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Guajardo-Leal, Brenda Edith; Navarro-Corona, Claudia; González, Jaime Ricardo Valenzuela – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2019
MOOCs are presented as an affordable and easily accessible modality that offers the opportunity to democratize education in our time; however, this convenience training favors a low completion rate of the participants. Faced with this situation, scholars have suggested that it is necessary to deepen the construct of academic engagement, a concept…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Bayeck, Rebecca Yvonne; Choi, Jinhee – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
This paper discusses the influence of cultural dimensions on Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) introductory videos. The study examined the introductory videos produced by three universities on Coursera platforms using communication theory and Hofstede's cultural dimensions. The results show that introductory videos in MOOCs are influenced by the…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Video Technology
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Bonk, Curtis J.; Zhu, Meina; Kim, Minkyoung; Xu, Shuya; Sabir, Najia; Sari, Annisa R. – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
This study explores the activities, tools, and resources that instructors of massive open online courses (MOOCs) use to improve the personalization of their MOOCs. Following email interviews with 25 MOOC and open education leaders regarding MOOC personalization, a questionnaire was developed. This questionnaire was then completed by 152 MOOC…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Khalil, Mohammad; Prinsloo, Paul; Slade, Sharon – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
While many strategies for protecting personal privacy rely on regulatory frameworks, consent, and anonymizing data, they are not always effective. Terms and Conditions often lag behind advances in technology, software, and user behaviours, and consent to use data for a range of unclear purposes may be provided unwittingly. As the commercial market…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Jung, Eulho; Bauer, Christine; Heaps, Allan – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
The high cost of tuition and textbooks can have a negative impact on potential students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Open Educational Resources (OER) offers students a way to save educational costs while utilizing high-quality open textbooks. Up until now, there have been few studies focused on a specific provider of open textbooks. This…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Textbooks, Shared Resources and Services
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Kwak, Subeom – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Since it was first introduced in 2008, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have been attracting a lot of interest. Since then, MOOCs have emerged as powerful platforms for teaching and learning academic writing. However, there has been no detailed investigation of academic writing MOOCs. As a result, much uncertainty still exists about the…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Academic Discourse, Writing (Composition)
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Fischer, Lane; Ernst, David; Mason, Stacie – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Using data collected from peer reviews for Open Textbook Library titles, this paper explores questions about rating the quality of open textbooks. The five research questions addressed the relationship between textbook and reviewer characteristics and ratings. Although reviewers gave textbooks high ratings generally, reviewers identified…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Shared Resources and Services, Electronic Publishing, Rating Scales
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Themeli, Chryssa; Bougia, Anna – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2016
Distance education is expanding in all continents, and the use of video has dominated internet. Synchronous Video Communication (SVC) has not been an option thoroughly investigated and practitioners, who use and design synchronous learning scenarios, are in urgent need of guidance. Distant learners face many barriers, and as a result, they drop…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Video Technology, Synchronous Communication, Barriers
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Jansen, Darco; Schuwer, Robert; Teixeira, Antonio; Aydin, Cengiz Hakan – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
Much of the literature and the academic discussion about institutional strategic planning of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) has been centred on the U.S. context. Literature on MOOCs in Europe is still developing and just recently some empirical studies were conducted. However, these studies are not comparable, and it is hard to learn about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Higher Education, Universities
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Stewart, Bonnie E. – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
In an era of knowledge abundance, scholars have the capacity to distribute and share ideas and artifacts via digital networks, yet networked scholarship often remains unrecognized within institutional spheres of influence. Using ethnographic methods including participant observation, interviews, and document analysis, this study investigates…
Descriptors: Networks, Ethnography, Participant Observation, Documentation