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International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

February 2015 Volume 16, Number 1

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Number of articles: 16

  1. A Bibliometric Mapping of Open Educational Resources

    Airton Zancanaro, José Leomar Todesco & Fernando Ramos

    Open educational resources (OER) is a topic that has aroused increasing interest by researchers as a powerful contribution to improve the educational system quality and openness, both in face to... More

    pp. 1-23

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  2. Open Informational Ecosystems: The Missing Link for Sharing Educational Resources

    Michael Kerres & Richard Heinen

    Open educational resources are not available "as such". Their provision relies on a technological infrastructure of related services that can be described as an informational ecosystem. A... More

    pp. 24-39

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  3. Understanding Reusability as a Key Factor for Open Education: A Review

    Andres Chiappe & Vivian Arias

    This article describes both the process and the results of an extensive literature review on "reusability" as one of the key factors for the creation of open content in the context of... More

    pp. 40-56

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  4. Astronomy for Astronomical Numbers: A Worldwide Massive Open Online Class

    Chris D. Impey, Matthew C. Wenger & Carmen L. Austin

    Astronomy: State of the Art is a massive, open, online class (MOOC) offered through Udemy by an instructional team at the University of Arizona. With nearly 24,000 enrolled as of early 2015, it is ... More

    pp. 57-79

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  5. Implementation of Tel Aviv University MOOCs in Academic Curriculum: A Pilot Study

    Tal Soffer & Anat Cohen

    The study presented in this paper examines the feasibility of using MOOCs [Massive open online courses] as a learning environment in academic courses. This paper focuses on the students who... More

    pp. 80-97

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  6. The Analysis of Iranian Students' Persistence in Online Education

    Mahdi Mahmodi & Issa Ebrahimzade

    In the following research, the relationship between instructional interaction and student persistence in e-learning has been analyzed. In order to conduct a descriptive-analytic survey, 744... More

    pp. 98-119

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  7. Challenges of Implementing E-Learning in Kenya: A Case of Kenyan Public Universities

    John K. Tarus, David Gichoya & Alex Muumbo

    In this paper, we discuss the challenges experienced by Kenyan public universities in implementation of e-learning and recommend possible solutions towards its successful implementation. In the... More

    pp. 120-141

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  8. From the Classroom to the Keyboard: How Seven Teachers Created Their Online Teacher Identities

    Jennifer C. Richardson & Janet Alsup

    Teacher identity is defined as a sense of teacher self that results from a productive combination of key personal and professional subjectivities or beliefs. Much empirical research has been done... More

    pp. 142-167

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  9. Assessing Experiences with Online Educational Videos: Converting Multiple Constructed Responses to Quantifiable Data

    David J. Harrison

    Online educational videos disseminated content for a university pre-service teacher internship program. Placed within an online course management system, the videos were accessed by 202 interns... More

    pp. 168-192

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  10. Development and Testing of a M-Learning System for the Professional Development of Academics through Design-Based Action Research

    Nilgun Ozdamar Keskin & Abdullah Kuzu

    In the present study, a mobile learning system for the professional development of academics was developed by design based action research, and the perceptions and experiences of the academics... More

    pp. 193-220

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  11. The New Trends in Adaptive Educational Hypermedia Systems

    Sibel Somyürek

    This paper aims to give a general review of existing literature on adaptive educational hypermedia systems and to reveal technological trends and approaches within these studies. Fifty-six studies ... More

    pp. 221-241

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  12. The Pixelated Professor: Faculty in Immersive Virtual Worlds

    Stephanie Blackmon

    Online environments, particularly virtual worlds, can sometimes complicate issues of self expression. For example, the faculty member who loves punk rock has an opportunity, through hairstyle and... More

    pp. 242-259

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  13. Making Sense of Video Analytics: Lessons Learned from Clickstream Interactions, Attitudes, and Learning Outcome in a Video-Assisted Course

    Michail N. Giannakos, Konstantinos Chorianopoulos & Nikos Chrisochoides

    Online video lectures have been considered an instructional media for various pedagogic approaches, such as the flipped classroom and open online courses. In comparison to other instructional media... More

    pp. 260-283

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  14. Big(ger) Data as Better Data in Open Distance Learning

    Paul Prinsloo, Elizabeth Archer, Glen Barnes, Yuraisha Chetty & Dion van Zyl

    In the context of the hype, promise and perils of Big Data and the currently dominant paradigm of data-driven decision-making, it is important to critically engage with the potential of Big Data... More

    pp. 284-306

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  15. How Do Students Want to Learn in Online Distance Education? Profiling Student Preferences

    Rob Koper

    How do (potential) students differ in their preferences for the organization of online and distance courses and programs, can these differences be grouped into preference profiles, and are there... More

    pp. 307-329

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  16. Trends in Distance Education Research: A Content Analysis of Journals 2009-2013

    Aras Bozkurt, Ela Akgun-Ozbek, Sibel Yilmazel, Erdem Erdogdu, Hasan Ucar, Emel Guler, Sezan Sezgin, Abdulkadir Karadeniz, Nazife Sen-Ersoy, Nil Goksel-Canbek, Gokhan Deniz Dincer, Suleyman Ari & Cengiz Hakan Aydin

    This study intends to explore the current trends in the field of distance education research during the period of 2009-2013. The trends were identified by an extensive review of seven peer reviewed... More

    pp. 330-363

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