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Heredia, Jimena de Mello; Carvalho, Lucila; Vieira, Eleonora Milano Falcão – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Teaching and learning in higher education are being transformed through complex configurations of people, tasks, and material and digital resources. Successful designs for innovative learning require us to understand how these complex configurations relate to learners' activity. This paper illustrates the application of a networked learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Instructional Design, Distance Education
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Weaver, Nancy Evans; Barnard, Estelle – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Literacy skills and behaviours of university-level students are of wide interest today. The research reported here fits in this tradition. It examines second-year psychology students' source use in a course taught through online distance learning (ODL). The number of sources used increased across assignments. Most used were the textbook,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Te Kiri, Christine – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
The first step to enabling Maori achievement is engaging whanau (family) and tamariki (children) in situations where their mana (autonomy) and tuakiri (identity) remains intact. This paper identifies steps for culturally critical and sustaining practice when engaging whanau and students, highlights some positive examples, and reflects on lessons…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Family Involvement, Culturally Relevant Education, Teaching Methods
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Zeglen, Eric; Rosendale, Joseph A. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
Although online education offerings continue to grow in the higher education marketplace, issues of student achievement and course rigour still challenge the underlying instructional model, and alignment with institutional missions. Pedagogically, instructors and course designers can mitigate these issues by leveraging technology to further…
Descriptors: Educational Games, Electronic Learning, Higher Education, Academic Achievement
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Alahmadi, Tahani; Drew, Steve – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Evaluating accessibility is an important equity step in assessing the effectiveness and usefulness of online learning materials for students with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments. Previous studies in this area have indicated that, over time, university websites have become gradually more inaccessible. This paper relates findings…
Descriptors: Reputation, Web Sites, Universities, Comparative Analysis
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Barnett, Shirley; Te Wiata, Ina – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
This article is informed by a kaupapa Maori methodology and reports on a "by Maori for Maori" peer mentoring programme. The programme, offered by the College of Business at Massey University, focuses on Maori students who are studying at a distance. We outline the programme and the experiences and perceptions from kanohi ki te kanohi…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Distance Education, Mentors, Peer Teaching
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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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Forbes, Dianne – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This think piece is a follow-up to a keynote delivered at the biennial DEANZ Conference, at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, in April 2016. It explores the University of Waikato's Mixed Media Pathway. Dianne Forbes ponders her own experiences as a tertiary student, considers some of the changes and challenges facing universities…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Higher Education, Active Learning
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Alexander-Bennett, Carolyn – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This think piece by Carolyn Alexander-Bennett is a reflection of her keynote speech at DEANZ2016 conference, which was held from 17-20th April at the University of Waikato, New Zealand. In her speech Carolyn revisits the issues, developments, and technology trends that led to the birth of FarNet (an online cluster of schools catering for the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Halupa, Colleen M. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This paper provides an overview of best practices and challenges for deans and department heads of online programmes in the ever-changing world of higher education. It concentrates on the challenges for small private universities and tertiary education institutions in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Department heads must consider…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Deans, Higher Education, Small Colleges
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Liu, Guimei; Clayton, John – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
The growing demand for an increasingly skilled competitive workforce and the associated demand for change and responsiveness in the provision of technical vocational education and training (TVET) has led to the development of stronger links between New Zealand and the People's Republic of China. A collaborative model programme project aims to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Technical Education, Program Effectiveness
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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
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Hunt, Antony; Tickner, Sue – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
Aotearoa New Zealand's demographics are changing rapidly and, as a consequence, there is now greater diversity in the tertiary student population. This diversity is evident in the continuing growth of Maori and Pasifika student participation. Teacher education is increasingly emphasising social competencies and intercultural awareness. Online…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Online Courses, Electronic Learning
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Pratt, Keryn – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
This paper reports on a qualitative evaluation of the postgraduate courses offered by distance in one university department. The types and amount of support provided to students was evaluated and compared with Simpson's (2008a) Proactive Motivational Support model (PaMS). While students were largely satisfied with the support they received during…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Qualitative Research, School Support, Educational Resources
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Jeurissen, Maree – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
Despite some gains in the regeneration of te reo Maori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand, its long-term survival remains threatened. One avenue for regeneration seldom considered is the English-medium secondary school. This article reports on a case study where students in one such school chose te reo Maori as an option and, and,…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Case Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, Language Maintenance
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