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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Sep 22, 2011 Volume 12, Number 6


Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 10

  1. The importance of interaction for academic success in online courses with hearing, deaf, and hard-of-hearing students

    Gary Long, Rochester Institute of Technology; Carol Marchetti, College of Science, Rochester Institute of Technology; Richard Fasse, Rochester Institute of Technology

    This paper reports the findings of three studies within a program of research designed to better understand the factors contributing to the academic achievement of students in online courses and... More

    pp. 1-19

  2. Examining motivation in online distance learning environments: Complex, multifaceted and situation-dependent

    Maggie Hartnett & Alison St. George, Massey University; Jon Dron, Athabasca University

    Existing research into motivation in online environments has tended to use one of two approaches. The first adopts a trait-like model that views motivation as a relatively stable, personal... More

    pp. 20-38

  3. Factors that impact student usage of the learning management system in Qatari schools

    Ramzi Nasser, Qatar University; Maha Cherif & Michael Romanowski

    In an attempt to enhance teacher and student performance in school, a learning management system (LMS) known as Knowledge-Net (K-Net) was introduced in Qatari independent schools. (All public... More

    pp. 39-62

  4. Quality Assurance in Asian Distance Education: Diverse Approaches and Common Culture

    Insung Jung, International Christian University, Japan; Tat Meng Wong, Wawasan Open University, Malaysia; Chen Li, Beijing Normal University, China; Sanjaa Baigaltugs, Mongolia University of Science and Technology, Mongolia; Tian Belawati, Universitas Terbuka, Indonesia

    With the phenomenal expansion of distance education in Asia during the past three decades, there has been growing public demand for quality and accountability in distance education. This study... More

    pp. 63-83

  5. Literacy at a distance in multilingual contexts: Issues and challenges

    Christine Ofulue, National Open University of Nigeria

    Literacy is perhaps the most fundamental skill required for effective participation in education (formal and non-formal) for national development. At the same time, the choice of language for... More

    pp. 84-101

  6. Distance Students' Readiness for Social Media and Collaboration

    Bruno Poellhuber, Universite de Montreal, Canada; Terry Anderson, Athabasca University, Canada

    In recent years, there has been a rapid growth in the use of social networking tools (e.g., Facebook) and social media in general, mainly for social purposes (Smith, Salaway & Caruso 2009). Many... More

    pp. 102-125

  7. Applying the community of inquiry framework to an online professional practice doctoral program

    Swapna Kumar, University of Florida; Kara Dawson, Erik Black, Catherine Cavanaugh & Christopher Sessums

    The community of inquiry (CoI) framework has commonly been used to study teaching and learning in online courses (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer 2000). This paper describes the implementation of ... More

    pp. 126-142

  8. Applying constructionist principles to online teacher professional development

    Nathaniel Ostashewski, Athabasca University; Doug Reid, Wayfinder Education Group; Susan Moisey, Athabasca University

    This report explores the first iteration of a teacher professional development courselet grounded in constructionist theory and activities. This online teacher professional development (oTPD)... More

    pp. 143-156

  9. ODL and the impact of digital divide on information access in Botswana

    Olugbade Oladokun, University of Botswana; Lenrie Aina, University of Ilorin

    Open and distance learning (ODL) has created room for the emergence of virtual education. Not only are students found everywhere and anywhere undertaking their studies and earning their degrees,... More

    pp. 157-177

  10. Increased technology provision and learning: Giving more for nothing?

    Emmanuelle Quillerou, UMR M_101 AMURE, Ifremer Brest Département d'Economie Maritime, Technopole de Brest-Iroise, BP 70, 29280 Plouzané, France. Email:, France

    The development of new communication technologies has led to a push for greater technology use for teaching and learning. This is most true for distance learning education, which relies heavily on ... More

    pp. 178-197