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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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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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Oladokun, Olugbade; Aina, Lenrie – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2011
Open and distance learning (ODL) has created room for the emergence of virtual education. Not only are students found everywhere and anywhere undertaking their studies and earning their degrees, but geographical boundaries between nations no longer appear to have much relevance. As the new education paradigm irretrievably alters the way teaching…
Descriptors: Information Needs, Distance Education, Economically Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries
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Hoter, Elaine; Shonfeld, Miri; Ganayim, Asmaa – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2009
This paper presents an online inter-group contact hypothesis (OICH) model, developed within the Israel education system, whereby online and distance learning (ODL) is used in the service of multiculturalism. The goal is to build bridges among secular and religious Arabs and Jews in Israel based on small multicultural groups and collaborative…
Descriptors: Jews, Distance Education, Cultural Pluralism, Information Technology