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Johnson, Clare S. – Research in Learning Technology, 2017
The inclusion of online elements in learning environments is becoming commonplace in Post Compulsory Education. A variety of research into the value of such elements is available, and this study aims to add further evidence by looking specifically at the use of collaborative technologies such as online discussion forums and wikis to encourage…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Case Studies, Adult Students, Critical Thinking
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Laurillard, Diana – Research in Learning Technology, 2016
The demographics of massive open online course (MOOC) analytics show that the great majority of learners are highly qualified professionals, and not, as originally envisaged, the global community of disadvantaged learners who have no access to good higher education. MOOC pedagogy fits well with the combination of instruction and peer community…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Professional Development, Professional Continuing Education, Disadvantaged Youth
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Salmon, Gilly; Ross, Bella; Pechenkina, Ekaterina; Chase, Anne-Marie – Research in Learning Technology, 2015
In this paper, we explore the benefits of using social media in an online educational setting, with a particular focus on the use of Facebook and Twitter by participants in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) developed to enable educators to learn about the Carpe Diem learning design process. We define social media as digital social tools and…
Descriptors: Social Media, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction
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Kauffman, Heather – Research in Learning Technology, 2015
Students perceive online courses differently than traditional courses. Negative perceptions can lead to unfavourable learning outcomes including decreased motivation and persistence. Throughout this review, a broad range of factors that affect performance and satisfaction within the online learning environment for adult learners will be examined…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Predictor Variables, Academic Achievement, Success
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Ellis, Cathy; Dyer, Alec; Thompson, Dominic – Research in Learning Technology, 2014
This study set out to explore the use of the Internet in peer-to-peer learning environments within vocational education and training and to investigate whether this approach could replace traditional teaching and learning. A mixed methods design, including classroom observations, design experiments, interviews and questionnaires was adopted.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Vocational Education, Internet, Computer Uses in Education
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Fabian, Khristin; MacLean, Donald – Research in Learning Technology, 2014
This article summarises the methodology and outcomes of an interventionist/action research project to assess the benefits, and potential pitfalls, of the use of mobile devices in learning and teaching activities in a Further Education environment. A bank of 15 tablet devices were purchased and prepared for classroom use. Staff members were…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Handheld Devices, Adult Education
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Padilla Rodriguez, Brenda Cecilia; Armellini, Alejandro – Research in Learning Technology, 2013
While learning is commonly conceptualised as a social, collaborative process in organisations, online courses often provide limited opportunities for communication between people. How do students engage with content-based courses? How do they find answers to their questions? How do they achieve the learning outcomes? This paper aims to answer…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Online Courses, Foreign Countries, Learning Strategies
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Pike, Anne; Adams, Anne – Research in Learning Technology, 2012
Previous research has highlighted the value of technology to enhance learning. However, digital inclusion research has argued that many issues such as skills, access, usability and choice impact on the effectiveness of technology to enhance learning. The findings in this paper add to the debate by highlighting the importance of value and context.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Ethnography, Distance Education, Usability
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Jordan, Lindsay – Research in Learning Technology, 2012
This paper discusses the benefits and challenges of video as a tool for supporting and enhancing peer feedback and reflection. The analysis draws on key arguments from relevant literature in combination with the author's own experiences of producing and using video recordings of peer feedback sessions, presentations and personal reflections, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interviews, Computer Literacy, Computer Assisted Instruction
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McGuigan, Aileen; Golden, Lucy – Research in Learning Technology, 2012
This paper considers professional development in a context that is familiar and problematic to teaching teams in tertiary education everywhere, that of delivering online programmes with an ever-decreasing complement of staff. The Teaching Qualification Further Education (TQFE) teaching team at University of Dundee confronted the reality of reduced…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Program Descriptions, Educational Policy, Web Based Instruction
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Naamani, Catherine; Taylor, Louise – Research in Learning Technology, 2012
This paper takes a case study approach to provide evidence of the benefits of podcasting as a tool used to support a vocational qualification in the subject area of Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy (Nail Technology). It reflects on the experiences of both the lecturer and the students and concludes that podcasting is a valuable tool, supporting a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Action Research, Handheld Devices, Learner Engagement
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Li, Zhen – Research in Learning Technology, 2011
The experiences of Chinese learners on two e-learning programmes in China were investigated, focusing particularly on the formation of learning communities. Data were collected using a range of instruments to access the learners' perspectives in depth and detail. Archer's account of reflexivity as the mediating power between structure and agency…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Web Based Instruction
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Paavola, Sami; Lakkala, Minna; Muukkonen, Hanni; Kosonen, Kari; Karlgren, Klas – Research in Learning Technology, 2011
In the present paper, the development and use of a specific set of pedagogical design principles in a large research and development project are analysed. The project (the Knowledge Practices Laboratory) developed technology and a pedagogical approach to support certain kinds of collaborative knowledge creation practices related to the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Research and Development