Volume 13, Issue 4 - December 2009

Re-examining & Repositioning Higher Education: 20 Economic and Demographic Factors Driving Online & Blended Program Enrollments

Kristen Betts, Drexel University
Kenneth Hartman, Drexel University Online
Carl Oxholm III, Drexel University

Economic and demographic shifts in the United State are transforming higher education. With substantial reductions in state funding, increasing campus energy and operational costs, endowments generating reduced returns, and a national economic readjustment of unprecedented proportions, higher education must re-examine and reposition itself to meet new and emerging challenges. This...

Application and Evaluation of the Ecological Psychology Approach to Instructional Design (EPAID)

Judith Effken, Marylyn McEwen, Deborah Vincent, Kimberly Shea, Dianna Garcia-Smith, Youngmi Kang, College of Nursing, the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Michael Young Department of Educational Psychology, The University of Connecticut

Teaching online can be particularly challenging when there is a need to immerse students located anywhere in the world in specific environmental contexts. We used the Ecological Psychology Approach to Instructional Design (EPAID) to design four courses in two concentration areas (Border Health, and Workforce and Healthcare Delivery Environments). In...

Is the Whole Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts? A Comparison of Small Group and Whole Class Discussion Board Activity In Online

Catherine A. Bliss, Center for Distance Learning Empire State College
Betty Lawrence, Center for Distance Learning Empire State College

Methods for characterizing asynchronous text-based discussions have received significant attention in the literature. In this study, we examine student and instructor posts made in seventeen undergraduate mathematics courses over the duration of a fifteen-week semester (n=6964 posts). We apply our previously developed multifactor discussion board metric to compare differences in...

The Emotional in e-Learning

Raafat George Saadé, Concordia University
Dennis Kira, Concordia University

This study investigates perceived ease of use and overall computer/internet experience as emotional factors that affect e-learning. Results suggest that online learning systems design should address typical software interfaces so that students feel more comfortable using them.  ...

A Synthesis of Sloan-C Effective Practices: December 2009

Janet C. Moore, The Sloan Consortium

Encouraging continuous improvement in the quality, scale and breadth of online education, the Sloan Consortium invites practitioners to share effective practices. This report synthesizes effective practices submitted by Sloan-C members to the online collection at http://www.sloanconsortium.org/effective as of December 2009. The synthesis includes links to the provider institutions and...