04 avril 2016

An exploratory study of effective online learning: Assessing satisfaction levels of graduate students of mathematics education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis exploratory research project investigated graduate students’ satisfaction levels with online learning associated with human (professor/instructor and instructional associate) and design factors (course structure and technical aspects) using a survey study. More...

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Multi-country experience in delivering a joint course on software engineering – numerical results

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningA joint course, created as a result of a project under the auspices of the ‘Stability Pact of South-Eastern Europe’ and DAAD, has been conducted in several Balkan countries: in Novi Sad, Serbia, for the last six years in several different forms, in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia, for two years, for several types of students, and in Tirana, Albania, in the form of a crash, 7-day course, for the last two years. More...

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Benchmarking the habits and behaviours of successful students: A case study of academic-business collaboration

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningStudent success and retention is a primary goal of higher education institutions across the world. The cost of student failure and dropout in higher education is multifaceted including, amongst other things, the loss of revenue, prestige, and stakeholder trust for both institutions and students. Interventions to address this are complex and varied. More...

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A cultural-historical activity theory investigation of contradictions in open and distance higher education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningDrawing upon cultural-historical activity theory, this research analyzed the structural contradictions existing in a variety of educational activities among a group of alienated adult students in Korea National Open University (KNOU). More...

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Roles and student identities in online large course forums: Implications for practice

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe use of large online discussion forums within online and distance learning continues to grow. Recent innovations in online learning such as the MOOC (massive open online course) and concomitant growth in the use of online media for the delivery of courses in traditional campus based universities provide both opportunity and challenge for online tutors and learners alike. More...

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Post-secondary distance education in a contemporary colonial context: Experiences of students in a rural First Nation in Canada

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningPost-secondary distance education gives students and their families living in remote and rural regions the option to stay in their communities while they study instead of moving closer to the universities in cities. Post-secondary distance education is an option in many rural and remote First Nation (Indigenous) communities in Canada. More...

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The reciprocal and correlative relationship between learning culture and online education: A case from Saudi Arabia

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe purpose of this paper is to build on the insights of educators regarding the relationship between culture and online learning. More specifically, this paper aims to explore the ways in which students’ culture of learning is changing as a result of the introduction of various modes of online learning. It also aims to explore the ways in which culture and cultural values affect the application and success of online-learning strategies. More...

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IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning) - Vol 15, No 1 (2014)

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTable of Contents


Editorial: Volume 15, Number 1
Dianne Conrad

Research Articles

Jesse Simon, Kevin Burton, Emily Lockhart, Susan O'Donnell
Jacqueline Aundree Baxter, Jo Haycock
K. P. Joo
Elizabeth Archer, Yuraisha Bianca Chetty, Paul Prinsloo
Zoran Budimac, Zoran Putnik, Mirjana Ivanović, Klaus Bothe, Katerina Zdravkova, Boro Jakimovski
Joohi Lee
Katy Jordan
Yu-Chun Kuo, Andrew E. Walker, Brian R. Belland, Kerstin E. E. Schroder, Yu-Tung Kuo
Roger Harrison, Isla Gemmell, Katie Reed
Guo-Heng Luo, Eric Zhi-Feng Liu, Hung-Wei Kuo, Shyan-Ming Yuan
Cheryl Ann Kier
Joel Samson Mtebe, Roope Raisamo
Natalya Emelyanova, Elena Voronina
Josep Grau-Valldosera, Julià Minguillón
Amani K Hamdan

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IRRODL Volume 15, Number 1

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Les structures de l’insertion par l’activité économique. Un accompagnement très diversifié durant le parcours d’insertion

PNGLe taux d’encadrement des salariés en insertion dans le secteur de l’insertion par l’activité économique est très variable selon les structures. Chaque permanent en charge de l’accompagnement dans les entreprises d’insertion et les ateliers et chantiers d’insertion suit entre 2 et 4 salariés contre 10 ou plus dans les associations intermédiaires et les entreprises de travail temporaire d’insertion.
Cette différence résulte en partie de leurs activités : production pour les premières et mise à disposition auprès de clients pour les secondes. Les structures recourent à une multiplicité d’outils pour bien accompagner les salariés durant leur parcours d’insertion : désignation d’un référent, remise d’un livret d’accueil, entretiens de suivi, bilans socioprofessionnels, etc…
L’accompagnement dispensé diffère selon la nature des difficultés sociales rencontrées par les salariés : les problèmes administratifs et d’accès aux droits, de mobilité, de logement et d’endettement sont ceux pour lesquels les responsables de structures déclarent le plus souvent mettre en œuvre un accompagnement. Il varie également selon l’intensité des difficultés rencontrées : plus de 80 % des structures augmentent la fréquence des entretiens avec les permanents lorsque leurs salariés rencontrent davantage de difficultés.

- Dares Analyses 2016-019 - Les structures de l’insertion par l’activité économique

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U-Multirank releases third global university rankings: US research dominance hides diverse strengths in global higher education

u multirank logoMonday 4 April: Today U-Multirank, the largest global university ranking, has published its latest release of data online (www.umultirank.org), revealing that, while American universities continue to dominate research performance, the picture is far more diverse when it comes to teaching and other strengths.
The third annual edition of U-Multirank is the largest since its launch in 2014 featuring over 1,300 universities, from more than 90 countries, with more than 3,250 faculties and 10,700 study programmes. It includes over 27,000 performance scores at an institutional level alone and another 66,000 in 13 subject areas, many of which are included for the first time.
Among the wealth of data published today is a set of 10 performance lists, each showing 25 top-performing universities according to a different U-Multirank indicator. These paint a picture of great diversity among high performers and show that the long-held esteem for American universities relies on a particularly narrow view of the purpose of higher education.
The results, which are exclusive to U-Multirank, look at performance indicators ranging from staff-student ratios in teaching to citation rates for research publications.
The 'top cited publications' indicator is just one measure of research excellence and it is dominated by 18 US universities out of the 25 top performers. In particular Rockefeller University, MIT, Stanford and Harvard outperformed the rest of the world. There are only 6 European universities in this specific list: one from Finland, two from France, one from Switzerland and two from the UK. For the largest volume of research publications, the picture is similar: 12 US universities, and only five European (four UK and one from France), five Asian, two Canadian and one from Brazil.
The situation is reversed, however, for 'co-publications with industrial partners', a key measure of 'knowledge transfer'. In this indicator 17 out of the 25 top performers are from Europe, including many technical universities and universities of applied sciences, such as the top three performers: Reutlingen UAS, Nuremberg IoT and Munich UAS - all from Germany.
For interdisciplinary publications, both European (12) and Asian (11) universities outperform US institutions (only 1). And the top 25 university performers on the indicator 'regional joint publications' indicates that 21 European universities have a strong publishing culture with organisations in their own region, while not a single US university is on this list.
Thus, universities' role as global centres of excellence is reflected in many measures, not only of research but also of teaching and learning, knowledge transfer, internationalisation and regional engagement.
The U-Multirank lists make it clear that top performance is for instance also found in 'student mobility' where patterns of strength are not geographic at all. The list of top performers here is dominated by business schools. And some of the best student-staff ratios, which are often regarded as more supportive to students' learning, are found in a number of European countries (Belgium, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain) as well as in Brazil and Japan.

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