19 février 2016

Building Sense of Community at a Distance

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis article challenges the belief that strong sense of community is limited to the traditional classroom and proposes that the virtual classroom has the potential of building and sustaining sense of community at levels that are comparable to the traditional classroom. More...

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IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning) - Vol 3, No 1 (2002)

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTable of Contents


Peter S. Cookson

Research Articles

Judith B. Strother
Michael Davis, Albert Rouzie
Scott McLean, Lavinia Gasperini, Stephen Rudgard
Avigail Oren, David Mioduser, Rafi Nachmia
Alfred P. Rovai

Research Notes

Towards a Strategy for Improved Student Retention in Programmes of Open, Distance Education: A Case Study From the Open University UK
Susan Tresman
Electronic Tutorials: Indonesian Experience
Tian Belawati, Mohamad Toha Anggoro, A.P. Hardhono, Tri Darmayanti
Online Learning Activities: Beginning An International Collaboration
Tom Nickel

Book Notes

Book Review - African Youth on the Information Highway: Participation and Leadership in Community Development. Editors: O. Ogbu and P. Mihyo
Richard Siaciwena
Book Review - Supporting Students in Open and Distance Learning. Author: Ormond Simpson
Ramesh Sharma
Book Review - Keeping Students in Higher Education: Successful practices and strategies for retention. Authors: D. Moxley, A. Najor-Durack and C. Dumbrigue
Susan Tresman

Technical Notes

Chat and Instant Messaging Systems
Jennifer Stein, Debbie Garber, Jon Baggaley
Software Evaluation Criteria and Terminology
Diane Belyk, David Feist
Fully Featured vs. Lean-and-Mean?
Jon Baggaley
Dual-Platform Products (PC and Mac)
David Feist, Diane Belyk
Evaluating Vendor Supplied Information
Patrick J. Fahy

Full Issue

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The University of Texas System TeleCampus: A statewide model for collaboration

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe University of Texas (UT) System has been meeting educational needs of students for over 150 years. In 1997, the UT System initiated the development of the UT TeleCampus, a centralized facilitation point for distance learning. The TeleCampus opened its virtual doors in May 1998, focused entirely on support services for students. By late 1998, the TeleCampus had begun developing what would become collaborative benchmark online programs for the UT System. More...

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Ukraine Open University: Its Prospects in Distance Education Development

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe genesis, initiation, and expansion of distance education at the Ukraine Open International University for Human Development, located in Kyiv, will be examined in this case study, starting with a brief look at the positive changes taking place in Ukraine's traditional educational system, as well as recent developments in the country's distance education (DE) system. More...

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A New Learning Model for the Information and Knowledge Society: The Case of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Spain

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningWhen it was created in 1995, the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) served only 200 students and offered two degrees. Today, it has expanded its activities to serve over 20,000 students and 16 official degrees. UOC also offers more than 250 continuing education courses for those wishing to pursue learning opportunities outside of UOC’s official degree programs. As an innovative university, UOC offers a new way of experiencing education, one that is capable of providing answers to an emerging global and universal knowledge society. More...

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Open University Center of the Pontifical Javeriana University, Colombia

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningAccording to García Canclini (1990) there is the assumption that Colombia is a hybrid society. Upon this standpoint, and within a traditional higher education structure characterized by being fundamentally conventional or campus based, the Open University Center of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana was created as an education program that breaks with every traditional scheme, which in turn, encourages a new learning pattern. The Open University Center emerges as a "social response" focused on the "here and now" of today's society in Colombia. More...

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Global Perspectives: The University of South Australia (UniSA) Case Study

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis case study describes current developments in the change processes that are underway at the University of South Australia (UniSA) as it develops from a dual mode institution to one that embraces flexibility in delivery of all of its courses and programs. Forces operating in the context of higher education are causing traditional institutions to become dual mode. More...

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The Development of CyberLearning in Dual-Mode: Higher Education Institutions in Taiwan

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningOpen and distance education in Taiwan has evolved into the third phase – cyberlearning – conceptualized as teaching and learning interactions mediated entirely through the application of state-of-the-art information and communications technologies (ICT), such as the Internet and World Wide Web (WWW). More...

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Out of the Shadow and Into the Spotlight: The Development of Distance Teaching in Norwegian Higher Education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningOn October 4, 1914, The Norwegian Correspondence School (NKS) accepted its first student, a woman, who, for a fee of NOK 10, registered for two courses (Amdam and Bjarnar, 1989). Seventy-five years later, distance education has become an important part of Norwegian higher education. More...

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A Top Down Strategy to Enhance Information Technologies into Israeli Higher Education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis article examines the integration of the new information technologies (IT) into Israeli higher education, and most particularly its research universities through a top-down strategy, initiated by the Israeli Council for Higher Education since the end of 1999. This top-down strategy has created a systemic change that will affect the many layers of university activities rather than in a random, sporadic manner undertaken by enthusiastic individuals. This article discusses the built-in contradictions and dilemmas in the process of adapting distance teaching methods by conventional universities in Israel (as well as in other higher education systems). It examines the merits of a top-down strategy aimed to implement the IT through a macro-level, systemic approach, and analyses the differential uses of the IT in Israeli higher education institutions, relating to variables of: access-outreach; teaching-learning processes; study materials production; data and information retrieval; administrative functions; the creation of "researcher" communities; inter-institutional collaboration; and associated costs. The article concludes with some suggestions for effective implementation of the IT in different types of higher education institutions in a comprehensive and systematic manner, that will take into account their academic ethos and organizational infrastructure, and cater to the unique needs and characteristics of their relevant constituencies. More...

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