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Does supply always come on the heels of demand?: matches and mismatches in e-learning

Developing sustainable e-learning requires a better understanding of the perceptions and preferences of e-learning providers and e-learners on the four crucial dimensions for e-learning success including pedagogies, technologies, learning resources and management of learning resources. There is, however, little research on evaluating whether these critical dimensions are perceived as critical by e-learning providers and e-learners. To address this issue, this study investigates the gap between e-learners' and e-learning providers' perceptions and preferences on these critical dimensions for e-learning effectiveness. Such an investigation paves the way for developing appropriate measures to reduce the gap between the supply and the demand for sustainable e-learning.

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Authors: Sridharan, Bhavani; Deng, Hepu; Kinshuk
Date: 2014
Journal title: Issues in educational research
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Outcomes; Providers of education and training;

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Users' perspectives on tour-guide training courses using 3D tourist sites

Taiwan is currently attempting to develop itself into a 21st century tourist hub to take advantage of today's thriving global tourism economy. In the coming years, Taiwan anticipates an urgent demand for tour guides, and there is a clear need for training solutions that can serve a rapidly growing population. Computer-mediated virtual [three dimensional] 3D situated tourist sites (3D-STS) may provide an efficient solution. This study investigates users' perspectives on a specially developed tour-guide training course employing 3D-STS technology. After participants completed the course, their responses to a survey questionnaire and follow-up interviews were compiled for statistical analysis. The results indicated that the overall experience of 3D-STS was satisfactory for trainees and showed a significant difference in the perspectives on 3D-STS of male and female trainees. However, one essential limitation of the study, that is, insufficient familiarity with the multiple advanced technologies, must be acknowledged. This could be a major obstacle for some users, interfering with their ability to access and process e-learning content. For more effective training outcomes for tour guides, the dynamic nature of 3D-STS as well as the characteristics of course content for tour guides should be considered carefully.

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Authors: Chen, Yu-Fen; Mo, Huai-en
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Taiwan; Asia
Journal title: Australasian journal of educational technology
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Teaching and learning; Traineeship;

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Policy and barriers related to implementing adult e-learning in Taiwan

The work quality of public servants directly affects a country's administrative performance, and the Taiwan government has recently invested a considerable amount of funds in constructing e-government learning platforms and developing digital courses to provide all public servants with sufficient on-the-job training and enhance the quality of human resources. Therefore, the circumstances under which public servants use e-government learning platforms warrant investigation. In this study, questionnaires were used to collect data for quantitative research, and a theoretical model was created to clarify the impact of 'barrier factors' and 'policy factors' on e-government learning. These factors have been examined inadequately in previous research on the theory of e-learning behaviour. The results presented here show that barrier factors and policy factors strongly influence the willingness of public servants to use e-learning systems, and these factors explain more than 80 per cent of the variance in users' behavioural intention. These results revealed the characteristics of the research participants, and the findings can be used as a reference in future studies and by management agencies responsible for providing e-government learning. Furthermore, these results might facilitate further research on and the practice of adult e-learning.

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Authors: Chung, Hsiu-Ying; Lee, Gwo-Guang; Liu, Shih-Hwa
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Taiwan; Asia
Journal title: Australian journal of adult learning
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Lifelong learning; Adult and community education;

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Sustaining e-learning innovations: literature review

This literature review provides a brief overview of what was discovered from an examination of past research that might guide the authors' investigation of the evidence around sustained e-learning innovations in Australian vocational education and training (VET) organisations.

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Authors: Callan, Victor J.; Bowman, Kaye
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Teaching and learning; Innovation;

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IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (IMS LTI) investigation research report

The purpose of this report is to document the outcomes of research into the potential applications for the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (IMS LTI) specification for collection/learning tool and system communication in the vocational education and training (VET) sector. The research was originally undertaken as part of an investigation into sharing data between student management systems (SMS) and e-portfolio tools but the LTI information was felt to be of wider interest to the sector, which resulted in the creation of this report. The report provides an overview of the LTI specification (contrasting different versions), considers potential uses for the specification and then considers a specific use-case for implementing LTI for accessing and tracking the use of learning objects hosted in the national collection.

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Authors: O'Neill, Owen
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Series name: National VET E-learning Strategy
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Vocational education and training; Technology;

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Distance higher education programmes in a digital era: good practice guide

This guide sets out to clarify the key distinctions between distance and contact education provision in South Africa, and to provide guidelines on how general programme accreditation requirements need to be interpreted for a distance education context and the wide variations thereof, including the effective integration of supporting information and communication technologies (ICTs). The guide is divided into eight sections as follows: introduction and background; a conceptual framework for distance education in a digital era; curriculum design, development and delivery for distance education in a digital era; teaching and learning in distance education in a digital era; assessment in distance education in a digital era; partnerships and collaborations for distance education provision in a digital era; managing distance education provision in a digital era; and concluding remarks. These sections include examples of good practice in distance education. There is also a glossary of terms that are useful in the discussion of distance education provision, and a distance education bibliography.

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Corporate authors: Council on Higher Education (South Africa)
South African Institute for Distance Education (SAIDE)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: South Africa; Africa
Resource type: Guide
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Quality; Higher education;

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Eliminating educational inequality through e-learning: the case of Virtual University of Pakistan

This study aims at examining the role of e-learning in combating the issues of inequality in terms of access and quality in the field of higher education in Pakistan. The education system in Pakistan is mainly characterized by educational disparity. The standard of education is directly proportional to the investment students make in the form of registration and fees. Another important issue is the non-availability of reputed educational institutes in small towns and villages. Unfortunately, very few people from rural areas have access to quality higher education. Virtual University of Pakistan through its distance e-learning mode has come forward to break this trend in social inequality by providing equal educational opportunities to all social classes through its affordable fee structure yet ensuring high standards of teaching.

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Authors: Din, Aisha Muhammad; Jabeen, Sadia
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Pakistan; Asia
Journal title: Open praxis
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Equity; Higher education; Teaching and learning;

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Open access in higher education: strategies for engaging diverse student cohorts

With growth in online education, students gain tertiary qualifications through a mode more suited to their demographics such as work and life balance, learning styles and geographical accessibility. Inevitably this has led to a growth in diversity within student cohorts. The case study described in this paper illustrates strategies based on informed learning design for educating diverse student cohorts in an online program offered by Swinburne University of Technology. The case, an open-access, undergraduate information systems program, attracts mature age students studying while balancing employment and family commitments. The program's open-access facet is the 'no entry requirements' such as prerequisite studies. Hence, many students enter the program via non-traditional pathways bringing significant differences in experience and consequent skill bases. The program's innovative pedagogy encourages students to engage via active learning with tailored assessments, interactive communication via discussion boards and facilitated real-time sessions and formative feedback which include audio components.

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Authors: Signor, Luisa; Moore, Catherine
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Victoria; Australia; Oceania
Journal title: Open praxis
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Higher education; Equity; Participation;

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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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