March 2010 Archives

Who does best in online classes?

16473113.jpgA wide variety of students engage in e-learning, from high school students to parents looking for a career boost -- and they use and engage with it in many different ways.

But research shows that certain types of students are most likely to succeed in an e-learning environment. These are:

  • Motivated learners, who are proactive and have sticktoitiveness
  • Autonomous learners, who can self-regulate and control their own learning experiences
  • Learners of all ages, with the motivation and autonomy to succeed

The research has implications for course instructions, too. They may want to work into their course design some elements that help students self-monitor, and be mindful to set progressive deadlines. Instructors may, when possible, want to incorporate real-time chats, lectures or other synchronous course elements, encourage reflection and foster interactivity.

For more information, read the full literature review in eLearn Magazine.

30327112.JPGEarlier this month, the federal Department of Education released a draft of its 2010 National Educational Technology Plan--which focuses on increasing and improving online learning in K-12 settings as well as higher ed.

Kids are using technologies heavily in non-academic areas of their lives, and the report details a desire to bring those technologies into classrooms to ensure that students learn the skills they will need to work and exist in an increasingly technology-driven world. It encourages partnerships between primary and secondary schools and higher ed institutions and lays out scenarios for students to finish high school courses in order to get into college and the ways increased technology in K-12 education will affect students and institutions as they transition into college.

The report and overarching strategy is part of a push by President Obama to raise the proportion of college graduates by a third to 60 percent and close the achievement gap among disparate groups.

E-learning to be worth $50 billion by 2014

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If the analysts are right, the field of e-learning only has one way to go: up.

A new report by research firm Ambient Insight calculated the dollar value of e-learning to be $27.1 billion in 2009--and predicts that to nearly double to almost $50 billion by 2014.

The boom is thanks, in large part, to academic institutions. In higher ed, for-profit e-learning institutions are and will continue to be major players, and a slow economy has likely fueled the e-learning trend.

Students Worry About iPhone Addiction

An interesting article from the Chronicle of Higher Education on iPhone use. The Chronicle, citing a Standford Univeristy study of 200 students who own iPhones, reported that 75% of the students who own the phones said they made them feel happier. According to Stanford instructor Tanya Luhrmann, "It was not so much with the object itself, but it had so much personal information that it became a kind of extension of the mind and a means to have a social life." The article also references an extended treatment of the study that appears in the San Jose Mercury News.

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