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Koseoglu, Suzan; Bozkurt, Aras – Distance Education, 2018
This paper presents a review of peer-reviewed publications (2007-2017) on digital open educational practices (OEPs). It explores trends and patterns in this emerging area of study by examining paper abstracts and bibliographic data indexed in the Scopus database using a combination of descriptive statistics, text mining, social network analysis,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Technology Integration
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Sheail, Philippa – Distance Education, 2018
This article engages with the persistent theme of flexibility in online distance education. It argues that, while a discourse of flexibility promises opportunities for access to online education, it also has the potential to devalue it by paying too little attention to education's time-consuming practices, often perpetuating a notion of teaching…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Distance Education, Access to Education, College Students
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Law, Patrina; Perryman, Leigh-Anne – Distance Education, 2017
In 2013, the Open University (OU) in the UK launched a large-scale survey of users of its OpenLearn platform for open educational resources. The survey results revealed that OpenLearn is functioning as a showcase and a taster for the OU, thereby offering informal learners a bridge to formal education. In 2014 and 2015, the OpenLearn survey was…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Open Universities
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Bosmans, Daniel; Hurd, Stella – Distance Education, 2016
Learning a language through distance means is becoming increasingly widespread. The investigation reported in this paper was part of a large study (n = 590) carried out in 2011, which examined the experience of English-speaking students learning French pronunciation in a distance setting. This paper explores the hypothesis that there is a link…
Descriptors: Phonology, Second Language Learning, Anxiety, Questionnaires
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Rogerson-Revell, Pamela – Distance Education, 2015
This paper reports on an action research study investigating the use of online learning activities or "e-tivities" to enhance the learning and assessment experience of students on a distance master's programme. The study suggests that to be successfully integrated in a programme, such activities need to be carefully aligned with learning…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Alignment (Education), Masters Programs, Action Research
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Whitelock, Denise; Thorpe, Mary; Galley, Rebecca – Distance Education, 2015
Distance students are time poor and some drop out of their studies because they fall behind with coursework. This raises the issue of how course teams decide upon how many study hours should be included in a course. This article presents a number of Open University projects that have addressed student workload management and relates how learning…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Summative Evaluation, Distance Education, Time Management
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Kennedy, Eileen; Laurillard, Diana; Horan, Bernard; Charlton, Patricia – Distance Education, 2015
This article reports on a design-based research project to create a modelling tool to analyse the costs and learning benefits involved in different modes of study. The Course Resource Appraisal Model (CRAM) provides accurate cost-benefit information so that institutions are able to make more meaningful decisions about which kind of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Time on Task, Faculty Workload
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Remedios, Richard; Richardson, John T. E. – Distance Education, 2013
Achievement goals predict learning in children and young adults, but it is unclear whether they apply to older adults and how they are related to approaches to studying. An online survey examined achievement goals, approaches to studying and academic attainment in distance learners. The Achievement Goals Questionnaire-Revised and the Approaches to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Adult Students, Online Surveys
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Latchem, Colin – Distance Education, 2012
This article presents an interview with Sir John Daniel outgoing President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning. Sir John Daniel's term as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) ended on May 31, 2012. Readers of "Distance Education" will know of Sir John's work at the Tele-universite (Directeur des…
Descriptors: Open Universities, Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Presidents
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Hockings, Christine; Brett, Paul; Terentjevs, Mat – Distance Education, 2012
Recently there has been growing concern about the ways in which professional values such as "acknowledging diversity and promoting equality of opportunity" (Higher Education Academy (HEA), 2006, p. 4) have been understood and evidenced in higher education. In this article, we outline how the Learning to Teach Inclusively open educational…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Curriculum Design, Distance Education, Values
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Scanlon, Eileen – Distance Education, 2012
This article focuses on the potential of free tools, particularly inquiry tools for influencing participation in twenty-first-century learning in science, as well as influencing the development of communities around tools. Two examples are presented: one on the development of an open source tool for structured inquiry learning that can bridge the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Community Development, Observation, Science Instruction
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Bossu, Carina; Bull, David; Brown, Mark – Distance Education, 2012
This article discusses the role of open and distance learning to widen participation and promote social inclusion within Australian higher education, as well as the benefits that open educational resources (OER) could bring to that context. It also explores some of the most relevant social inclusion policies and related initiatives developed in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Informal Education, Distance Education
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Nikoi, Samuel; Armellini, Alejandro – Distance Education, 2012
Success in open educational resources (OER) has been reported by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA and the Open University in the UK, among others. It is unclear, however, how valuable OER are in learning and teaching. Approaches to OER policy and sustainability are just two other key aspects that remain unresolved across the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Open Universities, Educational Resources
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Furnborough, Concha – Distance Education, 2012
Autonomy in language learning does not simply equate with independence, as language learning is a social activity that requires interaction with others. This also applies just as much to distance language learners, who need to reconcile independent language learning and interdependence with others. This article draws on findings from 43 mid-course…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Learner Controlled Instruction
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Macdonald, Janet; Poniatowska, Barbara – Distance Education, 2011
We maintain that an understanding of the working contexts of staff is a critical consideration when designing for effective professional development. The process of embedding theory into good practice does not simply depend on the design of a good seminar, because it may also be affected by who else attends, or perhaps by who the participants talk…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Socialization, Open Universities, Faculty Development
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