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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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Khanna, Pankaj; Basak, P. C. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
This paper describes an open educational resources (OER) architecture framework that would bring significant improvements in a well-structured and systematic way to the educational practices of distance education institutions of India. The OER architecture framework is articulated with six dimensions: pedagogical, technological, managerial,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Access to Information, Electronic Publishing, Educational Resources
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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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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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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
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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
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Kop, Rita – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
Self-directed learning on open online networks is now a possibility as communication and resources can be combined to create learning environments. But is it really? There are some challenges that might prevent learners from having a quality learning experience. This paper raises questions on levels of learner autonomy, presence, and critical…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Learning Experience, Online Systems
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Asunka, Stephen – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2008
This study adopted a qualitative case-study approach to examine the attitudes, experiences, and perceptions of undergraduate students who were enrolled in an online, collaborative learning course at a Ghanaian private university. Data sources included surveys, student and instructor journal entries, email records, individual interviews, and…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Undergraduate Students, Student Projects, Private Colleges