Rich Media in the Online Classroom: An Interview with Drs. Phil Ice and Melissa Layne

Rich Media in the Online Classroom: An Interview with Drs. Phil Ice and Melissa Layne

At American Public University System, we recently completed a successful project to update the peer-reviewed Internet Learning Journal, which focuses on research and advancements in online learning. Our successful incorporation of rich media and interactive elements in the Journal led to a new initiative to utilize the same technology to build out state-of-the-art course applications for a 40-course pilot project to complement our traditional Learning Management System.  

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Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education

Trajectories for Digital Technology in Higher Education

In the July/August issue of Educause Review, Malcom Brown discusses six trajectories for digital technologies in higher education. As he explains, the pace of technology change can be interrupted by many factors, including the acceleration of newer technologies, so trajectories are more descriptive than predictions.

Before discussing these trajectories, Brown sets the context by defining three characteristics of today’s technology utilization in higher education.

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Renovation of Old Buildings Wally Boston AMU

Renovating Older Buildings, Revitalizing Communities

In a recent article about preserving historic building, Julianne Couch explains how renovating existing structures in towns and cities can revitalize the community. The article reminded me of our experience at American Public University System (APUS).

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Revenge of the Philosophy Majors

Revenge of the Philosophy Majors

The Aug. 17, 2015 issue of Forbes features an article by George Anders, whose premise is that brilliant coding and engineering is a given in Silicon Valley corporations but that their real value-add comes from employees who can sell and humanize their products. He writes about two executives with Slack Technologies, Anna Pickard and Stewart Butterfield, who majored in theater and philosophy, respectively.

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The Internet of Things and Big Data Are Only Just Beginning

The Internet of Things and Big Data Are Only Just Beginning

I have discussed the Internet of Things and Big Data in the past. Last week, I saw  the potential for the growth and integration of each, firsthand.

While APUS has operated as an online institution since 1993, technological advances have changed how online classes are taught, and the types offered, during that time. It’s only been in recent years that we have been able to offer more science programs thanks to wider availability of broadband, video compression, and simulations, among other enhancements.

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The Devil is in the Details

The Devil is in the Details

The Wall Street Journal wrote this week, Japan Rethinks Higher Education in Skills Push, Aug. 2, 2015 about Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s funding proposal for Japanese universities, noting that liberal arts would be pushed back in favor of business or vocational programs. The prime minister asked that the 86 nationally-funded universities submit restructuring proposals that either focused on achieving global leadership in scientific research or on vocational training.

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The Glass Cage: Automation and Us

The Glass Cage: Automation and Us

I can’t remember many non-fiction book authors whose multiple tomes have generated as much interest as Nicholas Carr’s information technology related works. Two of his three previous books, The Big Switch and The Shallows, were reviewed by me for this blog. The Glass Cage was published by Carr last year and I finally pulled it off the shelf determined to read it over the holiday weekend.

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Will College Pay Off? A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You’ll Ever Make

Will College Pay Off? A Guide to the Most Important Financial Decision You’ll Ever Make

In his latest book, Dr. Peter Cappelli tackles the complex subject of Will College Pay Off? in consumer-friendly terms understandable by parents, students and policymakers. I admire his bold approach (full disclosure: he was a member of my doctoral dissertation committee) but as an active higher education participant, wonder if anyone can adequately describe and summarize all of the issues related to whether or not attending a particular college will pay off for a student.

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Graduation 2015

Graduation 2015

With all of our students studying online from around the world, it’s rare that we have the opportunity to bring 1,000 or more of them together with our faculty and staff. APUS annually celebrates our graduating students from American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) with a ceremony that allows any who graduated over the previous year to don a cap and gown and participate in our Commencement.

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Graduation Gap Wider than Enrollment Gap for the Poor

Graduation Gap Wider than Enrollment Gap for the Poor

Susan Dynarski’s June 2 article in The New York Times elicited more than a few tweets. Dr. Dynarski, a professor of education, public policy and economics at the University of Michigan, wrote about a project called the Education Longitudinal Study that began tracking 15,000 high school sophomores in 2002. Last month, the researchers updated their educational attainment data for those sophomores and issued a report.

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