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Call for Papers: 2014 Conference of the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL)

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at the 2014 Conference of the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL), to be held October 14-16, 2014 in Lubbock, Texas. The conference will be hosted by Texas Tech University Independent School District. Each year, we seek to discuss the concerns and new developments in the field of distance, online, and independent learning. We encourage proposals on topics in research and assessment, student services, curriculum development, instructional design, marketing, administration, and teaching. Presentations may be by individuals or groups and may use a variety of formats old or new (lecture, panel discussion, group interaction, hands-on sessions). Website:   http://www.adeil.org .

The Benefits of Reverse E-Teaching in Military Education

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The concept of reverse teaching has been around for nearly 200 years. In practice it has led to both strong and poor performance of students. This is often dependent on the motivation of the student and whether or not they are actively reviewing materials and making connections between that information. A paper by Maria Constantinescu (2013) discussed how reverse teaching works with e-platforms in the military.  Reverse teaching is a process whereby the teacher provides the necessary materials and tools for students to understand theoretical concepts. Students study on their own time and then come back to class to show what they know. It is based off of a model implemented by the 1817 Colonel Sylvanus Thayer at West Point who is known as “Father of the Military Academy”.  The same process also occurs in an online environment whereby the instructor provides the right materials and students use these materials to study the concepts. The class is used as a place where they c

Online Learning through Social Constructionist Practices

Education is more than transferring knowledge from one person to another without integrating the information. It requires the building of a sense of community so that students can see themselves in a different light and find support for their goals. A study by Shackelford & Maxwell (2012) helps to define how a sense of community is developed in an online educational environment. Accordingly, they found that introductions, group projects, sharing personal experiences, class discussions, and exchanging resources made all the difference. Of these exchanging resources for learning seemed to be the most important.  Online education is not simply about posting information in a forum. It is about the way in which that information is presented for maximum learning and having students cognitively engage in the process of learning. There are varying aspects of learning that include social reinforcement and mental processes that further the way in which students understand the informa