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Carson, Stephen; Kanchanaraksa, Sukon; Gooding, Ira; Mulder, Fred; Schuwer, Robert – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
The free and open publication of course materials (OpenCourseWare or OCW) was initially undertaken by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other universities primarily to share educational resources among educators (Abelson, 2007). OCW, however, and more in general open educational resources (OER), have also provided well-documented…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Courseware, Open Source Technology, Outcome Measures
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Williams, Roy Trevor; Mackness, Jenny; Gumtau, Simone – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
It is ironic that the management of education has become more closed while learning has become more open, particularly over the past 10-20 years. The curriculum has become more instrumental, predictive, standardized, and micro-managed in the belief that this supports employability as well as the management of educational processes, resources, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Design, Online Courses, Assistive Technology
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Park, Yeonjeong – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
Instructional designers and educators recognize the potential of mobile technologies as a learning tool for students and have incorporated them into the distance learning environment. However, little research has been done to categorize the numerous examples of mobile learning in the context of distance education, and few instructional design…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Design Requirements, Learning Strategies, Social Environment
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Boitshwarelo, Bopelo – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2009
This paper explores a case of teacher professional development in Botswana where a blended learning solution was attempted. The analysis of the implementation environment reveals deficiencies in policy, schools (workplaces), and training providers. The paper concludes with three recommendations: 1) Schools should support ongoing teacher learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Science Teachers, Professional Development, Case Studies
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Thakrar, Jayshree; Zinn, Denise; Wolfenden, Freda – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2009
The challenges to teacher educators in sub-Saharan Africa are acute. This paper describes how the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) consortium is working within institutional and national policy systems to support school-based teacher professional development. The TESSA consortium (13 African institutions and 5 international…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Consortia, Educational Resources