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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Sep 26, 2018 Volume 19, Number 4


Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 15

  1. Developing a Mobile App for Learning English Vocabulary in an Open Distance Learning Context

    Mpine Makoe & Thulile Shandu, University of South Africa

    Academic success depends on the comprehension of a language, which is linked to vocabulary learning. Many distance students in South Africa find it difficult to comprehend learning in a language... More

  2. Defining OER-Enabled Pedagogy

    David Wiley, Lumen Learning; John Hilton, Brigham Young University

    The term “open pedagogy” has been used in a variety of different ways over the past several decades. In recent years, its use has also become associated with Open Educational Resources (OER). The... More

  3. Motivation and Knowledge: Pre-Assessment and Post-Assessment of MOOC Participants From an Energy and Sustainability Project

    Juan Valdivia Vázquez, María Ramírez-Montoya & Jaime Valenzuela González, Tecnológico de Monterrey

    Understanding factors promoting or preventing participants’ completion of a massive open online course (MOOC) is an important research topic, as attrition rates remain high for this environment.... More

  4. MOOC Makers: Professors’ Experiences With Developing and Delivering MOOCs

    Stephanie Blackmon

    Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been described as purposeful educational resources for teaching, open educational initiatives, competency-based learning, and the like. They have also been ... More

  5. How do Virtual Teams Collaborate in Online Learning Tasks in a MOOC?

    Daniëlle Verstegen, Maastricht University, School of Health Professions Education; Amber Dailey-Hebert, Herco Fonteijn, Geraldine Clarebout & Annemarie Spruijt

    Modern learning theories stress the importance of student-centered and self-directed learning. Problem-Based Learning (PBL) supports this by focusing on small group learning centered around... More

  6. “Doing the courses without stopping my life”: Time in a professional Master’s program

    Tami Oliphant & Jennifer Branch-Mueller, University of Alberta

    This study investigates how time intersects with student learning in Canada’s first, and only, Master of Library and Information Studies (MLIS) in an online teaching and learning stream. Thirty-two... More

  7. Critical Factors of the Adoption of e-Textbooks: A Comparison Between Experienced and Inexperienced Users

    Wei-Hsi Hung, National Chengchi University; Pei-Hsuan Hsieh, National Cheng Kung University, R.O.C, Taiwan; Yao-De Huang, National Chung Cheng University, R.O.C., Taiwan

    The use of e-textbooks has become popular in certain countries, yet there is debate in the literature about whether it is advantageous to adopt e-textbooks and if they positively influence students... More

  8. A Framework for Implementing OER-Based Lesson Design Activities for Pre-Service Teachers

    Dongho Kim, University of Florida

    The demand for qualified teachers with sufficient pedagogical knowledge and skills is high. However, existing teacher education programs do not provide adequate experiences through which to develop... More

  9. Influence of Learning Design of the Formation of Online Communities of Learning

    Shazia Jan & Panos Vlachopoulos, Macquarie University

    This paper presents the findings of a study on a fully online Bachelor’s level course in Health Sciences at a European University conducted to explore the influence of learning design on the... More

  10. Effect of Communication Management on Distance Learners’ Cognitive Engagement in Malaysian Institutions of Higher Learning

    Bakare Kayode, Al-Madinah International University

    Rapid development of communication tools has brought about contentious issues in communication management in distance learning (DL) programs. The aim of this study is to investigate the... More

  11. Pushing Toward a More Personalized MOOC: Exploring Instructor Selected Activities, Resources, and Technologies for MOOC Design and Implementation

    Curtis Bonk, Indiana University, USA, United States; Meina Zhu, University of West Florida, USA, United States; Minkyoung Kim, Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia; Shuya Xu, United States; Najia Sabir, Indiana University, USA, United States; Annisa Sari, Indiana University, USA Yogyakarta State University, Indonesia

    This study explores the activities, tools, and resources that instructors of massive open online courses (MOOCs) use to improve the personalization of their MOOCs. Following email interviews with... More

  12. The Expansion of Higher Education and the Returns of Distance Education in China

    Fengliang Li, Tsinghua University

    The returns of traditional face-to-face education are widely analyzed, but there is a need for empirical studies on the returns of distance education. Further, comparative studies on returns of... More

  13. Parents’ and Students’ Attitudes Toward Tablet Integration in Schools

    Sha Zhu, Harrison Yang, Jason MacLeod, Yinghui Shi & Di Wu, Central China Normal University

    This study explored parents’ and students’ attitudes toward tablet usage in a formal educational setting. A total of 212 students from four 7th-grade classes, along with 145 of their parents,... More

  14. Troubleshooters for Tasks of Introductory Programming MOOCs

    Marina Lepp, University of Tartu; Tauno Palts, Piret Luik, Kaspar Papli, Reelika Suviste, Merilin Säde, Kaspar Hollo, Vello Vaherpuu & Eno Tõnisson

    Learning programming has become more and more popular and organizing introductory massive open online courses (MOOCs) on programming can be one way to bring this education to the masses. While... More


    Rory McGreal, Athabasca University