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Vines, Karen; Hughes, Chris; Alexander, Laura; Calvert, Carol; Colwell, Chetz; Holmes, Hilary; Kotecki, Claire; Parks, Kaela; Pearson, Victoria – Open Learning, 2019
Sonification is the use of non-speech audio to convey information. In this article, sonifications are representations of plots aimed at improving the accessibility of teaching materials. The electronic nature of sonifications means that they can be deployed to students via teaching interfaces such as virtual learning environments. We describe a…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Assistive Technology, Disabilities, Visual Impairments
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Calvert, Carol; Hilliam, Rachel – Open Learning, 2019
Across the Higher Education (HE) sector student feedback is used to feed into university processes and guide decision making. In this study, data gathered allowed the authors to investigate a hitherto neglected, but important, cohort of successful students -- those who succeeded when all the odds were stacked against them. The identified group of…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Feedback (Response), School Holding Power, Undergraduate Students
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Herman, Clem; Gracia, Rosaria; Macniven, Lesley; Clark, Bernie; Doyle, Geraldine – Open Learning, 2019
This paper examines a blended learning model designed to support women returning to STEM after a career break and its delivery in a unique partnership between an online distance education provider and a community-based equality organisation. Through this partnership additional activities such as networking events, returnships, career clinics and…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Females, STEM Education, Partnerships in Education
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Walker, Steve; Olney, Tom; Wood, Carlton; Clarke, Anactoria; Dunworth, Moira – Open Learning, 2019
Despite widespread enthusiasm, evidence of the effectiveness of learning analytics remains mixed. One possible explanation for this is that insufficient attention has been paid to the contexts in which it is introduced. We report here on a small-scale study into the prior use of data and communications technologies by tutors, who comprise a key…
Descriptors: Tutors, Information Utilization, Open Universities, Foreign Countries
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Lane, Andy – Open Learning, 2019
The context and tools used to create diagrams may hinder or help students in learning how to represent a situation and how to learn about diagramming and the situation at the same time. These equally provide opportunities and challenges to tutors in teaching, assessing and providing feedback on these diagrams, particularly for students studying at…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Online Courses
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Douce, Chris – Open Learning, 2019
This paper describes an Open University eSTEeM project that gathered the experiences of computing and information technology tutors who teach an undergraduate module called "Web Technologies" with the intention of understanding more about how they and their students can be best supported. Twelve distance learning tutors were interviewed…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Distance Education
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Campbell, Anne; Gallen, Anne-Marie; Jones, Mark H.; Walshe, Ann – Open Learning, 2019
As part of a wider study into perceptions that different university stakeholders have of tutorials, we investigated the UK Open University model for tuition through a process of semi-structured interviews with a self-selecting set of STEM tutors. The aim of the study was to elucidate perceptions that tutors have of the role and purpose of…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Tutors, Tutorial Programs, Tutoring
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Bowers, Lisa Jane – Open Learning, 2019
Machine haptics has been shown to assist and enhance human--computer interactions. Research from previous studies in the field of haptics has focused on developing a user's sense of realism of touch when using a haptic device. This paper examines the use of haptics for education, specifically for creative online education. The paper is presented…
Descriptors: Creativity, Distance Education, Tactual Perception, Interaction
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Shah, Mahsood; Cheng, Ming – Open Learning, 2019
Studies on student engagement in learning have mainly focused on undergraduate degree courses. Limited attempts have been made to examine student engagement on open access enabling courses, which is targeted to underrepresented students in higher education. Students on open access enabling courses are at high risk due to a low academic achievement…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Open Education, Open Enrollment, Online Courses
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Hilliam, Rachel; Calvert, Carol – Open Learning, 2019
Students from many different subject areas are required to study statistics as part of their qualification. The Open University developed a statistics module which could simultaneously be studied by students from a variety of different disciplines, by engaging them with topics which are of interest to everyone, namely money, education and health,…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Statistics, Student Diversity, Learning Modules
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Bornschlegl, Madeleine; Cashman, D. – Open Learning, 2019
It is known that students undertaking distance education are less likely to complete their studies, a problem regularly considered by governments and media. This correlational study seeks to provide an understanding of distance students' satisfaction and their intention to persist within the concept of the student experience. In addition to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Distance Education, Student Experience
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Fathelrahman, Adil – Open Learning, 2019
Past research has considered the reflective practices of the teacher as an important activity in the learning cycle. Some of it has introduced the term 'reflective teacher', showing that such practice has become increasingly important. This paper discusses literature related to various means of collecting feedback from students, the…
Descriptors: Reflective Teaching, Instructional Improvement, Management Information Systems, Distance Education
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Coughlan, Tim; Pitt, Rebecca; Farrow, Robert – Open Learning, 2019
It has been argued that Open Educational Resources (OER) present opportunities for innovation in education. However, there has been a lack of retrospective analysis of the forms of innovation that can emerge through OER, and the processes and challenges these entail. This paper presents a post-project analysis of the diverse uses and impacts of…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Educational Innovation, Adoption (Ideas), Educational Practices
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García-Monge, Alfonso; González-Calvo, Gustavo; Bores-García, Daniel – Open Learning, 2019
The dynamics of a community of practice are full of tensions and changes regarding possibilities and types of participation. The case study in this paper followed the approach of Stake by focusing on the tension between the willingness to participate and actual participation in an online social network called MultiScopic which involves children of…
Descriptors: Computer Simulation, Communities of Practice, Case Studies, Social Networks
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Dawkins, Roger – Open Learning, 2019
I am a lecturer with professional marketing experience, and this study was motivated by my dismay at university about what I have perceived as oversights in colleagues' typical use of mass email (emailing a single message to a large group of subscribers) for content delivery, in comparison to the communication strategies of major industries (for…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communication Strategies, Electronic Mail, Business Communication
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