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Matthew, Gordon – Research in Learning Technology, 2020
Globally, online (or e-learning) environments are growing in popularity in schools and universities. However, the language of instruction in these environments is mostly English. This is a problem as most of the students enrolling into online learning environments in South Africa are non-native English speakers. For these students, English is…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Language of Instruction, English (Second Language)
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Rajagopal, Kamakshi; Firssova, Olga; Op de Beeck, Ilse; Van der Stappen, Elke; Stoyanov, Slavi; Henderikx, Piet; Buchem, Ilona – Research in Learning Technology, 2020
Internationalisation has been a key theme in higher education (HE) for decades. Multiple initiatives across the world have contributed to creating offerings of high-quality online education, with collaborations across national borders. Two of the concepts that have proved to be influential are Virtual Mobility (VM) and Open Education (OE). Virtual…
Descriptors: Higher Education, College Students, Online Courses, Global Approach
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Li, Nai; Lefevre, David – Research in Learning Technology, 2020
This study seeks to identify potential advantages of using holographic videoconferencing to deliver seminars within higher education as compared to the use of alternative non-holographic videoconferencing. Holographic videoconferencing offers opportunities to enhance attendees' experience of remotely delivered seminars but has not been widely…
Descriptors: Videoconferencing, Seminars, Higher Education, Distance Education
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Tur, Gemma; Havemann, Leo; Marsh, J. Dawn; Keefer, Jeffrey M.; Nascimbeni, Fabio – Research in Learning Technology, 2020
In this article, we propose a cross-pollination of two prominent lines of educational thought: open education (OE) and threshold concepts (TCs). Open education has gained an increased profile through the growing popularity of open educational resources (OER) and massive online open courses (MOOCs). Educators who create or make use of such…
Descriptors: Open Education, Fundamental Concepts, Open Educational Resources, Online Courses
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Farrell, Orna; Brunton, James; Costello, Eamon; Delaney, Lorraine; Brown, Mark; Foley, Colum – Research in Learning Technology, 2020
This qualitative study explores the transition experiences of refugees to study online in Dublin City University (DCU). Asylum seekers face financial, structural, cultural and digital equity barriers to access higher education (HE). In response to these barriers to access, DCU became a 'University of Sanctuary' in 2017, offering scholarships to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Refugees, Student Experience
Adekola, Josephine; Dale, Vicki H. M.; Gardiner, Kerr – Research in Learning Technology, 2017
The rapidly changing digital landscape is having a significant influence on learning and teaching. Our study assesses the response of one higher education institution (HEI) to the changing digital landscape and its transition into enhanced blended learning, which seeks to go beyond the early implementation stage to make the most effective use of…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Higher Education, Foreign Countries, Quality Assurance
Johnson, Clare S. – Research in Learning Technology, 2017
The inclusion of online elements in learning environments is becoming commonplace in Post Compulsory Education. A variety of research into the value of such elements is available, and this study aims to add further evidence by looking specifically at the use of collaborative technologies such as online discussion forums and wikis to encourage…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Case Studies, Adult Students, Critical Thinking
Király, Sándor; Nehéz, Károly; Hornyák, Olivér – Research in Learning Technology, 2017
Recently, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have been offering a new online approach in the field of distance learning and online education. A typical MOOC course consists of video lectures, reading material and easily accessible tests for students. For a computer programming course, it is important to provide interactive, dynamic, online coding…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Distance Education, Educational Technology
Hewitt, Anne; Stubbs, Matthew – Research in Learning Technology, 2017
Law students internationally suffer from a high level of psychological distress compared with the general and student populations, and anecdotal evidence suggests that students developing skills without adequate support experience significant stress and anxiety. This article considers an initiative at one Australian law school to develop a…
Descriptors: Law Students, Stress Variables, Stress Management, Coping
McCulloch, Sharon; Tusting, Karin; Hamilton, Mary – Research in Learning Technology, 2017
This article explores academics' writing practices, focusing on the ways in which they use digital platforms in their processes of collaborative learning. It draws on interview data from a research project that has involved working closely with academics across different disciplines and institutions to explore their writing practices,…
Descriptors: Role, College Faculty, Writing (Composition), Academic Discourse
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Bell, Frances; Mackness, Jenny; Funes, Mariana – Research in Learning Technology, 2016
We investigated how participants associated with each other and developed community in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about Rhizomatic Learning (Rhizo14).We compared learner experiences in two social networking sites (SNSs), Facebook and Twitter. Our combination of thematic analysis of qualitative survey data with analysis of participant…
Descriptors: Logical Thinking, Models, Large Group Instruction, Online Courses
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Laurillard, Diana – Research in Learning Technology, 2016
The demographics of massive open online course (MOOC) analytics show that the great majority of learners are highly qualified professionals, and not, as originally envisaged, the global community of disadvantaged learners who have no access to good higher education. MOOC pedagogy fits well with the combination of instruction and peer community…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Professional Development, Professional Continuing Education, Disadvantaged Youth
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Cronin, Catherine; Cochrane, Thomas; Gordon, Averill – Research in Learning Technology, 2016
We consider the principles of communities of practice (CoP) and networked learning in higher education, illustrated with a case study. iCollab has grown from an international community of practice connecting students and lecturers in seven modules across seven higher education institutions in six countries, to a global network supporting the…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Global Approach, International Cooperation, Higher Education
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Rector-Aranda, Amy; Raider-Roth, Miriam – Research in Learning Technology, 2015
This article presents an educational action research study examining how one online, classroom-based role-play simulation offers middle school students the opportunity to strengthen their agency and voice. The Jewish Court of All Time (JCAT) is a web-mediated simulation designed for middle school classrooms where students take on roles of various…
Descriptors: Action Research, Role Playing, Simulation, Middle School Students
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Salmon, Gilly; Ross, Bella; Pechenkina, Ekaterina; Chase, Anne-Marie – Research in Learning Technology, 2015
In this paper, we explore the benefits of using social media in an online educational setting, with a particular focus on the use of Facebook and Twitter by participants in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed to enable educators to learn about the Carpe Diem learning design process. We define social media as digital social tools and…
Descriptors: Social Media, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction
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