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Mishra, Sanjaya – Distance Education, 2017
Enthusiasts and evangelists of open educational resources (OER) see these resources as a panacea for all of the problems of education. However, despite its promises, their adoption in educational institutions is slow. There are many barriers to the adoption of OER, and many are from within the community of OER advocates. This commentary calls for…
Descriptors: Barriers, Educational Resources, Open Source Technology, Adoption (Ideas)
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Lukenchuk, Antonina – Distance Education, 2016
This is a reflexive account of my experiences teaching online and blended doctoral research methodology courses and seminars. Vacillating between skepticism and affirmation, my thoughts mirror the many issues that arise from my daily professional practice and from what I have discovered in my quest to better understand the nature and workings of…
Descriptors: Theory Practice Relationship, Blended Learning, Doctoral Programs, Methods Courses
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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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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2011
This article reflects on the flexible learning concept through the eyes of the 19th-century industrial activists known as the Luddites. During a period of economic uncertainty, the Luddite perspective provides a sensitive justification for a change-free educational environment, and for a backlash in favour of "inflexible learning" (IL). The…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Economic Climate, Resistance to Change, Intervention
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Mitchell, Ian McD. – Distance Education, 2009
In this article, the author reflects on the historical context of the Australian distance education environment that led to the establishment of the journal "Distance Education." He deals with the dynamics of and the decisions made about the journal, in the light of that environment. He also asks readers to share their stance on the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Educational History, Periodicals
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Distance Education, 2007
From 2005 to 2008, the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) is funding a series of distance education (DE) studies in its Pan Asia Networking (PAN) region. Eight collaborative projects are under way in Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Mongolia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Viet Nam. The…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Models, Educational Technology
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Garrison, D. R. – Distance Education, 1987
Presents a critical analysis of research explaining dropout in distance education, and suggests the direction of future studies needed to form new theories regarding dropout. Highlights include discussions of mediated communication, audio teleconferencing, and problems with current research methodology and conceptual models. (LRW)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Dropout Research, Futures (of Society), Research Methodology
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Robertson, Bill – Distance Education, 1987
This discussion of the benefits of audio teleconferencing for distance education programs and for business and government applications focuses on the recent experience of Canadian educational users. Four successful operating models and their costs are reviewed, and it is concluded that audio teleconferencing is cost efficient and educationally…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Developed Nations
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Wright, Clayton; Conroy, Cathy – Distance Education, 1988
Describes factors involved in designing print support materials for computer-based instruction (CBI) or independent learning. Basic principles of effective instructional design based on principles promoted by Gagne and Briggs are discussed, and a format for organizing a course manual that was developed at Grant MacEwan Community College (Alberta)…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Guidelines, Independent Study, Instructional Design
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Bynner, John – Distance Education, 1986
Considers aims of masters degrees in education against background of controversy about distance teaching of such courses; examines components of masters course design via distance teaching experience in Australia and United Kingdom; considers design requirements of the advanced project and specifies necessary support facilities; and describes…
Descriptors: Course Content, Curriculum Design, Distance Education, Educational Objectives
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Laaser, Wolfrom – Distance Education, 1986
Provides a rough classification of three basic design aspects of audiocassette production in a distance education framework: dramaturgical design; didactic functions or teaching objectives; and reciprocal relations to other media and students' activities. It is concluded that audiocassettes can be very effective and powerful when developed to…
Descriptors: Audiotape Cassettes, Classification, Design Requirements, Diagrams
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Harley, Margaret F. – Distance Education, 1985
Questions theoretical assumptions underlying current provision of Australian early childhood distance education and proposes an alternative attitudinal base dependent on these assumptions: There are differences in settings, role, and role relationships in home-based programs; parent is main educator; and teachers' role and interpersonal skills…
Descriptors: Attitude Change, Distance Education, Early Childhood Education, Educational Research
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Howard, Dawn C. – Distance Education, 1985
Reviews research on the cognitive and affective processes engaged in by learners as they read which determine reading effectiveness and addresses implications of findings for college level study skills instruction, particularly remedial instruction of distance learners. Suggested features of a study skills program, its presentation, and program…
Descriptors: Audiotape Recordings, Cognitive Processes, Content Area Reading, Distance Education
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Minnis, John R. – Distance Education, 1985
Explores the possibility of expanding the research base in distance education through the use of three well-known and accepted qualitative methodologies used by anthropology and sociology: ethnography, case study, and grounded theory. Each methodology's characteristics and main strengths are described. (MBR)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Case Studies, Data Collection, Distance Education
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van As, Ben S. – Distance Education, 1985
Discusses high dropout and failure rate at the Distance Teaching University of South Africa; describes development of a transitional study program to give underprepared students remedial assistance, including course organization, content, and student participation; reviews research on the program's effectiveness; and outlines strategies to…
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Admission Criteria, Course Content, Distance Education
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