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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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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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Sangra, Albert; Vlachopoulos, Dimitrios; Cabrera, Nati – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
E-learning is part of the new dynamic that characterises educational systems at the start of the 21st century. Like society, the concept of e-learning is subject to constant change. In addition, it is difficult to come up with a single definition of e-learning that would be accepted by the majority of the scientific community. The different…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Distance Education, Expertise
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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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Ihanainen, Pekka; Moravec, John W. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
A linear, sequential time conception based on in-person meetings and pedagogical activities is not enough for those who practice and hope to enhance contemporary education, particularly where online interactions are concerned. In this article, we propose a new model for understanding time in pedagogical contexts. Conceptual parts of the model will…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Computer Mediated Communication, Online Courses, Models