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ERIC Number: EJ1138904
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Apr
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1492-3831
Review and Content Analysis of the "International Review of Research in Open and Distance/Distributed Learning" (2000-2015)
Zawacki-Richter, Olaf; Alturki, Uthman; Aldraiweesh, Ahmed
International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, v18 n2 p1-26 Apr 2017
This paper presents a review of distance education literature published in the "International Review of Research in Open and Distance/Distributed Learning" (IRRODL) to describe the status thereof and to identify gaps and priority areas in distance education research based on a validated classification of research areas. All articles (N = 580) published between 2000 and 2015 were reviewed for this study. An analysis of abstracts using the text-mining tool Leximancer over three 5-year periods reveals the following broad themes over the three periods: the establishment of online learning and distance education institutions (2000-2005), widening access to education and online learning support (2006-2010), and the emergence of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Open Educational Resources (OER) (2011-2015). The analysis auf publication and authorship patterns revealed that IRRODL is a very international journal with a high impact in terms of citations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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