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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

May 22, 2012 Volume 13, Number 3

Editors

Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 17

  1. Odyssey of the mind: Social networking in a cyberschool

    Michael Barbour, Wayne State University; Cory Plough, Odyssey Charter High School

    K-12 online learning and cyber charter schools have grown at a tremendous rate over the past decade. At the same time, these online programs have struggled to provide the social spaces where... More

    pp. 1-18

  2. Motivation levels among traditional and open learning undergraduate students in India

    Shashi Singh & Ajay Singh, Meerut Institute of Engineering & Technology; Kiran Singh, University of Allahabad

    Motivation plays a crucial role in learning. Motivation energizes the behavior of the individual. It also directs the behavior towards specific goals. It helps students acquire knowledge, develop... More

    pp. 19-40

  3. Development and validation of the Online Student Connectedness Survey (OSCS)

    Doris Bolliger, University of Wyoming; Fethi Inan, Texas Tech University

    With the growth of online courses and programs in higher education, considerable concerns emerge about student feelings of isolation and disconnectedness in the online learning environment. A... More

    pp. 41-65

  4. Quality assurance in e-learning: PDPP evaluation model and its application

    Weiyuan Zhang & Yau Cheng, School of Professional and Continuing Education, The University of Hong Kong

    E-learning has become an increasingly important teaching and learning mode in educational institutions and corporate training. The evaluation of e-learning, however, is essential for the quality... More

    pp. 66-82

  5. Creating a sustainable online instructor observation system: A case study highlighting flaws when blending mentoring and evaluation

    Marthann Schulte, Kay Dennis, Michael Eskey, Cathy Taylor & Heather Zeng, Park University

    Quality and accountability mandates require institutions to monitor online instruction in a uniform and complete manner. In many institutions, instructor training is sparse and faculty evaluation... More

    pp. 83-96

  6. Mapping the interplay between open distance learning and internationalisation principles

    Pumela Msweli, University of South Africa Graduate School of Business Leadership

    Open distance learning is viewed as a system of learning that blends student support, curriculum and instruction design, flexibility of learning provision, removal of barriers to access, credit of ... More

    pp. 97-116

  7. Economies of scope in distance education: The case of Chinese research universities

    Fengliang Li & Xinlei Chen, Institute of Education, Tsinghua University, Beijing, PR China

    With the rapid development of information technologies, distance education has become “another form of product differentiation in the output mix produced by the multi-product university or college”... More

    pp. 117-131

  8. Teaching time investment: Does online really take more time than face-to-face?

    Rebecca Van de Vord & Korolyn Pogue, Center for Distance and Professional Education, Washington State University

    Enrollments in online programs are growing, increasing demand for online courses. The perception that teaching online takes more time than teaching face-to-face creates concerns related to faculty ... More

    pp. 132-146

  9. M-learning adoption: A perspective from a developing country

    Shakeel Iqbal & Ijaz Qureshi, Iqra University Islamabad Campus Plot # 5, Sector H-9 Islamabad - Pakistan, Pakistan

    M-learning is the style of learning for the new millennium. Decreases in cost and increases in capabilities of mobile devices have made this medium attractive for the dissemination of knowledge.... More

    pp. 147-164

  10. The development of distance education in the Russian Federation and the former Soviet Union

    Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg; Anna Kourotchkina, St. Petersburg State University of Economics and Finance

    Distance education in the present Russian Federation and former Soviet Union has a long tradition that prevails to this day. The majority of students in Russia are enrolled in distance learning... More

    pp. 165-184

  11. The Development of Distance Education in the Russian Federation and the Former Soviet Union

    Olaf Zawacki-Richter & Anna Kourotchkina

    Distance education in the present Russian Federation and former Soviet Union has a long tradition that prevails to this day. The majority of students in Russia are enrolled in distance learning... More

    pp. 165-184

  12. Delivery of open, distance, and e-learning in Kenya

    Jackline Nyerere, Frederick Gravenir & Godfrey Mse, Kenyatta University

    The increased demand and need for continuous learning have led to the introduction of open, distance, and e-learning (ODeL) in Kenya. Provision of this mode of education has, however, been faced... More

    pp. 185-205

  13. Learning in educational computer games for novices: The impact of support provision types on virtual presence, cognitive load, and learning outcomes

    Claudia Schrader & Theo Bastiaens

    Embedding support devices in educational computer games has been asserted to positively affect learning outcomes. However, there is only limited direct empirical evidence on which design variations... More

    pp. 206-227

  14. Examining interactivity in synchronous virtual classrooms

    Florence Martin, Michele Parker & Deborah Deale, University of North Carolina Wilmington

    Interaction is crucial to student satisfaction in online courses. Adding synchronous components (virtual classroom technologies) to online courses can facilitate interaction. In this study,... More

    pp. 228-261

  15. A preliminary examination of the cost savings and learning impacts of using open textbooks in middle and high school science classes

    David Wiley & John Hilton III, Brigham Young University; Shelley Ellington & Tiffany Hall

    Proponents of open educational resources claim that significant cost savings are possible when open textbooks displace traditional textbooks in the classroom. Over a period of two years, we worked ... More

    pp. 262-276

  16. Using self-efficacy to assess the readiness of nursing educators and students for mobile learning

    Richard Kenny, Athabasca University; Jocelyne Van Neste-Kenny & Pamela Burton, North Island College British Columbia; Caroline Park, Athabasca University; Adnan Qayyum, University of Ottawa

    The purpose of this study was to assess the self-efficacy of nursing faculty and students related to their potential use of mobile technology and to ask what implications this technology has for... More

    pp. 277-296

  17. Identification of conflicting questions in the PARES system

    Avgoustos Tsinakos & Ioannis Kazanidis, Kavala Institute of Technology

    Student testing and knowledge assessment is a significant aspect of the learning process. In a number of cases, it is expedient not to present the exact same test to all learners all the time ... More

    pp. 297-313