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Accessibility of Open Educational Resources for Distance Education Learners: The Case of the Open University of Tanzania

This paper investigated the accessibility of Open Educational Resources at The Open University of Tanzania. Specifically, the study looked at staff and students’ level of awareness on the types of OER available at OUT Library, access and use trends of OER by academic staff and students, challenges faced in accessing OER and possible solutions. The study involved one hundred and twenty (120) students and eighty (80) academic staff who were randomly selected. Primary data for this study was collected through self-administered questionnaires.

A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

Existing quality assurance frameworks, guidelines, and benchmarks show that quality in online learning has many dimensions. This guide summarizes the key quality issues in online education in a concise and accessible manner. The guide is structured in the form of 16 ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, followed by an additional reading list focused on quality benchmarks and international best practices. 

A Guide to Quality in Post-Traditional Online Higher Education

The quality assurance of post-traditional higher education is not straightforward, because openness and flexibility are primary characteristics of these new approaches, whereas traditional approaches to quality assurance were designed for teaching and learning within more tightly structured frameworks. This guide, structured in the form of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, grapples with this dilemma, drawing on emerging examples, after putting post-traditional higher education in context and exploring the various new manifestations of openness.

Impact of OpenCourseWare Publication on Higher Education Participation and Student Recruitment

This paper reviews evaluation conducted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), and Open Universiteit Nederland (OUNL) concerning OCW effects on higher education participation and student recruitment.

Open Educational Resources and Higher Education

This paper examines the concept of OER in more detail, offering a simple, clear definition, explaining the economic and educational potential behind that definition, introducing examples of OER practices around the world, exploring legal considerations

Supportive Social Networks: Community-based Learner Support in Online Learning

Drawing from the findings of a wider study into the role and function of online social presence and its (potential) relationship with learner support in text-based online learning environments, this poster highlights key findings related to social aspects

The Evidence on Online Education

Online learning has definite advantages over face-to-face instruction when it comes to teaching and learning, according to a new meta-analysis released Friday by the U.S. Department of Education. The study found that students who took all or part of thei

Malawi-Scotland Virtual Patient Development

This project was described at the 2008 Africa eLearning conference. There is no website, but the link above is a lengthy interview with Dr. David Dewhurst, the project’s principal investigator.. The project’s aim is to equip a group of twenty medical and

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