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Towards collaboration as learning: evaluation of an open CPD opportunity for HE teachers

Flexible, Distance and Online Learning (FDOL) is an open online course offered as an informal cross-institutional collaboration based on a postgraduate module in the context of teacher education in higher education. The second iteration, FDOL132, was offered in 2013 using a problem-based learning (PBL) design (FISh) to foster collaborative learning. How this was experienced by […]


Critical Discourse Analysis of Moderated Discussion Board of Virtual University of Pakistan

The paper critically evaluated the discursive practices on the Moderated Discussion Board (MDB) of Virtual University of Pakistan (VUP). The paramount objective of the study was to conduct a critical discourse analysis (CDA) of the MDB on the Learning Management System (LMS) of VUP. For this purpose, the academic power relations of the students and […]


Effective web videoconferencing for proctoring online oral exams: a case study at scale in Brazil

The challenging of assessing formal and informal online learning at scale includes various issues. Many universities who are now promoting “Massive Online Open Courses” (MOOC), for instance, focus on relatively informal assessment of participant competence, which is not highly ‘quality assured’. This paper reports best practices on the use of a web videoconferencing application to […]


Preservice Teachers’ Microblogging: Professional Development via Twitter

Twitter has demonstrated potential to facilitate learning at the university level, and K-12 educators’ use of the microblogging service Twitter to facilitate professional development appears to be on the rise. Research on microblogging as a part of teacher education is, however, limited. This paper investigates the use of Twitter by preservice teachers (N = 20) in […]


Task selection, task switching and multitasking during computer-based independent study

Detailed logs of students’ computer use, during independent study sessions, were captured in an open-access computer laboratory. Each log consisted of a chronological sequence of tasks representing either the application or the Internet domain displayed in the workstation’s active window. Each task was classified using a three-tier schema according to its likely context of use: […]


Social support as a neglected e-learning motivator affecting trainee’s decisions of continuous intentions of usage

Drawing from the social influence theory and acknowledging that the others’ support within the work context affects employees’ learning, values, and behaviours, an alternative framework was proposed to explain employees’ learning satisfaction and future intention to participate in e-training programs in the current study. 578 survey data collected from employees of various corporations in Taiwan […]


Interaction matters: Strategies to promote engaged learning in an online introductory nutrition course

Fostering interaction in the online classroom is an important consideration in ensuring that students actively create their own knowledge and reach a high level of achievement in science courses. This study focuses on fostering interaction in an online introductory nutrition course offered in a public institution of higher education in Hawai‘i, USA. Interactive features included […]


Predicting Undergraduate Students’ Acceptance of Second Life for Teaching Chemistry

This study used the technology acceptance model to explore undergraduate students’ perceptions of the virtual world of Second Life (SL) and their intention to use it to learn a chemistry concept. A total of 136 undergraduate students participated in the study by completing a learning task in SL and a self-report measure consisting of 6 […]


Material matters for learning in virtual networks: A case study of a professional learning programme hosted in a Google+ online community

In this paper, we draw on Actor–Network Theories (ANT) to explore how material components functioned to create gateways and barriers to a virtual learning network in the context of a professional development module in higher education. Students were practitioners engaged in family learning in different professional roles and contexts. The data comprised postings in the […]

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Research Spotlight: Results of the 2015 Research Preferences Survey

Earlier this summer we asked Guild members to tell us about their research preferences to help us better focus on the topics they found most informative, useful, and insightful. Learning Solutions