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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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Meishar-Tal, Hagit; Kurtz, Gila; Pieterse, Efrat – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
This paper describes a pilot study in using Facebook as an alternative to a learning management system (LMS). The paper reviews the current research on the use of Facebook in academia and analyzes the differences between a Facebook group and a regular LMS. The paper reports on a precedent-setting attempt to use a Facebook group as a course…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education, Comparative Analysis, Content Analysis
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Hilton, John, III; Wiley, David – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
Many college students and their families are concerned about the high costs of textbooks. A company called Flat World Knowledge both gives away and sells open-source textbooks in a way it believes to be financially sustainable. This article reports on the financial sustainability of the Flat World Knowledge open-source textbook model after one…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Higher Education, College Students, Case Studies
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Kop, Rita; Fournier, Helene; Mak, John Sui Fai – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
This paper examines how emergent technologies could influence the design of learning environments. It will pay particular attention to the roles of educators and learners in creating networked learning experiences on massive open online courses (MOOCs). The research shows that it is possible to move from a pedagogy of abundance to a pedagogy that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Online Courses, Teacher Role