Archive for the ‘Research’ Category


MOOCs: Branding, Enrollment, and Multiple Measures of Success

KSU redefined the MOOC value proposition through collaboration of university leadership and faculty. The new proposition shifts measures of success beyond just course completion to include measures that benefit students, faculty, and the institution. Students benefitted through access to open educational resources, the acquisition of professional learning units at no cost, and the potential of […]


Wikipedia Writing as Praxis: Computer-mediated Socialization of Second-language Writers

It is often observed that the globalization of social media has opened up new opportunities for informal intercultural communication and foreign language learning. This study aims to go beyond this general observation through a case study that explores how discourse analysis tools might be used to uncover evidence of language and intercultural learning in comments […]


Digital Mindsets: Teachers’ Technology Use in Personal Life and Teaching

Over the last few years there have been important calls for new literacies to become an integral part of language education. Yet traditional approaches to technology continue to persist in many contexts. Although the role of teachers in this problem has been acknowledged, little is known about how teachers’ everyday digital literacy practices influence teaching […]


Orchestration in learning technology research: evaluation of a conceptual framework

The term ‘orchestrating learning’ is being used increasingly often, referring to the coordination activities performed while applying learning technologies to authentic settings. However, there is little consensus about how this notion should be conceptualised, and what aspects it entails. In this paper, a conceptual framework for orchestration-related research is evaluated by an international panel of […]


MOOCs and Learner Engagement

What learners do during MOOCs–and why it matters A new report examines learner activities during MOOCs, and the importance of integrating certain tools. eCampus News     In Online Courses, Students Learn More by Doing Than by Watching When students enroll in MOOCs, they almost always watch a series of video lectures. But just watching videos […]


Perceptions of Online Learning Spaces and Their Incorporation in Mathematics Teacher Education

While digital environments can offer convenient, viable options for preservice and inservice teachers to engage in or continue their studies, little is known about teachers’ experiences with and perceptions of various existing online learning spaces. This paper describes an initial investigation using data from a group of preservice and in-service mathematics teachers who interacted by […]

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Producing Tutorials With Digital Professionals: Primary Sources, Pirates, and Partners

Once accepted as strictly functional, low-key, step-by-step introductions to services, resources, and how to search databases, library tutorials are now branching out into innovative multi-media Web-based presentations to appeal to a wide audience.  Librarians and their instructional materials are taking advantage of an increasingly expanding toolbox of modern technologies and pedagogical techniques to capture the […]


Use of social networking sites: Facebook group as a learning management system

Social networking sites (SNSs) are becoming popular day by day in academia as well as in business organizations around the world. Facebook as the largest and fastest networking sites, is one of the important SNSs that can play an important role in different academic disciplines. The aim of this study is to investigate the use […]


Leveraging teamwork by Google+ in a lifelong learning perspective

The current affordances of ubiquitous global connections, of a large number of open resources, and of social and professional networks may boost innovation in open-minded organisations through their personnel’s empowerment. Lifelong and ubiquitous learning, cloud computing and smart working frameworks are the pillars of the change that is replacing the traditional work model and transforming […]

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Making the most of mobility: virtual mentoring and education practitioner professional development

Learning provision, including professional learning, needs to embrace mobility (of knowledge, cultures and contexts – physical and cerebral) to enable education practitioners to interact locally and globally, engage with new literacies, access rich contexts, and to question, co-construct and collaborate. Virtual mentoring, also known as distance, remote, tele-, cyber- and eMentoring, offers a level of […]