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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

May 01, 2018 Volume 19, Number 2


Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Number of articles: 16

  1. Reflection on MOOC Design in Palestine

    Saida Affouneh, An-Najah National University; Katherine Wimpenny, Coventry University; Ahmed Ghodieh, Loay Alsaud & Arij Obaid, An-Najah National University

    This paper will share Discover Palestine, an interdisciplinary Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) and the first MOOC to be created in Palestine, by the E-Learning Centre, Faculty from the Department... More

  2. Online Course Enrollment in Community College and Degree Completion: The Tipping Point

    Peter Shea & Temi Bidjerano

    Recent research indicates that certain students are at risk of lower levels of academic performance in online settings when compared to peers who study only in the classroom. Community college... More

  3. Blended Training on Scientific Software: A Study on How Scientific Data are Generated

    Efrosyni-Maria Skordaki & Susan Bainbridge, Athabasca University

    This paper presents the results of a research study on scientific software training in blended learning environments. The investigation focused on training approaches followed by scientific... More

  4. Creating and Collaborating: Students’ and Tutors’ Perceptions of an Online Group Project

    Helen Donelan & Karen Kear, The Open University

    Although collaboration skills are highly valued by employers, convincing students that collaborative learning activities are worthwhile, and ensuring that the experience is both useful and... More

  5. Applying Learning Analytics to Explore the Effects of Motivation on Online Students' Reading Behavioral Patterns

    Jerry Sun, Che-Tsun Lin & Chien Chou, National Chiao Tung University

    This study aims to apply a sequential analysis to explore the effect of learning motivation on online reading behavioral patterns. The study’s participants consisted of 160 graduate students who... More

  6. Empirical Analysis on Factors Impacting on Intention to Use M-learning in Basic Education in Egypt

    Reham Adel Ali & Muhammad Rafie Mohd Arshad, School of Computer Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia USM, Penang, Malaysia

    It is apparent that m-learning will continuously have a massive role in terms of development in teaching and learning methods for education. Student's intention to use this technology is the main... More

  7. Mental Health in Higher Education: A Comparative Stress Risk Assessment at an Open Distance Learning University in South Africa

    Jacolize Poalses, Unisa; Adéle Bezuidenhout, University of South Africa

    Universities depend on committed efforts of all staff members to function effectively. However, where occupational demands outweigh occupational resources, challenging work becomes stressful,... More

  8. A Collaborative Approach to OER Policy and Guidelines Development in the Commonwealth: The Case of Botswana, Cameroon, and Sri Lanka

    Ishan Abeywardena, Commonwealth of Learning (COL); Shironica Karunanayaka, The Open University of Sri Lanka; Michael Nkwenti, The University of Yaounde I; Lekopanye Tladi, Botswana College of Distance and Open Learning

    Access to relevant learning resources is an important aspect in ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all as outlined in the sustainable... More

  9. Quality Assurance for Online Higher Education Programmes: Design and Validation of an Integrative Assessment Model Applicable to Spanish Universities

    Renata Marciniak, Autonomus University of Barcelona

    The quality assurance of online Higher Education online programmes is one of the great challenges faced by Spanish universities. Regular assessment of these programmes is essential in order to take... More

  10. Goal Orientation and Academic Performance in Adult Distance Education

    Joyce Neroni, Celeste Meijs, Ruslan Leontjevas, Paul Kirschner & Renate De Groot, Open University of the Netherlands

    Research has shown the importance of goal orientation in predicting academic performance for children, adolescents, and college students in traditional educational settings. Studies on this... More

  11. Instructional Delivery and Students’ Experiences with Distance and Online Learning of Undergraduate Mathematics in Nigeria

    Comfort Reju, Distance Learning Institute, University of Lagos; Loyiso Jita, University of the Free State

    This paper examines the students\u2019 experiences with instructional delivery (ID) of distance and online learning of undergraduate mathematics in two major Nigerian universities. Purposive... More

  12. OER Awareness and Use: The Affinity Between Higher Education and K-12

    Constance Blomgren, Centre for Distance Education - Athabasca University

    Educators within Higher Education (HE) and K-12 share in the need for high quality educational resources to assist in the pursuit of teaching and learning. Although there are numerous differences... More

  13. Free Digital Learning for Inclusion of Migrants and Refugees in Europe: A Qualitative Analysis of Three Types of Learning Purposes

    Jonatan Castaño-Muñoz, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Seville, Spain; Elizabeth Colucci, European University Association/higher education consultant, Seville, Spain; Hanne Smidt, Senior Advisor European University Association/Hanne Smidt Consulting, Stockholm Sweden

    The increasing number of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe places new demands on European education systems. In this context, the role that free digital learning (FDL) could play in... More

  14. A Review to Weigh the Pros and Cons of Online, Remote, and Distance Science Laboratory Experiences

    Emily Faulconer, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University - Worldwide Campus; Amy Gruss, Kennesay State University

    The effectiveness of traditional face to face labs versus non-traditional online, remote, or distance labs is difficult to assess due to the lack of continuity in the literature between terminology... More

  15. Online Hunting, Gathering and Sharing – A Return to Experiential Learning in a Digital Age

    Maristela Petrovic-Dzerdz, Carleton University (Athabasca University PBDID (finished) MEd (in process)); Anne Trpanier, Carleton University

    Learning through a collective experience by taking part in group activities, such as hunting, gathering, and sharing, has always been a natural, “organic,\u201d and “experiential\u201d process... More

  16. Connecting OER With Mandatory Textbooks in an EFL Classroom: A Language Theory–Based Material Adoption

    Xiaodong Zhang, Beijing Foreign Studies University

    Systemic functional linguistics (SFL) theory focuses on developing language learners\u2019 meta-linguistic understanding of the interrelation among linguistic form (grammar/vocabulary), meaning,... More