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The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

Sep 12, 2012 Volume 13, Number 4

Editors

Rory McGreal; Dianne Conrad

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Table of Contents

Number of articles: 19

  1. An investigation of collaboration processes in an online course: How do small groups develop over time?

    Namsook Jahng

    This study investigated communication patterns and behavior in problem-solving groups in a graduate online course. An inductive qualitative analysis method was employed to analyze 732 messages that... More

    pp. 1-18

  2. An Investigation of Collaboration Processes in an Online Course: How Do Small Groups Develop over Time?

    Namsook Jahng

    This study investigated communication patterns and behavior in problem-solving groups in a graduate online course. An inductive qualitative analysis method was employed to analyze 732 messages that... More

    pp. 1-18

  3. Impact of OpenCourseWare publication on higher education participation and student recruitment

    Stephen Carson, Sukon Kanchanaraksa, Ira Gooding, Fred Mulder & Robert Schuwer

    The free and open publication of course materials (OpenCourseWare or OCW) was initially undertaken by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other universities primarily to share... More

    pp. 19-32

  4. Facebook groups as LMS: A case study

    Hagit Meishar-Tal, The Open University of Israel; Gila Kurtz, The college for academic studies Or Yehuda; Efrat Pieterse

    This paper describes a pilot study in using Facebook as an alternative to a learning management system (LMS). The paper reviews the current research on the use of Facebook in academia and analyzes ... More

    pp. 33-48

  5. Footprints of emergence

    Roy Williams, Dept. Mathematics University of Portsmouth; Jenny Mackness, Independent Education Consultant; Simone Gumtau, University of Portsmouth

    It is ironic that the management of education has become more closed while learning has become more open, particularly over the past 10-20 years. The curriculum has become more instrumental,... More

    pp. 49-90

  6. Understanding e-learning adoption in Brazil: Major determinants and gender effects

    Shintaro Okazaki, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid; Luiz Renda dos Santos, Universidade Estácio de Sá, Brazil

    The objective of this study is to examine factors influencing e-learning adoption and the moderating role of gender. This study extends the technology acceptance model (TAM) by adding attitude and ... More

    pp. 91-106

  7. Who am I and what keeps me going? Profiling the distance learning student in higher education

    Jacqueline Baxter, THE OPEN UNIVERSITY UK

    Student retention and progression has exercised the HE sector for some time now, and there has been much research into the reasons why students drop out of Higher Education courses. (Allen, 2006;... More

    pp. 107-129

  8. Organizational factors’ effects on the success of e-learning systems and organizational benefits: An empirical study in Taiwan

    Ying Liu, Department of Information Management Choayang University of Technology, Taichung, Taiwan; Yu-An Huang, Department of International Business Studies, National Chi Nan University, Taiwan; Chad Lin, Curtin University, Australia

    E-learning development for enterprises is still in its infancy in that scholars are still working on identifying the critical success factors for e-learning in organizational contexts. This study... More

    pp. 130-151

  9. Organizational Factors' Effects on the Success of E-Learning Systems and Organizational Benefits: An Empirical Study in Taiwan

    Ying Chieh Liu, Yu-An Huang & Chad Lin

    E-learning development for enterprises is still in its infancy in that scholars are still working on identifying the critical success factors for e-learning in organizational contexts. This study... More

    pp. 130-151

  10. Exploring learner to content interaction as a success factor in online courses

    Tekeisha Zimmerman, The University of North Texas

    Interaction plays a critical role in the learning process. For online course participants, interaction with the course content (learner-content interaction) is especially important because it can... More

    pp. 152-165

  11. Assumptions and challenges of open scholarship

    George Veletsianos & Royce Kimmons, University of Texas at Austin

    Researchers, educators, policymakers, and other education stakeholders hope and anticipate that openness and open scholarship will generate positive outcomes for education and scholarship. Given... More

    pp. 166-189

  12. Beyond the net generation debate: A comparison between digital learners in face-to-face and virtual universities

    Begoña Gros & Iolanda Garcia, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; Anna Escofet, Universitat de Barcelona

    In the last decade, an important debate about the characteristics of today’s students has arisen due to their intensive experience as users of ICT. The main belief is that frequent use of... More

    pp. 190-210

  13. Beyond the Net Generation Debate: A Comparison of Digital Learners in Face-to-Face and Virtual Universities

    Begona Gros, Iolanda Garcia & Anna Escofet

    In the last decade, an important debate about the characteristics of today's students has arisen due to their intensive experience as users of ICT. The main belief is that frequent use of... More

    pp. 190-210

  14. Mobile microblogging: Using Twitter and mobile devices in an online course to promote learning in authentic contexts

    Yu-Chang Hsu & Yu-Hui Ching, Boise State University

    This research applied a mixed-method design to explore how best to promote learning in authentic contexts in an online graduate course in instructional message design. The students used Twitter... More

    pp. 211-227

  15. Sense of community in graduate online education: Contribution of learner to learner interaction

    Jo Shackelford & Marge Maxwell, Western Kentucky University

    Distance learning technologies offer a multitude of ways to build interaction into online courses to support learning. Based on social constructivism theory, this study explored which types of... More

    pp. 228-249

  16. Student access to and skills in using technology in an open and distance learning context

    Hanlie Liebenberg, University of South Africa; Yuraisha Chetty, Institutional Research, Unisa; Paul Prinsloo, Institute for Open and Distance Learning, Unisa

    Amidst the different challenges facing higher education, and particularly distance education (DE) and open distance learning (ODL), access to information and communication technology (ICT) and... More

    pp. 250-268

  17. Emotional presence, learning, and the online learning environment

    Marti Cleveland-Innes & Prisca Campbell, Athabasca University

    In spite of evidence that more and more students are engaging in online learning experiences, details about the transition for teachers and students to a new learning environment are still... More

    pp. 269-292

  18. A needs assessment of ODL educators to determine their effective use of open educational resources

    Charity Okonkwo, National Open University of Nigeria

    Nigeria has joined the global race of teaching and learning in a changing educational environment by adopting open and distance learning (ODL). Although it is a global trend, ODL poses some... More

    pp. 293-312

  19. Leadership, personal transformation, and management

    Tim Workman & Marti Cleveland-Innes

    pp. 313-323