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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Sep 26, 2016 Volume 17, Number 5


Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Number of articles: 16

  1. MOOCs, Graduate Skills Gaps, and Employability: A Qualitative Systematic Review of the Literature

    David Calonge, The University of Adelaide; Mariam Shah, Lancaster University

    The increasing costs of higher education (HE), growing numbers of flexible anytime, anywhere learners, and the prevalence of technology as a means to up-skill in a competitive job market, have... More

  2. Online Learning in a South African Higher Education Institution: Determining the Right Connections for the Student

    Dorothy Queiros, University of South Africa; Mary de Villiers, University of Africa

    Online learning is a means of reaching marginalised and disadvantaged students within South Africa. Nevertheless, these students encounter obstacles in online learning. This research investigates... More

  3. From Presences to Linked Influences Within Communities of Inquiry

    Susi Peacock, Queen Margaret University; John Cowan, Professor emeritus, Herriot Watt University

    Much research has identified and confirmed the core elements of the well-known Community of Inquiry Framework (CoIF): Social, Cognitive and Teaching Presence (Garrison, 2011). The overlap of these ... More

  4. Understanding Cognitive Engagement in Online Discussion: Use of a Scaffolded, Audio-based Argumentation Activity

    Eunjung Oh, Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Hyun Kim, Department of Professional Learning and Innovation Georgia College and State University

    The purpose of this paper is to explore how adult learners engage in asynchronous online discussion through the implementation of an audio-based argumentation activity. The study designed... More

  5. e-Tutor: A Multilingual Open Educational Resource for Faculty Development to Teach Online

    Christian Rapp, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland; Yasemin Glbahar & Mge Adnan

    The situation in Ukraine poses severe problems to the higher education system and to students in Eastern Ukraine. Many students and academicians had been compelled to leave their university... More

  6. Digital Curation as a Core Competency in Current Learning and Literacy: A Higher Education Perspective

    Leona Ungerer, University of South Africa

    Digital curation may be regarded as a core competency in higher education since it contributes to establishing a sense of metaliteracy (an essential requirement for optimally functioning in a... More

  7. Development of Open Textbooks Learning Analytics System

    Deepak Prasad, The University of the South Pacific & Kumamoto University; Rajneel Totaram, The University of the South Pacific &; Tsuyoshi Usagawa, Kumamoto University

    Textbook costs have skyrocketed in recent years, putting them beyond the reach of many students, but there are options which can mitigate this problem. Open textbooks, an open educational resource,... More

  8. From On-Campus to Online: A Trajectory of Innovation, Internationalization and Inclusion

    Darlinda Moreira, Universidade Aberta, Portugal

    This paper presents a study focused on a trajectory for developing an online operating mode on a campus-based university in the area of Massachusetts, USA. It addresses the innovation process and... More

  9. Institutional Culture and OER Policy: How Structure, Culture, and Agency Mediate OER Policy Potential in South African Universities

    Glenda Cox & Henry Trotter, University of Cape Town

    Several scholars and organizations suggest that institutional policy is a key enabling factor for academics to contribute their teaching materials as open educational resources (OER). But given the... More

  10. The Effects of a Pedagogical Agent’s Smiling Expression on the Learner’s Emotions and Motivation in a Virtual Learning Environment

    Tze Liew, Multimedia University, Malaysia; Nor Zin & Noraidah Sahari, National University of Malaysia; Su-Mae Tan, Multimedia University, Malaysia

    The present study aimed to test the hypothesis that a smiling expression on the face of a talking pedagogical agent could positively affect a learner’s emotions, motivation, and learning outcomes... More

  11. Barriers and Opportunities of E-Learning Implementation in Iraq: A Case of Public Universities

    Ahmed Al-Azawei, Patrick Parslow & Karsten Lundqvist, School of Systems Engineering University of Reading

    Although the implementation of e-learning initiatives has reached advanced stages in developed countries, it is still in its infancy in many developing nations and the Middle East in particular.... More

  12. Determinants of Teachers’ Attitudes Towards E-Learning in Tanzanian Higher Learning Institutions

    Dalton Kisanga, Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology

    This survey research study presents the findings on determinants of teachers’ attitudes towards e-learning in Tanzanian higher learning institutions. The study involved 258 teachers from 4 higher... More

  13. Exploring Communication and Course Format: Conversation Frequency and Duration, Student Motives, and Perceived Teacher Approachability for Out-of-Class Contact

    Catherine Brooks, University of Arizona; Stacy Young, California State University, Long Beach.

    This study explored how course instructional format (i.e., online, face-to-face, or hybrid) is related to the frequency and duration of out-of-class communication (OCC) between college instructors ... More

  14. Supervision on Social Media: Use and Perception of Facebook as a Research Education Tool in Disadvantaged Areas

    Christoph Pimmer, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW School of Business Institute for Information Systems; Jennifer Chipps, University of Western Cape School of Nursing; Petra Brysiewicz & Fiona Walters, School of Nursing and Public Health, College of Health Sciences University of KwaZulu-Natal; Sebastian Linxen & Urs Grhbiel, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland FHNW School of Business Institute for Information Systems

    This exploratory study investigates how a typically disadvantaged user group of older, female learners from rural, low-tech settings used and perceived a Facebook group as a research supervision... More

  15. A Far Cry from School History: Massive Online Open Courses as a Generative Source for Historical Research

    Silvia Gallagher & Ciaran Wallace, The University of Dublin, Trinity College

    Current research into Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) has neglected the potential of using learner comments for discipline-specific analysis. This article explores how MOOCs, within the... More

  16. Online Professional Skills Workshops: Perspectives from Distance Education Graduate Students

    Sarah Gauvreau, Contact North; Deborah Hurst, Martha Cleveland-Innes & Pamela Hawranik, Athabasca University

    While many online graduate students are gaining academic and scholarly knowledge, the opportunities for students to develop and hone professional skills essential for the workplace are lacking.... More