01 mars 2016

Adaptation for a Changing Environment: Developing learning and teaching with information and communication technologies

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis article examines the relationship between the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) and learning and teaching, particularly in distance education contexts. We argue that environmental changes (societal, educational and technological) make it necessary for Higher Education in general, and distance education in particular, to adapt those systems and practices that are not appropriate for the changing environment. More...

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A Multi-Island Situation Without the Ocean: Tutors' perceptions about working in isolation from colleagues

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningDistance education is generally seen as a very isolating experience for students, but one often forgets that it can be an equally isolating experience for teaching staff, who sometimes must work in isolation from colleagues. This study examines the experiences of nine tutors at one of the 10 biggest universities in the world, Universtiy of South Africa's (Unisa) Reading and Writing Centres. More...

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Identification, Motivation and Job Satisfaction among Tutors at the Open University of Israel

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTutors in the OUI- The Open University of Israel (a distance learning institution) are often the only academic staff who have direct contact with students. Therefore, their performance is crucial for the university. However, the nature of their job might hinder optimal performance: they are temporary and part time employees, thus having low job security. Their academic freedom is limited and in most learning centers of the OUI they are professionally isolated. More...

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"It's a unique role!" Perspectives on tutor attributes and expertise in distance language teaching

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis article outlines the background to, and progress on, a project based on work carried out at the Open University UK (OUUK). The aim of the project is to articulate the attributes and expertise required by tutors of languages in distance education. A review of the literature on the roles and competencies required for tutors operating at a distance indicates that the specific context of language teaching has received relatively little attention from researchers in the field. More...

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Portable Applications in Mobile Education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningPortable software applications can be carried on a convenient storage medium such as a USB drive, and offer numerous benefits to mobile teachers and learner. The article illustrates the growing field of ‘portable apps’ in reviews of seven contrasting products. More...

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IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning) - Vol 7, No 2 (2006)

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTable of Contents


Issues, Challenges and Possibilities for Academics and Tutors at Open and Distance Learning Environments
Heather Kanuka

Research Articles

Monica Shelley, Cynthia White, Uwe Baumann, Linda Murphy
Ruth Beyth-Marom, Gal Harpaz-Gorodeisky, Avaid Bar-Haim, Eti Goder
Ilse Fouche
Adrian Kirkwood, Linda Price
Dariya Mukamusoni
Cheuk Fan Ng
B. J. Eib, Pam Miller

Book Notes

Book Review – Education and Health Structure: An overview
Sherri Melrose

Technical Notes

Jon Baggaley

Full Issue

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IRRODL Volume 7, Number 2

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Student Success in Face-To-Face and Distance Teleclass Environments: A matter of contact?

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningLearning from a distance continues to gain popularity. An influx of traditional, and even on-campus students attest to its flexibility, but are they equipped to succeed in a low-contact distance environment versus a face-to-face, on-campus environment? This research explored whether several variables including background, preparedness and self-perceptions assessed within the first week of class contributed differently to the success of students completing one-way distance teleclasses (n = 35) versus students completing the same classes in face-to-face, on-campus environments (n = 64). More...

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Attitudes and Perceptions of Students to Open and Distance Learning in Nigeria

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningIn the West African Region of Africa, the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is the first full fledged university that operates in an exclusively open and distance learning (ODL) mode of education. NOUN focuses mainly on open and distance teaching and learning system, and delivers its courses materials via print in conjunction with information and communication technology (ICT), when applicable. More...

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Online Graduate Study Health Care Learners' Perceptions of Instructional Immediacy

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningInstructional immediacy is an established communication strategy that teachers can implement to create engaging learning environments. And yet, little is known about experiences distance education learners in graduate study programs have had with immediacy. This article presents findings from a qualitative research project designed to explore health care students' ideas about and activities related to instructional immediacy behaviors within a masters program offered exclusively through a WebCT online environment. More...

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Plagiarism by Adult Learners Online: A case study in detection and remediation

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningDetecting and combating plagiarism from Web-based sources is a concern for administrators and instructors involved in online distance education. In this paper, we quantify copy-and-paste plagiarism among adult learners in an online geography course offered through Penn State's World Campus Geographic Information Systems (GIS) certificate program. More...

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