Archive for the ‘Theory’ Category

The viability of online competency based education: An organizational analysis of the impending paradigm shift

Over the past several decades, workplace demands have changed from having an industrial emphasis on physical inputs and natural resources, to a knowledge based economy with a reliance on intellectual capabilities (Block, 1990; Ronchi, 1985; Sum & Jessop, 2013). The knowledge economy is defined as “production and service based on knowledge-intensive activities that contribute to […]

The ecology of the open practitioner: a conceptual framework for open research

Open Educational Practices (OEP) have gained traction internationally over the last fifteen years, with individuals, institutions, and governments increasingly interested in the affordances of openness. Whilst initiatives, policies, and support mechanisms are evident, there is an ever-present danger of localised contexts being unintentionally unrecognised, which has a negative effect on mainstreaming the practice sustainably. This […]

Fractal: an educational model for the convergence of formal and non-formal education

For the last two decades, different authors have mentioned the need to have new pedagogies that respond better to current times, which are surrounded by a complex set of issues such as mobility, interculturality, curricular flexibility, accreditation and academic coverage. Fractal is an educational model proposal for online learning that is formed by four basic […]

Theories and Frameworks for Online Education: Seeking an Integrated Model

This article examines theoretical frameworks and models that focus on the pedagogical aspects of online education. After a review of learning theory as applied to online education, a proposal for an integrated Multimodal Model for Online Education is provided based on pedagogical purpose.  The model attempts to integrate the work of several other major theorists […]

Commentary: Responses to “An Interview with Joseph South” in Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education

1- Commentary: UCEA CASTLE Response to “An Interview With Joseph South” 2-  Commentary: A Response to an Interview With Joseph South by the Teacher Education and Technology and Media Divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children 3- Commentary: Response of the Association of Science Teacher Educators to “An Interview with Joseph South” 4- Commentary: Social Studies Education […]

Reflections on Preparing Educators to Evaluate the Efficacy of Educational Technology: An Interview With Joseph South

Joseph South, an educational researcher, technology consultant, and former director of the U.S. Office of Educational Technology participated in a research initiative on Educational Technology Efficacy Research organized by the Jefferson Education Accelerator, Digital Promise, and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. The working group in which he participated, one of […]

Communities of inquiry in curriculum approach to online learning: Strengths and limitations in context

The case study discussed in this article examines how the community of inquiry (CoI) model (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2010) was used to redesign the digital learning environment in the context of an Australian university. Some purposes were to replicate features of a traditional classroom and to support collaboration between professionals with different expertise. The […]

The Support and Promotion of Self-Regulated Learning in Distance Education

Distance education is characterized by the learner’s learning autonomy and active involvement. Both lead to self-regulated learning in the context of distance education, the support and promotion of which are explored in this study. In particular, the aim of this paper is to examine the relationship between self-regulated learning and distance education, as well as, […]

The Spectrum of Learning Analytics

“Learning Analytics” became a buzzword during the hype surrounding the advent of “big data” MOOCs, however, the concept has been around for over two decades. When the first online courses became available it was used as a tool to increase student success in particular courses, frequently combined with the hope of conducting educational research. In […]

The Effects of Extraneous Load on the Relationship Between Self-Regulated Effort and Germane Load Within an E-Learning Environment

Online instructors need to avoid unclear and confusing explanations of content, which can reduce the quality of learning. Extraneous load is reflective of poor instruction, in that it directs student effort towards processing information that does not contribute to learning. However, students may be able to manage poor instruction through effort regulation. Students who show […]