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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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Selwyn, Neil – Distance Education, 2011
This article considers the uses and non-uses of digital technology by international distance learners. It draws upon data from in-depth interviews with 60 learners from around the world following distance education degree courses provided by a large UK federal university. The article focuses firstly on learners' descriptions of technology's role…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Student Attitudes, International Education
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Nichols, Mark – Distance Education, 2010
To improve student retention in distance education, Simpson suggested in 2003 that institutions analyse their own retention characteristics and "spot the leaks." In 2008 the Centre for Distance Learning at Laidlaw College, New Zealand, employed two part-time academic support coordinators in an effort to improve student retention and…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Intervention, Academic Support Services