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In Celebration of National Distance Learning Week at UNE Online

A history rooted in innovation As a continuously evolving institution, the University of New England has one of the most unique histories in higher education. Established as Westbrook College in 1831, the University merged with St. Francis College (est. 1939) in 1996 to become the University we know today – UNE. From this rich history…

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Learning Styles: How we engage with the world

If you have been following this blog, just a few months ago, we wrote about common learning styles and what effect they have on learners and teaching methods and practices, and that to a large extent these are not well-evidenced in either science or practice, but for some reason have a wide acceptance. Today, we are tackling a different take on learning styles – rather learning preferences in…

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Sending email messages to students from a Blackboard course

We all have our workflow preferences and places that we check to stay connected. Some prefer using Course Messages (which in our configuration won’t send the message to a student’s email, unfortunately), and others prefer using actual email service. There may be a practice compromise to accommodate both the need for convenience such as emailing…

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ACTEM Conference Sneak Peek: Scoop.it

We’re off tomorrow to Bangor, ME, to present at the annual ACTEM Conference . I am presenting with the lovely Susan Barrett Hyde on the subject of web tools for scaffolded assignments. I hope to subdivide the general scope of the presentation into several blog posts to tide me over into 2016, and I thought I’d start…

Webinar for Health Informatics

You’re Invited! New Health Informatics Webinar

New Health Informatics Webinar Announced! Curious about Health Informatics? Want to get the inside scoop? Attend the informational webinar! This coming Tuesday, October 20th from 7-8pm, learn all about the program’s structure, support resources, and industry demand – straight from UNE Online’s staff! Go to to https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8391377455423394818 reserve your spot. We’re looking forward to sharing program details…

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Collaboration in Online Courses: Group Work

We often use group work in our online courses, and success varies among courses, projects, and students. Overall, our ultimate goal is organic learning, fostering an online community of learners and stimulating active participation in it. This, however, is not always achieved with a stellar consistency. Reflecting on our use of groups in courses, a…