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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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Wang, Minjuan; Chen, Yong; Khan, Muhammad Jahanzaib – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
Mobile cloud learning, a combination of mobile learning and cloud computing, is a relatively new concept that holds considerable promise for future development and delivery in the education sectors. Cloud computing helps mobile learning overcome obstacles related to mobile computing. The main focus of this paper is to explore how cloud computing…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Information Storage, Internet, Case Studies
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Mtebe, Joel S.; Raisamo, Roope – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
The past few years have seen increasingly rapid development and use of open educational resources (OER) in higher education institutions (HEIs) in developing countries. These resources are believed to be able to widen access, reduce the costs, and improve the quality of education. However, there exist several challenges that hinder the adoption…
Descriptors: Open Education, Barriers, Access to Education, Foreign Countries
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Kuo, Yu-Chun; Walker, Andrew E.; Belland, Brian R.; Schroder, Kerstin E. E.; Kuo, Yu-Tung – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2014
This paper reports research on the implementation of a web-based videoconferencing tool (Interwise) for synchronous learning sessions on an industrial technology course offered through a university in northern Taiwan. The participants included undergraduate students from the same course offered in two different semesters. We investigated students'…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Synchronous Communication, Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students
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Anderson, Terry – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
This paper presents the rationale, common practices, challenges, and some personal anecdotes from a journal editor on the production, use, and re-use of peer-reviewed scholarly articles as open educational resources (OER). The scholarly and professional discourse related to open educational resources has largely focused on open learning objects,…
Descriptors: Journal Articles, Periodicals, Access to Information, Electronic Publishing
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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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Rabiee, Ali; Nazarian, Zahra; Gharibshaeyan, Raziyeh – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
E-learning is advancing in Iran right now. The Iranian higher education system is applying electronic learning in order to conquer the limitations of the existing education system. These limitations include the growing number of applicants for entering universities, lack of classrooms for education, and universities' tensions in replying to these…
Descriptors: Barriers, Internet, Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning
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Pukkaew, Chadchadaporn – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
This study assesses the effectiveness of internet-based distance learning (IBDL) through the VClass live e-education platform. The research examines (1) the effectiveness of IBDL for regular and distance students and (2) the distance students' experience of VClass in the IBDL course entitled Computer Programming 1. The study employed the common…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Instructional Effectiveness
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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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Gros, Begona; Garcia, Iolanda; Escofet, Anna – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
In the last decade, an important debate about the characteristics of today's students has arisen due to their intensive experience as users of ICT. The main belief is that frequent use of technologies in everyday life implies competent users able to transfer their digital skills to learning activities. However, empirical studies developed in…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Virtual Universities, Computer Use
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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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Wright, Clayton R.; Reju, Sunday A. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Open educational resources (OERs) have the potential to reduce costs, improve quality, and increase access to educational opportunities. OER development and deployment is one path that could contribute to achieving education for all. This article builds on existing information and communication technology (ICT) implementation plans in Africa and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Educational Opportunities
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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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Liebenberg, Hanlie; Chetty, Yuraisha; Prinsloo, Paul – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Amidst the different challenges facing higher education, and particularly distance education (DE) and open distance learning (ODL), access to information and communication technology (ICT) and students' abilities to use ICTs are highly contested issues in the South African higher education landscape. While there are various opinions about the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Access to Computers, Access to Information, Foreign Countries
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