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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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Recker, Mimi; Yuan, Min; Ye, Lei – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
The widespread availability of high-quality Web-based content offers new potential for supporting teachers as designers of curricula and classroom activities. When coupled with a participatory Web culture and infrastructure, teachers can share their creations as well as leverage from the best that their peers have to offer to support a collective…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Computer Assisted Instruction, Internet, Educational Technology
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Prasad, Deepak; Usagawa, Tsuyoshi – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Textbook prices have soared over the years, with several studies revealing many university students are finding it difficult to afford textbooks. Fortunately, two innovations--open educational resources (OER) and open textbooks--hold the potential to increase textbook affordability. Experts, though, have stated the obvious: that students can save…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Source Technology, Textbooks, College Faculty
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Hilton, John Levi, III; Robinson, Jared; Wiley, David; Ackerman, J. Dale – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Textbooks represent a significant portion of the overall cost of higher education in the United States. The burden of these costs is typically shouldered by students, those who support them, and the taxpayers who fund the grants and student loans which pay for textbooks. Open educational resources (OER) provide students a way to receive…
Descriptors: Open Education, Cost Effectiveness, Textbooks, College Students
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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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Hilton, John Levi, III.; Gaudet, Donna; Clark, Phil; Robinson, Jared; Wiley. David – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
The high cost of textbooks is of concern not only to college students but also to society as a whole. Open textbooks promise the same educational benefits as traditional textbooks; however, their efficacy remains largely untested. We report on one community college's adoption of a collection of open resources across five different mathematics…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Community Colleges, Mathematics Education
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Chaiprasurt, Chantorn; Esichaikul, Vatcharaporn – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Mobile technologies have helped establish new channels of communication among learners and instructors, potentially providing greater access to course information, and promoting easier access to course activities and learner motivation in online learning environments. The paper compares motivation between groups of learners being taught through an…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Computer Mediated Communication
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Baek, Eun-Ok; Monaghan, James – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
eTextbooks have steadily and recently more rapidly penetrated the textbook market. In order to effectively support students' learning, it is important to comprehend students' experiences using eTextbooks. This survey study was designed to gain an understanding of students' experiences in using eTextbooks and variables that impact their…
Descriptors: Campuses, Electronic Publishing, Use Studies, Textbooks
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Tammets, Kairit; Pata, Kai; Laanpere, Mart – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
The study proposes a way in which the learning and knowledge building (LKB) framework, which is consistent with the knowledge conversion phases proposed by Nonaka and Takeuchi, supports teachers' informal and self-directed workplace learning. An LKB framework in a socio-technical system was developed to support professional development in an…
Descriptors: Workplace Learning, Informal Education, Independent Study, Professional Development
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Tomberg, Vladimir; Laanpere, Mart; Ley, Tobias; Normak, Peeter – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Various tools and services based on Web 2.0 (mainly blogs, wikis, social networking tools) are increasingly used in formal education to create personal learning environments, providing self-directed learners with more freedom, choice, and control over their learning. In such distributed and personalized learning environments, the traditional role…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Web Sites, Journal Writing, Teacher Role
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Hsu, Yu-Chang; Ching, Yu-Hui – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
This research explored how educators with limited programming experiences learned to design mobile apps through peer support and instructor guidance. Educators were positive about the sense of community in this online course. They also considered App Inventor a great web-based visual programming tool for developing useful and fully functioning…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Computer Software, Programming, Electronic Learning
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Hsu, Yu-Chang; Ching, Yu-Hui – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
This research applied a mixed-method design to explore how best to promote learning in authentic contexts in an online graduate course in instructional message design. The students used Twitter apps on their mobile devices to collect, share, and comment on authentic design examples found in their daily lives. The data sources included tweets…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Instructional Design, Online Courses, Handheld Devices
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Cheng, Jinn-Shing; Huang, Echo; Lin, Chuan-Lang – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Due to the constant performance upgrades and regular price reductions of mobile devices in recent years, users are able to take advantage of the various devices to obtain digital content regardless of the limitations of time and place. The increasing use of e-books has stimulated new e-learning approaches. This research project developed an e-book…
Descriptors: Computers, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Publishing Industry
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Hilton, John, III; Wiley, David A.; Lutz, Neil – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
An important element of open educational resources (OER) is the permission to use the materials in new ways, including revising and remixing them. Prior research has shown that the revision and remix rates for OER are relatively low. In this study we examined the extent to which the openly licensed "Flat World Knowledge" textbooks were being…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Textbooks, Open Source Technology, Textbook Content
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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera; Tham, Choy Yoong; Raviraja, S. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Open educational resources (OER) are a global phenomenon that is fast gaining credibility in many academic circles as a possible solution for bridging the knowledge divide. With increased funding and advocacy from governmental and nongovernmental organisations paired with generous philanthropy, many OER repositories, which host a vast array of…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Distance Education, Internet
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