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Rose, Mary – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
This article explores some key attributes of effective online tertiary educators. Using qualitative research methods, data were collected via semi-structured interviews which were conducted with a small sample of university academics in New Zealand and Australia, and analysed using an inductive approach and open and closed coding techniques. In…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Web Based Instruction, College Faculty, Foreign Countries
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Brown, Cheryl; Haupt, Genevieve – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
This paper examines how, in a resource-constrained context, access to personal mobile devices for first-year university students increases flexibility of learning and creates an environment of greater inclusivity at university. In 2016, at the start of their first year, 201 students in an extended degree programme in the Humanities at the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Te Kiri, Christine – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
The first step to enabling Maori achievement is engaging whanau (family) and tamariki (children) in situations where their mana (autonomy) and tuakiri (identity) remains intact. This paper identifies steps for culturally critical and sustaining practice when engaging whanau and students, highlights some positive examples, and reflects on lessons…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Family Involvement, Culturally Relevant Education, Teaching Methods
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Chellapan, Lakshmi; van der Meer, Jacques; Pratt, Keryn; Wass, Rob – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
The term "flipping the classroom" is relatively recent, although elements of the underlying principles have been around for many years. It is generally accepted that the "flipped classroom model" consists of replacing direct instruction, or lectures, with video clips to be watched off campus, and using face-to-face class time…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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Zeglen, Eric; Rosendale, Joseph A. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
Although online education offerings continue to grow in the higher education marketplace, issues of student achievement and course rigour still challenge the underlying instructional model, and alignment with institutional missions. Pedagogically, instructors and course designers can mitigate these issues by leveraging technology to further…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Electronic Learning, Higher Education, Academic Achievement
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Osborne, Jo; Dibben, Mark – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Universities are increasingly recognising the need to broaden the experience and understanding of their students beyond a single disciplinary approach, to produce graduates more capable of solving the problems of a multidisciplinary world. At the University of Tasmania, a "breadth unit" programme is underway with the dual purpose of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Moore, Catherine; Greenland, Steven – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Two hundred and twenty-six qualitative interviews with students studying at Australia's largest online tertiary education organisation, Open Universities Australia (OUA), found that failure to complete assessments due to unexpected and unavoidable employment commitments was the standout reason for dropping out of its open-access courses. The…
Descriptors: Student Attrition, Foreign Countries, College Students, Open Universities
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Alahmadi, Tahani; Drew, Steve – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Evaluating accessibility is an important equity step in assessing the effectiveness and usefulness of online learning materials for students with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments. Previous studies in this area have indicated that, over time, university websites have become gradually more inaccessible. This paper relates findings…
Descriptors: Reputation, Web Sites, Universities, Comparative Analysis
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Tull, Susan; Dabner, Nicki; Ayebi-Arthur, Kofi – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
The motivation to adopt innovative communication and e-learning practices in education settings can be stimulated by events such as natural disasters. Education institutions in the Pacific Rim cannot avoid the likelihood of natural disasters that could close one or more buildings on a campus and affect their ability to continue current educational…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Media, Electronic Learning, Natural Disasters
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Adam, Aminath – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Educational technology researchers have often overlooked the effect of culture on teachers' use of digital technologies in their pedagogical practice. Several technology integration models, such as the Technology Adoption Model (TAM) and Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK), have also failed to explain the connections between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Cultural Influences, Technology Uses in Education
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Barnett, Shirley; Te Wiata, Ina – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
This article is informed by a kaupapa Maori methodology and reports on a "by Maori for Maori" peer mentoring programme. The programme, offered by the College of Business at Massey University, focuses on Maori students who are studying at a distance. We outline the programme and the experiences and perceptions from kanohi ki te kanohi…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Distance Education, Mentors, Peer Teaching
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Nichols, Mark; Meuleman, Nicky – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Educational design is an area of growing significance in tertiary education. However, the career pathway to educational design is varied. Because few specific qualifications are available, educational designers (EDs) tend to take up their roles with little experience or in-depth knowledge. The purpose of this study is to investigate one new ED's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Design, Faculty Development, Novices
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Bassett, Martin; Robson, Joanne – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
This paper sets out to examine the role of middle leaders and their quest for effective appraisal and leadership development online--the two towers. Research that focuses on the role of middle leaders, in terms of their appraisal and leadership development, suggests there is a crisis in the "middle." Currently, middle leaders do not have…
Descriptors: Middle Management, Leadership Training, Online Courses, Access to Education
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Parton, Becky Sue – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
Providing captions for videos used in online courses is an area of interest for institutions of higher education. There are legal and ethical ramifications as well as time constraints to consider. Captioning tools are available, but some universities rely on the auto-generated YouTube captions. This study looked at a particular type of video--the…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Layout (Publications), Visual Aids, Electronic Publishing
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Nichols, Mark – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
As distance education moves increasingly towards online provision, and because of the benefits provided by online approaches, students will be expected to engage with more resources available on screen. Contemporary forms of reading from the screen include reading from tablet devices, LCD monitors, and smartphones. However, print remains the…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Reading Strategies, Reading Skills, Electronic Publishing
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