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The impact and reach of MOOCs: a developing countries' perspective

[Massive] open online courses (MOOCs) are a recent but hugely popular phenomenon in the online learning world. They are hailed by many as a solution for the developing world's lack of access to education because MOOCs can provide learning opportunities to a massive number of learners from anywhere in the world as long as they can access the course through Internet. However, a close consideration of the ability of learners from most developing countries to make use of MOOCs seems to contradict this rhetoric. This paper discusses features of MOOCs and looks at them from a developing countries' perspective to conclude that due to a complicated set of conditions ('access', language, computer literacy, among others) prevailing in developing countries, MOOCs may not be a viable solution for education for a large proportion of people in these areas of the world. The paper further shows the need for more data on the demographics of MOOC participants from developing countries to form a better understanding of MOOCs role in educating people from developing countries.

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Authors: Liyanagunawardena, Tharindu; Williams, Shirley; Adams, Andrew
Date: 2013
Journal title: eLearning papers
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Economics; Equity;

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Understanding the MOOC trend: the adoption and impact of massive open online courses

This paper addresses three questions: What makes [massive open online courses] MOOCs different from previous online and open education efforts? Will MOOCs generate a positive return on investment for their providers? What can be learnt from early entrants into large-scale online instruction?

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Authors: Attis, David; Koproske, Colin; Miller, Chris
Date: 2012
Resource type: Paper
Subjects: Higher education; Teaching and learning; Finance;

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Exploring the training needs of older workers in the foodservice industry

The current study explored older workers' perceptions of the training they receive in foodservice establishments, including perceptions of training methods, pace, and the use of technology in training. Data for this study were collected through two focus groups of foodservice employees 55 and older, where participants responded to semi-structured questions about their training experiences. Analysis of the focus group data revealed three overarching themes: (1) need for better leadership, (2) training structure, and (3) pride and enjoyment at work. Respondents emphasized the importance of managerial support, were eager for continued training, perceived the greatest benefit to on-the-job training, and appreciated the use of technology in training but were frustrated with the short time allocated to learning new technologies. Recommendations are made for training practices endorsed by older workers that organizations could adopt to improve the retention and performance of older workers, who are increasingly becoming important to the hospitality industry.

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Authors: Ravichandran, Swathi; Cichy, Kelly E.; Powers, Monica;
Date: 2015
Journal title: International journal of hospitality management
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Employment; Industry; Teaching and learning;

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We can work it out: Australia's changing workforce

In recent years a global recession has changed the global labour force with industries closing down, job lay-offs and increasing unemployment. In addition, Australia has experienced significant structural and technological change that has seen a move from an agricultural based economy to a service based economy. In this report the authors have taken a look at the current state of the Australian labour market - the work that is done, wages, youth unemployment and how Australia compares internationally. Some occupations from the 1990s no longer exist - for example typists and the person running the photocopy room - and new occupations have emerged - for example computer programmers and mobile phone salespeople. The authors suggest that, with these changes added to shifts in demographics and gender and an ageing population, the Australian workforce is a reflection of modern times.

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Authors: Tanton, Robert; Phillips, Ben; Corliss, Michael;
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Australia; Oceania
Resource type: Report
Series name: AMP.NATSEM income and wealth report
Subjects: Labour market; Technology; Demographics;

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Making real the dream of Education for All through open schooling and open universities in Ghana

Although the last three decades have witnessed astronomical increases in enrollment in basic education, the challenges of access, equity, and quality continue to confront countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. In Ghana, education sector policies and reforms have been unable to deal with low transition rates from primary to junior high schools, from junior high schools to senior high schools, and from senior high schools to tertiary level. Children and young students who are unable to continue fail to re-enter because of the absence of complementary or alternative pathways. The old paradigm of physical expansion continues to dominate policies of access. Although several developed and developing countries have used open schooling and open universities to widen access, the success of these programs has been founded on strong policies, commitment of government, and huge investment in technology. Indeed, the future lies with open schooling and open universities.

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Authors: Tagoe, Michael
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Africa; Ghana
Journal title: SAGE open
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Participation; Outcomes; Pathways;

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The impact of technological change as perceived by teaching staff in a technical and further education college

The study involved a 'case study' approach at a large TAFE college in South Australia. Key concepts relating to the new technology and its effect on the TAFE teaching staff were defined and addressed in this study. These concepts related to the introduction of new technology at college level. A questionnaire was circulated and various staff members were interviewed. The study comments upon the influence of new technology in TAFE, focussing upon the effect of the lecturer's level of expertise, as well as its effect on existing curriculum documents. Other key areas include specialist teaching facilities, industrial liaison and student expectations. The data from the study was factor analysed and tabulated and conclusions and recommendations are made.

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Authors: Tippett, Paul Christopher
Date: 1985
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia; South Australia
Resource type: Thesis
Subjects: Technology; Providers of education and training; Innovation;

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Training and development, vol. 41, no. 6, December 2014

Feature articles in this issue include: Personality profiling tools / Liz Payne (pages 7-9); Characteristics of adult learners / Sam Malone (pages 10-13); Inspiring Gen Y employees / Nicholas Barnett (pages 14-15); 2015 learning and technology trend forecast / Hayley Steer and Rebecca Hosking (pages 16-17); PechaKucha: how engaging is your chit-chat? / Lisa Elias (pages 18-19); Gaining efficiencies in your core function / Darshan Shetty (pages 20-21); It's only a model / Kevin Lohan (page 33).

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Corporate authors: Australian Institute of Training and Development (AITD)
New Zealand Association for Training and Development (NZATD)
Date: 2014
Geographic subjects: Oceania; Australia; New Zealand
Resource type: Journal issue
Subjects: Teaching and learning; Students; Employment;

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Transforming 21st century corporate-university engagement: from work-integrated learning (WIL) to learning-integrated work (LIW)

The power of information technology is pervasive in all aspects of modern society, however, according to the author what this trend reflects is a fundamental aspect of the human condition: the natural power of engagement. People want to be connected with people, ideas, and knowledge through unlimited community engagement at home, in the workplace, locally, globally and continually. Technologies are, in fact, tools of engagement inside the workplace among employees, between universities and corporations, and across the globe. Indeed, the concept of engagement may be defined across a variety of contexts and organisations. This commentary examines engagement as it relates to the changing corporate-university partnership and what factors will be essential for the future. Underlying this concept of engagement is the premise that learning is lifelong, occurs in diverse ways, locations, and media, and that work-integrated learning (WIL) is simply the predecessor for learning-integrated work that continues throughout one's professional life. The synergy and potential for learning-integrated work (LIW), however, will be dependent upon a revisioning of employer-university engagement.

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Authors: Rooijen, Maurits van
Date: 2011
Journal title: Journal of cooperative education and internships
Resource type: Article
Subjects: Technology; Providers of education and training; Outcomes;

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29th Annual Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community and Extension Education [proceedings]

This conference provides a forum for practitioners and researchers to discuss practices, concepts, evaluation, and research studies to improve practice in adult education. Through discussion and collaboration, participants will contribute toward the realization of a more humane and just society through lifelong learning.

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Authors: Glowacki-Dudka, Michelle
Conference name: Midwest Research-to-Practice Conference in Adult, Continuing, Community and Extension Education
Date: 2010
Geographic subjects: North America; United States; Africa;
Resource type: Conference
Subjects: Providers of education and training; Skills and knowledge; Research;

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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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