eLearning literature and resources collection

A collection of literature (eg articles) and resources (eg videos) that adds to the practice base for eLearning in education, with an educational technology focus. See also Flinders Academic Commons, a showcase for the research outputs of Flinders University staff


        
 
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Article title:  How to use online learning tools to increase interaction and improve learning outcomes
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This blog post provides useful tips for helping learners interact with content, other learners, the interface, and the instructor. Tools are mentioned to facilitate interaction. These tools are not always useful or the best option for FLO, but the ideas are sound and can be adapted for Flinders' learning environment.

URL:  Ted Curran blog post
Article category:  Learning online
Author/website name:  Curran, Ted
Publication date:  2013
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Article title:  A new pedagogy is emerging...and online learning is a key contributing factor
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This article looks at what is triggering the new pedagogy (trends, key elements), Three emerging pedagogical trends are identified: opening up of learning; sharing of power between teacher and learner; and increased use of technology

The Pockets of Innovation series features innovations emerging from these trends that demonstrate key elements (hybrid learning, collaborative approaches, use of multimedia etc). Useful for ideas and an international perspective.

Implications and questions include What new roles are students taking in their online or hybrid/blended learning and how has this changed your teaching practice?

URL:  Contact North article
Article category:  Teaching online
Author/website name:  Contact North
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Article title:  Exploring teaching approaches in blended learning
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This article explores outcomes of studies of blended learning (including communities of inquiry), and in particular focuses on a Hong Kong university case study across a range of disciplines. The results looked at four teaching approaches: providing online resources; supporting specific pedagogy (PBL, evidence-based practice); focusing on online discussion; and enhancing course management and delivery.

Key message

'...the design of online activities plays a critical role in arousing students' interests, engagement and motivation, especially at the launching stage of blended learning' (Yuen, Deng, Fox & Tavares, 2009) (p 20).

URL:  Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education article
Article category:  Blended learning
Author/website name:  Yuen, Allan H K
Publication date:  2011
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Article title:  When teaching meets learning: design principles and strategies for web-based learning environments that support knowledge construction
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A great table on old and new assumptions around learning (Table 1). Six principles for design that support constructivism: 

  1. Choose meaningful contexts for the learning
  2. Choose the learning activities ahead of the content
  3. Choose open-ended and ill-structured tasks
  4. Make the resources plentiful
  5. Provide supports for the learning
  6. Use authentic assessment activities

Opportunities for healthy debate around some of these principles! 

URL:  ASCILITE 2000 conference paper
Article category:  Educational design
Author/website name:  Oliver, Ron
Publication date:  2000
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Article title:  Implementing the seven principles: technology as lever
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'Since the Seven Principles of Good Practice were created in 1987, new communication and information technologies have become major resources for teaching and learning in higher education. If the power of the new technologies is to be fully realized, they should be employed in ways consistent with the Seven Principles.'

These seven principles are considered to be good teaching practice at Flinders University.

This essay talks about technology options and ideas relating to the seven principles, so good for prompting further thinking and practice.

URL:  The TLT Group
Article category:  Teaching online
Author/website name:  Chickering, Arthur W & Ehrmann, Stephen C
Publication date:  2008
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Article title:  From face-to-face teaching to online teaching: pedagogical transitions
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This paper shares 'the experiences of two instructors as they moved from teaching in a face-to-face environment to blended teaching and then to online teaching.' The instructors' professional development and personal experiences are documented as they progress to being confident in the elearning environment. They recognised the need to change their pedagogical practice for online. Observations about discussion forums and design of the elearning space are particularly useful.

URL:  Ascilite 2011 paper
Article category:  Blended learning
Author/website name:  Redmond, P
Publication date:  2011
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Article title:  Online forum discussion interactions as an indicator of student community
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Given the current diversity of communication tools at an educator's disposal, what role (if any) does the discussion forum play in the development of a strong sense of community among students? 

This article defines community, and discusses the approach to and results of a study of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Some good tips for educators are provided, considering quantity and quality of posts, and social presence online.

URL:  Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 22, 4, 495-510
Article category:  Social presence
Author/website name:  Dawson, Shane
Publication date:  2006
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Article title:  How to prepare and moderate online discussions for online learning
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There is substantial research to indicate that the quality of discussion can be as high, if not higher, online as in class, so long as ‘best practices’ are used. Many of the features that are true for developing good discussion in class are also true for online discussion, but there are also ways to ensure high-quality discussions and the participation of most students (13 pages, PDF file).

URL:  Contact North Tips & Tools article
Article category:  Learning activities
Author/website name:  Contact North
Publication date:  2013
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Article title:  Identity presence and knowledge building: joint emergence in online learning environments?
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This study examined the presence of identity in diverse online courses and explored how presence of identity correlated with content and students’ participation in online discussion forums and hence knowledge building in online educational spaces.

URL:  International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 6, 3, 349-370
Article category:  Learning activities
Author/website name:  Ke, Fengfeng, Chavez, Alicia F, Causarano, Pei-Ni L & Causarano, Antonio
Publication date:  2011
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Article title:  A blended community of inquiry approach: linking student engagement and course redesign
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This article looks at course redesign with a focus on an inquiry learning model. It acknowledges the challenging nature of course redesign, and discusses the process adopted and outcomes. The four categories of the Garrison et al (2000) practical inquiry model – triggering event, exploration, integration and resolution – are used to describe and examine the inquiry process in an Inquiry Through Blended Learning (ITBL) program.

Key points

The steps for developing the program are outlined and detailed – this is useful for a faculty process, and includes evaluation of the program (students and staff). Students were included in the discussions.

URL:  Internet and Higher Education, 13, 60-65
Article category:  Blended learning
Author/website name:  Vaughan, Norman D
Publication date:  2010
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