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The Role of Open and Distance Higher Education in Detainees in Greek Detention Facilities

The purpose of this article is to present the results of the qualitative research conducted in Detention Facilities in Greece in connection with the preparation of the thesis (Linardatou, 2012). This is a case study of two prisoners attending Open Universities. The study concerned the characteristics and peculiarities of Open and Distance Education to Greek […]

February 24, 2015 | Daily News, Government, Open Learning


FCC Plan for ‘Net Neutrality’ Addresses Schools’ Needs

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler recently released a plan to protect “net neutrality” that would meet the needs of schools in a number of ways. Education Week  

February 24, 2015 | Daily News


Why every educator should care about net neutrality

Broadband for education expert gives four reasons why the FCC’s decision about internet service is a human rights issue eSchool News

February 24, 2015 | Daily News


Professional Development: Designing Initiatives to Meet the Needs of Online Faculty

The increasing prevalence of online courses mandates an examination of the similarities – and differences – in the faculty training and development needs of those teaching online. With institutions facing increasingly limited resources, there is a need to prioritize faculty development initiatives that will encourage faculty participation. An examination of interest, attendance and completion rates […]

February 22, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


An Examination of the Relationship between Online Class Size and Instructor Performance

With no physical walls, the online classroom has the potential to house a large number of students. A concern by some is what happens to the quality of instruction in courses with high enrollments. The purpose of this research was to examine online class size and its relationship to, and potential influence on, an instructor’s […]

February 22, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Rhizo14: A Rhizomatic Learning cMOOC in Sunlight and in Shade

The authors present findings from the first stage of research into a ‘home-grown’ connectivist MOOC, Rhizomatic Learning: The Community is the Curriculum (Rhizo14). We compare the surface view of the MOOC that has been presented in a range of open blog posts and articles with the view from beneath the surface that we have found […]

February 22, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Social Interaction in Self-paced Distance Education

In this paper we present a case study of a self-paced university course that was originally designed to support independent, self-paced study at distance. We developed a social media intervention, in design-based research terms, that allows these independent students to contribute archived content to enhance the course, to engage in discussions with other students and […]

February 22, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research

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Aesthetic Literacy: Observable Phenomena and Pedagogical Applications for Mobile Lifelong Learning (mLLL)

This paper proposed a method for developing capacity for lifelong learning in open spaces, defined here as places without predefined learning structures or objectives, through the cultivation of aesthetic literacy. This discussion will be situated within fieldwork performed by the authors in Helsinki, Finland, and Tallinn, Estonia, in 2013. Based on the researchers’ experience in […]

February 22, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Peer Observation for Online Distance Learning Tutors: Creating the Conditions for Effective Peer Exchange

This article explores how online distance learning tutors working within a higher education context may be supported in their professional development through participation on an institutional peer observation programme. Drawing on the reflections of participants from two cohorts (2011 and 2012) at the University of York, the article reviews the learning outcomes arising from the […]

February 22, 2015 | Daily News, Higher Education, Research


Student-created app introduces playful, introspective art prompts to museum experience

Timothy Berg stands before King Henry V Courting Princess Catherine of Valois inside the David Owsley Museum of Art. He chuckles at the words on his iPad: “Princess Catherine seems completely bored with Henry. Give him a better pickup line.” Ball State University

February 22, 2015 | Daily News