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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Jan 17, 2012 Volume 13, Number 1

Editors

Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 15

  1. An open education resource supports a diversity of inquiry-based learning

    Catherine Schmidt-Jones, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

    There have been numerous calls for research that demonstrates how open education resources (OERs) are actually being used. This case study sought to shed light on the users of a well-visited set of... More

    pp. 1-16

  2. Toward a CoI population parameter: The impact of unit (sentence vs. message) on the results of quantitative content analysis

    Paul Gorsky, Avner Caspi, Ina Blau, Yodfat Vine & Amit Billet, Open University of Israel

    The goal of this study is to further corroborate a hypothesized population parameter for the frequencies of social presence versus the sum of teaching presence and cognitive presence as defined by ... More

    pp. 17-37

  3. Pretesting mathematical concepts with the mobile phone: Implications for curriculum design

    Rita Kizito, University of South Africa

    One of the neglected elements when teaching at a distance is establishing what learners already know at the beginning of the course or module. Unlike the face-to-face environment, in distance... More

    pp. 38-55

  4. Heutagogy and lifelong learning: A review of heutagogical practice and self-determined learning

    Lisa Blaschke, Oldenburg University / University of Maryland University College

    Heutagogy, a form of self-determined learning with practices and principles rooted in andragogy, has recently resurfaced as a learning approach after a decade of limited attention. In a... More

    pp. 56-71

  5. Science teacher training programme in rural schools: An ODL lesson from Zimbabwe

    Misheck Mhishi, Bindura University of Science Education.; Crispen Bhukuvhani & Abel Sana, Bindura University of Science Education

    This case study looked at 76 randomly selected preservice science teachers from Mbire and Guruve districts who were learning at the Mushumbi Centre in Zimbabwe and assessed their motivations for... More

    pp. 72-86

  6. Investigating instructional strategies for using social media in formal and informal learning

    Baiyun Chen & Thomas Bryer, University of Central Florida

    Despite the high popularity of personal use of online social media, a low percentage of students and instructors use them for educational purposes. This qualitative study explores the use of social... More

    pp. 87-104

  7. An investigation of communication in virtual high schools

    Marley Belair

    Virtual schooling is an increasing trend for secondary education. Research of the communication practices in virtual schools has provided a myriad of suggestions for virtual school policies. The... More

    pp. 105-123

  8. Connectivism and dimensions of individual experience

    Carmen Tschofen & Jenny Mackness

    Connectivism has been offered as a new learning theory for a digital age, with four key principles for learning: autonomy, connectedness, diversity, and openness. The testing ground for this theory... More

    pp. 124-143

  9. Online social networks as formal learning environments: Learner experiences and activities

    George Veletsianos & Cesar Navarrete, University of Texas at Austin

    While the potential of social networking sites to contribute to educational endeavors is highlighted by researchers and practitioners alike, empirical evidence on the use of such sites for formal... More

    pp. 144-166

  10. Rapport in distance education

    Elizabeth Murphy & María Rodríguez-Manzanares, Memorial University of Newfoundland

    Rapport has been recognized as important in learning in general but little is known about its importance in distance education (DE). The study we report on in this paper provides insights into the ... More

    pp. 167-190

  11. The Implications of the Local Context in Global Online Education

    Stale Angen Rye & Anne Marie Stokken, University of Agder, Norway

    This paper investigates how features in students' everyday life influence their participation in online global collaboration, and it suggests that students' local context should be recognised as a ... More

    pp. 191-206

  12. Challenges of virtual and open distance science teacher education in Zimbabwe

    Vongai Mpofu, Tendai Samukange, Lovemore Kusure, Tinoidzwa Zinyandu, Clever Denhere, Shakespear Ndlovu, Renias Chiveya, Monica Matavire, Leckson Mukavhi, Isaac Gwizangwe, Elliot Magombe, Nyakotyo Huggins, Munyaradzi Magomelo, Fungai Sithole & Chingombe Wiseman

    This paper reports on a study of the implementation of science teacher education through virtual and open distance learning in the Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe. The study provides insight... More

    pp. 207-219

  13. Learning Management System Migration: An Analysis of Stakeholder Perspectives

    Thomas G. Ryan, Mary Toye, Kyle Charron & Gavin Park, Nipissing University, Canada

    In this mixed methods study the authors describe the institution-level perceptions of stakeholders transitioning to a new learning management system (LMS). We address issues related to change, the ... More

    pp. 220-237

  14. Motivating Factors that Affect Enrolment and Student Performance in an ODL Engineering Program

    P R. Dadigamuwa & Samans Senanayake, The Open University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka

    The present study was carried out to determine the motivating factors for enrolling in an engineering study programme in open and distance learning (ODL) and the factors that affect the students'... More

    pp. 238-249

  15. Article review - Social presence within the community of inquiry framework

    Garrison, University of Calgary

    pp. 250-253