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Hollands, Fiona M.; Tirthali, Devayani – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Given the ongoing alarm regarding uncontrollable costs of higher education, it would be reasonable to expect not only concern about the impact of MOOCs on educational outcomes, but also systematic efforts to document the resources expended on their development and delivery. However, there is little publicly available information on MOOC costs that…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Costs, Higher Education, Curriculum Development
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Bulfin, Scott; Pangrazio, Luciana; Selwyn, Neil – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
One notable "disruptive" impact of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has been an increased public discussion of online education. While much debate over the potential and challenges of MOOCs has taken place online confined largely to niche communities of practitioners and advocates, the rise of corporate "xMOOC" ventures such…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Higher Education
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Barberà, Elena; Layne, Ludmila; Gunawardena, Charlotte N. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
This study was conducted at colleges in three countries (United States, Venezuela, and Spain) and across three academic disciplines (engineering, education, and business), to examine how experienced faculty define competencies for their discipline, and design instructional interaction for online courses. A qualitative research design employing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disciplines, Colleges, Teacher Attitudes
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Lee, Joohi – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
This exploratory research project investigated graduate students' satisfaction levels with online learning associated with human (professor/instructor and instructional associate) and design factors (course structure and technical aspects) using a survey study. A total of 81 graduate students (master's students who majored in math and science…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Participant Satisfaction, Online Courses
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Ives, Cindy; Pringle, Mary Margaret – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Since the birth of the World Wide Web, educators have been exchanging ideas and sharing resources online. They are all aware of the turmoil in higher education created by freely available content, including some hopeful developments charted in this issue. Interest has grown steadily over the past decade in making a university-level education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Case Studies, Educational Resources
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de Langen, F. H. T. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
For several years, the importance of continuous education has been stressed by several governmental and non-governmental institutions (Janssen & Schuwer, 2012; Marshall & Casserly, 2006). Education is seen as important both for personal growth and empowerment for one's personal wellbeing and for developing the professional capabilities…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Access to Information, Business
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Stacey, Paul – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Foundations like Hewlett, Mellon, and Gates provided start-up funding and support that nurtured the field of open educational resources (OER) from infancy to a robust early adolescence characterized by energy and idealism (Casserly & Smith, 2008). However, foundation grants typically focus on establishing exemplars and cannot be relied on for…
Descriptors: Grants, Educational Resources, Financial Support, Higher Education
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Mulder, Fred – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
In its first decade (2001-2010) the OER movement has been carried by numerous relevant and successful projects around the globe. These were sometimes large-scale but more often not, and they were primarily initiated by innovating educational institutions and explorative individual experts. What has remained, however, is the quest for a sustainable…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Multimedia Materials
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Veletsianos, George; Navarrete, Cesar C. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
While the potential of social networking sites to contribute to educational endeavors is highlighted by researchers and practitioners alike, empirical evidence on the use of such sites for formal online learning is scant. To fill this gap in the literature, we present a case study of learners' perspectives and experiences in an online course…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Socialization, Electronic Learning
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Martin, Florence; Parker, Michele A.; Deale, Deborah F. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Interaction is crucial to student satisfaction in online courses. Adding synchronous components (virtual classroom technologies) to online courses can facilitate interaction. In this study, interaction within a synchronous virtual classroom was investigated by surveying 21 graduate students in an instructional technology program in the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Virtual Classrooms, Internet, Online Courses
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Starr-Glass, David – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
The use of a participant survey, administered at the outset of an online course, can provide information useful in the management of the learning environment and in its subsequent redesign. Such information can clarify participants' prior experience, expectations, and demographics. But the very act of enquiring about the learner also signals the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Strategies, Classroom Techniques, Instructional Effectiveness
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Quillerou, Emmanuelle – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
The development of new communication technologies has led to a push for greater technology use for teaching and learning. This is most true for distance learning education, which relies heavily on new technologies. Distance learning students, however, seem to have very limited time available for studying and learning because of work and/or family…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Power, Michael; Gould-Morven, Anthony – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
Although online learning (OL) is becoming widely accessible and is often viewed as cutting-edge, the actual number of regular faculty participating in this form of teaching remains small. Moreover, OL, despite its growing recognition, is often associated with high rates of student dissatisfaction and isolation, withdrawal, and attrition.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Online Courses
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Shea, Peter; Hayes, Suzanne; Vickers, Jason – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2010
With more than 4 million students enrolled in online courses in the US alone (Allen & Seaman, 2010), it is now time to inquire into the nature of instructional effort in online environments. Reflecting the community of inquiry (CoI) framework (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000) this paper addresses the following questions: How has…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Research Methodology, Online Courses, Content Analysis