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Simplify Your Compliance Process by Going Paperless

Charlotte Shupert, Product Manager, Compliance Solutions for Evisions, wrote a blog post on simplifying the Compliance process.   Charlotte discusses that keeping in compliance with ever-changing guidelines requires mountains of paperwork and can lead to a slow review and approval process — if you’re not prepared.  Adopting an electronic system will free employees from hours of paperwork shuffling and do the documentation, so the  team can get on to the important thing — research.
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Time to retire from online learning?

Forgive me for being personal in this post (well, it is a blog), but I also have a few important things to say professionally. The context I was 75 yesterday and as I’ve tried to do each birthday for the last 25 years, I spent the day skiing at Whistler. (A wonderful day: sunshine and […]
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Why successful consortia for online learning are so difficult

Fishman, R. (2013) State U Online Washington DC: The New America Foundation Fishman, R. (2014) Seeking Your Input on Online Consortia and Online Community Colleges WCET Frontiers It would seem obvious that there would be great advantage in building consortia for online courses, so that courses could be shared between institutions, thus saving institutions the cost […]
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A new MOOC on how to do blended learning

Kelly, R. (2014) EDUCAUSE and UCF launching blended learning MOOC Campus Technology, 3 April EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida are offering a free MOOC called ‘BlendKit2014 – Becoming a Blended Learning Designer‘, which will run initially from April 21 to May 27. It is aimed primarily at faculty and instructional designers, will come away […]
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Contact North on Online Learning, Innovation, Flexibility and Open Educational Resources

Contact North’s humble office in Sudbury, Ontario Contact North continues to produce a range of interesting short pieces on different aspects of online learning. (Disclaimer: I am a Contact North research associate, and have contributed a few times.) The April 9 edition of Contact North’s Online Learning News contains three such contributions (all these pieces […]
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MADLaT conference in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in May

What: 13th Annual MADLaT conference: The conference promises lots of opportunities for you to explore relevant issues in e-learning and educational technology, inspire you with new ideas and provide time for you to network with colleagues Who: The Manitoba Association for Distributed Learning and Training. Where: Red River College Notre Dame Campus located at 2055 Notre Dame Ave, […]
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Learn to fly – online

Warnock, C. (2014) 1,600 students worldwide take online flight classes Daily Herald, April 5 “Yeah, you’ll be telling me next that you can learn to fly a plane online – what, you can?!” Not only that, you can get a Bachelor of Science in Aviation from the Utah Valley University, Orem, the largest public university […]
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Blogs and wikis in formal higher education: examples of open education

  Raths, D. (2014) An e-portfolio with no limits Campus Technology, March 2 This is an article on a project by the University of Mary Washington, Virginia, that enables all students to create their own academic web presence through the provision of a university-wide blogging platform. The article provides some good examples of student work […]
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Does distance education socialize students? A study from Québec

Loisier, J. (2014) Socialisation des Etudiants en FAD au Canada Francophone Montréal QC: REFAD REFAD (the Canadian francophone distance education network) has published a very interesting research paper on socialization and distance education in francophone Canada by one of its research consultants, Dr. Jean Loisier. If you can read French, and are interested in research […]