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What You Need to Know about Digital Copyright Before Your Online Classes Get Stolen

Posted by Dean Asher on Dec 2, 2015 4:30:00 AM

From unlocked dorms to unattended textbooks, most college campuses have had occasional issues with theft. But with the rise of online classes and venues in which you can view them, educators are facing a new kind of theft: misappropriation of their online lectures and webinars.

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Increasing the Amount of Digital Content You Offer

Posted by Carrie Watkins on Nov 18, 2015 7:00:00 AM
Technology is ubiquitous in the lives of the online student. From the LMS to the word processing and researching tools students need to complete their coursework, student devices are critical to a successful experience. So it only makes sense that students access their course materials on their devices as well. But it’s not always a simple task to replace a print textbook with its digital twin. While publishers are converting more and more of their newer content to a digital platform, there is still a lot of material that is only available in a low-tech format.

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5 Ways to Foster Community in Online Courses

Posted by Dean Asher on Jul 1, 2015 4:00:00 AM
Instructors and administors alike agree that community is an integral aspect of the classroom. That said, the classroom can look a lot different now than it did a few decades ago. In the case of online programs and MOOCs, sometimes the classroom isn't a room at all. So how do you develop a sense of community in these courses? Heather VanMouwerik at GradHacker offers the instructor's perspective for developing an active online discussion that can work for both classes that meet in person or online. Could you implement these strategies at your program? We've included her five bullet points, but the full post is a great read on building digital communities that fill the importance of peer-to-peer communication in education. Read her whole post here.

 

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