online learning

Accessibility of Open Educational Resources for Distance Education Learners: The Case of the Open University of Tanzania

This paper investigated the accessibility of Open Educational Resources at The Open University of Tanzania. Specifically, the study looked at staff and students’ level of awareness on the types of OER available at OUT Library, access and use trends of OER by academic staff and students, challenges faced in accessing OER and possible solutions. The study involved one hundred and twenty (120) students and eighty (80) academic staff who were randomly selected. Primary data for this study was collected through self-administered questionnaires.

2015 Open and Online Education Trend Report: Perspectives on Developments in Dutch Higher Education

For the fourth consecutive year, the Open Education Special Interest Group and SURFnet have prepared a trend report outlining the latest dynamic developments in the area of open content, open education and – as of this year – online (but not necessarily open) education. How is open education impacting campus education? Which new target groups are finding themselves drawn to open and online education, what are their specific needs, and how is the higher education sector responding to these demands? Effective online education requires valid online testing procedures.

A Guide to Quality in Online Learning

Existing quality assurance frameworks, guidelines, and benchmarks show that quality in online learning has many dimensions. This guide summarizes the key quality issues in online education in a concise and accessible manner. The guide is structured in the form of 16 ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, followed by an additional reading list focused on quality benchmarks and international best practices. 

A Guide to Quality in Post-Traditional Online Higher Education

The quality assurance of post-traditional higher education is not straightforward, because openness and flexibility are primary characteristics of these new approaches, whereas traditional approaches to quality assurance were designed for teaching and learning within more tightly structured frameworks. This guide, structured in the form of ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, grapples with this dilemma, drawing on emerging examples, after putting post-traditional higher education in context and exploring the various new manifestations of openness.

Impact of OpenCourseWare Publication on Higher Education Participation and Student Recruitment

This paper reviews evaluation conducted at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH), and Open Universiteit Nederland (OUNL) concerning OCW effects on higher education participation and student recruitment.

Pedagogical Innovation in New Learning Communities: An In-Depth Study of Twelve Online Learning Communities

The aim of this study is to review and assess the new social and pedagogical approaches to learning that are emerging in new ICT-facilitated collaborative learning settings.

Open Educational Resources and Higher Education

This paper examines the concept of OER in more detail, offering a simple, clear definition, explaining the economic and educational potential behind that definition, introducing examples of OER practices around the world, exploring legal considerations

Boosting Student Achievement in Post-Secondary General Chemistry With the ARIS Online Learning and Course Management System: University of Texas at Dallas

This case study describes the University of Texas`s use of the ARIS online learning and course management system. The academic object of using the system with their chemistry students was to foster continuing development of chemistry skills and understandi