04 avril 2016

Blending online asynchronous and synchronous learning

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningIn this article I will share a qualitative self-study about a 15-week blended 100% online graduate level course facilitated through synchronous meetings on Blackboard Collaborate and asynchronous discussions on Blackboard. I taught the course at the University of Tennessee (UT) during the spring 2012 semester and the course topic was online learning environments. More...

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An elaborated model of student support to allow for gender considerations in Asian distance education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningResearch indicates that distance education (DE) students regard learner support systems as the key element in quality provision. This study sought to identify the key concerns of Asian DE students regarding support provision in different types of DE and dual-mode providers and formulate a student support model which took account of gender issues. More...

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Designing online interaction to address disciplinary competencies: A cross-country comparison of faculty perspectives

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis study was conducted at colleges in three countries (United States, Venezuela, and Spain) and across three academic disciplines (engineering, education, and business), to examine how experienced faculty define competencies for their discipline, and design instructional interaction for online courses. A qualitative research design employing in-depth interviews was selected. Results show that disciplinary knowledge takes precedence when faculty members select competencies to be developed in online courses for their respective professions. More...

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A framework for interaction and cognitive engagement in connectivist learning contexts

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis paper explores the characteristics and principles of connectivist learning in an increasingly open and connected age. A theory building methodology is used to create a new theoretical model which we hope can be used by researchers and practitioners to examine and support multiple types of effective educational interactions. More...

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Monetizing French distance education: A field enquiry on higher education value(s)

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningA field enquiry in French distance education allows us to analyze the evolution of a specific institution towards new public management: Parallel to a trend of free courseware and open education, there is a paradoxical reality of distance education monetization. Whereas history shows how traditional French education is a state controlled public good, a new policy is changing the organization’s culture towards a commercial and industrial activity. From inside the institution, we describe the cultural changes, with its human resources, accounting, and marketing dimensions. We relate debates about the institution’s business model within the economy of knowledge – selling either services or contents, focusing on the learner’s experience. More...

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Investigating MOOCs through blog mining

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningMOOCs (massive open online course) is a disruptive innovation and a current buzzword in higher education. However, the discussion of MOOCs is disparate, fragmented, and distributed among different outlets. Systematic, extensively published research on MOOCs is unavailable. This paper adopts a novel method called blog mining to analyze MOOCs. More...

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Cost-savings achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resources

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTextbooks represent a significant portion of the overall cost of higher education in the United States. The burden of these costs is typically shouldered by students, those who support them, and the taxpayers who fund the grants and student loans which pay for textbooks. More...

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Investigating perceived barriers to the use of open educational resources in higher education in Tanzania

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe past few years have seen increasingly rapid development and use of open educational resources (OER) in higher education institutions (HEIs) in developing countries. These resources are believed to be able to widen access, reduce the costs, and improve the quality of education. However, there exist several challenges that hinder the adoption and use of these resources. More...

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A path analysis of educator perceptions of open educational resources using the technology acceptance model

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningOpen educational resources (OER) are making their way into a variety of educational contexts from formal lesson planning to just in time learning. Educators and training professionals have been recognized as an important audience for these materials. The concepts of self-efficacy and outcome judgment from social cognitive learning theory serve as theoretical constructs to measure educator perceptions of OER. More...

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Mass customization of education by an institution of HE: What can we learn from industry?

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningOne of the claims the OER movement makes is that availability of (open) digital learning materials improves the quality of education. The promise is the ability to offer educational programs that take into account specific demands of the learner. The question is how to reach a situation where a customized demand can be met using OER with acceptable quality against acceptable costs. More...

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