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Vines, Karen; Hughes, Chris; Alexander, Laura; Calvert, Carol; Colwell, Chetz; Holmes, Hilary; Kotecki, Claire; Parks, Kaela; Pearson, Victoria – Open Learning, 2019
Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information. In this article, sonifications are representations of plots aimed at improving the accessibility of teaching materials. The electronic nature of sonifications means that they can be deployed to students via teaching interfaces such as virtual learning environments. We describe a…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Visual Impairments
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Calvert, Carol; Hilliam, Rachel – Open Learning, 2019
Across the Higher Education (HE) sector student feedback is used to feed into university processes and guide decision making. In this study, data gathered allowed the authors to investigate a hitherto neglected, but important, cohort of successful students -- those who succeeded when all the odds were stacked against them. The identified group of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response), School Holding Power, Undergraduate Students
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Herman, Clem; Gracia, Rosaria; Macniven, Lesley; Clark, Bernie; Doyle, Geraldine – Open Learning, 2019
This paper examines a blended learning model designed to support women returning to STEM after a career break and its delivery in a unique partnership between an online distance education provider and a community-based equality organisation. Through this partnership additional activities such as networking events, returnships, career clinics and…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Females, STEM Education, Partnerships in Education
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Walker, Steve; Olney, Tom; Wood, Carlton; Clarke, Anactoria; Dunworth, Moira – Open Learning, 2019
Despite widespread enthusiasm, evidence of the effectiveness of learning analytics remains mixed. One possible explanation for this is that insufficient attention has been paid to the contexts in which it is introduced. We report here on a small-scale study into the prior use of data and communications technologies by tutors, who comprise a key…
Descriptors: Tutors, Information Utilization, Open Universities, Foreign Countries
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Lane, Andy – Open Learning, 2019
The context and tools used to create diagrams may hinder or help students in learning how to represent a situation and how to learn about diagramming and the situation at the same time. These equally provide opportunities and challenges to tutors in teaching, assessing and providing feedback on these diagrams, particularly for students studying at…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Online Courses
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Douce, Chris – Open Learning, 2019
This paper describes an Open University eSTEeM project that gathered the experiences of computing and information technology tutors who teach an undergraduate module called "Web Technologies" with the intention of understanding more about how they and their students can be best supported. Twelve distance learning tutors were interviewed…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Distance Education
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Campbell, Anne; Gallen, Anne-Marie; Jones, Mark H.; Walshe, Ann – Open Learning, 2019
As part of a wider study into perceptions that different university stakeholders have of tutorials, we investigated the UK Open University model for tuition through a process of semi-structured interviews with a self-selecting set of STEM tutors. The aim of the study was to elucidate perceptions that tutors have of the role and purpose of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Tutors, Tutorial Programs, Tutoring
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Bowers, Lisa Jane – Open Learning, 2019
Machine haptics has been shown to assist and enhance human--computer interactions. Research from previous studies in the field of haptics has focused on developing a user's sense of realism of touch when using a haptic device. This paper examines the use of haptics for education, specifically for creative online education. The paper is presented…
Descriptors: Creativity, Distance Education, Tactual Perception, Interaction
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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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Otto, Daniel; Bollmann, Alexander; Becker, Sara; Sander, Kirsten – Open Learning, 2018
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are one of the overarching topics of our times but have been subject to several controversial debates in recent years. Hitherto, the discussion has mainly focused either on some distinct success criteria for MOOCs, including technical features, enrolment numbers and dropout rates, or on the instructional…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Clinton, Virginia – Open Learning, 2018
Rising textbook costs have prompted the development of open-source textbooks to increase access to education. The purpose of this case report is to examine open-source textbook adoption through the COUP framework (costs, outcomes, use, and perceptions) comparing a semester with a commercial textbook to a semester with an open-source textbook.…
Descriptors: Textbooks, Costs, Shared Resources and Services, Electronic Publishing
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Mittelmeier, Jenna; Long, Dianne; Cin, Firdevs Melis; Reedy, Katharine; Gunter, Ashley; Raghuram, Parvati; Rienties, Bart – Open Learning, 2018
Learning design approaches, such as those adopted by the Open University, provide a set of tools and resources for purposefully-designing modules with a focus on student experiences. However, many of the current learning design strategies have been situated within specific institutions in Europe and North America. This means that there are several…
Descriptors: Cultural Context, Open Universities, Instructional Design, Culturally Relevant Education
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