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introducing AU’s [Athabasca University] president designate: Dr. Neil Fassina

Dr. Neil Fassina will become Athabasca University’s eighth president on October 11, 2016. The announcement was made Wednesday morning at the university’s main campus in Athabasca by Margaret Mrazek, the interim chair of the university’s Board of Governors. Athabasca University 

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Canvas as OU’s replacement learning management system receives mixed reviews

Canvas will fully overtake Desire2Learn as OU’s learning management system in the summer of 2017, but the transition toward it has begun. OUDAILY 

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Online and Face-to-Face Language Learning: A Comparative Analysis of Oral Proficiency in Introductory Spanish

The primary resistance to online foreign language teaching often involves questions of spoken mastery of second language. In order to address this concern, this research comparatively assesses undergraduate students’ oral proficiency in online and face-to-face Spanish classes, while taking into account students’ previous second language experience. The sample consisted of 90 undergraduate students, both online […]

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Understanding the Online Doctoral Learning Experience: Factors that Contribute to Students’ Sense of Community

As the number of students taking online courses continues to grow steadily, it is becoming increasingly important to inquire about the experiences of these students in order to understand the factors that contribute to their success. It is imperative that the social needs of students be understood, as interaction is an important aspect of the […]

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An Empirical Study of Factors Driving the Adoption of Mobile Learning in Omani Higher Education

Mobile learning (M-learning) provides a new learning channel in which learners can access content and just in time information as required irrespective of the time and location. Even though M-learning is fast evolving in many regions of the world, research addressing the driving factors of M-learning adoption is in short supply. This article focuses on […]

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Using the mTSES to Evaluate and Optimize mLearning Professional Development

The impact of targeted professional development activities on teachers’ perceptions of self-efficacy with mobile learning remains understudied. Power (2015a) used the Mobile Teacher’s Sense of Efficacy Scale (mTSES) survey instrument to measure the effects of a mobile learning themed professional development course on teachers’ confidence with and interest in mobile learning. The current study looks […]

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Video Captions for Online Courses: Do YouTube’s Auto-generated Captions Meet Deaf Students’ Needs?

Providing captions for videos used in online courses is an area of interest for institutions of higher education. There are legal and ethical ramifications as well as time constraints to consider. Captioning tools are available, but some universities rely on the auto-generated YouTube captions. This study looked at a particular type of video—the weekly informal […]

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Promoting Open, Flexible and Distance Learning in Increasingly Challenging Times

Although the potential to increase equitable access to education is threatened by economic and technical developments, the Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning is working to address these threats. This editorial describes actions over the lifetime of one leader in the field and the lifetime of this journal. Our move to align with and take advantage […]

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Peter Horrocks: it’s time for the OU to reinvent itself again

The Open University’s vice-chancellor says now is the moment to turn around decline in part-time study Times Higher Education 

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Stanford scholars untangle the science of learning

Cramming the night before a midterm exam may help you get an A on the test, but it isn’t the best way to actually learn the material for the long haul. Highlighting in a book won’t help you remember important passages. Giving one example when trying to explain something is never as good as giving […]