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Osborne, Jo; Dibben, Mark – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Universities are increasingly recognising the need to broaden the experience and understanding of their students beyond a single disciplinary approach, to produce graduates more capable of solving the problems of a multidisciplinary world. At the University of Tasmania, a "breadth unit" programme is underway with the dual purpose of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Bassett, Martin; Robson, Joanne – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
This paper sets out to examine the role of middle leaders and their quest for effective appraisal and leadership development online--the two towers. Research that focuses on the role of middle leaders, in terms of their appraisal and leadership development, suggests there is a crisis in the "middle." Currently, middle leaders do not have…
Descriptors: Middle Management, Leadership Training, Online Courses, Access to Education
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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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Cunningham, Una – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
High connectivity at tertiary institutions, and students who are often equipped with laptops and/or tablets as well as smartphones, have resulted in language learners being able to freely access technology and the internet. Reference tools such as dictionaries, concordancers, translators, and thesauri, with pronunciation and usage tips, are…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Video Technology, Language Usage
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Bonk, Curtis J. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This paper is based on a keynote talk delivered at the biennial DEANZ Conference at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, in April 2016. As highlighted in that talk, we have entered Education 3.0--an age of vast resource abundance and extensive opportunities for learner empowerment. During the past decade, we have seen the emergence…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Change, Conferences (Gatherings), Universities
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Nash, Catherine – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
This paper outlines the benefits to distance education teachers of formatting a weekly online newsletter in accordance with motivational learning theory. It reflects on the delivery of weekly AIM newsletters to undergraduate economics students at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand via Moodle. The acronym, AIM, stands for Academic content,…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Distance Education, Learning Theories, Motivation Techniques
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Jacoby, Jean – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a rapidly evolving phenomenon which has stimulated discussion in universities around the world. A central theme of these discussions, and much of the published literature on the phenomenon, is the potential of the MOOC to disrupt the way universities do business. The aim of this narrative literature review…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Universities, Educational Innovation, Higher Education
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Pohio, Lesley; Lee, Maryann – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
This paper presents a descriptive analysis of the challenges and rewards of revisualising and designing an innovative online space for a first-year Bachelor of Education Early Childhood Education course, Visual Arts in the Early Years. The perspectives offered are drawn from a design project involving collaboration between the course lecturer and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Educational Innovation, Early Childhood Education
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Willems, Julie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
Considerations of educational resilience are often linked to student participation, retention, and outcomes in distance higher education, in spite of adversity, equity issues, or "invisible fences" that students may face. This paper further develops the quadripartite model of educational resilience (Willems, 2010; Willems & Reupert,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Resilience (Psychology), Distance Education
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Ehlers, Ulf-Daniel – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This article examines the findings of the recent OPAL report "Beyond OER: Shifting Focus from Resources to Practices". In doing so, it defines current understanding of open educational resources and open educational practices, and highlights the shift from open content to open practice. The article includes a framework for supporting…
Descriptors: Open Education, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Powell, Allison; Barbour, Michael – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
In 2006 the North American Council for Online Learning surveyed the activity and policy relating to primary and secondary e-learning, which they defined as online learning, in a selection of countries. They found most were embracing e-learning delivery of education as a central strategy for enabling reform, modernising schools, and increasing…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Public Policy, Policy Analysis, Electronic Learning