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De Paepe, Liesbeth; Zhu, Chang; Depryck, Koen – Open Learning, 2018
This study critically addresses the assumptions made by educators and providers in the field of Dutch second language (L2) acquisition about the online learning of Dutch L2. These include assumptions about advantages and disadvantages of online language learning, such as flexibility, learner autonomy, enhanced opportunities for remediation and…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Indo European Languages, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Hamdi, Tahrir; Abu Qudais, Mohammed – Open Learning, 2018
This paper will offer some insights into possible ways to optimise the blended learning environment based on experience with this modality of teaching at Arab Open University/Jordan branch and also by reflecting upon the results of several meta-analytical studies, which have shown blended learning environments to be more effective than their face…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Blended Learning, Educational Technology
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Busulwa, Henry Ssebuliba; Bbuye, Julian – Open Learning, 2018
This study investigated the opportunities for learning afforded by access to mobile phones, and the associated challenges created by their use in a peri-urban private secondary school in Uganda. The study was motivated by availability of phones with facilities to connect to the Internet and to access free open education resources (OERs), which if…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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Simons, Joan; Beaumont, Kythe; Holland, Lesley – Open Learning, 2018
Resilience is understood to be the ability to adapt positively in the face of adversity. In relation to new students on a distance learning module, this can mean how they adapt and make sense of the demands of their chosen study to enable them to persist in their studies. This article reports a small-scale study involving semi-structured telephone…
Descriptors: Resilience (Psychology), Time Management, Self Concept, Feedback (Response)
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Herodotou, Christothea; Heiser, Sarah; Rienties, Bart – Open Learning, 2017
Randomised control trials (RCTs) are an evidence-based research approach which has not yet been adopted and widely used in open and distance education to inform educational policy and practice. Despite the challenges entailed in their application, RCTs hold the power to robustly evaluate the effects of educational interventions in distance…
Descriptors: Randomized Controlled Trials, Open Education, Distance Education, Feasibility Studies
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Bell, Simon; Douce, Chris; Caeiro, Sandra; Teixeira, Antonio; Martín-Aranda, Rosa; Otto, Daniel – Open Learning, 2017
Higher Education (HE) is experiencing disruption from technologies, demographics, the globalising world and longer life expectancy. Historically Higher Education has had a legacy of being seen as the requirement for an educated "elite", there has been a policy ambition set in various countries (including the UK) for it to become the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Sustainability, Distance Education
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Ettazarini, Said – Open Learning, 2017
The educational policy in Morocco is aimed at promoting the wide use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education and the adoption of interactive and autonomous digital resources for distance teaching and self-learning. The objective of this research is to evaluate the suitability of the existing digital educational resources for…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Biological Sciences, Earth Science, Information Technology
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Atherton, Mirella; Shah, Mahsood; Vazquez, Jenny; Griffiths, Zoe; Jackson, Brian; Burgess, Catherine – Open Learning, 2017
Curriculum design, teaching methods, assessments and range of academic support need to be inclusive in Open Access Enabling courses. The findings of this study confirm a correlation between student access to online learning materials and a positive impact on grades in science courses. More specifically, students who frequently use the online…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Educational Research, Data Collection
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Onwuameze, Nkechi – Open Learning, 2017
The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement initiative was launched in 2014 to provide a uniform standard for the regulation of distance education across states in the United States. The system established by the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) allows willing post-secondary institutions to participate…
Descriptors: Access to Education, Higher Education, Distance Education, State Standards
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Firat, Mehmet – Open Learning, 2017
The relevant literature is rich enough about the differences between distance and face to face education. However, the number of studies examining these differences from the viewpoint of dual-mode alumni, those graduated from both distance and face to face education programmes is limited. In this study, opinions of 33 dual-mode alumni from Turkey…
Descriptors: Alumni, College Graduates, Distance Education, Conventional Instruction
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McDougall, Jenny; Holden, Helen – Open Learning, 2017
Oral presentation skills are considered essential workplace skills and are therefore highly valued in higher education. However, research into this aspect of adult learning is limited, especially in the context of distance and online education. This paper reports on an innovative approach used in a university preparatory program in Australia.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Speaking, Speech Skills, Oral Language
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Richardson, John T. E. – Open Learning, 2017
This investigation studied attainment in students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) who were taking modules by distance learning with the UK Open University in 2012. Students with ASDs who had no additional disabilities were as likely as non-disabled students to complete the modules that they had taken, to pass the modules that they had…
Descriptors: Educational Attainment, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Distance Education
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Chipere, Ngoni – Open Learning, 2017
A framework was created at the University of the West Indies to guide the development of 18 e-learning programmes. The framework is based on three principles for sustainable e-learning design: (1) stakeholder-centredness; (2) cost-effectiveness and (3) high operational efficiency. These principles give rise to nine framework elements: (1) a labour…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Cost Effectiveness, Quality Assurance, Program Design
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Becnel, Kim; Moeller, Robin A. – Open Learning, 2017
This paper considers the applicability and adaptability of service-learning pedagogy to online and distance education teaching environments. More specifically, it looks at the community-embedded learning model (CEL), which asks distance students to conduct service projects in their local communities, as manifested in a project undertaken by online…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Service Learning, Online Courses, Instruction
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Bidarra, José; Rusman, Ellen – Open Learning, 2017
This paper proposes a design framework to support science education through blended learning, based on a participatory and interactive approach supported by ICT-based tools, called "Science Learning Activities Model" (SLAM). The development of this design framework started as a response to complex changes in society and education (e.g.…
Descriptors: Science Education, Blended Learning, Electronic Learning, Informal Education
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