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Web 2.0 applications as alternative environments for informal learning: a critical review

Enthusiastic educational commentators are casting the internet in a new light through the emergence of so-called 'Web 2.0' technologies, which place learners at the centre of online activities and facilitate supposedly new forms of creation, collaboration, and consumption. [Some] educationalists have even heralded a 'Web 2.0 transformation of learning' with 'potentially groundbreaking implications for the field of education' (Thomas 2008). Yet such enthusiasm has been tempered by a more sceptical reaction throughout other sectors of the educational and technology communities.

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Authors: Selwyn, Neil
Conference name: CERI-KERIS International Expert Meeting on ICT and Educational Performance
Date: 2007
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Technology; Teaching and learning; Research

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Impact of massive open online courses (MOOCs) on employee competencies and innovation

Among the plethora of available tools to enhance employee competencies, massive online open courses (MOOCs) are an emerging phenomenon. Having grown in popularity these courses have recently started penetrating the corporate environments. As MOOCs are still at a very early stage, it is mostly in the last two years that their models and impact are starting to be analysed in scientific articles. The purpose of this work is to understand the exact impact that MOOCs can have on the workforce and especially to innovation which is a key competitive advantage for any corporation and is of paramount importance in knowledge economies.

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Authors: Karnouskos, Stamatis; Holmlund, Martin
Date: 2014
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Globalisation; Teaching and learning; Innovation;

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New strategies and advances in China's open and distance education

The rapid development of information and communication technology (ICT) is transforming the entire world. The application of Internet technology has become a strategic choice for educational reform and development in every country around the world. Within the domain of open and distance education, one of China's key strategies and choices has been to establish and successfully manage the Open University of China (OUC). This paper is oriented towards the overall planning and thinking of successfully operating the OUC from the perspectives of making full use of cloud computing, and developing a new online teaching and learning model and quality assurance system for open and distance education.

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Authors: Zhijian, Yang
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: China; Asia
Journal title: International journal of continuing education and lifelong learning
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Teaching and learning; Higher education;

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Greater access to higher education through communication technologies in sub-Saharan Africa: e-learning readiness of distance education students in Nigeria

This concurrent mixed methods study sought to determine e-learning readiness by distance education students in Nigeria based on their level of communication technology usage and perceptions of distance education delivery methods, and comparing learning experiences via the Internet and via study centre methods in Nigeria. This exploratory study, using a quantitative survey instrument, measured the current levels of students' technology usage, while a qualitative interview instrument was used to examine students' perceptions, attitudes and experiences of communication technology by distance education students in Nigeria.

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Authors: Onovughakpo, Fakinlede Charity
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Nigeria; Africa
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Equity; Higher education; Technology;

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Modifications and accommodations for students with disabilities in vocational education programs

Students with disabilities benefit from differentiated instruction, hands-on learning as well as learning in least restrictive environments alongside regular education students. Lately, there has been an increase of students with disabilities in vocational education (career technical education) programs (Casale-Giannola, 2012). While many vocational education teachers lack pedagogical skills, teaching students with disabilities further creates anxiety for them. These teachers, therefore, need skills to assist this growing population of students with disabilities in their programs. This article describes modifications and accommodations that can be made to a vocational education program in order to level the playing field for students with disabilities. For each of the four vocational education areas: classroom, laboratory, work-based learning, and student organizations, examples of accommodations and modifications for students with disabilities in Health Careers Technologies programs are suggested.

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Authors: Daviso, Rae Lynn; Textor, Angela
Date: 2013
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Journal title: International journal of vocational education and training
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Students; Disability; Vocational education and training;

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Staff perspectives about gamefully designing Charles Darwin University

This paper reports on the initial outcomes of the 'Game On: Exploring Innovative Pedagogies: Using Game Design to Enhance Online Learning Symposium' (Game On Symposium) hosted by Charles Darwin University (CDU) in September 2013. Strategic and effective implementation of game design principles potentially provides CDU with an opportunity to exploit its strengths as a multi-sector institution delivering programs in multiple locations via a range of modalities, pedagogies and technologies that will increase engagement, progression and retention of its students. Whilst games have been acknowledged as effective learning tools (Johnson et al., 2013), there is further need to consider their application and implementation in [vocational education and training] VET and [higher education] HE institutions. Whitton (2012), identified that digital games have the potential to support learning in a variety of contexts. However, whilst many institutions have adopted game-based learning strategies, there is a dearth of evidence of moving from small scale pilots to systemic implementation.

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Authors: Boyle, Alicia; Lockley, Alison; Funk, Johanna
Conference name: Australian Vocational Education and Training Research Association Conference
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Northern Territory; Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Technology; Providers of education and training;

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Exploring learning experiences and outcomes among cardiologists participating in a web conference workshop series

Opportunities for supporting physician continuing professional development (CPD) may exist through careful instructional design and creative use of information and communication technology. The overarching goal of this study was to explore the learning experiences and outcomes of cardiologists participating in a web conference ('webinar') series to understand the factors that can support webinars in being an appealing and satisfying CPD medium for these learners. Cardiologists voluntarily participated in an educational webinar series in which they shared their observations and experiences. Informed by the results of a systematic review of physician eLearning design preferences, this dissertation serves as a mechanism to learn about how webinars can be implemented to support learning and practice change within a population of highly specialized physician learners.

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Authors: Pullen, Carolyn E.
Date: 2012
Geographic subjects: Canada; North America
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Workforce development; Technology; Industry;

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Adopting new technologies for student success: a readiness framework

This report presents a literature-based framework that identifies characteristics associated with colleges' readiness for technology adoption (the RTA framework). The authors illustrate what an adoption-ready college looks like by drawing on fieldwork conducted at six colleges in five states implementing Integrated Planning and Advising Services (IPAS) technologies during the fall of 2013. The RTA framework is particularly focused on ensuring that technology-based reforms lead to end-user adoption and changed practice. For this to occur, colleges must not only have sufficient technological resources, they must also attend to the cultural components of readiness. Notably, the framework acknowledges the existence of various microcultures within an organization - groups of individuals, each with their own culture, norms, and attitudes toward technology. For colleges preparing to embark on technology-based reforms, the RTA framework can provide a vehicle for self-assessment. Engaging in a self-assessment process will highlight areas for development or improvement and provide a roadmap for colleges to develop the conditions that will enable their success in technology-based reforms.

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Authors: Karp, Melinda Mechur; Fletcher, Jeffrey
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: United States; North America
Resource type: Report
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Technology; Culture and society;

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Vocational education readiness in Malaysia on the use of e-portfolios

This study was conducted to identify the readiness of vocational education on the use of e-portfolios in teaching and learning. The sample selected is composed of 60 teachers and 100 students from two Malaysian skills accreditation center[s], namely the Centre for Instructor and Advanced Skill Training (CIAST) and Industrial Training Institute Kuala Lumpur (ILPKL). Aspects studied are (i) the knowledge and skills of the students and instructors in [information and communication technology] ICT applications, (ii) facilities for the implementation of e-portfolios and (iii) student and instructors perceptions of printed portfolio transformation to electronic portfolio. The approach used to collect data is through questionnaires instrument. The data collected was analyzed using descriptive statistical analysis using SPSS 15.0 (Statistical Packages for Social Science). Results showed that: (i) students and instructors have high basic ICT skills and knowledge, (ii) facilities for the of e-portfolio implementation skills training is satisfactory and (iii) students and instructors view print portfolio transformation to electronic portfolios in vocational education needs to be done. However, students are not skilled in applying information technology in learning and integrating new information with existing information.

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Authors: Ruhizan, M. Y.; Norazah, M. N.; Mohd, Bekri R.;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Malaysia; Asia
Journal title: Journal of technical education and training
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Vocational education and training; Technology; Teaching and learning;

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The potential of implementing online professional training development for faculty in the College of Education at King Saud University

This study sought to explore the potential of implementing online professional training development (OPTD) for faculty in the College of Education at King Saud University (KSU) and the barriers that prevent faculty members from participating in OPTD. A descriptive study was used to accomplish the objectives of the study. Data were collected through a web-based survey from 43 faculty members at the College of Education at KSU.

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Authors: Alsadoon, Elham A.
Date: 2009
Geographic subjects: Saudi Arabia; Middle East
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Workforce development; Providers of education and training; Technology;

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