“Opening” a new kind of school: The story of the Open High School of Utah

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe use of online learning at the primary and secondary school level is growing exponentially in the United States. Much of this growth is with full-time online schools, most of which are operated by for-profit companies that use proprietary online course content. In this article we trace the development of, and philosophy behind, a full-time online school that uses open access software and open educational resources for course content. More...

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Automatic evaluation for e-learning using latent semantic analysis: A use case

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningAssessment in education allows for obtaining, organizing and presenting information about how much and how well the student is learning. The current paper aims at analysing and discussing some of the most state-of-the-art assessment systems in education. Later, this work presents a specific use case developed for the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, which is an on-line University. More...

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A multimedia approach to ODL for agricultural training in Cambodia

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningOpen distance learning (ODL) has long been an important option for formal and non-formal education (NFE) in most developed and developing countries, but less so in post-conflict countries, including Cambodia. However, in Cambodia there is now greater awareness that ODL can complement traditional face-to-face educational approaches, particularly as there is a shortage of teachers in the country. More...

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Learning in multiple communities from the perspective of knowledge capital

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningIn a learning system, multiple communities represent a networked structure of learning experiences. Individuals belong to multiple communities connected though complex relationships consisting of people, resources, rituals, and ties. Learning occurs as individuals traverse this network from one community to the next. This paper explores the question of how learning occurs in compound communities from the perspective of knowledge capital, that is, the communities’ collective knowledge, skill, and perspective, as well as relationships and connections among members. More...

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Peer Portal: Quality enhancement in thesis writing using self-managed peer review on a mass scale

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis paper describes a specially developed online peer-review system, the Peer Portal, and the first results of its use for quality enhancement of bachelor’s and master’s thesis manuscripts. The peer-review system is completely student driven and therefore saves time for supervisors and creates a direct interaction between students without interference from supervisors. More...

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A framework for developing competencies in open and distance e-learning

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningMany open universities and distance education institutions have shifted from a predominantly print-based mode of delivery to an online mode characterised by the use of virtual learning environments and various web technologies. This paper describes the impact of the shift to open and distance e-learning (ODeL), as this trend might be called, on the course design practices of faculty members at a small single-mode distance education university in the Philippines. More...

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Uses of published research: An exploratory case study

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningAcademic publications are too often ignored by other researchers. There are various reasons: Researchers know that conclusions may eventually be proved wrong; publications are sometimes retracted; effects may decline when studied later; researchers occasionally don’t seem to know about papers they have allegedly authored; there are even accusations of fraud (Cohen, 2011). More...

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Identifying barriers to the remix of translated open educational resources

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningRemix is touted as one of the most important practices within the field of open educational resources (OER). But remixing is still not mainstream practice in education and the barriers and limitations to remix are not well known. In this article we discuss the design and development of a print and web-based booklet created to introduce the topic of OER to schoolteachers. More...

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Employability in online higher education: A case study

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningOver the past 15 years, learning in distance education universities has become more interactive, flexible, collaborative, and participative. Nevertheless, some accounts have highlighted the importance of developing more instrumental and standardized educational practices to answer the challenges of employability. More...

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