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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Jun 29, 2011 Volume 12, Number 5

Editors

Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 13

  1. Study orchestrations in distance learning: Identifying dissonance and its implications for distance educators

    Bill Anderson, Scott Lee, Mary Simpson & Sarah Stein, University of Otago

    The exploration of study orchestrations emphasises students’ active participation in learning, describing the ways in which they marshal the resources available to them in response to their... More

    pp. 1-17

  2. Open access textbooks and financial sustainability: A case study on Flat World Knowledge

    John Hilton III & David Wiley, Brigham Young University

    Many college students and their families are concerned about the high costs of textbooks. A company called Flat World Knowledge both gives away and sells open-source textbooks in a way it believes ... More

    pp. 18-26

  3. Open-Access Textbooks and Financial Sustainability: A Case Study on Flat World Knowledge

    John Hilton III & David Wiley, Brigham Young University, United States

    Many college students and their families are concerned about the high costs of textbooks. A company called Flat World Knowledge both gives away and sells open-source textbooks in a way it believes ... More

    pp. 18-26

  4. Liminality and disinhibition in online language learning

    Una Cunningham, Dalarna University

    The aim of this paper is to bring theoretical concepts from other areas of scholarly research to bear on synchronous online education in a cross-disciplinary effort to shed light on what is going... More

    pp. 27-39

  5. Social presence within the community of inquiry framework

    David Annand, Athabasca University - Canada's Open University, Canada

    The role of social presence as defined by the community of inquiry (CoI) framework is critiqued through a review of recent literature. Evidence is presented that questions the actual extent of... More

    pp. 40-56

  6. Role engagement and anonymity in synchronous online role play

    Sarah Cornelius, Carole Gordon & Margaret Harris, University of Aberdeen

    Role play activities provide opportunities for learners to adopt unfamiliar roles, engage in interactions with others, and get involved in realistic tasks. They are often recommended to foster the ... More

    pp. 57-73

  7. Assessment of learner acceptance and satisfaction with video-based instructional materials for teaching practical skills at a distance

    Francis Donkor, Department of Design and Technology Education, University of Education, Winneba

    As video-based instructional materials become available to distance learners to learn practical skills at a distance, it is important to assess the instructional effectiveness of these materials... More

    pp. 74-92

  8. Learner analysis framework for globalized e-learning: A case study

    Mamta Saxena, Instructional Designer at SNHU

    The shift to technology-mediated modes of instructional delivery and increased global connectivity has led to the rise in globalized e-learning programs. Educational institutions face multiple... More

    pp. 93-107

  9. Shifting the emphasis from teaching to learning: Process-based assessment in nurse education

    Peter Bergström, Doctoral student

    Shifting from an emphasis on teaching to learning is a complex task for both teachers and students. This paper reports on a qualitative study of teachers in a nurse specialist education programme... More

    pp. 108-124

  10. Quality of Learners' Time and Learning Performance beyond Quantitative Time-on-Task

    Margarida Romero & Elena Barbera, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

    Along with the amount of time spent learning (or time-on-task), the quality of learning time has a real influence on learning performance. Quality of time in online learning depends on students'... More

    pp. 125-137

  11. Beginning course surveys: Bridges to knowing and bridges to being

    David Starr-Glass, Empire State College State University of New York

    The use of a participant survey, administered at the outset of an online course, can provide information useful in the management of the learning environment and in its subsequent redesign. Such... More

    pp. 138-157

  12. Beginning Course Surveys: Bridges for Knowing and Bridges for Being

    David Starr-Glass, University of Maryland , United States

    The use of a participant survey, administered at the outset of an online course, can provide information useful in the management of the learning environment and in its subsequent redesign. Such... More

    pp. 138-157

  13. The impact of e-learning programs on the internationalization of the university

    Nataly Tcherepashenets, SUNY, USA

    pp. 158-161