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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)...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Impact of OpenCourseWare Publication on Higher Education Participation and Student Recruitment

    The free and open publication of course materials (OpenCourseWare or OCW) was initially undertaken by Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and other universities primarily to share educational resources among educators (Abelson, 2007). OCW, however, and more in general open educational resources (OER),1 have also provided well-documented opportunities for all learners, including the so...

  • The Perfect Storm: Canadian Copyright Law 2012. Making Sense of the Dramatic Changes and the Far-Reaching Implications for Online Learning

    Canadian copyright law has gone through a perfect storm with the statutory reforms to the Copyright Act that received Royal Assent in June 2012 and the subsequent five Supreme Court of Canada copyright decisions in July 2012. This is no less than a seismic shift in the copyright law with far-reaching implications for post-secondary education, and online learning in particular. Let?s try to: ?...

  • 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, and highlighting some of the challenges to releasing the transformative potential of OER.

  • 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 of learner support in text-based online learning environments and, in particular, community based model for learner support.

  • 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 their instruction online performed better, on average, than those taking the same course through face-to-face instruction. Further, those who...

  • 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 healthcare professional educators working in higher education institutions in Malawi with those skills needed to design, develop, and...

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