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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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Cunningham, Una – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
High connectivity at tertiary institutions, and students who are often equipped with laptops and/or tablets as well as smartphones, have resulted in language learners being able to freely access technology and the internet. Reference tools such as dictionaries, concordancers, translators, and thesauri, with pronunciation and usage tips, are…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Video Technology, Language Usage
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Bonk, Curtis J. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This paper is based on a keynote talk delivered at the biennial DEANZ Conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, in April 2016. As highlighted in that talk, we have entered Education 3.0--an age of vast resource abundance and extensive opportunities for learner empowerment. During the past decade, we have seen the emergence…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Change, Conferences (Gatherings), Universities
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Forbes, Dianne – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This think piece is a follow-up to a keynote delivered at the biennial DEANZ Conference, at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, in April 2016. It explores the University of Waikato's Mixed Media Pathway. Dianne Forbes ponders her own experiences as a tertiary student, considers some of the changes and challenges facing universities…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Active Learning
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Alexander-Bennett, Carolyn – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This think piece by Carolyn Alexander-Bennett is a reflection of her keynote speech at DEANZ2016 conference, which was held from 17-20th April at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In her speech Carolyn revisits the issues, developments, and technology trends that led to the birth of FarNet (an online cluster of schools catering for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Halupa, Colleen M. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This paper provides an overview of best practices and challenges for deans and department heads of online programmes in the ever-changing world of higher education. It concentrates on the challenges for small private universities and tertiary education institutions in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Department heads must consider…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Deans, Higher Education, Small Colleges
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