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Katrina Meyer A. Student Engagement Online: What Works and Why. ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 40, Number 6

Katrina Meyer A. Student Engagement Online: What Works and Why. ASHE Higher Education Report, Volume 40, Number 6

What makes online learning engaging to students? Engagement depends upon designing learning that is active and collaborative, authentic and experiential, constructive and transformative. While students and instructors can inadvertently act in several ways to decrease student engagement in online coursework, research indicates a range of options that have been proven to engage students in their online courses. This report explores the learning theories, pedagogies, and active learning options that encourage student engagement, push them to think more deeply, and teach them how to learn. It guides instructors on how to evaluate the effectiveness of technological and software tools, and to evaluate and assess the activities, learning, and retention occurring in their online classes. Finally, it will help instructors find inspiration for engagement from the face-to-face settings that can be translated into the online environment. This is the 6th issue of the 40th volume of the Jossey-Bass series ASHE Higher Education Report. Each monograph is the definitive analysis of a tough higher education issue, based on thorough research of pertinent literature and institutional experiences. Topics are identified by a national survey. Noted practitioners and scholars are then commissioned to write the reports, with experts providing critical reviews of each manuscript before publication.

Ryan Padgett D. Emerging Research and Practices on First-Year Students. New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 160

Ryan Padgett D. Emerging Research and Practices on First-Year Students. New Directions for Institutional Research, Number 160

What factors contribute to students’ lasting success? Much research has explored the impact of the first year of college on student retention and success. With the new performance-based funding initiatives, institutional administrators are taking a laser-focused approach to aligning retention and success strategies to first-year student transition points. This volume enlightens the discussion and highlights new directions for assessment and research practices within the scope of the first year experience. Administrators, faculty, and data scientists provide a conceptual and analytical approach to investigating the first-year experience for entry-level and seasoned practitioners alike. The emerging research throughout this volume suggests that while many first-year programs and services have significant benefits across a number of success outcomes, these benefits may not be universal for all students. This volume: Examines sophisticated empirical models Provides critical assessment practices and implications. Examines the four-year college and the two-year institution, which is just as critical. This is the 161st volume of this Jossey-Bass quarterly report series. Timely and comprehensive, New Directions for Institutional Research provides planners and administrators in all types of academic institutions with guidelines in such areas as resource coordination, information analysis, program evaluation, and institutional management.

Commodity Bureau Research The CRB Commodity Yearbook 2005 with CD-ROM

Commodity Bureau Research The CRB Commodity Yearbook 2005 with CD-ROM

Dubbed the «bible» by market analysts and traders since 1939, The CRB Commodity Yearbook provides indispensable information on over 100 domestic and international commodities. The Yearbook includes seasonal patterns and historical data, pricing and trading patterns on a monthly and annual basis, and more than 1,000 charts, tables, and graphs covering production/consumption, supply and demand patterns, and trading highlights. Gathered from government reports, private industry, and trade and industry associations, the data is compiled by the Commodity Research Bureau for this indispensible report. You?ll find: Worldwide supply/demand and production/consumption data for all the basic commodities and futures markets – from A(luminum) to Z(inc), including all the major markets in interest rates, currencies, energy, and stock index futures. Over 900 tables, graphs, and price charts of historical data, many of which show price history dating back to 1900. A fact-filled CD-ROM featuring valuable commodity information in an easy-to-use electronic format. Concise introductory articles that describe the salient features of each commodity and help put the quantitative information in perspective. Articles by prominent professionals on key markets and important issues, including several by CRB Chief Economist, Richard W. Asplund: ?Major Commodity Bull Market Continues in 2004," «U.S. Economy in 2004 Shows Strong Growth,» «World Economy in 2004 Shows Improvement,» and «China Continues to Drive Global Commodity Prices.» Order your copy today! Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.