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Article Plus 5 – November 2016

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The non-traditional student and relationship with online learning technology is becoming more and more prevalent in education today. However, some institutions are having some resistance when it comes to fully embracing the idea of online classrooms. Read this paper about overcoming these barriers, specifically at an American university in Lebanon.

Article specifics: El Turk, S., & Cherney, I. (2016). Administrators’ and Faculty’s Perceived Online Education Barriers and The Role of Transformational Leadership at a US University in Lebanon.Creighton Journal of Interdisciplinary Leadership,2(1), 15-31.

Plus 5

Five other links to ed-tech resources or issues that you may be interested in:

  1. Move fast, but be careful: the challenges of education tech. Listen to this podcast interview with Brian Grey, CEP of Remind (an app that connects schools with students and parents). You can subscribe to Mashable podcasts on iTunes, Google, and Stitcher.
  2. 3 Ways to prove the ROI in Open Educational Resources (OER): This article is on the University of Cincinatti Online Respiratory Therapy program that uses OER. It reports that adopting OER resulted in increased retention and provides an example of using the cloud for hosting OER.
  3. US Dept of Ed unveils free online tool for rapid evaluation of edtech products: This tool helps answer questions like about education technology. Does your ed tech program lead to the desired outcomes? Should you keep paying for a software tool you’re already using? Should you buy the software you’re pilot testing?
  4. Want to make your own app? There are free classes for that. This article links to approachable teaching resources for app creation on Windows 10, Android, and iOS.
  5. 12 Step-by-step points to write your first online course. This is written for readers that don’t have the great support available at UNMC, but the steps listed are still useful to consider when creating online curriculum.

About the Author

Teresa “Teri” Hartman, MLS, is an associate professor in education and research at the McGoogan Library of Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center. She shares information on Twitter, including public health, IPE, leadership, edtech, future tech, and higher education.

  thartman@unmc.edu  |   @thartman2u

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