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Linking law: practical guidelines for delivering law to rural Victoria using e-learning technologies

These guidelines have arisen from a research project funded by the Telematics Trust and completed by the Centre for Rural Regional Law and Justice (CRRLJ), in the Deakin University School of Law. The guidelines provide information, analysis and practical tips for organisations seeking to use digital technologies to enhance general and professional legal education for people living in remote, rural and regional (RRR) Victoria. In many cases, standard good practice in the use of these technologies is all that is needed to include people living in RRR areas effectively in community and professional education. Many metropolitan participants can also benefit from the availability of low-bandwidth options, recordings, provision for individual online access to videoconferenced events, etc. The document begins with an overview of the landscape for digitally based legal community and professional education in RRR Victoria. The major part of the document then presents the guidelines, highlighting a range of factors reflecting important practical and pedagogical concerns, including access, cost, need for specialist information technology (IT) support, cohort size, and ability to support particular learning designs and types of communication.

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Authors: Dracup, Mary
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Guide
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Demographics; Technology;

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Patterns of student enrolment and attrition in Australian open access online education: a preliminary case study

Swinburne University of Technology has experienced tremendous growth in open access online learning and as such is typical of the many Australian institutions that have ventured into online tertiary education. While research in online education continues to expand, comparatively little investigates students' enrolment and attrition. This research examines commencing enrolment and associated student withdrawal data, as well as performance scores from eight units forming a marketing major for an open access online undergraduate degree. Since data were collected over a five year period, trends and patterns within a substantial online undergraduate program can be explored. The paper discusses the challenges of analysing enrolment data. Initial findings suggest that retention strategies should be designed according to the stage students are at in their studies. Furthermore, the research informs the prioritisation and development of more effective enrolment and performance data reporting capabilities, which in turn would benefit student management and retention.

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Authors: Greenland, Steven J.; Moore, Catherine
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Open praxis
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Higher education; Students; Participation;

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Using digital technologies to implement distance education for incarcerated students: a case study from an Australian regional university

As universities become increasingly reliant on the online delivery of courses for distance education, those students without access to the Internet are increasingly marginalised. Among those most marginalised are incarcerated students who are often from low socio-economic status backgrounds and have limited access to resources. This article reports on four projects that incrementally build on each other, three of which are completed, at the University of Southern Queensland that seek to provide access to higher education for incarcerated students. These projects developed a modified version of Moodle, called Stand Alone Moodle (SAM), which doesn't require Internet access, but provides the same level of access and interactivity as regular Moodle. Ebook readers were also used in two of the projects. A description of the projects, a summary of the results and issues is provided. The projects will be extended to deploy Stand Alone Moodle and tablet computers to correctional centres across Australia with a focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

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Authors: Farley, Helen Sara; Doyle, Joanne
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Queensland; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Open praxis
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Disadvantaged; Teaching and learning; Students;

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MOOCs and the funnel of participation

Massive online open courses (MOOCs) are growing substantially in numbers, and also in interest from the educational community. MOOCs offer particular challenges for what is becoming accepted as mainstream practice in learning analytics. Partly for this reason, and partly because of the relative newness of MOOCs as a widespread phenomenon, there is not yet a substantial body of literature on the learning analytics of MOOCs. However, one clear finding is that drop-out/non-completion rates are substantially higher than in more traditional education. This paper explores these issues, and introduces the metaphor of a 'funnel of participation' to reconceptualise the steep drop-off in activity, and the pattern of steeply unequal participation, which appear to be characteristic of MOOCs and similar learning environments.

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Authors: Clow, Doug
Conference name: International Learning Analytics and Knowledge Conference
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Higher education; Participation; Outcomes;

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Using strategic learning for achieving growth in SMEs

It is important that small and medium sized companies (SMEs) survive/remain successful and achieve growth but they should find new, innovative ways of doing business to allow them to access new markets. Often they have limited resources, managers do not have time to learn new skills but the industry in which they operate has moved on. The use of new technologies for business and learning requires costs and other resources which are often missing. This paper will examine the use of e-learning and social approaches to learning such as communities of practice, social media and mentoring in managerial learning at a strategic level. Finally some examples of ongoing developments in European projects that the authors have worked on are given.

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Authors: Hamburg, Ileana; O'Brien, Emma
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Europe
Journal title: Journal of information technology and application in education
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Industry; Management; Teaching and learning;

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The potential social, economic and environmental benefits of MOOCs: operational and historical comparisons with a massive 'closed online' course

Massive online open courses (MOOCs) have recently become a much discussed development within higher education. Much of this debate focuses on the philosophical and operational similarities and differences between the types of MOOCs that have emerged to date, the learner completion rates and how they can be sustained. In contrast there has been much less discussion about how such courses do, or do not, fit in with existing higher education policy and practice in terms of the social, economic and environmental benefits. This paper begins to address this issue by comparing and contrasting current MOOCs with one large population [information and communications technology] ICT-enhanced, mostly online Open University UK course presented a decade earlier and how they have both served, or might serve, broader social, economic or environmental objectives. The paper concludes that while MOOCs are forcing a re-conceptualisation of higher education study, much can also be learned from previous and existing large population mainly online courses from open universities.

Massive online open courses (MOOCs) have recently become a much discussed development within higher education. Much of this ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Lane, Andy; Caird, Sally; Weller, Martin
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Great Britain; Europe
Journal title: Open praxis
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Technology; Higher education;

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Can MOOCs and existing e-learning efficiency paradigms help reduce college costs?

E-learning enrollments in post-secondary education are growing significantly but the annual cost of tuition continues to increase more than inflation. Does this mean that e-learning cannot reduce costs? After describing some salient details of the tuition cost problem, this article examines four paradigms that have the potential to reduce tuition significantly over the long term, perhaps by half. First, it reviews the effects of free massively open on-line courses (MOOCs) and the new [Massachusetts Institute of Technology] MIT/Harvard Ed X project. Second, it describes the underutilized but highly scalable National Center for Academic Transformation's (NCAT) course redesign paradigm, capable of reducing aggregate administrative and teaching costs by billions annually, and examines problems associated with its wider deployment. Third, Western Governors University's competency-based approach is presented as another way of drastically reducing labor costs while increasing availability of college courses to low income students. Finally, the export/import approach is introduced, in which MOOCs for credit become available (at a fee) beyond the offering institutions, thereby setting up a disruptive, but potentially highly economical reduction in faculty and administrative labor expense.

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Authors: Ruth, Stephen
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Unites States; North America
Journal title: International journal of technology in teaching and learning
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Economics; Higher education; Technology;

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MOOCs: cutting through the hype

The [massive open online course] MOOC hype has been building since they first launched in 2011. These massively open online courses offered huge disruptive potential to the world of higher education. Everyone from commentators in mainstream media and the trade press to investors, educators, and administrators watched as enrollment in these courses soared to unprecedented heights. MOOCs have emerged at a time when other pressures on the market are making an impact, including the high and rising costs of attending higher education institutions, and the increasing use of technology to help deliver education. Today's students are carefully weighing whether higher education will be worth their while, particularly in markets such as the US where costs are extremely high. [This report] takes a deeper look at MOOCs and their impact on this market, their influence on students and learning, and how student expectations affect business models.

The [massive open online course] MOOC hype has been building since they first launched in 2011. These massively open online ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Worlock, Kate; Ricci, Laura
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Higher education; Innovation; Technology;

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Prospects for success of MOOC in higher education in India

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are witnessing a huge demand among students, with the majority of Indian students enrolling in foreign universities. When elite colleges are offering courses free of cost to students, it is definitely an offer hard to resist. Coursera, a major player in the MOOC sector gets the second highest enrollments from India. It is time to develop a strategy for launching MOOCs in India. This paper proposes a framework for the success of MOOCs in India to revolutionize the current education sector. If accurately implemented, the massive and economic nature of MOOCs can provide a solution to the problems of the youth, along with changing the dynamics of education delivery methods currently followed in India. The objective of the paper is to focus on providing a framework beneficial for the learner, trainer, university and industry.

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are witnessing a huge demand among students, with the majority of Indian students ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Devgun, Puja
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: India; Asia
Journal title: International journal of information and computation technology
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Teaching and learning; Innovation;

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Has Web 2.0 revitalized informal learning?: the relationship between Web 2.0 and informal learning

Learning is becoming increasingly self-directed and often occurs away from schools and other formal educational settings. The development of a myriad of new technologies for learning has enabled people to learn anywhere and anytime. Web 2.0 technology allows researchers to shed a new light on the importance and prevalence of informal learning. However, there are few empirical studies that support the claim that this technology facilitates informal learning. The present study investigates the relationship between Web 2.0 levels and the evaluation of informal learning websites. For this purpose, 287 informal learning websites were selected and their Web 2.0 levels were rated based upon eight criteria proposed in the Web 2.0 exploratory literature. In addition, previously examined informal learning evaluation results were employed. The results showed that current informal learning websites have moderately adopted the most heavily promoted features of Web 2.0. Correlation analyses showed a positive relationship between Web 2.0 features and informal learning website ratings. The implications for the relationship and internal correlations of variables [are] summarized and discussed.

Learning is becoming increasingly self-directed and often occurs away from schools and other formal educational settings. ...  Show Full Abstract  

Authors: Song, D.; Lee, J.
Date: 2014
Journal title: Journal of computer assisted learning
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Teaching and learning; Evaluation

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