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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Jul 11, 2018 Volume 19, Number 3


Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Number of articles: 17

  1. Understanding Student Engagement in Large-Scale Open Online Courses: A Machine Learning Facilitated Analysis of Student’s Reflections in 18 Highly Rated MOOCs

    Khe Hew, Chen Qiao & Ying Tang, The University of Hong Kong

    Although massive open online courses (MOOCs) have attracted much worldwide attention, scholars still understand little about the specific elements that students find engaging in these large open... More

  2. Adoption of Sharing and Reuse of Open Resources by Educators in Higher Education Institutions in the Netherlands: A Qualitative Research of Practices, Motives, and Conditions

    Robert Schuwer & Ben Janssen, Fontys University of Applied Sciences

    To find out what is needed to speed up the adoption of open sharing and reuse of learning materials and open online courses in publicly funded Dutch institutions of Higher Education, a qualitative ... More

  3. Technology Matters – The Impact of Transactional Distance on Satisfaction in Online Distance Learning

    Joshua Weidlich & Theo Bastiaens, Department of Instructional Technology & Media FernUniversität in Hagen

    Transactional distance (TD), the perception of psychological distance between the student and his peers, his instructor/teacher, and the learning content, has long been a prominent construct in... More

  4. Open Educational Practices in Australia: A First-phase National Audit of Higher Education

    Adrian Stagg & Linh Nguyen, University of Southern Queensland, Australia; Carina Bossu, University of Tasmania; Helen Partridge, University of Southern Queensland; Johanna Funk, Charles Darwin University; Kate Judith, University of Southern Queensland

    For fifteen years, Australian Higher Education has engaged with the openness agenda primarily through the lens of open-access research. Open educational practice (OEP), by contrast, has not been... More

  5. Teaching Massive, Open, Online, Courses (MOOCs): Tales from the Front Line

    Patrick Lowenthal, Chareen Snelson & Ross Perkins, Boise State University

    Very little research has been conducted about what it is like to teach a MOOC. Given this, a mixed methods study, involving a survey of 186 MOOC instructors and 15 follow-up interviews, was... More

  6. Open Educational Resources: Challenges and Opportunities in Indian Primary Education

    Janani Ganapathi, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane

    Education is a fundamental human right, yet one fifth of the world’s population lives with poor literacy. India is home to the largest number of illiterate people, with infrastructural, cultural,... More

  7. Social Presence in Massive Open Online Courses

    Oleksandra Poquet, Institute for Application of the Learning Science and Educational Technology, National University of Singapore; Vitomir Kovanović, Teaching Innovation Unit, University of South Australia; Pieter de Vries, Delft University of Technology; Thieme Hennis, hennisNL; Srećko Joksimović, Teaching Innovation Unit, University of South Australia; Dragan Gašević, Faculty of Education, Monash University School of Informatics, The University of Edinburgh; Shane Dawson, Teaching Innovation Unit, University of South Australia

    The capacity to foster interpersonal interactions in massive open online courses (MOOCs) has frequently been contested, particularly when learner interactions are limited to MOOC forums. The... More

  8. Exploring Information Seeking Behavior of Farmers’ in Information Related to Climate Change Adaptation Through ICT (CHAI)

    Siza Tumbo, Centre for Agric. Mechanization and Rural Technologies, Arusha, Tanzania; Nicholaus Mwalukasa, Kadeghe Fue, Malongo Mlozi & Ruth Haug, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania; Camilius Sanga, SUA

    In Tanzania, agriculture sector is known for employing more than 70% of the total population. Agriculture sector faces many challenges including climate change. Climate change causes low... More

  9. Differential OER Impacts of Formal and Informal ICTs: Employability of Female Migrant Workers

    Arul Chib & Reidinar Wardoyo, Nanyang Technological University

    Information and communication technologies aid marginalized groups in seeking social support, building proximate networks, and improving employment opportunities. However, one key factor that is... More

  10. Analysing the Importance-Competence Gap of Distance Educators With the Increased Utilisation of Online Learning Strategies in a Developing World Context

    Adéle Bezuidenhout, University of South Africa

    The competence of distance educators has a significant impact on learners’ success. The paradigm shift for universities to become distance and electronic learning environments justifies the urgency... More

  11. Open and Distance Learning in French-Speaking Sub-Saharan Africa: A Literature Review

    Emmanuel Béché, University of Geneva

    This article is a literature review on open distance learnings (ODL) in Francophone Sub-Saharan Africa (FSSA). The state of research on this question highlights many topics, such as the supporting ... More

  12. Grit and Intention: Why Do Learners Complete MOOCs?

    Yuan Wang, Columbia University; Ryan Baker, University of Pennsylvania

    In recent years there has been considerable interest in how many learners complete MOOCs, and what factors during usage can predict completion. Others, however, have argued that many learners never... More

  13. Effects of Open Textbook Adoption on Teachers’ Open Practices

    Stacie Mason & Royce Kimmons, Brigham Young University

    The purpose of this qualitative study was to understand whether certain theoretical benefits that open educational resources (OER) might have on teacher practice were being realized by a group of... More

  14. Eight Patterns of Open Textbook Adoption in British Columbia

    Jennifer Barker, Douglas College; Ken Jeffery, British Columbia Institute of Technology & Royal Roads University; Rajiv Jhangiani, Kwantlen Polytechnic University; George Veletsianos, Royal Roads University

    Since the launch of the BC Open Textbook Project in 2012, the adoption of open textbooks has steadily grown within public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia, Canada. An analysis of... More

  15. A Playful Approach to Fostering Motivation in a Distance Education Computer Programming Course: Behaviour Change and Student Perceptions

    Colin Pilkington, University of South Africa

    The central role of motivation to learn in distance education has been noted, and gamification has been proposed as one approach to promote student motivation. This study explores promoting... More

  16. Social Media Adoption by the Academic Community: Theoretical Insights and Empirical Evidence From Developing Countries

    Mamoona Arshad, Lahore University of Management Sciences; Muhammad Akram, King Saud University

    The paper investigates the impact of virtual environmental characteristics such as collaboration, communication, and resource sharing on social media adoption by the academic community at the... More

  17. The Impact of the Flipped Classroom Model on Students' Academic Achievement

    Emine Cabı, Başkent University Faculty of Education

    The aim of this study is twofold. First, it aims to investigate the impact of the Flipped Classroom (FC) Model on students’ academic achievement. Second, it reveals the students’ opinions about the... More