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Chen, Yong – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
MOOCs (massive open online course) is a disruptive innovation and a current buzzword in higher education. However, the discussion of MOOCs is disparate, fragmented, and distributed among different outlets. Systematic, extensively published research on MOOCs is unavailable. This paper adopts a novel method called blog mining to analyze MOOCs. The…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Online Searching, Electronic Publishing
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Chen, Yong; He, Wu – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
This paper describes a survey of online learning which attempts to determine online learning providers' awareness of potential security risks and the protection measures that will diminish them. The authors use a combination of two methods: blog mining and a traditional literature search. The findings indicate that, while scholars have…
Descriptors: Computer Security, Risk, Online Courses, Electronic Publishing
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Tonks, DeLaina; Weston, Sarah; Wiley, David; Barbour, Michael K. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
The use of online learning at the primary and secondary school level is growing exponentially in the United States. Much of this growth is with full-time online schools, most of which are operated by for-profit companies that use proprietary online course content. In this article we trace the development of, and philosophy behind, a full-time…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Internet, Online Courses, Access to Education
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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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Castano-Munoz, Jonatan; Sancho-Vinuesa, Teresa; Duart, Josep M. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Online interaction is considered to be a key aspect of effective e-learning and improved academic achievement. However, few studies have examined how effectiveness varies with the degree of interaction intensity. Using data for 17,090 students from three Catalan universities, in this paper we study the productivity associated with five different…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Interaction, Electronic Learning, Evidence
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Zimmerman, Tekeisha Denise – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Interaction plays a critical role in the learning process. For online course participants, interaction with the course content (learner-content interaction) is especially important because it can contribute to successful learning outcomes and course completion. This study aims to examine the relationship between learner-content interaction and…
Descriptors: Grades (Scholastic), Interaction, Internet, Online Courses
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Veletsianos, George; Kimmons, Royce – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Researchers, educators, policymakers, and other education stakeholders hope and anticipate that openness and open scholarship will generate positive outcomes for education and scholarship. Given the emerging nature of open practices, educators and scholars are finding themselves in a position in which they can shape and/or be shaped by openness.…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Educational Technology, Scholarship, Information Technology
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Wen, Dunwei; Cuzzola, John; Brown, Lorna; Kinshuk – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Question answering systems have frequently been explored for educational use. However, their value was somewhat limited due to the quality of the answers returned to the student. Recent question answering (QA) research has started to incorporate deep natural language processing (NLP) in order to improve these answers. However, current NLP…
Descriptors: Language Processing, Natural Language Processing, Distance Education, Online Courses
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Rye, Stale Angen; Stokken, Anne Marie – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
This paper investigates how features in students' everyday life influence their participation in online global collaboration, and it suggests that students' local context should be recognised as a significant part of their educational space. In this exploratory case study of students engaged in a global online master's programme, the discussion is…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Internet, Global Approach
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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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Cunningham, Una – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
The aim of this paper is to bring theoretical concepts from other areas of scholarly research to bear on synchronous online education in a cross-disciplinary effort to shed light on what is going on by introducing systems of thought from other areas. The liminality and associated communitas which are found in synchronous online learning…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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Long, Gary L.; Marchetti, Carol; Fasse, Richard – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
This paper reports the findings of three studies within a program of research designed to better understand the factors contributing to the academic achievement of students in online courses and the contributions of interaction to online learning. The first study compared the academic achievement of students in the online and face-to-face (F2F)…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Deafness, Academic Achievement, Online Courses
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deWaard, Inge; Abajian, Sean; Gallagher, Michael Sean; Hogue, Rebecca; Keskin, Nilgun; Koutropoulos, Apostolos; Rodriguez, Osvaldo C. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
In this paper, we look at how the massive open online course (MOOC) format developed by connectivist researchers and enthusiasts can help analyze the complexity, emergence, and chaos at work in the field of education today. We do this through the prism of a MobiMOOC, a six-week course focusing on mLearning that ran from April to May 2011. MobiMOOC…
Descriptors: Internet, Online Courses, Access to Education, Electronic Learning
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Bell, Frances – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
The sociotechnical context for learning and education is dynamic and makes great demands on those trying to seize the opportunities presented by emerging technologies. The goal of this paper is to explore certain theories for our plans and actions in technology-enabled learning. Although presented as a successor to previous learning theories,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technology Uses in Education, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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