November 29, 2015

Distance education in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar -2004

Distance education in Mongolia Distance education in Mongolia

Distance education in Cuba

A revolutionary tank at the Universidad de Havana

Distance education in Cuba Distance education in Cuba

Distance Education in Afghanistan

Kuchi family near Bamian

Distance Education in Afghanistan Distance Education in Afghanistan

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

A mosque in Arar, Northern Saudi Arabia

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

South Africa

White rhinos in Pilanesburg

South Africa South Africa

This Month’s Featured Post

Research on ‘academic innovation centres’ supporting online learning

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Bishop, M. and Keehn, A. (2015) Leading Academic Change: An Early market Scan of Leading-edge Postsecondary Academic Innovation Centers Adelphi ML: William E. Kirwan centre for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland What is this paper about? This is a paper about the development of ‘academic innovation centers’ in the USA. These go by a variety […]

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What students spend on textbooks and how it affects open textbooks

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Update on British Columbia’s open textbook project

BCcampus has just announced that as of October 30, 2015, it has now made available 23 new 'Common Core' open textbooks for the Province of B.C.’s Trades Apprenticeship Programs. This brings the total number of open textbooks in the BCcampus project to 136, covering both core university and college programs. All these books are available for free downloading under a Creative Commons license, … [Read More...]

University of Central Florida introduces online adaptive learning

Russon, G. (2015) UCF offers high-tech homework tailored to students, Orlando Sentinel, November 23 This article presents a short written account and a video of the adaptive learning program being introduced at the University of Central Florida (which is one of the pioneers of blended learning). It is being used particularly in large classes to personalize the learning. There's not much … [Read More...]

Recording of webinar on choosing modes of delivery

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Low-cost online courses in film and media studies: do they work?

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Using 2D virtual reality for online role playing

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Another perspective on the personalisation of learning online

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