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An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals: Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 1919-4382; 1919-4390 ISBN: 9781771992077 9781771992084 9781771992091 Year: Pages: 225 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781771992077.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Education
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The interest in and demand for online terminal degress across disciplines by professionals wishing to conduct research and fulfill doctoral degree requirements at a distance is only increasing. But what these programs look like, how they are implemented, and how they might be evaluated are the questions that challenge administrators and pedagogues alike. This book presents a model for a doctoral program that bridges theory, research, and practice and is offered completely or largely online. In their described program model, Kumar and Dawson enable researching professionals to build an online communtiy of inquiry, engage in critical discourse within and across disciplines, learn from and with experts and peers, and generate new knowledge. Their program design is grounded in the theoretical and research foundations of online, adult, and doctoral education, curriculum design and community-building, implementation and evaluation. The authors, who draw on their experience of implementing a similar program at the University of Florida, not only share data collected from students and faculty members but also reflect on lessons learned working on the program in diverse educational contexts. An important guide for program leaders who wish to develop and sustain an online professional doctorate, An Online Doctorate for Researching Professionals will also be a valuable resource for higher education professionals seeking to include e-learning components in existing on-campus doctoral programs.

Assessment Strategies for Online Learning: Engagement and Authenticity

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 1919-4382; 1919-4390 ISBN: 9781771992329 9781771992336 9781771992343 Year: Pages: 220 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781771992329.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Education
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For many learners assessment conjures up visions of red pens scrawling percentages in the top right-hand corner of exams and feelings of stress, inadequacy, and failure. Although negative student reactions to evaluation have been noted, assessment has provided educational institutions with important information about learning outcomes and the quality of education for many decades. But how accurate is this data and has it informed practice or been fully incorporated into the learning cycle? Conrad and Open argue that the potential in many of the new learning environments to alter and improve assesment has yet to be explored by educators and students. In their investigation of assessment methods and learning approaches, Conrad and Openo aim to explore assessment that engages learners and authentically evaluates education. They insist that moving to new learning environments, specifically those online and at a distance, afford educators opportunities to embrace only the most effective face-to-face assessment methods and to realize the potential of delivering education in the digital age. In this volume practitioners will find not only an indispensable introduction to new forms of assessment but also a number of best practices as described by experienced educators.

Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media

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Book Series: Issues in Distance Education ISSN: 19194390 ISBN: 9781927356807 9781927356814 9781927356821 9781771990004 Year: Pages: 370 DOI: 10.15215/aupress/9781927356807.01 Language: English
Publisher: Athabasca University Press
Subject: Education
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Within the rapidly expanding field of educational technology, learners and educators must confront a seemingly overwhelming selection of tools designed to deliver and facilitate both online and blended learning. Many of these tools assume that learning is configured and delivered in closed contexts, through learning management systems (LMS). However, while traditional "classroom" learning is by no means obsolete, networked learning is in the ascendant. A foundational method in online and blended education, as well as the most common means of informal and self-directed learning, networked learning is rapidly becoming the dominant mode of teaching as well as learning.

In Teaching Crowds, Dron and Anderson introduce a new model for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, one that rests on connections — on networks and collectives — rather than on separations. Recognizing that online learning both demands and affords new models of teaching and learning, the authors show how learners can engage with social media platforms to create an unbounded field of emergent connections. These connections empower learners, allowing them to draw from one another’s expertise to formulate and fulfill their own educational goals. In an increasingly networked world, developing such skills will, they argue, better prepare students to become self-directed, lifelong learners.

Self-directed learning research: An imperative for transforming the educational landscape

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ISBN: 9781928396017 Year: Pages: 332 DOI: 10.4102/aosis.sdlr.2016.03 Language: English
Publisher: AOSIS Grant: North-West University
Subject: Education
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This book will benefit specialists in the field of the education sciences. It represents significant progress in knowledge production. Self-directed learning has become increasingly important, not only for education in South Africa but also for education sciences in the international arena. This is a result of the changing education landscape, caused by the demands of the 21st century as well as the rapid change in knowledge production. Learners should be equipped with skills to take responsibility for their own learning. New innovative strategies should be incorporated into teaching and learning in order to meet the changing demands in education. Traditional teacher-centred practices are still the norm in most South African schools and higher-education institutions and do not adequately prepare students for lifelong learning in the 21st century. The content focuses on the theory behind self-directed learning, explores strategies such as cooperative learning, problembased learning, case-based teaching and large-group teaching that enhance self-directed learning and the use of blended learning in a self-directed learning environment. The book demonstrates how self-directed learning can be enhanced in mathematics, computer-science and life-science education and through the use of student tutors for geography. Digital technology could, for example, also be used in innovative ways for education in isiZulu folk poetry. The findings are based on original empirical research and a sound theoretical-conceptual framework. In an environment of rapidly changing knowledge production, this book responds to the challenge of how to equip learners with the necessary skills to take responsibility for their own learning. The book presents innovative teaching and learning strategies for meeting the changing demands in education. Group activities, the responsibilities of learners and the obstacles that hinder their learning are analysed, and the way in which educators can support them is discussed. Educational values such as mutual trust are discussed, and self-directed assessment is explored. This is a timely collective work authored by experts who subscribe to the approach of self-directed learning. Educators should discover new teaching and learning strategies and value the integration of self-directed learning in the classroom.

Analyse von Lern-Service-Geschaeftsmodellen vor dem Hintergrund eines sich transformierenden Bildungswesens

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Book Series: Bochumer Beitraege zur Unternehmensfuehrung ISBN: 9783631572382 Year: Pages: 262 DOI: 10.3726/b14006 Language: German
Publisher: Peter Lang International Academic Publishing Group
Subject: Business and Management --- Education
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Sowohl für die etablierten als auch für potenzielle neue Akteure im Bildungswesen ist gegenwärtig eine systematische Planung bzw. Analyse ihrer Aktivitäten angesichts der sich wandelnden Wertschöpfungs- und Wettbewerbsstrukturen von hoher Relevanz. Peter Weber zeigt in dieser Arbeit exemplarisch für den Hochschulbereich auf der Basis des diesbezüglich in der Betriebswirtschaftslehre anerkannten Instruments der Geschäftsmodellanalyse Ansatzpunkte für eine Lern-Service-spezifische Interpretation des integrierten Geschäftsmodellansatzes auf. Die besonderen Herausforderungen liegen dabei zum einen in der für eine solche Betrachtung notwendigen ökonomischen Interpretation der implizit thematisierten Bildungsangebote, für die der Begriff der Lern-Services entwickelt wird. Zum anderen zeichnet sich das Handlungsfeld von Lern-Service-Anbietern durch eine Interdisziplinarität aus, die neben der Berücksichtigung ökonomischer auch die Berücksichtigung didaktischer Aspekte notwendig macht.

The Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching

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Book Series: SpringerBriefs in Education ISBN: 9789811526831 Year: Pages: 140 DOI: 10.1007/978-981-15-2683-1 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Education
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This book provides a practical philosophy for promoting students' sophisticated thinking from Early Childhood to PhD in ways that explicitly interconnect across the years of education. It will help teachers, academics and the broader learning and teaching community to understand and implement these connections by introducing a conceptual framework, the Models of Engaged Learning and Teaching (MELT). By covering the nature, philosophy, practice and implications of MELT for teachers and students alike, the book will help teachers to facilitate students’ awareness of, and increasing responsibility for, the thinking demanded by subject and discipline-specific learning as well as interdisciplinary learning, whether face to face, online or in blended modes. The book will also provide educators with ways to effectively engage with complex, and sometimes conflicting, contemporary educational concepts, and with a diverse variety of colleagues involved in the learning and teaching enterprise. The book provides guidance that allows curriculum improvement, teacher action research and larger-scale research to be reported on from a common perspective, bridging the gap between those readers focused on research and those focused on teaching. The book shares valuable insights and ways of addressing the contemporary issue of discipline-based learning versus transdisciplinary learning, reducing the dichotomy and enabling the two approaches to complement each other. This is an Open Access book.

Digitale Medien und Interdisziplinarität

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ISBN: 9783830933380 Year: Pages: 354 Language: german
Publisher: Waxmann Verlag
Subject: Education
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An der Erforschung und Erprobung der mediengestützten Lern- und Arbeitsszenarien in Wissenschaft und Hochschule sind Expertinnen und Experten aus unterschiedlichsten Domänen beteiligt. Damit steht die Aktivität der Gesellschaft für Medien in der Wissenschaft (GMW) unter dem Zeichen der Interdisziplinarität. Bereits etabliert sind Fächerkombinationen wie die Mediendidaktik oder die Medieninformatik. Im wissenschaftlichen Alltag entstehen jedoch deutlich mehr interdisziplinäre Schnittstellen, deren Erörterung und Untersuchung das Thema der GMW-Tagung 2015 sind. Die Tagungsbeiträge finden sich in den Themenbereichen Digitale Medien und Interdisziplinarita¨t, Open Educational Resources, Gescha¨ftsmodelle sowie Gestaltung und Praxis wieder. Die GMW 2015 will den Diskurs zur Nutzung digitaler Medien in interdisziplinären Settings durch wissenschaftlich und praktisch fundierte Studien bereichern und konsolidieren.

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