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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Oct 31, 2013 Volume 14, Number 5

Editors

Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 14

  1. Using a design-based research study to identify principles for training instructors to teach online

    Julie Shattuck, Frederick Community College; Terry Anderson, Athabasca University

    Within the overall framework of design-based research, this paper reports on a study that focused on evaluating an online training course for online instructors. This intervention was designed as a... More

  2. Peer feedback to facilitate project-based learning in an online environment

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

    There has been limited research examining the pedagogical benefits of peer feedback for facilitating project-based learning in an online environment. Using a mixed method approach, this paper... More

  3. Improved fuzzy modelling to predict the academic performance of distance education students

    Osman Yildiz & Abdullah Bal, Yildiz Technical University; Sevinc Gulsecen, Istanbul University

    It is essential to predict distance education students’ year-end academic performance early during the course of the semester and to take precautions using such prediction-based information. This... More

  4. Factors influencing students’ acceptance of m-learning: An investigation in higher education

    Ahmad Abu-Al-Aish & Steve Love, Brunel University

    M-learning will play an increasingly significant role in the development of teaching and learning methods for higher education. However, the successful implementation of m-learning in higher... More

  5. Institutional level identity control strategies in the distance education environment: A survey of administrative staff

    Alexander Amigud, Athabasca University

    Physical separation of students and instructors creates the gap of anonymity and limited control over the remote learning environment. The ability of academic institutions to authenticate students ... More

  6. Open distance learning for development: Lessons from strengthening research capacity on gender, crisis prevention, and recovery

    Suresh Babu, International Food Policy Research Institute; Jenna Ferguson, Nilam Parsai & Rose Almoguera, IFPRI

    This paper documents the experience and lessons from implementing an e-learning program aimed at creating research capacity for gender, crisis prevention, and recovery. It presents a case study of ... More

  7. Student and faculty outcomes of undergraduate science research projects by geographically dispersed students

    Lawton Shaw & Dietmar Kennepohl, Athabasca University

    Senior undergraduate research projects are important components of most undergraduate science degrees. The delivery of such projects in a distance education format is challenging. Athabasca... More

  8. Reviews and practice of college students regarding access to scientific knowledge: A case study in two Spanish universities

    Jos Sez Lpez, Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED), Spain; Jose Ruiz Ruiz, Complutense University of Madrid; Maria Cacheiro Gonzlez, Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED), Spain

    This study analyzes the concepts, attitudes, and practices of 327 pedagogy students from two major Spanish universities related to the process of finding academic information utilizing open access.... More

  9. Security risks and protection in online learning: A survey

    Yong Chen & Wu He, Old Dominion University

    This paper describes a survey of online learning which attempts to determine online learning providers’ awareness of potential security risks and the protection measures that will diminish them.... More

  10. The teacher as leader: Effect of teaching behaviors on class community and agreement

    Beth Rubin, Miami University; Ronald Fernandes, DePaul University

    This article examines the effects of teaching behaviors in online university classes, focusing on the agreement among class members. Literature on group leaders’ effects on group agreement about... More

  11. An investigation of practices and tools that enabled technology-mediated caring in an online high school

    Andrea Velasquez, Charles Graham & Richard West, Brigham Young University

    The ethic of care has been an important part of the dialogue related to learning in traditional K-12 learning environments particularly because emotional relationships and caring pedagogies have... More

  12. Online social media applications for constructivism and observational learning

    Lydia Mbati, University of South Africa

    Web 2.0 technologies have a range of possibilities for fostering constructivist learning and observational learning. This is due to the available applications which allow for synchronous and... More

  13. Online interaction in higher education: Is there evidence of diminishing returns?

    Jonatan Castao-Muoz, Universtat Oberta de Catalunya, Internet Interdisciplinary Institute & Elearn Center.; Teresa Sancho-Vinuesa & Josep Duart, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Elearn Center.

    Online interaction is considered to be a key aspect of effective e-learning and improved academic achievement. However, few studies have examined how effectiveness varies with the degree of... More

  14. Learning needs analysis of collaborative e-classes in semi-formal settings: The REVIT example

    Anna Mavroudi, Open University of Cyprus & University of Cyprus; Thanasis Hadzilacos, Open University of Cyprus & Computer Technology Institute and Press "Diophantus"

    Analysis, the first phase of the typical instructional design process, is often downplayed. This paper focuses on the analysis concerning a series of e-courses for collaborative adult education in ... More