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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Jun 03, 2013 Volume 14, Number 3


Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 23

  1. Journey to textbook affordability: An investigation of students’ use of eTextbooks at multiple campuses

    Eun-Ok Baek & James Monaghan, California State University San Bernardino

    eTextbooks have steadily and recently more rapidly penetrated the textbook market. In order to effectively support students’ learning, it is important to comprehend students’ experiences using... More

    pp. 1-26

  2. De-gendering in the use of e-learning

    Bernd Remmele & Matthias Holthaus, WHL Graduate School of Business and Economics - Lahr

    The starting point of the paper is the co-construction of gender and technology, that is, the theory that the usage of and the attitude to certain kinds of technology are a way to “do” one’s gender... More

    pp. 27-42

  3. Development of reflective thinking through distance teacher education programs at AIOU Pakistan

    Muhammad Buzdar & Akhtar Ali, Department of Education, The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan

    The current study aims to investigate the possibilities of developing reflective thinking among learners through distance education programs. The case of Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU)... More

    pp. 43-58

  4. Looking out and looking in: Exploring a case of faculty perceptions during e-learning staff development

    Hendrik Esterhuizen, Seugnet Blignaut & Suria Ellis, North-West University

    This explorative study captured the perceptions of faculty members new to technology enhanced learning and the longitudinal observations of the e-learning manager during dedicated professional... More

    pp. 59-80

  5. Challenges for successful planning of open and distance learning (ODL): A template analysis

    Ansie Minnaar, University of South Africa

    How to plan an open and distance learning (ODL) unit in higher education is not clearly described in the literature. A number of ODL facilities at residential universities have not been successful ... More

    pp. 81-108

  6. Sustaining teacher control in a blog-based personal learning environment

    Vladimir Tomberg, Tallinn University; Mart Laanpere, Tobias Ley & Peeter Normak

    Various tools and services based on Web 2.0 (mainly blogs, wikis, social networking tools) are increasingly used in formal education to create personal learning environments, providing self... More

    pp. 109-133

  7. Addressing the needs of diverse distributed students

    Rena Shimoni, Bow Valley College; Gail Barrington, Barrington Research Group; Russ Wilde & Scott Henwood, Bow Valley College

    Two interrelated studies were undertaken to assist Alberta post-secondary institutions with meeting challenges associated with providing services to diverse distributed students that are of similar... More

    pp. 134-157

  8. Do UOC students fit in the Net Generation profile? An approach to their habits in ICT use

    Marc Romero, Montse Guitert & Albert Sangr, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC); Mark Bullen, Commonwealth of Learning

    Some authors have stated that university students born after 1982 have been profoundly influenced by digital technologies, showing different characteristics when compared to previous generations.... More

    pp. 158-181

  9. The influence of the openness of an e-learning situation on adult students' self-regulation

    Annie Jzgou, Ecole des Mines de Nantes - Centre de Recherche sur l'Education, les Apprentissages et la Didactique (CREAD EA 3875), Universit Europenne de Rennes 2 (France).

    This article presents empirical research conducted with French speaking adults studying for a diploma. Their training took place mainly in e-learning. The goal of this research was to identify and ... More

    pp. 182-201

  10. MOOCs: A systematic study of the published literature 2008-2012

    Tharindu Liyanagunawardena, University of Reading; Andrew Adams, Meiji University, Tokyo, Japan; Shirley Williams, University of Reading

    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a recent addition to the range of online learning options. Since 2008, MOOCs have been run by a variety of public and elite universities, especially in North... More

    pp. 202-227

  11. The preferred learning modes of online graduate students

    Olabisi Kuboni, University of the West Indies Open Campus

    This paper reports on a research project aimed at identifying the preferred approaches to learning of mature students in an online graduate programme. Interest in this issue was generated by the... More

    pp. 228-250

  12. Promoting teachers' learning and knowledge building in a socio-technical system

    Kairit Tammets, Tallinn University; Kai Pata & Mart Laanpere

    The study proposes a way in which the learning and knowledge building (LKB) framework, which is consistent with the knowledge conversion phases proposed by Nonaka and Takeuchi, supports teachers’... More

    pp. 251-272

  13. Applying the context, input, process, product evaluation model for evaluation, research, and redesign of an online master’s program

    Hatice Sancar Tokmak, Mersin University; H Baturay, Ipek University; Peter Fadde, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)

    This study aimed to evaluate and redesign an online master’s degree program consisting of 12 courses from the informatics field using a context, input, process, product (CIPP) evaluation model.... More

    pp. 273-293

  14. Interaction, critical thinking, and social network analysis (SNA) in online courses

    Joan Thormann & Samuel Gable, Lesley University; Patricia Fidalgo, Instituto Piaget; George Blakeslee, Lesley University

    This study tried to ascertain a possible relationship between the number of student moderators (1, 2, and 3), online interactions, and critical thinking of K-12 educators enrolled in an online... More

    pp. 294-318

  15. Synchronous online collaborative professional development for elementary mathematics teachers

    Krista Francis, Correspondence regarding this article should be sent to Dr. Krista Francis-Poscente, Faculty of Education, University of Calgary, 2500 University Dr. N.W., Calgary AB T2N 1N4; Michele Jacobsen, University of Calgary

    Math is often taught poorly emphasizing rote, procedural methods rather than creativity and problem solving. Alberta Education developed a new mathematics curriculum to transform mathematics... More

    pp. 319-343

  16. Rethinking OER and their use: Open education as Bildung

    Markus Deimann, FernUniversitaet in Hagen; Robert Farrow, The Open University UK

    Despite the recent increases of interest in open education, notably in massive open online courses (MOOCs) (Fini, 2009), it has been continuously asserted that this form of social knowledge... More

    pp. 344-360

  17. An explanation for internet use obstacles concerning e-learning in Iran

    Ali Rabiee, Associate professor, Department of Management and Communication, Payame Noor University, Iran., Iran (Islamic Republic Of); Zahra Nazarian, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Industrial Engineering, Payame Noor University,, Iran (Islamic Republic Of); Raziyeh Gharibshaeyan, M.A student of Social Communication Science, Allameh Tabatabaee University, Tehran, Iran (Islamic Republic Of)

    E-learning is advancing in Iran right now. The Iranian higher education system is applying electronic learning in order to conquer the limitations of the existing education system. These... More

    pp. 361-376

  18. Enhancing motivation in online courses with mobile communication tool support: A comparative study

    Chantorn Chaiprasurt & Vatcharaporn Esichaikul, Asian Institute of Technology

    Mobile technologies have helped establish new channels of communication among learners and instructors, potentially providing greater access to course information, and promoting easier access to... More

    pp. 377-401

  19. Virtual attendance: Analysis of an audiovisual over IP system for distance learning in the Spanish Open University (UNED)

    Esteban Vzquez, Professor. Didactics and School organization Area. Spanish Open University. (UNED); Javier Fombona, University of Oviedo.; Alberto Fernndez, University of Oviedo

    This article analyzes a system of virtual attendance, called “AVIP” (AudioVisual over Internet Protocol), at the Spanish Open University (UNED) in Spain. UNED, the largest open university in Europe... More

    pp. 402-426

  20. Online learner self-regulation: Learning presence viewed through quantitative content- and social network analysis

    Peter Shea, University at Albany - State University of New York; Suzanne Hayes, Empire State College - State University of New York; Sedef Uzuner Smith, Lamar University; Jason Vickers, University at Albany - State University of New York; Temi Bidjerano, Furman University; Mary Gozza-Cohen, Widener University; Shou-Bang Jian, University at Albany, State University of New York; Alexandra Pickett, SUNY System Administration; Jane Wilde, University at Albany - State University of New York; Chi-Hua Tseng, Empire State College

    This paper presents an extension of an ongoing study of online learning framed within the community of inquiry (CoI) model (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2001) in which we further examine a new... More

    pp. 427-461