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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Apr 02, 2012 Volume 13, Number 2


Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 13

  1. Asian Learners' Perception of Quality in Distance Education and Gender Differences

    Insung Jung, International Christian University, Japan

    There have been few efforts to investigate the concept of quality from learners' perspectives or to incorporate their needs and perceptions in quality standards in distance education. This is... More

    pp. 1-25

  2. Are online learners frustrated with collaborative learning experiences?

    Neus Capdeferro & Margarida Romero, Elearn Center, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain

    Online education increasingly puts emphasis on collaborative learning methods. Despite the pedagogical advantages of collaborative learning, online learners can perceive collaborative learning... More

    pp. 26-44

  3. Examining the reuse of open textbooks

    John Hilton III, Brigham Young University; Neil Lutz; David Wiley, Brigham Young University

    An important element of open educational resources (OER) is the permission to use the materials in new ways, including revising and remixing them. Prior research has shown that the revision and... More

    pp. 45-58

  4. Conceptual framework for parametrically measuring the desirability of open educational resources using D-index

    Ishan Abeywardena, Wawasan Open University; S Raviraja, University of Malaya; Choy Tham, Wawasan Open University

    Open educational resources (OER) are a global phenomenon that is fast gaining credibility in many academic circles as a possible solution for bridging the knowledge divide. With increased funding... More

    pp. 59-76

  5. Contradictions in a distance course for a marginalized population at a Middle Eastern university

    Irshat Madyarov, American University of Armenia; Aida Taef, Baha’i Institute for Higher Education

    This study explores six cases of non-native English speaking students engaged in a distance English-medium course on critical thinking at a university in Iran. Framed within activity theory, the... More

    pp. 77-100

  6. The relationship between flexible and self-regulated learning in open and distance universities

    Per Bergamin, Fernfachhochschule Schweiz; Simone Ziska, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz (FHNW) Pädagogische Hochschule; Egon Werlen & Eva Siegenthaler, Fernfachhochschule Schweiz

    Flexibility in learning provides a student room for volitional control and an array of strategies and encourages persistence in the face of difficulties. Autonomy in and control over one’s learning... More

    pp. 101-123

  7. "Everybody Is Their Own Island": Teacher Disconnection in a Virtual School

    Abigail Hawkins & Charles R. Graham, Brigham Young University, United States; Michael K. Barbour, Wayne State University, United States

    Virtual schooling is a recent phenomenon in K-12 online learning. As such, the roles of the online teachers are emerging and differ from those of the traditional classroom teacher. Using... More

    pp. 123-144

  8. “Everybody is their own island”: Teacher disconnection in a virtual school

    Abigail Hawkins, Brigham Young University; Michael Barbour, Wayne State University; Charles Graham, Brigham Young University

    Virtual schooling is a recent phenomenon in K-12 online learning. As such, the roles of the online teachers are emerging and differ from those of the traditional classroom teacher. Using... More

    pp. 124-144

  9. Building an inclusive definition of e-learning: An approach to the conceptual framework

    Albert Sangrà & Dimitrios Vlachopoulos, eLearn Center, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Nati Cabrera, School of Cooperation, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

    E-learning is part of the new dynamic that characterises educational systems at the start of the 21st century. Like society, the concept of e-learning is subject to constant change. In addition, it... More

    pp. 145-159

  10. Determining the feasibility of an e-portfolio application in a distance education teaching practice course

    Ilknur Kecik, Anadolu University, English Language Teaching Department; Belgin Aydin, Anadolu University, English Language Teaching Department; Nurhan Sakar, Anadolu University, Open Education Faculty; Mine Dikdere, Anadolu University, English Language Teaching Department; Sinan Aydin, Anadolu University, Open Education Faculty; Ilknur Yuksel, Anadolu University, English Language Teaching Department; Mustafa Caner, Antalya University, English Language Teaching Department

    In this study we aim to conduct a complete evaluation of the e-portfolio application in the distance teaching practice course that is part of the Distance English Language Teacher (DELT) program at... More

    pp. 160-180

  11. Developing and deploying OERs in sub-Saharan Africa: Building on the present

    Clayton Wright, Co-Regional Editor for Africa; Sunday Reju, Nambia

    Open educational resources (OERs) have the potential to reduce costs, improve quality, and increase access to educational opportunities. OER development and deployment is one path that could... More

    pp. 181-220

  12. Assessment of challenges in developing self-instructional course materials at the National Open University of Nigeria

    Charity Okonkwo, National Open University of Nigeria

    The National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) is Nigeria’s only university dedicated to providing education through the use of distance instructional methods. So far, however, the lack of... More

    pp. 221-231

  13. Educational leadership for e-learning in the healthcare workplace

    Dorothy Fahlman, Athabasca University

    Effective educational leadership can make a difference in the resolution of complex issues that impact today’s demand-driven educational marketplace. The ongoing professional and skill development ... More

    pp. 236-246