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Rose, Mary – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
This article explores some key attributes of effective online tertiary educators. Using qualitative research methods, data were collected via semi-structured interviews which were conducted with a small sample of university academics in New Zealand and Australia, and analysed using an inductive approach and open and closed coding techniques. In…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Web Based Instruction, College Faculty, Foreign Countries
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Brown, Cheryl; Haupt, Genevieve – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
This paper examines how, in a resource-constrained context, access to personal mobile devices for first-year university students increases flexibility of learning and creates an environment of greater inclusivity at university. In 2016, at the start of their first year, 201 students in an extended degree programme in the Humanities at the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Telecommunications, Handheld Devices
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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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Chellapan, Lakshmi; van der Meer, Jacques; Pratt, Keryn; Wass, Rob – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
The term "flipping the classroom" is relatively recent, although elements of the underlying principles have been around for many years. It is generally accepted that the "flipped classroom model" consists of replacing direct instruction, or lectures, with video clips to be watched off campus, and using face-to-face class time…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Homework, Video Technology
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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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Adam, Aminath – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Educational technology researchers have often overlooked the effect of culture on teachers' use of digital technologies in their pedagogical practice. Several technology integration models, such as the Technology Adoption Model (TAM) and Technological, Pedagogical and Content Knowledge (TPACK), have also failed to explain the connections between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Cultural Influences, Technology Uses in 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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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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Hunt, Anne-Marie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
Online and blended learning bring opportunities and challenges, including more opportunities for authentic activities (Gikandi, Morrow, & Davis, 2011). Blended online environments are now a common mode for pre-service teacher education, providing interesting opportunities to develop and showcase alternative approaches that blend with practice…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Inquiry, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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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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Edmunds, Bronwyn; Hartnett, Maggie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
This paper reports on one aspect of a descriptive multiple-case study which set out to explore the role of a learning management system (LMS) in personalising learning for students from the perspective of three teachers in one primary school in New Zealand. The intention was to provide insight into the role the LMS could play in classrooms when…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Integrated Learning Systems, Interviews
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Goldingay, Sophie; Land, Clare – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
Many social-work students enrolled in a particular Australian university approach the pre-practicum practice skills unit with dread, due to the required role-play exercises. Online distance students could be seen to be challenged even further in their preparation for practicum, due to a perception that they are learning practice skills on their…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Social Work, Teaching Methods, Role Playing
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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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Zaka, Pinelopi – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2013
This paper reports on the findings of a case study that investigated how blended teaching and learning was implemented in a New Zealand secondary school. An ecological perspective was taken to clarify the complexity of blended teaching and learning implementation by researching the roles of students, teachers, school leaders and other educational…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students
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