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Jung, Eulho; Bauer, Christine; Heaps, Allan – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
The high cost of tuition and textbooks can have a negative impact on potential students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Open Educational Resources (OER) offers students a way to save educational costs while utilizing high-quality open textbooks. Up until now, there have been few studies focused on a specific provider of open textbooks. This…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Textbooks, Shared Resources and Services
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Vojtech, Gabrielle; Grissett, Judy – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Research indicates that students find open educational resources (OER) favorable, but there is no research regarding students' perceptions of faculty who use open textbooks. In the present study we examined this topic experimentally with two undergraduate psychology courses at a small public university. Participants read two passages--one about an…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, College Faculty, Textbooks
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Grewe, Kim E.; Davis, W. Preston – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Open Educational Resources (OER) are gaining acceptance as legitimate and effective teaching materials in higher education, particularly in 2-year institutions. Despite the steady growth in the availability and use of OER, there have been relatively few studies on the efficacy of OER and student achievement. This study analyzed the effect…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Program Effectiveness, Open Source Technology, Educational Resources
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Costley, Jamie; Lange, Christopher – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
An important aspect of MOOCs is the way students interact with video lectures. Instruction provided through video lectures should focus on ways to increase germane cognitive load, which directly contributes to learning. One approach that may lead to an increase of germane load may be to use video lectures with diverse forms of media, including…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Lecture Method, Foreign Countries, Video Technology
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Feng, Xiaoying; Xie, Jingjing; Liu, Yue – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Tutoring involves providing learners with a suitable level of structure and guidance to support their learning. This study reports on an exploration of how to design such structure and guidance (i.e., learning scaffolds) in the Chinese online educational context, and in so doing, answer the following two questions: (a) What scaffolding strategies…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Tutoring, Inquiry, Foreign Countries
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Park, Sanghoon – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
This paper reports the findings of a comparative analysis of online learner behavioral interactions, time-on-task, attendance, and performance at different points throughout a semester (beginning, during, and end) based on two online courses: one course offering authentic discussion-based learning activities and the other course offering authentic…
Descriptors: Time on Task, Student Behavior, Performance, Online Courses
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Fidaldo, Patricia; Thormann, Joan – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
This research was conducted to explore whether students enrolled in graduate level courses found some Universal Design for Learning (UDL) strategies useful and if they actually used them. The strategies we investigated were presenting course information in alternative formats including PowerPoints with voiceover, screencasts, and videos as an…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Online Courses, Preferences, Delivery Systems
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Laaser, Wolfram; Toloza, Eduardo A. – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
The article argues that the ongoing usage of audio visual media is falling behind in terms of educational quality compared to prior achievements in the history of distance education. After reviewing some important steps and experiences of audio visual digital media development, we analyse predominant presentation formats on the Web. Special focus…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Higher Education
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Zawacki-Richter, Olaf; Alturki, Uthman; Aldraiweesh, Ahmed – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
This paper presents a review of distance education literature published in the "International Review of Research in Open and Distance/Distributed Learning" (IRRODL) to describe the status thereof and to identify gaps and priority areas in distance education research based on a validated classification of research areas. All articles (N =…
Descriptors: Content Analysis, Periodicals, Educational Research, Distance Education
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Cabrera, Nati; Fernández-Ferrer, Maite – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
The proliferation of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in recent years has generated much debate. MOOCs have been presented as technology-based educational practices, but many researchers question if this kind of open courses really respects some of the consolidated principles behind the education offered at universities. In light of this…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Comparative Analysis
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Watson, Sunnie Lee; Watson, William R.; Janakiraman, Shamila; Richardson, Jennifer – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
This case study examined a team of instructors' use of social presence, teaching presence, and attitudinal dissonance in a Massive Online Open Course (MOOC) on Animal Behaviour and Welfare (ABW), designed to facilitate attitudinal learning. The study reviewed a team of six instructors' use of social presence and teaching presence by applying the…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Animal Behavior
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Milligan, Colin; Littlejohn, Allison – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Massive Open Online Courses have emerged as a popular mechanism for independent learners to acquire new knowledge and skills; however, the challenge of learning online without dedicated tutor support requires learners to self-motivate. This study explores the primary motivations reported by participants in two MOOCs: "Fundamentals of Clinical…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Bodily, Robert; Nyland, Rob; Wiley, David – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
The RISE (Resource Inspection, Selection, and Enhancement) Framework is a framework supporting the continuous improvement of open educational resources (OER). The framework is an automated process that identifies learning resources that should be evaluated and either eliminated or improved. This is particularly useful in OER contexts where the…
Descriptors: Open Source Technology, Educational Resources, Educational Improvement, Data Analysis
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Manca, Stefania; Ranier, Maria – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Research on scholars' use of social media suggests that these sites are increasingly being used to enhance scholarly communication by strengthening relationships, facilitating collaboration among peers, publishing and sharing research products, and discussing research topics in open and public formats. However, very few studies have investigated…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Scholarship, Social Media, Networks
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Li, Shuang; Zhang, Jingjing; Yu, Chen; Chen, Li – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
This study aims to identify the priority of the roles and competencies of tutors working in the e-learning environments where the tutors are experiencing the changes brought by reforming traditional TV and broadcasting university to open universities. The mixed methods, DACUM, non-participatory observation, and questionnaires were used to identify…
Descriptors: Teacher Role, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Open Universities
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