Questions related to eLearning in Higher Education
What are your thoughts on the growing popularity of online degrees, such as online MBA and online DBA? Do you think there is an increasing trend of online degrees? Is it a good or bad idea to take an online degree program? Please explain.
What kind of scientific research dominate in the field of Determinants of e-learning development?
Please, provide your suggestions for a question, problem or research thesis in the issues: Determinants of e-learning development.
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I would like to have a reference to an authoritative or relatively well-established definition of "online education" or "online teaching" or "e-learning". I also look for definition of related terms, such as "hybrid teaching" and "distant education", "distance learning", etc.
I looked at UNESCO documents to find a kind of international set of definitions, but I couldn't find any. Does anyone have a reference or a source?
- What features the universities of the future will have?
- What should be done by professors, administrative staff and university leadership to be prepared for the future?
I need your professional opinion. I will be highly appreciated for your answers and comments!
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Dr. Vardan Atoyan
How do new information technologies implemented in the didactic processes, advanced information processing technologies change and modernize the education process at universities?
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The Internet has been developing only for 3 decades becoming the main global information medium and the environment for creating new types of websites and innovative, technological startups that are successful in business if they offer attractive information services. Examples of companies that initially as startups and now as large technology companies have achieved spectacular business successes are corporations offering Internet information and marketing services in the environment of created and developed social media portals.
Currently, there are many, at least several dozen globally operating social media portals, several of which have gained a large, minimum percentage or larger share in the market of information and marketing internet services. Globally, these markets are dominated by several social media portals that have specialized in a specific profile of information and / or information offered to a particular segment of Internet users. Social media portals dominating globally include: Facebook, Instagram, Tweeter, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest and others. Among the Internet users, the largest segment of the recipients of information services for social media portals are young people, many of whom are still students of primary and secondary schools as well as students studying at universities. As a result, social media portals used as a communication medium by students are increasingly becoming an instrument supporting the learning process.
Due to the above, the dynamic development of social media portals on the Internet is currently underway. For young people using smartphones, social media portals are one of the main sources of information. Probably the next stage in the development of social media portals will be the implementation of artificial intelligence to these portals and to search engines and the creation of applications of the type of interactive advisors on individual Internet information pages. New technologies of computerized, advanced information processing, technologies typical for the current fourth technological revolution, known as Industry 4.0, are increasingly integrating and functioning in the Internet environment.
The current technological revolution, known as Industry 4.0, is determined by the development of the following technologies of advanced information processing: Big Data database technologies, cloud computing, machine learning, Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, Business Intelligence and other advanced data mining technologies. These technologies are successively implemented to developed social media portals. Due to the development of applications of these advanced information processing technologies, new types of computerized teaching instruments are created in educational processes, and educational systems also undergo technological transformation and Education 4.0 is defined.
Do you agree with my opinion on this matter?
Therefore, I am asking you the following questions:
- Does the development of social media portals affect educational processes in schools and universities?
- How will education change in the future due to the development of smart social media portals?
- How can this development affect education, pedagogy and education in the future?
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Academic voice in this context refers to the learner becoming independent and competent academics in their own right.
Connectivism is a hypothesis of learning which emphasizes the role of social and cultural context. In this sense, Connectivism proposes to see knowledge's structure as a network and learning as a process of pattern recognition. AlDahdouh, A. A.; Osório, A. J. & Caires, S (2015). "Understanding knowledge network, learning and connectivism" (PDF). International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning.
I used to use Kahoot! to start classes/topics in a flipped-classroom-course and students as well as me found it very helpful to identify topics to discuss further in class. However, now you have to pay for it to do so- since it is not even possible to link to learning-management-systems as Moodle, this policy-change was a good point to look out for something new.
What do you use? What could you recommend and what not? Which tools are, especially in context of GDPR(-hysteria), useful?
What is the best approach to conduct final exams for engineering students, electrical and electronic engineering to be specific, during COVID-19? It should be considered that students come from different countries and some of them have traveled back to their countries. Online exams using Moodle, for instance, can be done, but there are several issues with this approach:
- Students can search for answers online or communicate with each other to solve questions.
- Some students might have Internet connectivity issues during the period of the exam.
- Different time-zones issues.
What kind of approach did your university follow?
I am going to update my methods of delivering lectures at university. Any publication link or comments on this regard will be highly appreciated!
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I need your professional opinion for my ongoing research.
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Learners are made to create their profiles and their contextual information is stored at server end. This information is updated by learner, whenever learner makes an attempt to access learning content sequential role mining comes into major role to help extracting some behavioral patterns from the database.
Does anyone have, or know where I might get a comparison of the threaded discussion features among popular learning management systems? By "features" I am thinking about threading, adaptive release, email from thread, push notifications for posts, etc.
one key criterion is Higher number of good research publication from institute .Getting higher research publication in best journals, is a long time taking and gradual process ?
ATT, I am working on a project trying to crack the problem - Have been in blended-learning for 12 years now. Let me know your thoughts if you are also interested in the topic.
Some of the most current arguments that promote the postgraduate as a process of continuous updating of the labor competencies in the present society of the knowledge
We are preparing the new ERASMUS + project (2017 - 2020) aiming at CLIL application into lectures, seminars at universities, colleges to support internationalization of Higher Education. We are looking for partners from EU universities with diverse level of internationalization of education. The experienced ones who can provide some experience and essential competences required at the pre-phase, implementation phase and running phase of providing content courses in non-mother tongue. We would like to invite to cooperate also those ones without having any experience of CLIL application into education on Tertiary level of education. If you are interested in such project work, let me know in your reply to this question. Thank you.
I am sure that everyone would agree that the students' experiences are different in the classroom compared to online learning. These experiences, of course, depend greatly on the pedagogy and instructional design.....
But can we generalize that one is better than the other? If so, what can we do to improve the one that is not as good?
Various disruptive technologies have affected teaching learning process. . In view of this , can we contemplate role for teachers, especially in higher education? He/she should be a coach, facilitator, technology savvy etc. What else can we visualize?
What are the ICT applications are available for the visually impaired persons and which is most suitable?
I am searching for PALS: a scale to measure academics' learning goal orientation (mastery, performance-approach goals, and performance-avoidance goals).
I already found PALS for students and teachers in schools. These scale are useful but not exactly what I want. What I need is a scale which administered in universities context and measures academics' goal orientation for learning NOT for teaching.
Does anyone have any suggestions for questions or measurements that would allow me to evaluate how student's goal language match the construction of an online course? For example: Do students have a focus on time - managing time, limits of time, discuss their goals in terms of time? Do they focus on the tools - taking a quiz, submitting an assignment?
I am particularly interested in capturing the student's language/intent before they see the course in the study.
Several years ago, I ran a debate with one of my professors at Education Department about human working memory. He insisted that technology has ruined human memory; many people rely more and more on their mobiles and laptops instead of their own memories. He also presented some research evidence showing that.
At that time, it was hard for me to accept this idea. I argued that human is a clever being. If tools or technologies would help us to save our memories, then is it logical to kick these technologies out or even reduce our usage of them because they harm our memories? However, my opinion was not supported by a solid theory. Cognitivism and Constructivism clearly state that our inner memories are important in a learning process.
This debate has carved in my mind and the case was not closed, at least for me. Recently, we have investigated some of new learning theories. Among a long list, we visited Actor-Network Theory, Community of Practice, and Connectivism. And to be honest, I found Connectivism wide enough to answer my question and to build upon. Knowledge is a network and learning is a process of finding patterns reside in this network. Inside or outside human skull, it does not matter.
This is not to end the discussion; actually, it is to open it. Are you with or against of proposing new learning theory? Our understanding of knowledge network, learning and Connectivism presented in this paper.
The rise of online and blended learning formats prompted the production of online materials in the virtual learning environment. But, is the quality of the these materials being checked by departments in institutions before these are uploaded for use by students? What has been the experience in your institution regarding assuring quality of online learning materials? Your feedback is much appreciated.
The analysis if focused mainly on the developing countries in Central Asia. If you have any research result in the domain, I will cite them in my report.
I am studying in educational sciences so I would like to hear from the experts in the field of social sciences. I would like to study the relationship between Learning Styles and student's socialization: how the student react with his teachers/parents/fellows/friends in Higher Education.
Any help will be highly appreciated to find the instrument/inventory/questionnaire that has been proved to be valid and widely accepted in the field.
Studies in Learning Styles are quite different in the way they conceive the scope of Learning Styles. For examples, Coffield et al. (2004) identified 5 families of learning styles:
- constitutionally-based learning styles and preferences
- cognitive structure stable
- stable personality type
- ‘flexibly' stable personality type
- learning approaches and strategies.
In each family, there are many models and inventories to examine student's Learning Styles. Coffield et al. gathered these models which are counted to 71 model. I already studied many of these models but I couldn't find any inventory that consider how the students interact in their social network (real life and online) as part of their learning styles. First, do you know any inventory that include this factor? If not, do you consider this thought worth studying?
Coffield, F., Moseley, D., Hall, E., & Ecclestone, K. (2004). Learning styles and pedagogy in post-16 learning: A systematic and critical review. Trowbridge, Wiltshire: Learning & Skills Research Centre.
http://sxills.nl/lerenlerennu/bronnen/Learning styles by Coffield e.a..pdf
South Africa is experimenting with doing away with books, pens and paper, what the students need is tablet. I need examples of countries where this has been successful.
I am interested in the processes of diffusion and sustainability of innovations and finding the connections between actions that enable and inhibit further adoption beyond the first wave of early adopters of proven elearning innovations in universities?
I'm interested in looking into research on community college students - age, demographics, etc. who are taking online classes and their learning styles - how they learn best, what types of instructional strategies (active learning, authentic, PBL, etc.) work better, etc.
Research That can include any of the following:
- Evolution of Digital Technologies relevant to the Target Audiences
- Impact of Digital Technologies on the Target Audiences
- Digital Technologies and their Impact Locally and Globally on the Industry
- Future Trends
Videos and images are common used in e-learning and many platform can support them. Contents for m-learning must be designed in order to fulfill QoS itself (speed, process, size, etc). Any suggest or experience about combining contents for e-learning and m-learning?
Preferable English-speaking countries, though reports in French and German are also invited.
Government or private organizations: education/al, technical, technology.
I am aware of the annual Allen and Seaman reports in the US, and several other recent major US reports (Chronicle of Higher Ed).
Recent IT technologies such as Social media, analytics etc is affecting and going to affcet the way we think, the way we imagine and the we way analyse. The higher education is going to get affected. Open learning platforms such as Moocs are creating waves and affecting the way we look at teaching learning process.
An important concept within modern pedagogy is knowledge building: students or colleagues interacting, learning together, and developing new information together. From the perspective of systems thinking, we can view the classroom or community as a system: composed of dynamic units or actors, autonomous, with a certain boundary, but usually part of a larger system. So, every system also needs inputs and contains processes to generate certain outputs. For the modern blended and technologically enhanced classrooms, what tools are you aware of, for using in knowledge building? Online forum and wikis have been around and effective for a long time... These tools play the role of processing, and presenting the outputs within the knowledge building system. Any other examples of computer or web based tools, for knowledge building?
In developing countries, it is difficult to find mentor/supervisor for PhD students who want to pursue their research(s) in new areas such as VGI, SDI, Spatial Data Mining, Spatial Agriculture, m-governance and crowd sourcing etc. The reasons include brain drain. Therefore, to reduce digital divide in a sense, researchers/scholars/institution who can contribute to advise students especially of developing countries voluntarily are requested to help out.
We are encouraging students to join MOOCs.Our students are deaf or have limited hearing. So we are planning to attend the course along with them to discuss their doubts after the sessions. We would like to study the effectiveness of the MOOc in them. What method should be followed?
In online courses and discussions of this type, how can instructors and teachers increase the level of interactivity to create a sense of community?
The literature suggests that learning collaboratively is more effective but in online courses the students are in a virtual community that requires them to interact through asynchronous discussions. How can the tutor promote that interaction and make the discussions more effective?
The use of learning management systems is becoming important in the view of the use of internet-based education being practiced by many universities. There are many commercial systems as well as open source and free LMS available in the market. Please see the attached report that gives a comprehensive report on the selection of LMS. In the developing world the use of LMS is still low because of the cost of commercial systems. What are the best free LMS systems that are available on the market? Do you have experience in using them? Which LMS would you would suggest adopting?
Mobile learning technology strategies across educational institutions are not unilateral. A review of the strategies shows diverse information and requirements. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey in support of mobile strategy research.
I enhanced some features in the Moodle system (e-learning),
but I don't know, what I can do with these enhancements,
I'm planning to publish these Idea, but also what about the code and reports which I wrote in Moodle.
How can I send it to the Moodle corporation, or is the company responsible for this?
Is it possible to do these enhancements under my name?
I've been encouraged to develop a dissemination strategy for my recent MA dissertation research and am not sure how to go about this. Any suggestions will be gratefully received. The dissertation concerns uptake of technology in learning and teaching. (I gained a distinction) The full work (as assessed) is available at http://webteach.penworks.net/research
E-learning is yet to be adopted as a mode of delivering instruction in Ghana. Most students and teachers in all levels of education in Ghana are yet to know and use any e-learning platform to deliver lessons. This question is therefore meant to solicit views on which e-learning platforms will be good for such a beginner country. It is also meant to collect views on which facilitating method: student led or instructor led best ensures learning.
Any comments or experience related to post-graduate students using technologies (like social media technologies) to learn academic writing or research writing are welcomed!!!
I am interested in hearing personal experiences of people in technical professions (education or in environmental sciences) or course developers that have used blended (eLearning and live instruction) and eLearning-only modules for job training and continuing education.
Were learning outcomes for eLearning only comparable, better, or worse than blended environment? Why? Suggestions for recent, relevant journal articles would be of interest as well.
**Clarification: When I say e-learning, I am interested in the asynchronous type, self-paced, which includes automatic assessments and has interactivity throughout.**
Let's discuss the cracks in higher education. Have you seen or experienced any of these: http://www.udacity.com/, https://www.canvas.net/, https://www.coursera.org/, https://www.edx.org/? Are MOOCs the future of Higher Education or just a blip on a screen?
What about DIY courses such as: http://makezine.com/
Do you participate in peer to peer info exchange such as Wikipedia?
What is happening in your world regarding these developments?
The Turkish Ministry of Education introduced tablets to be used in the classrooms and every student will have an e-pad (Ipad) tablet at the end of the piloting which is in 2015.
Short of sitting with someone and use Coot with them watching and vice-versa, I am wondering whether there is something more efficient like for example a model and map in which certain common problematic regions have been introduced on purpose.
I would like to better understand which scenarios are emerging with respect to the use of blended learning in higher education, how future developments can be more or less predicted, and which instruction design and resources choices can be based on it. Are you using Moodle, Edmodo, Wikispaces, Google Sites, Claroline? Why?
Please note that I do not ask about the "absolute basic features", such as providing access to lecture materials (slides, exercises) or the chance to incorporate one or more forums. I am more interested in additions that you think are important for supporting students and/or teachers.
Video Lectures are gaining ground in Internet. Some video lectures websites have a huge acceptation (e.g. Khan). Do you think they can replace, or at least, be equivalent to face-to-face lectures? The Khan flipped classroom is a model which proposes spending the class time doing adequate activities instead of listening the teacher all the time. Nowadays lectures can be watched at home. But what do you think about its efficacy for learning? Do students may learn the same? Do you know empirical evidences?