Thursday, January 28, 2010

Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning

Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning
A study of online learning from the US Dept. of Education (released June 2009)

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UNC-Charlotte has a nice (and succinct) overview of the study -

A systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identified more than a thousand empirical studies of online learning. Analysts screened these studies to find those that (a) contrasted an online to a face-to-face condition, (b) measured student learning outcomes, (c) used a rigorous research design, and (d) provided adequate information to calculate an effect size. As a result of this screening, 51 independent effects were identified that could be subjected to meta-analysis. The meta-analysis found that, on average, students in online learning conditions performed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction. The difference between student outcomes for online and face-to-face classes-measured as the difference between treatment and control means, divided by the pooled standard deviation-was larger in those studies contrasting conditions that blended elements of online and face-to-face instruction with conditions taught entirely face-to-face. Analysts noted that these blended conditions often included additional learning time and instructional elements not received by students in control conditions. This finding suggests that the positive effects associated with blended learning should not be attributed to the media, per se. An unexpected finding was the small number of rigorous published studies contrasting online and face-to-face learning conditions for K-12 students. In light of this small corpus, caution is required in generalizing to the K-12 population because the results are derived for the most part from studies in other settings (e.g., medical training, higher education).

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

2010 Horizon Report

The 2010 Horizon Report is now available - (.pdf also available at this site)

The annual Horizon Report describes the continuing work of the NMC’s Horizon Project, a research-oriented effort that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have considerable impact on teaching, learning, and creative expression within higher education.

Six technologies to watch -

Mobile computing
Open content
Electronic books
Simple augmented reality
Gesture based computing
Visual data analysis

Saturday, January 23, 2010

AECT Elections - Now in progress - until Feb. 26

I want to encourage all IDT students/alumni who are members of The Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) to login and vote. Elections will be open until February 26, 2010.

Remember, AECT members can join as many divisions as desired (at no cost) and may vote in any of the division elections. ESU IDT alumnus, Enilda Romero is on the ballot for the Research and Theory Division Graduate Student Board representative. Currently, Dr. Colorado is president-elect of the Research and Theory Division and Dr. Childress is a past-president of the division and current AECT board representative and AECT executive committee member.

Not a member, yet? The $50 Student Membership comes with all Member Benefits, including free online access to many publications, such as The Handbook of Research for Educational Communications and Technology (Third edition) - 928 pages (quite a deal!) and a one-year subscription to TechTrends For Leaders in Education and Training, and other member-only benefits.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

IDT Webinar - ID in Higher Ed. - Feb. 9th 8-9p.m. (Central)

IDT webinars are BACK!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 from 8pm to 9pm (Central)

Elizabeth Ermis, Instructional Technologist at Guilford College in North Carolina will be discussing the role of instructional design in her position. Liz is also a recent graduate of the IDT program and one member of the winning team of the 2009 Pacificorp Instructional Design competition sponsored through the Association for Educational Communications and Technology.

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Those who have not yet used Adobe Connect Pro, sometime before the start time, visit and follow the instructions in steps 1 and 2 (under Create Meetings). Install the Adobe Acrobat Connect Add-in for Windows or Macintosh Operating Systems. The Acrobat Connect Add-in allows you to share your screen and upload files to meetings. Test your computer to make sure that you are set up with all of the tools you will need to participate in the meeting.

Before the webinar is due to begin, direct your browser to

Enter the room with your login and password (your ESU/Blackboard login and password) - if you are a current ESU student/faculty/staff member

Enter as a Guest - if you are an ESU alum. or guest (or if you have any difficulty logging in with your ESU login)

AECT 2010 Call for Proposals

Come join Instructional Design and Technology faculty and fellow students at the 2010 AECT Convention! The Call for Proposals is now available! You can access it by going to the following link: