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Learners’ Participation, Retention and Success in e-learning: An Annotated Bibliography – Education Counts

Via Scoop.itThe eLearning Site
Publication Details: This report gives an overview of the literature on tertiary learners’ participation, retention and success in e-learning. We selected a large selection of research literature which consisted of both published research from journals, books and the internet and ‘grey’ literature that included project reports, unpublished theses and dissertations and reports commissioned by government agencies.   Author(s): Peter Guiney, Tertiary Sector Performance Analysis Date Published: February 2012   Key Findings: The key finding of this annotated bibliography are: – Teaching practices and pedagogies, institutional support and student characteristics and attitudes are all critical in tertiary learners’ retention and success in e-learning. Of particular importance are appropriate teacher-student interactions. Courses need to be designed to incorporate e-learning’s strengths. This includes selecting appropriate technology and ensuring that e-learning is linked to assessments and authentic learning experiences.   – For best results, institutions need to provide ‘user-friendly’ systems, processes and appropriate pastoral and technical support. Students also need motivation, self-direction and independence as well as having prior experience in e-learning. Students with positive attitudes towards technology tend to do better in e-learning than learners with negative attitudes towards technology.   – E-learning provides additional flexibility to traditional delivery by allowing students to study at a time, place and pace of their choosing. E-learning can also reduce isolation by better connecting learners to their peers, teachers and institutions – especially for learners studying part-time or through distance education.   – E-learning can provide greater access to a wider range of resources and experts than is available through traditional delivery. The fact that all students can equally access these experts and resources is of benefit to non-mainstream learner groups e.g. disabled students.   – The evidence supporting younger learners being more successful than their older peers in e-learning is inconclusive. While some studies support the assertion that younger learners are more effective in e-learning, others do not.

What Forty Years of Research Says About the Impact of Technology on Learning

Via Scoop.itThe eLearning Site
REVIEW OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH March 2011 vol. 81 no. 1 4-28 Authors: Rana M. Tamim, Hamdan Bin Mohammed,Robert M. Bernard, Eugene Borokhovski, Philip C. Abrami, Richard F. Schmid Abstract This research study employs a second-order meta-analysis procedure to summarize 40 years of research activity addressing the question, does computer technology use affect student achievement in formal face-to-face classrooms as compared to classrooms that do not use technology? A study-level meta-analytic validation was also conducted for purposes of comparison. An extensive literature search and a systematic review process resulted in the inclusion of 25 meta-analyses with minimal overlap in primary literature, encompassing 1,055 primary studies. The random effects mean effect size of 0.35 was significantly different from zero. The distribution was heterogeneous under the fixed effects model. To validate the second-order meta-analysis, 574 individual independent effect sizes were extracted from 13 out of the 25 meta-analyses. The mean effect size was 0.33 under the random effects model, and the distribution was heterogeneous. Insights about the state of the field, implications for technology use, and prospects for future research are discussed.

Mobile Learning: A Handbook for Educators and Trainers (The Open and Flexible Learning Series) – Agnes Kukulska-Hulme; John Traxler download, read, buy online | e-Books

Via Scoop.itThe eLearning Site
Abstract: This book is a timely introduction to the emerging field of mobile learning, explaining the technologies involved, their applications and the multiple effects on pedagogical and social practice Mobile devices include handheld computers, smartphones and PDAs, and this book will emphasise the issues of usability, accessibility, evaluation and effectiveness, drawing from case studies written by researchers and practitioners

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Randomized trial of an eLearning program for training family members of children with autism in the principles and procedures of applied behavior analysis

J Jang, DR Dixon, J Tarbox, D Granpeesheh… – Research in Autism …, 2012
Abstract Effective training of caregivers is an integral part of top-quality treatment programs
for individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). However, traditional caregiver training
can be time consuming and costly. The development of Web-based electronic training

[PDF] Security of Information in University Elearning Systems

R Grzybowski – COMPUTER, 2011
Abstract. The increase in popularity of university eLearning platforms, supporting traditional
methods of education, as well as new communication tools development, make the security
issues of information stored in these systems becoming increasingly important. The

Using PDF Documents for Rapid Authoring of Reusable Elearning Content in LOXtractor

F Schulz
The prototype of a rapid authoring tool for reusable learning objects, LOXtractor was
extended with the ability for importing PDF files and for direct input of plain text. The ability to
process PDF files was a major step forward to the goal of creating an application that

[PDF] Why Software Product Lines for a family of eLearning Systems {9 Existing+ 13 New+ X Variants} has worked? and Why is it not enough?

S Chimalakonda…
ABSTRACT In this paper, we present our experience of mining a product line from 9 existing
eLearning Systems developed at 9 different locations by 9 different teams following 9 varied
development processes over a decade. We explain the unique nature of these eLearning …


Abstract The Pace of eLearning is going high and high since most of the higher education
institutions are using web-based instruction system for teaching their online courses. To
implement web-based learning environment teacher’s acceptance and efficacy of new

[PDF] Collaborative eLearning in a Developing Country: A University Case Study in Uganda

EK Kahiigi, H Hansson, M Danielson, FF Tusubira…
Abstract: Universities in developing countries are increasingly adopting and using
eLearning in their teaching and learning processes as one of the means for leapfrogging
into the knowledge driven world. However, despite the recognition eLearning has

Interactions in Online Education: Implications for Theory and Practice (The Open and Flexible Learning Series) [Hardcover]

Interactivity is at the very heart of learning and is evident at all levels of engagement, whether between fellow students, students and tutors, online learning materials or interfacing with the learning environment.

Covering both theory and the practical implications of the issues discussed, this book provides international perspectives on key topics including: analysing and designing e-learning interactions, social and conceptual dimensions of learning, interactions in online discussions, interactions in peer learning and professional development of online facilitators.

It is essential reading for all those involved in the design, implementation, management and use of open and flexible learning.

Kindle and Rental Editions also available

Educause Quarterly

U-Pace: Facilitating Academic Success for All Students

By Diane M. Reddy, Raymond Fleming, Laura E. Pedrick, Katie A. Ports, Jessica L. Barnack-Tavlaris, Alicia M. Helion, and Rodney A. Swain

Cyber Peer-Led Team Learning (cPLTL): Development and Implementation

By Kevin Mauser, John Sours, Julianna Banks, Randy Newbrough, Tom Janke, Lorie Shuck, Lin Zhu, Gina Ammerman, and Pratibha Varma-Nelson

Creating a Learning Flow: A Hybrid Course Model for High-Failure-Rate Math Classes

By Katherine Stevenson and Louis Zweier

Lessons Learned from Adopting Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning in Oman

By David S. Porcaro and Ali S. Al Musawi

Creating an Online Global Health Course and Game

By Brent A. Anders, Deborah J. Briggs, Shalin Hai-Jew, Zachary Caby, and Mary Werick

Pedagogy and Space: Empirical Research on New Learning Environments

By J. D. Walker, D. Christopher Brooks, and Paul Baepler

Clicker Implementation Models

By Peter J.T. White, David G. Delaney, David Syncox, Oscar Avila Akerberg, and Brian Alters

Perceptions of Presentation Capture in Counselor Education

By Robert Gibson and Ann Miller

The Kansas State University Human Nutrition (HN 400) Flexbook

By Brian L. Lindshield and Koushik Adhikari

A Study of Four Textbook Distribution Models

By Benjamin Graydon, Blake Urbach-Buholz, and Cheryl Kohen


The Student Success Plan: Case Management and Intervention Software

By Russ Little

The Blended Learning Toolkit: Improving Student Performance and RetentionVital

By Thomas B. Cavanagh

Next Generation Learning Challenge: Simulating Teaching

By David Gibson and Stacy Kruse

Harnessing the Power of Technology, Openness, and Collaboration

By Josh Baron and Kim Thanos

Open Educational Resources: The Bridge to Success Project

By David Lascu

Mobile-Enhanced Inquiry-Based Learning: A Collaborative Study

By Cynthia Powell, Scott Perkins, and Scott Hamm with Rob Hatherill, Louise Nicholson, and Dwayne Harapnuik

Using Multi-Node Tools for Student Success in Non-Major Science Classes

By Kristin Redington Bennett and A. Daniel Johnson

The Phased Triangulation Evaluation Model (PTEM)

By David R. Lavoie

Web Video: Old Rules, No Rules, or New Rules?

By Peter J. Fadde and Patricia Sullivan

Bridging Old and New: Video Guides to Assigned Readings

By Richard F. Olivo

Evaluating Student Writing with Adobe Acrobat Pro

By Jenny Crisp

GGrading: Digital Grading with Google Apps

By Michael Livingston

The Syllabus and a 21st Century Education

By Rey Rosales



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