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Irons, Jeanette; Hartnett, Maggie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2020
From 2020, the New Zealand technology curriculum includes computational thinking. The new curriculum content is being introduced to students from 5 years' old. In preparation for its introduction, online resources have been developed for teachers (including junior teachers who teach new entrants, up to Year 3), that contain progress outcomes,…
Descriptors: Computation, Thinking Skills, Foreign Countries, Faculty Development
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Nichols, Mark; Choudhary, Neeru; Standring, Doug – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2020
Perspective transformation (the enduring development of a person's understanding, the reformulation of their experience, and new ways of acting in the world) is widely understood to be an important outcome of adult education. Various studies performed over the last 30 or so years since Mezirow's theory was first proposed have confirmed its…
Descriptors: Transformative Learning, Learning Activities, Student Attitudes, Student Surveys
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Sime, Julie-Ann; Themelis, Chryssa; Arapoglou, Yiannis; Marantou, Asteria; Theodoridou, Katerina – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2020
Social exploration is the key to spreading ideas through networks (Pentland, 2014). When people talk with others outside their immediate group, they can bring fresh ideas into the group--leading to improved outcomes. So, to improve educational practice, we should increase communication in our professional communities and encourage communication…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning
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Higgins, Andrew – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2020
The premise of this brief opinion piece is that the fundamental paradigm of education appeared with Plato. It is that there is a co-location in time and space of learners, teachers, and resources. The absence of any of these elements can lead to shortcomings in the meaning of the term "to be educated". Recent events such as COVID-19…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, COVID-19, Pandemics, Distance Education
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Nguyen, Nhung; Everiss, Liz; Rosewarne, Sonja; Vladinova-Aylor, Kalina; Ippel, Johanna; Boyd, Melanie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2020
The New Zealand Certificate in Early Childhood Education and Care (Level 4) programme was designed and developed when a Level 4 early childhood education qualification became mandatory for all educators working with children and families in the New Zealand early childhood education home-based sector. This occurred at a time when Open Polytechnic…
Descriptors: Program Design, Program Development, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Rowan, Yvonne; Hartnett, Maggie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Reports of massive open online courses (MOOCs) appeared in mainstream news in the early 2010s with messages of potential disruption to existing higher education systems. Several years on, the role of MOOCs is still evolving. The media has the power to influence acceptance of new ideas, therefore this research investigates New Zealand news media…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Mass Media Effects
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Vu, Phu; Adkins, Megan; Henderson, Shelby – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine student viewpoints about privacy and personal data collection in online courses in U.S. higher education settings. Results of data analysis revealed that students were aware that their learning behaviours (such as login frequency, pages viewed or clicked, and learning profiles) could be monitored and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Privacy, Data Collection, Online Courses
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Barbour, Michael; Siko, Jason – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Historically, primary and secondary distance education in New Zealand has focused on providing opportunities for rural students. With the advent of Tomorrow's Schools in 1989, the need for rural schools to compete with urban schools in terms of their curricular offerings was one reason for creating e-learning clusters that would eventually become…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Electronic Learning, Secondary Schools, Virtual Classrooms
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Henrikson, Robin – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
This study analysed the relationships between teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence in online learning environments (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000), with an emphasis on examining ways in which the design of instructor presentation formats relates to student responses in discussion forums. Both quantitative and…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Learner Engagement, Inquiry, Instructional Design
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Heredia, Jimena de Mello; Carvalho, Lucila; Vieira, Eleonora Milano Falcão – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Teaching and learning in higher education are being transformed through complex configurations of people, tasks, and material and digital resources. Successful designs for innovative learning require us to understand how these complex configurations relate to learners' activity. This paper illustrates the application of a networked learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Instructional Design, Distance Education
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Weaver, Nancy Evans; Barnard, Estelle – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Literacy skills and behaviours of university-level students are of wide interest today. The research reported here fits in this tradition. It examines second-year psychology students' source use in a course taught through online distance learning (ODL). The number of sources used increased across assignments. Most used were the textbook,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Online Courses, Distance Education
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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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