04 avril 2016

Ghosts, stars, and learning online: Analysis of interaction patterns in student online discussions

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningDiscussions are commonly used in online teaching and have been shown to foster student learning and collaboration. This case study uses content analysis to explore the interaction patterns of student online discussions during a semester-long teacher preparation course using concepts from sociometry. Findings suggest that interaction patterns were influenced by the content of student posts. More...

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University faculty’s perspectives on the roles of e-instructors and their online instruction practice

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningDespite the rapid use of e-Learning in higher education, the beliefs of instructors about and their practices during online instruction have been seldom addressed. This study explores the role perceptions of e-instructors in higher education. In total, 106 instructors from 20 Taiwanese universities filled out a questionnaire. More...

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First steps towards a university social network on personal learning environments

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe evolution of the media and the Internet in education today is an unquestionable reality. At the university level, the use of Web 2.0 tools has become increasingly visible in the new resources that professors have been incorporating both into the classroom and into their research, reinforcing the methodological renewal that the implementation of the EHEA has demanded. More...

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Factors driving learner success in online professional development

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis study examined factors that contributed to the success of online learners in an online professional development course. Research instruments included an online survey and learners’ activity logs in an online professional development course for 512 in-service teachers. More...

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Exploring the moderating role of perceived flexibility advantages in mobile learning continuance intention (MLCI)

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe primary purpose of this study was to explore the key factors that could affect mobile learning continuance intention (MLCI), and examine the moderating effect of perceived flexibility advantages (PFA) on the relationship between key mobile learning elements and continuance intention. Five hundred undergraduate students who had previously adopted mobile devices to learn English took part in this study. More...

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Coping with the challenges of open online education in Chinese societies in the mobile era: NTHU OCW as a case study

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningIn an era witnessing the rapid development of information technology, mobile devices have brought revolutionary changes to learning. A single conventional media platform is not enough for the various mobile devices. Technology-enriched educational environments supported by different devices are important research issues nowadays. More...

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Telecommuting academics within an open distance education environment of South Africa: More content, productive, and healthy?

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningOutside an academic setting, telecommuting has become fairly popular in recent years. However, research on telecommuting practices within a higher education environment is fairly sparse, especially within the higher distance education sphere. More...

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Promoting reflection in asynchronous virtual learning spaces: Tertiary distance tutors’ conceptions

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningIncreasingly, universities are embedding reflective activities into the curriculum. With the growth in online tertiary education, how effectively is reflection being promoted or used in online learning spaces? Based on the notion that teachers’ beliefs will influence their approaches to teaching, this research sought to understand how a group of distance tutors at the UK Open University conceptualised reflection. More...

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Examining the impact of video feedback on instructor social presence in blended courses

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis mixed method research examined instructors’ use of video feedback and its impact on instructor social presence in 12 blended sections of three preservice educational technology courses. An independent samples t-test was conducted and found no significant difference in perceptions of instructor social presence between students who received video feedback (M = 5.77, SD = 0.85) and those who received text (M = 5.62, SD = 0.75); t(178) = 1.23, p = 0.22. More...

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Global transition in higher education: From the traditional model of learning to a new socially mediated model

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis article reports on the pedagogical value of Web 2.0 tools at Unisa (i.e., whether these tools can improve teaching and learning). A quantitative approach was used to conduct the study, with a questionnaire as a data collection instrument. More...

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