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McGowan, Veronica – Open Learning, 2020
Evidence exists that American institutions of higher education are well-entrenched in the consideration of mechanisms for supporting the implementation of Open Educational Resources (OER) and alternative textbooks. Literature reveals that developing and implementing OER is a significant undertaking in terms of time and human resources. This study…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Textbooks, Financial Support, Educational Finance
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Rezaei, Saeed; Latifi, Ashkan – Open Learning, 2020
The present mixed-methods research examined the identity and attitude of Iranian English language learners as a result of their participation in an online critical reflective course. The participants were 38 English language students who attended ten online sessions within a five-month English language course. Their online posts underwent…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Self Concept
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Rabin, Eyal; Kalman, Yoram M.; Kalz, Marco – Open Learning, 2020
Will open education replace traditional higher education, or augment it? Digital innovation in the higher education sector is fuelling speculation about the transformation of higher education and the future role of universities. Much of the speculation makes questionable implicit assumptions about current and future business models in the higher…
Descriptors: Open Education, Educational Innovation, Higher Education, Models
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Padilla Rodriguez, Brenda Cecilia; Armellini, Alejandro; Rodriguez Nieto, Ma Concepción – Open Learning, 2020
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are usually six to ten weeks long. Participation tends to decrease as the courses progress, leading to low completion rates. This led to the question: Could shorter MOOCs contribute to learners' engagement, retention and success? This paper compares two versions of Study Skills MOOC, which shared the same…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Learner Engagement, Academic Persistence
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Galimullina, Elvira; Ljubimova, Elena; Ibatullin, Rinat – Open Learning, 2020
SMART Education Technologies (SET) are already in place to provide teachers with different software packages and technologies to facilitate their teaching. However, when it comes to mathematics teaching in Russia, the situation here is different as the articulation of such SET in the Russian context is inadequate. This study redefines mathematics…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Education
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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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Shah, Mahsood; Cheng, Ming – Open Learning, 2019
Studies on student engagement in learning have mainly focused on undergraduate degree courses. Limited attempts have been made to examine student engagement on open access enabling courses, which is targeted to underrepresented students in higher education. Students on open access enabling courses are at high risk due to a low academic achievement…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Open Education, Open Enrollment, Online Courses
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Hilliam, Rachel; Calvert, Carol – Open Learning, 2019
Students from many different subject areas are required to study statistics as part of their qualification. The Open University developed a statistics module which could simultaneously be studied by students from a variety of different disciplines, by engaging them with topics which are of interest to everyone, namely money, education and health,…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Statistics, Student Diversity, Learning Modules
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