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Karunanayaka, Shironica P.; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 2021
Authentic assessment activities are those that afford learners opportunities to practice finding solutions to real-world issues and challenges, so that upon graduation they are able to apply these skills to issues and challenges they will face in their workplaces. When learners are able to do this successfully, they are judged as job ready.…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Authentic Learning, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Karunanayaka, Shironica P.; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 2020
Interest in the adoption of open educational practices (OEP) is growing, and the strongest arguments in its favor are that the adoption of such practices has the best chances of making education affordable and accessible to all. However, engagement with such practices requires the adoption of a fundamentally different set of beliefs and value…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Open Education, Online Courses, Instructional Design
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Karunanayaka, Shironica P.; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 2018
While there is growing recognition and acceptance of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in teaching and learning, designing for their integration remains very challenging for educators. Adopting OER and OEP in their profession requires significant changes in practitioners' pedagogical thinking and practices,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services
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Zawacki-Richter, Olaf; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 2016
This article maps out trends in distance education research and scholarship from 35 years of publications in the "Distance Education" journal. Titles and abstracts of 515 full papers were analyzed using the text-mining tool Leximancer™ to identify and describe themes in distance education research covered by these publications in the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Publications, Trend Analysis, Educational Technology
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Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 1987
As a regional institution serving the needs of 11 different island nations of the South West Pacific, the University of the South Pacific (USP) is, along with its on-campus face-to-face teaching activity, deeply committed to and reliant on distance study methods. Both of these activities at the university are the principal responsibility of a…
Descriptors: Cooperative Planning, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Instructional Design
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Naidu, Som; Bernard, Robert M. – Distance Education, 1992
Investigates the effectiveness of inserted questions and concept mapping for enhancing academic performance. The study sample was composed of 141 nursing students enrolled in a 20-week distance education course. Subjects who completed concept mapping exercises outperformed those using inserted questions or a combination of the two instructional…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cognitive Processes, Comparative Analysis, Concept Mapping
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Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 1994
Discusses the application of learning and instructional strategies in open and distance learning settings. Highlights include teaching and learning theories; materials development; distance learners; learning and instructional strategies; and a conceptual framework for applying learning and instructional strategies in open and distance learning…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Strategies, Evaluation Methods, Feedback
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Noordink, Peter J.; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 1994
Discusses procedures for the analysis of instructional strategies incorporated into distance learning materials, especially with regard to the development of higher order cognitive ability (i.e., critical thinking). Three approaches to task analysis are examined, including the learning hierarchy model, the concept hierarchy, and the information…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Distance Education, Educational Strategies, Evaluation Methods
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Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 1997
Outlines and discusses the design and evaluation of a University of Southern Queensland (Australia) graduate study program in open- and distance learning, accessible exclusively via the Internet. Highlights instruction versus facilitation, learning environment, computer-mediated communication, student projects, and practice-based reflection in a…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperation, Distance Education, Educational Environment