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August, 2009:

Electronic Discussion Groups: How Initial Parameters Influence Classroom Performance

Electronic Discussion Groups: How Initial Parameters Influence Classroom Performance
Christine B. Williams and Thomas Murphy

A study of electronic discussion groups found that initial parameters affected student participation and perceived value.

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Link: http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAU…

Programming Handheld Devices to Enhance Learning

Programming Handheld Devices to Enhance Learning
Anne L. Bishop, Kriss Dinkins, and James L. Dominick

Software engineers on the information systems research and development team at Wake Forest University have developed an application that turns a Pocket PC into a Web server, a real-time quizzing device, a presentation controller, and a class communications device. Available to other educational institutions for downloading, this application, called ClassInHand, gives faculty powerful tools for enhancing existing instructional methodologies and exploring new pedagogical possibilities.

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Link: http://www.educause.edu/library/EQM0318

The Hybrid Online Model: Good Practice

The Hybrid Online Model: Good Practice
Margaret A. Martyn

The hybrid model, which encompasses a first class face-to-face meeting, weekly online assessment and synchronous chat, asynchronous online threaded discussion, e-mail, and a last class face-to-face exam, provides an excellent way for institutions to enter the online arena and still ensure quality courses. This model demonstrated effectiveness for adult learners at a small liberal arts college for the past two years. Based on this success, the college plans to increase the number of hybrid online courses offered in the next year. With the pressure to enter the online education arena, the hybrid online model may be an excellent fit for many institutions.

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Link: http://www.educause.edu/library/EQM0313

Getting the Grants: Boost Your Chances!

Getting the Grants: Boost Your Chances!
John Moore

Grants help fill the funding gap at a time when dollars from government coffers—and even some private sources—have dwindled. In the information technology arena, a number of tech companies offer grants that can help advance university research and instructional programs. That’s the good news. Now for the bad news: Competition abounds and only a handful of grant seekers obtain funding.

Read the full article at the Campus Technology link below to learn how you can increase your chances of acquiring a grent…

Link: http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2006/03/Getting-th…