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March, 2013:

How Different Students Adapt to Online Learning

OnlineCollege.org recently posted an interesting infographic based on research done by Columbia University’s Community College Resource Center. The study analyzed 500,000 courses taken by 40,000 students within 34 Washington State colleges.

The infographic breaks up student success by many different factors–race, age, gender, and experience going into the course. As you will see, it seems to be harder for some groups of students to adapt to the online learning environment…in fact, it claims that all participants in the study did less well in online courses than they did in traditional face-to-face courses.

Check out the infographic after the jump:


Information on FREE Online Courses

The California State University has provided an extensive list of free online courses on their website. Provided on this site are Open CourseWare (OCW), featuring MERLOT.org; institutions providing OCWs, such as MIT OpenCourseWare, The Open University, and UC College Prep Open Access; and Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including edX, Udacity, and Coursera.

For more information and a full list of OCWs and MOOCs, please click here.

Thomas L. Friedman and MOOCs

The prominent and effective uses of MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses) has been both encouraging and illustrative of the wide acceptance, nationally and internationally, of integrated technology within the areas of higher education. It also presents a very promising perspective of how conventional classrooms and educational systems have welcomed and utilized these tools in creative ways that work to continually enhance the distribution, reception, and overall experiences of teaching and learning.

One instance of such use was explained in an article written last week by Thomas L. Friedman for The New York Times. Friedman speaks about his experiences learning about those who have used MOOCs in their own courses, including his friend Michael Sandel, and the impact that has come from being exposed to such a democratized approach to higher education.

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Canvas, Plain and Simple: What UW Bothell Faculty Need To Know To Prepare for Summer 2013

As we approach a full transition to the Canvas learning management system this Summer (meaning, we will not create Blackboard course sites for Summer courses), you might be asking yourself questions such as, “What do I need to know now?” and “How should I be preparing for Summer quarter?”. This article will attempt to answer these questions clearly.

What do I need to know now?

First, you need to know that Canvas is available for you to use right now. So, if you haven’t started using it already, you could begin using Canvas starting Spring quarter. If you don’t know where or how to start, we recommend attending one of our Canvas workshops. The final workshop of Winter quarter is: Thursday, March 7 from 2:30 to 4 PM. If you’re interested in coming, please complete this short survey (seriously short) to let us know you are coming. In the workshops, we’ll cover how to transfer course materials from Blackboard and provide an overview on the various features available in Canvas. We’ll also be offering additional workshops during Spring quarter (still to be scheduled).

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Teaching Hybrid at UW Bothell

With the successful conclusion of the fourth Hybrid Course Development Institute (HCDI) this winter, it’s time to take a quick look at what’s happening with hybrid courses at UW Bothell.

Hybrid courses are defined as having 25-50% of the course online, replacing face-to-face time. A number of UWB faculty and students are interested in hybrid courses because they can provide the best of both worlds, combining the flexibility and enhanced ability to interact with course materials in the online world with the personable and spontaneous experience in the face-to-face world.

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