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Westbrook, Catherine – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2012
At our University, the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education has delivered a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses via flexible distance learning for many years. Distance learning can be a lonely experience for students who may feel isolated and unsupported. However e-learning provides an opportunity to use technology to…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
Koutropoulos, Apostolos; Gallagher, Michael Sean; Abajian, Sean C.; de Waard, Inge; Hogue, Rebecca Joanne; Keskin, Nilgun Ozdamar; Rodriguez, C. Osvaldo – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2012
Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) have been growing in popularity with educational researchers, instructors, and learners in online environments. Online discussions are as important in MOOCs as in other online courses. Online discussions that occur in MOOCs are influenced by additional factors resulting from their volatile and voluntary…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Education, Electronic Learning, Discussion Groups
Anderson, Terry; Dron, Jon – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2012
This paper updates earlier work in which we defined three generations of distance education pedagogy. We then describe emerging technologies that are most conducive to instructional designs that evolve with each generation. Finally we discuss matching the pedagogies with learning outcomes. (Contains 3 figures.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Design, Technological Advancement, Outcomes of Education
Santally, Mohammad Issack; Rajabalee, Yousra; Cooshna-Naik, Dorothy – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2012
This paper discusses how modern technologies are changing the teacher-student-content relationships from the conception to the delivery of so-called "distance" education courses. The concept of Distance Education has greatly evolved in the digital era of 21st Century. With the widespread use and access to the Internet, exponential growth…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Internet
Winnard, Yvette; Elliott, Vicki – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2012
Campus based students are welcomed to our University during the first week of their course, but for students studying by online distance learning (ODL) a comparable mechanism does not exist. Academic staff experienced in teaching by ODL considered this to be a gap in students' educational experience and, furthermore, that opportunities for early…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Online Courses, Educational Experience
Issack, Santally Mohammad – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2011
Over the recent years, there has been a growing interest in Open Educational Resources (OER). A similar trend was observed about a decade ago in the concept of Learning Objects, which inevitably faded without really making an impact in real-world educational contexts. A number of repositories were created that contain thousands of learning…
Descriptors: Open Education, Online Courses, Educational Practices, Foreign Countries
Edirisingha, Palitha; Hawkridge, David; Fothergill, John – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2010
In this paper, we urge practitioners to consider the potential of podcasting for teaching, learning and assessment. Our perspective is drawn from research on IMPALA (Informal Mobile Podcasting And Learning Adaptation), which showed that there is a range of successful podcasting approaches for students on campus. After briefly surveying the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Feedback (Response), Distance Education, Educational Strategies
Hawkridge, David; Wheeler, Matthew – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2010
Research into tutoring at a distance has a fairly long history and the functions of tutors in distance education institutions are well understood. Over the past 20 years research into online tutoring has advanced significantly as such institutions have "gone electronic": in this paper we cite published research from the UK Open…
Descriptors: Web Sites, Electronic Publishing, Open Universities, Distance Education
Kelly, Patrick; Stevens, Charlotte – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2009
The United Kingdom Open University has experimented with a range of information and communication technologies (ICT) to support learners and foster the development of learning communities, including online resources, email, e-messages, SMS messaging, and Second Life. The initial creation of information and resources to support study has been…
Descriptors: Open Universities, Distance Education, Prior Learning, Foreign Countries