Archive for the ‘Higher Education’ Category


Using wikis for online group projects: Student and tutor perspectives

This paper presents a study of the use of wikis to support online group projects in two courses at the UK Open University. The research aimed to investigate the effectiveness of a wiki in supporting (i) student collaboration and (ii) tutors’ marking of the students’ collaborative work. The paper uses the main factors previously identified […]


Diving into Lake Devo: Modes of representation and means of interaction and reflection in online role-play

This paper outlines an action research project involving the development of an educational online role-playing website, known as Lake Devo. Designed in keeping with constructivist principles, the website is used in select post-secondary courses at Ryerson University and allows learners to work synchronously, using visual, audio, and text elements to create avatars and interact in […]

Portfolio, text, data, page

Editorial: A Call for More Rigorous ePortfolio Research

This special issue of the International Journal of ePortfolio is entitled “Defining Practice and a Research Agenda: Selections from AAC&U’s Fifth Annual E-Portfolio Forum.” This article serves as an introduction to the special issue, provides highlights from the E-Portfolio Forum, and concludes with a call concerning new directions for rigorous ePortfolio research. International Journal of […]

Social media communication concept

Learners’ views regarding the use of social networking sites in distance learning

In this study, it was aimed to examine the use of learning management systems supported by social networking sites in distance education and to determine the views of learners regarding these platforms. The study group of this study, which uses a qualitative research approach, consists of 15 undergraduate students who resumed their education in Turkey. […]

3d e-learning concept

An investigation into social learning activities by practitioners in open educational practices

By investigating how educational practitioners participate in activities around open educational practices (OEP), this paper aims at contributing to an understanding of open practices and how these practitioners learn to use OEP. Our research is guided by the following hypothesis: Different social configurations support a variety of social learning activities. The social configuration of OEPs […]


Co-Curricular Engagement for Non-Traditional Online Learners

Engagement in co-curricular activities is a means of educating the whole student, providing an opportunity for the integration of academic, professional, and personal development. Residential programs offer students campus-based, co-curricular experiences that foster the development of student knowledge and personal development outside of the classroom. For online learners, engagement in co-curricular campus experiences is limited […]


Increasing Accessibility: Using Universal Design Principles to Address Disability Impairments in the Online Learning Environment

With the increasing number of students enrolling in distance education, there is a need to consider the accessibility of course materials in online learning environments. Four major groups of disabilities: mobility, auditory, visual, and cognitive are explored as they relate to their implementation into instructional design and their impact on students in online learning, specifically […]


Challenges when introducing electronic exam

Time pressures often necessitate the use of more efficient exam tools, such as electronic exams (e-exams), instead of traditional paper exams. However, teachers may face challenges when introducing e-exams in a higher education context. This paper describes what kinds of challenges teachers may face when introducing e-exams, based on experiences in Turku University of Applied […]


For-Profit Giant Starts Competency-Based ‘Open College’

One of the biggest for-profit college companies in the country is creating an “Open College” aimed at adults who may already have skills and experience that could qualify for college credits. The new venture, from Kaplan Higher Education, will include free online services and personalized mentoring to help people identify and organize prior experience and […]


Publish, not Perish: Supporting Graduate Students as Aspiring Authors

BACKGROUND Students pursuing advanced degrees are increasingly expected to contribute to their discipline’s scholarly discourse during their tenure in graduate school. However, they are often unsure of how or where to begin the publishing process, and do not always feel comfortable asking for help from their faculty advisors or fellow students. Scholars, including librarians, have attempted […]