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Open Learning

June 2004 Volume 19, Number 2

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Number of articles: 7

  1. Collaborative Online Learning: Interaction Patterns and Limiting Factors

    Yvonne Y. H. Fung

    This paper reports on two studies related to online communication in distance learning courses. In the first study, students' messages in an online discussion board were analyzed to identify... More

    pp. 135-149

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  2. Peer Learning Using Asynchronous Discussion Systems in Distance Education

    Karen Kear

    This paper considers different uses of asynchronous discussion in distance education, highlighting the benefits to learners and the issues that need to be considered. The context is the use of... More

    pp. 151-164

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  3. A Group of Nurses Experience Open Learning -- Further Explorations of the Impact

    Christine Dearnley & Robert Matthew

    This paper aims to discuss the findings of a longitudinal study that investigated the experiences of a group of nurses studying on a two year open learning (OL) course. The findings of the pilot... More

    pp. 165-181

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  4. Dimensions of Learning and Support in an Online Community

    Bill Anderson

    This paper presents a case study of the nature of an online community that exists amongst students in a full-time teacher education program delivered at a distance. Students differentiate between... More

    pp. 183-190

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  5. Online Student Induction: A Case Study of the Use of Mass Customization Techniques

    Marion Phillips, Rachel Hawkins, Jane Lunsford & Andrew Sinclair-Pearson

    New technology within Open and Distance learning (ODL) provides new opportunities for the delivery of learner support resources. Mass customization techniques offer the advantages of efficient... More

    pp. 191-202

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  6. Collaboration -- A Key Principle in Distance Education

    David Kennedy & Tim Duffy

    The University of Paisley has been supporting distance learning students on online supported courses for nine years. Its largest programme in this form is the B.Sc. Health Studies degree for health... More

    pp. 203-211

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  7. Course Evaluation in Open and Distance Learning: A Case Study from Indira Gandhi National Open University

    Ashok K. Gaba & Nirod K. Dash

    The success of any open and distance learning course depends on how well it is designed, executed, and evaluated. Evaluation of a course not only demonstrates its strengths, but also points out any... More

    pp. 213-221

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