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Croft, Benjamin; Brown, Monica – Distance Education, 2020
Open education has long been forwarded as a producer of equity. However, there currently exists a lack of critical engagement with issues of justice in open educational practices (OEP). Although the affordances of open education have potential for increasing equity, creating knowledge alongside learners is inherently rife with complexities for…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Social Justice, Equal Education, Open Education
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Mac Lochlainn, Conchúr; Nic Giolla Mhichíl, Mairéad; Beirne, Elaine; Brown, Mark – Distance Education, 2020
This article explores the role of culture and the concept of openness as they relate to learning using a massive open online course which teaches the Irish language and Irish culture to learners around the world. It explores how best to describe the meaning of such learning, and the social, material, and relational tensions that exist in such…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Cultural Education, Online Courses, Open Education
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Baran, Evrim; AlZoubi, Dana – Distance Education, 2020
Open pedagogy has emerged as an important teaching and learning practice while the current global open education resources movement has developed. The present research addresses the need to develop and conceptualize open pedagogy models in higher education contexts. This case study examined student perspectives on the affordances, challenges, and…
Descriptors: Affordances, Barriers, Open Educational Resources, College Students
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Pitt, Rebecca; Jordan, Katy; de los Arcos, Beatriz; Farrow, Robert; Weller, Martin – Distance Education, 2020
There has been little research into the impact of textbook costs on higher education in the United Kingdom. To better understand textbook use patterns and the issues faced by UK students and educators the UK Open Textbooks Project (2017-2018, http://ukopentextbooks.org/) conducted quantitative survey research with United Kingdom educators in…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Open Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Pulker, Hélène; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes – Distance Education, 2020
Open educational practices (OEP) as a research field is relatively new. One aspect that has received limited attention is the impact of using open educational resources (OER) on the development of OEP. This article, based on a doctoral study (Pulker, 2019), considers teachers' activities when reusing and adapting OER, with a view to providing…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Curriculum Development
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Mutambik, Ibrahim; Lee, John; Almuqrin, Abdullah – Distance Education, 2020
There is limited evidence of the effects of culture and context on student readiness for e-learning, and how these might interact with gender. This study addresses this gap by studying the effect of culture and context on the readiness of high school students to use e-learning in a unique setting: an education system in which male and female…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Readiness
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Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Dunlap, Joanna C. – Distance Education, 2020
Researchers have been investigating social presence in online learning for decades. However, despite this continued research, questions remain about the nature and development of social presence. The purpose of this mixed method exploratory case study was to investigate how social presence is established in online discussion forums in an…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Interpersonal Relationship
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Veletsianos, George – Distance Education, 2020
Prior literature suggests that to address the problems facing education, researchers and practitioners of online and flexible learning should avoid placing too much emphasis on the potential of technology and consult the history and literature of the field. In this reflective article, I argue that in addition to these activities, we should expand…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Waterhouse, Philippa; Samra, Rajvinder; Lucassen, Mathijs – Distance Education, 2020
To date, research concerning the work-family-study interface remains limited and has focused on younger students enrolled in campus-based courses. In this study, we used self-reported data from 318 distance education final-year undergraduates to examine, first of all, the associations between students' levels of mental distress with their work and…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2020
The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is placing impossible demands on distance education. With the closure of schools and colleges, teachers are being given only weeks to put their courses online regardless of their lack of online experience and support facilities. In the United States of America, international students who fail to continue…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Electronic Learning, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Bonk, Curtis J. – Distance Education, 2020
The mandate for K-12 and higher education instructors to teach online during the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a wide range of experiences, preferences, challenges, complaints, and successes; especially in terms of synchronous forms of instruction. For much of 2020, many educators hesitantly and nervously transitioned to online environments while…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Higher Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Jones, Kate; Raynor, Phyllis; Polyakova-Norwood, Vera – Distance Education, 2020
As online programs for nursing education continue to grow, nursing faculty must develop strategies for engaging with and supporting students in this form of distance learning. The concept of caring, which is central to nursing education, overlaps with teaching and social presence concepts from the community of inquiry model in education. After…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Nursing Students, Graduate Students, College Faculty
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Tsai, Chia-Lin; Cho, Moon-Heum; Marra, Rose; Shen, Demei – Distance Education, 2020
The purpose of this study was to examine the psychometric properties of the Self-Efficacy Questionnaire for Online Learning (SeQoL; Shen et al., 2013). Using two samples of college students, this study examined evidence of construct validity, concurrent validity, convergent validity, and reliability for the SeQoL. Confirmatory factor analysis and…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Questionnaires, Electronic Learning, Psychometrics
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Correia, Ana-Paula; Liu, Chenxi; Xu, Fan – Distance Education, 2020
This study analyzed four widely used videoconferencing systems: Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams, and WhatsApp. Using experiential e-learning as the framework for analysis, this study examined the systems' general characteristics, learning-related features, and usability. We conducted an analytical evaluation and analyzed system features in regard to…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Videoconferencing, Educational Quality
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Pleines, Christine – Distance Education, 2020
Online learning environments afford opportunities for participation and equally offer a new perspective on engaging vicariously. Drawing on the concept of vicarious learning and taking account of the roles of input and interaction for language development, this paper reports on an enquiry into students' retrospective use of recorded group…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Educational Practices
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