26 février 2016

Challenges for Study Centers in an Electronic Age: A case study of the Center for Distance Education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis paper reports on developments in study centers in Germany and in particular the experience of the Center for Distance Education at Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg. Emphasis in this paper has been placed on the challenges faced by German universities in the electronic age, which in its early stages began in 1995. The purpose of this paper is to ground the establishment of open and distance study centres vis-à-vis the unique cultural and institutional circumstances characteristic of Germany and its institutions of higher education. More...

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25 février 2016

Redefining the cost and complexity of library services for open and distance learning

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningAlthough most universities profess a belief that libraries are a key element in learner support, the full cost and complexity of providing quality library services to support open and distance education tend to be underestimated. It is argued in this article that this underestimation, in part, may reflect a lack of appreciation by faculty and university administrators of the role libraries play in the (distance) learning process. More...

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Gagne's and Laurillard's Models of Instruction Applied to Distance Education

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis article presents an overview of the instructional models of Gagne, Briggs, and Wager (1992) and Laurillard (1993, 2002), followed by student evaluations from the first year of an online public health core curriculum. Both online courses and their evaluations were developed in accordance with the two models of instruction. More...

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Using Web-Based, Group Communication Systems to Support Case Study Learning at a Distance

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis study explored the capacity of Web-based, group communication systems to support case-based teaching and learning. Eleven graduate students studying at a distance were divided into three groups to collaborate on a case study using either a synchronous voice, an asynchronous voice, or a synchronous text communication system. More...

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Online Education Systems in Scandinavian and Australian Universities: A Comparative Study

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis article presents a comparative study of online education systems in Norwegian, Swedish, and Australian universities. The online education systems discussed comprise content creation tools and systems for learning management, student management, and accounting. The author of this article arrives at the conclusion that there seems to be a general lack of integration between theses systems in all three countries. Further, there seems to be little focus on standards specifications such as IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) and Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) in higher education in all three countries. More...

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Global and Critical Visions of Distance Universities and Programs in Latin America

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe future of any region’s higher education infrastructure cannot be a matter of guesswork; instead it must be built upon a solid foundation that is both rationally and soundly constructed. This postulate is especially important for regions such as Latin America experiencing problems associated with underdevelopment. Universities, particularly those specializing the area of science and technology, can and do play a constructive role in the advancement and improvement of modern society. However, the current Latin American educational context, which is less than optimal, can be compared with other similarly developing countries around the world, many of which have produced high quality university and scientific systems. Why is Latin America lagging behind? This is a good question that deserves closer examination. More...

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The eClassroom used as a Teacher's Training Laboratory to Measure the Impact of Group Facilitation on Attending, Participation..

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis paper describes and quantifies the role of group facilitation in an experiential, real-time, online, university level credit course entitled eAHSC/230 Interpersonal Communications and Relations. A new and unique group interaction pattern called parallel communication, as well as classical elements of group interaction are described and quantified. New measures of online group facilitation attributes with analogous face-to-face (F2F) counterparts are presented. Specifically, the impact of effective group facilitation on Attentiveness, on Interaction, on Involvement, and on Participation is explored. More...

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IRRODL (International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning) - Vol 3, No 2 (2002)

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningTable of Contents

Research Articles

Editorial ~ Online Postgraduate Education: Some reflections
Peter S. Cookson
Mia Lobel, Randy Swedburg, Mike Neubauer
Miguel Casas Armengol
Morten Paulsen
Bobbie Chan
Jia Frydenberg
Mark Kretovics, James A. McCambridge
Terry Anderson, Liam Rourke
Mike Sosteric, Susan Hesemeier
Peggy Hannon, Karl E. Umble, Lorraine Alexander, Don Francisco, Allan Steckler, Gail Tudor, Vaugn Upshaw
Tatana Olson, Robert A. Wisher
Stephen Parnell
Dimitris Vergidis, Chris Panagiotakopoulos

Research Notes

Simulating the Computer Science Closed Laboratory in an Asynchronous Learning Network
Timothy Margush
The Effect of Self-selection on Student Satisfaction and Performance in Online Classes
Helen Simon, Pan Yatrakis
Role of Delivery, Course Design and Teacher-Student Interaction: Observations of Adult Distance Education and Traditional On-Campus Education
Om Kumar Harsh, M. Sadiq Sohail
Leadership and Distance Education in Higher Education: A US Perspective
Sonja Irlbeck

Book Notes

Book Review - Educación a Distancia: de la teoría a la práctica
Alejandro Pisanty
Book Review - Sustaining Distance Education: Integrating learning technologies into the fabric of the enterprise. Editor: Zane L. Berge
David Passmore
Book Review - The Third Shift: Women Learning Online. Author: C. Kramarae
Barbara Spronk
Book Review - Preparing your Campus for a Networked Future: Educuase Leadership Strategy No. 1. Editor: Mark A. Luker
Erin Keough
Book Review - Socio-Economics of Virtual Universities: Experiences from open and distance higher education in Europe. Editors: Friedhelm Nickolmann and Gerhard E. Ortner
Paul Kirshner
Book Review - Delivering Digitally: Managing the transition to the knowledge media. Editors: A. Inglis, P. Ling, and V. Joosten
Terry Anderson

Technical Notes

International E-learning Specifications
Norm Friesen, Rory McGreal
Online Polling Services
Jon Baggaley, Tom Kane, Bill Wade
Online Video Conferencing Products
Pam Craven, Brian Keppey, Jon Baggaley
Chat and Instant Messaging Systems (synchronous): Report 2/3
Ellen Kinsel, Merv Roy, Harley Waldman, Donna (M. M.) Woloschuk, Patrick J. Fahy
Chat and Instant Messaging Systems (synchronous): Report 3/ 3
Patrick J. Fahy, Brian Ludwig, Jon Baggaley, Krista Poscente
Integrated Collaborative Tools
Lynn Fujino, Neil Martindale, Sharon Mulder, Clare Woodward, Patrick J. Fahy

Full Issue

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IRRODL Volume 3, Number 2

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The Development of Social Climate in Virtual Learning Discussion Groups

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningAs the educational use of computer mediated communication (CMC) increases there is growing interest among researchers as to social processes evolving within the varied models of group work using Internet, e.g., special interest groups, topical discussion groups, discussion forums attached to virtual courses, and learning communities. In this paper we present a synthetic summary of five studies that explored social climate issues in synchronous and asynchronous online activities in academic courses, focusing on the following questions: Does a social atmosphere develop in online learning discussion groups? What are the different modes of social interaction are manifest in online learning discussion groups? What is the role of the virtual teacher with regards to the social climate in online learning discussion groups? Discussed are the implications of these five studies' on the design of virtual-learning-discussion-groups, and the results for the characterization of teacher moderation functions. More...

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19 février 2016

The University of Texas System TeleCampus: A statewide model for collaboration

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThe University of Texas (UT) System has been meeting educational needs of students for over 150 years. In 1997, the UT System initiated the development of the UT TeleCampus, a centralized facilitation point for distance learning. The TeleCampus opened its virtual doors in May 1998, focused entirely on support services for students. By late 1998, the TeleCampus had begun developing what would become collaborative benchmark online programs for the UT System. More...

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