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Nichols, Mark; Meuleman, Nicky – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Educational design is an area of growing significance in tertiary education. However, the career pathway to educational design is varied. Because few specific qualifications are available, educational designers (EDs) tend to take up their roles with little experience or in-depth knowledge. The purpose of this study is to investigate one new ED's…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Design, Faculty Development, Novices
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Nichols, Mark – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
As distance education moves increasingly towards online provision, and because of the benefits provided by online approaches, students will be expected to engage with more resources available on screen. Contemporary forms of reading from the screen include reading from tablet devices, LCD monitors, and smartphones. However, print remains the…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Reading Strategies, Reading Skills, Electronic Publishing
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Nichols, Mark – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
Open Polytechnic is a single-mode provider of distance education with a rich history of print-based provision. Strategically, the institution is rapidly adopting an online-only approach, with some exceptions for programmes that require student contact. A recent and internal review of Moodle, the Open Polytechnic's learning management system (LMS)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Online Courses, Integrated Learning Systems