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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Aug 28, 2013 Volume 14, Number 4


Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Number of articles: 15

  1. Making distance visible: Assembling nearness in an online distance learning programme

    Jen Ross, University of Edinburgh; Michael Gallagher, Institute of Education, University of London; Hamish Macleod, University of Edinburgh

    Online distance learners are in a particularly complex relationship with the educational institutions they belong to (Bayne, Gallagher, & Lamb, 2012). For part-time distance students, arrivals ... More

  2. The influence of e-learning on individual and collective empowerment in the public sector: An empirical study of Korean government employees

    Mann Hur, Chung-Ang University; Yeonwook Im, Hanyang Cyber University

    Our study explores the influence of e-learning on individual and collective empowerment by using data collected from e-learning class participants of Korea’s Cyber-Education Center. For the survey,... More

  3. Mobile app design for teaching and learning: Educators’ experiences in an online graduate course

    Yu-Chang Hsu & Yu-Hui Ching, Boise State University

    This research explored how educators with limited programming experiences learned to design mobile apps through peer support and instructor guidance. Educators were positive about the sense of... More

  4. Measuring use and creation of open educational resources in higher education

    Ross McKerlich, Okanagan College; Cindy Ives & Rory McGreal, Athabasca University

    The open educational resources initiative has been underway for over a decade now and higher education institutions are slowly adopting open educational resources (OER). The use and creation of OER... More

  5. The adoption of open educational resources by one community college math department

    John Hilton III, Brigham Young University; Donna Gaudet & Phil Clark, Scottsdale Community College; Jared Robinson & David Wiley, BYU

    The high cost of textbooks is of concern not only to college students but also to society as a whole. Open textbooks promise the same educational benefits as traditional textbooks; however, their... More

  6. The extent of and reasons for non re-enrolment: A case of Korea National Open University

    Hyoseon Choi, Korea National Open University; Yekyung Lee, Sogang University; Insung Jung, International Christian University; Colin Latchem, open and distance learning consultant

    Despite continuous efforts to increase retention, dropout rates are high in distance universities. The objectives of this study were: 1) to investigate the extent and causes of non re-enrollment at... More

  7. Comparison of course completion and student performance through online and traditional courses

    Thomas Atchley, Tarleton State University; Gary Wingenbach, Texas A&M University; Cynthia Akers, Texas Tech University

    Enrollment in online courses has outpaced overall university enrollment for the past several years. The growth of online courses does not appear to be slowing. The purpose of this study was to... More

  8. Learning in a small, task–oriented, connectivist MOOC: Pedagogical issues and implications for higher education

    Jenny Mackness; Marion Waite, George Roberts & Elizabeth Lovegrove, Oxford Brookes University

    Despite the increase in massive open online courses (MOOCs), evidence about the pedagogy of learning in MOOCs remains limited. This paper reports on an investigation into the pedagogy in one MOOC -... More

  9. Distance and e-learning, social justice, and development: The relevance of capability approaches to the mission of open universities

    Alan Tait, The Open University

    This article reviews the discourse of mission in large distance teaching and open universities, in order to analyse the theories of development and social justice that are claimed or may be... More

  10. Virtual worlds: Relationship between real life and experience in Second Life

    Scott Anstadt, Florida Gulf Coast University; Shannon Bradley & Ashley Burnette; Lesley Medley, Florida Gulf Coast University

    Due to the unique applications of virtual reality in many modern contexts, Second Life (SL) offers inimitable opportunities for research and exploration and experiential learning as part of a... More

  11. Assessment of the effectiveness of internet-based distance learning through the VClass e-Education platform

    Chadchadaporn Pukkaew, Rajamangala University of Technology Lanna, Chiang Mai Campus

    This study assesses the effectiveness of internet-based distance learning (IBDL) through the VClass live e-education platform. The research examines (1) the effectiveness of IBDL for regular and... More

  12. Evaluation of the Vocational Education Orientation Programme (VEOP) at a university in South Africa

    Lynette Jacobs & Corene De Wet, University of the Free State

    To address the training needs of Further Education and Training college (FETC) lecturers, and in the absence of a full professional education qualification, several higher education institutions,... More

  13. OERScout technology framework: A novel approach to open educational resources search

    Ishan Abeywardena, Wawasan Open University; Chee Chan, University of Malaya; Choy Tham, Wawasan Open University

    The open educational resources (OER) movement has gained momentum in the past few years. With this new drive towards making knowledge open and accessible, a large number of OER repositories have... More

  14. Power distance in online learning: Experience of Chinese learners in U.S. higher education

    Yi Zhang, University of Texas at Arlington

    The purpose of this research study was to explore the influence of Confucian-heritage culture on Chinese learners’ online learning and engagement in online discussion in U.S. higher education. More... More

  15. Leader-member exchange theory in higher and distance education

    Robert Power, College of the North Atlantic-Qatar, Qatar

    Unlike many other prominent leadership theories, leader-member exchange (LMX) theory does not focus on the specific characteristics of an effective organizational leader. Rather, LMX focuses on the... More