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Anderson, Terry – Journal of Learning for Development, 2019
Likely the most significant and life changing technologies of the 21st Century is the adoption of social media as major components of commercial, entertainment and educational activities. In this article, I overview the supposed benefits of the application of these tools within formal higher education programs. I then discuss the disadvantages and…
Descriptors: Social Media, Higher Education, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Benefits
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Papadimitriou, Sofia Theodor; Niari, Maria Ioannis – Journal of Learning for Development, 2019
Open Badges are digital representations of achievements or skills which describe the framework, significance, and outcomes of a learning procedure based on specific criteria. The "Open Badges' collection" can be used by its holder as a virtual CV of skills and qualifications. The practice of development, issue, and use of badges is…
Descriptors: Open Education, Credentials, Foreign Countries, Qualifications
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Seelig, Caroline; Cadwallader, Alan; Standring, Doug – Journal of Learning for Development, 2019
As long ago as 1992, Greville Rumble was writing about the "competitive vulnerabilities" of single-mode distance teaching institutions [universities]. In the intervening years the challenges he described have only intensified, especially so as advancing information and communication technologies have enabled increasing numbers of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Technical Institutes, Organizational Change, Open Education
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Torres, Patrícia Lupion; Rama, Claudio – Journal of Learning for Development, 2018
Distance higher education has only relatively recently been established in some Latin American countries, as part of wider higher education reforms. The developments of distance education have been the result of sustained efforts of leading thinkers and practitioners in the region. In this article, several leading distance education professionals…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Leaders, Higher Education
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Hodgkinson-Williams, Cheryl Ann; Trotter, Henry – Journal of Learning for Development, 2018
At the heart of the open educational resources (OER) movement is the intention to provide affordable access to culturally relevant education to all. This imperative could be described as a desire to provide education in a manner consistent with social justice which, according to Fraser (2005), is understood as "parity of participation".…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Shared Resources and Services, Culturally Relevant Education, Equal Education
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Gow, Gordon; Chowdhury, Ataharul; Ganpat, Wayne; Ramjattan, Jeet – Journal of Learning for Development, 2018
: Beginning in 2012, the University of Alberta in partnership with others has been undertaking participatory action research in Sri Lanka and, since 2017, in the Caribbean to foster inclusive innovation through a Joint Education and Training Initiative (JETI). The JETI is developing and testing a set of open educational resources on…
Descriptors: Agricultural Education, Communities of Practice, Developing Nations, Action Research
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Tait, Alan – Journal of Learning for Development, 2018
This paper sets out the ways in which technologies for learning have been at the heart of education for development for millennia, not as is sometimes thought only in the last 30 years of the digital revolution. Short case studies of the University of London External System and the Open University UK set out the development outcomes of these major…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Access to Education, Higher Education
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Yusof, Safiah Md; Lim, Tick Meng; Png, Leo; Khatab, Zainuriyah Abd; Singh, Harvinder Kaur Dharam – Journal of Learning for Development, 2017
Open University Malaysia (OUM) is progressively moving towards implementing assessment on demand and online assessment. This move is deemed necessary for OUM to continue to be the leading provider of flexible learning. OUM serves a very large number of students each semester and these students are vastly distributed throughout the country. As the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Assisted Testing, Computer Managed Instruction, Management Systems
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Abeywardena, Ishan Sudeera – Journal of Learning for Development, 2017
With the rise of OER and multimedia such as YouTube videos, many academic institutions are becoming mindful of the richness they bring into the teaching and learning process. Given that multimedia resources cannot be directly integrated into printed material, the only available alternative is to print hyperlinks, which teachers and learners can…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Social Media, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Weller, Martin – Journal of Learning for Development, 2016
The advent of the internet and digital technologies has given rise to a number of new economic models. These have often been applied to education, but either through faults in the initial models or differences in the characteristics of the education sector, they have not proven to be widely applicable. The use of digital, network technologies…
Descriptors: Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services
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Hood, Nina; Littlejohn, Allison – Journal of Learning for Development, 2016
MOOCs are re-operationalising traditional concepts in education. While they draw on elements of existing educational and learning models, they represent a new approach to instruction and learning. The challenges MOOCs present to traditional education models have important implications for approaching and assessing quality. This paper foregrounds…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology
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Santally, Mohammad Issack; Cooshna-Naik, Dorothy; Conruyt, Noel; Wing, Caroline Koa – Journal of Learning for Development, 2015
This paper describes a social partnership model based on the living lab concept to promote the professional development of educators through formal and informal capacity-building initiatives. The aim is to have a broader impact on society through community outreach educational initiatives. A Living Lab is an environment for user-centered…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, Partnerships in Education, Innovation, Faculty Development
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Baggaley, Jon – Journal of Learning for Development, 2014
The launch of the "Journal of Learning for Development" occurs at a critical time for the education and development field. The "massive open online course" concept currently being implemented by Western educators is considered as a potential cost-saver in developing nations also. MOOCs based on reliable pedagogical principles…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Mohamedbhai, Goolam – Journal of Learning for Development, 2014
There are two well-known and often-quoted facts about Sub-Saharan Africa. One is that, in spite of significant progress made in recent years, Africa remains the least developed region in the world and is unlikely to achieve all the Millennium Development Goals by 2015. The other is that Africa fares very poorly in terms of research and innovation;…
Descriptors: Economic Development, Developing Nations, Poverty, Innovation
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Baijnath, Narend – Journal of Learning for Development, 2014
As part of the endeavor to reposition itself in the open distance and e-learning arena, the University of South Africa (UNISA) has designed and developed six modular courses (one module per College) referred to as "Signature Courses". The focus of these modules is on a student-centred online teaching and learning approach; extensive…
Descriptors: Developing Nations, Curriculum Development, Learning Modules, Distance Education
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