruce Robertson to completely redesign a classroom course to fit an online/in-class hybrid format—in just two weeks.

UMass Will Build a National Online College. But What About Its Previous Online Offshoot?

University of Massachusetts president Marty Meehan made a splash this week by announcing plans to build a large-scale online college for adult learners that aims to compete with giants like Arizona State University and Southern New Hampshire University.

Empathy Isn’t Enough: Power Imbalances In Edtech Must Shift

As agencies like UNESCO call for global citizen education, in an aim to create peaceful and sustainable societies, online education is being increasingly used to boost cross-cultural dialogues and promote shared values through empathy and compassion-building.

Much Ado About MOOCs: Where Are We in the Evolution of Online Courses?

A lot has changed since 2012 or, the year the New York Times dubbed the "Year of the MOOC." The premise back then was that classes would make high-quality online education accessible for all—and for free. Today, many MOOC providers now charge a fee. They’ve rolled out bundles of courses called ‘Specializations’ or ‘Nanodegrees.’ And popular providers like Coursera and edX are increasingly partnering with colleges and universities to offer MOOC-based degrees online.

How One Professor Uses Podcasts to Teach Empathy and Social Justice

Necessity is often the mother of invention. For Dr. Jessica Calarco, it was motherhood itself that necessitated—or at least sparked—innovation.

Games Can Breed Uncivil Behavior. They Can Also Teach Digital Citizenship.

For most children, online video games offer an early window into social interactions with friends—and strangers. These virtual realms have become the latest hotspots where parents, teachers and guardians attempt to reinforce safe, positive and responsible behaviors online.

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