Category Archives: Higher education

New book

Excited to announce the publication of our new book “Educational Communities of Inquiry: Theoretical Framework, Research and Practice” and my contribution as coauthor! I wrote a chapter entitled Effective Teaching Practices to Foster Vibrant Communities of Inquiry in Synchronous Online … Continue reading

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Online learning future resides in seamless integration of distance students in the university’s regular activities

In today’s world, pretty much every student ends up taking online courses. According to Allen and Seaman (2011), there are over six millions online students (that is, taking at least one online course) in the United States. So how are … Continue reading

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Lifelong learning in glowing colors: Reality or delusion?

Having faced a lot of personal challenges myself, I have always been a strong proponent of increased access to higher education. Thanks to my graduate diploma in multimedia instructional design and master’s degree in distance education and having spent the … Continue reading

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Great references on synchronous online learning (webconferencing)

I am just taking a moment to share these good readings on synchronous online learning (webconferencing) as a way of engaging students and fostering communities of inquiry. Chen, N.-S., Ko, H.-C., Kinshuk, Lin, T. (2005). A model for synchronous learning … Continue reading

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Ensuring quality online learning

In this report shared by Tony Bates, Bill Gates offers his views on ensuring quality online learning: One step that would help is having course standards that break down all of the various things to be learned into a clear … Continue reading

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The academic publishing game

Thanks to Dr Inger Mewburn, who is a Research Fellow at RMIT University in Australia, for sharing great information in PhD2Published. Publish or perish… But where you choose to publish has to be a thoughtful decision and apparently, graduate students … Continue reading

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Using online class time wisely

In a recent talk (Quest 2010), Alec Couros suggested that lectures be put on course websites and class time be used for coaching, which is exactly what I think. It makes so much sense especially at the graduate level where … Continue reading

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