Monthly Archives: March 2014

MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching

A Longitudinal Comparison of Course Delivery Modes of an Introductory Information Systems Course and the Subsequent Information Systems Course
Kathleen Burns, Mary “Mimi” Duncan, Donald C. Sweeney II, Jeremy W. North, and William A. Ellegood

Changing the Conversation: Facebook as a Venue for Online Class Discussion in Higher Education
Mike Kent

 

Abstracts of papers in this issue



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Research Papers

A Longitudinal Comparison of Course Delivery Modes of an Introductory Information Systems Course and the Subsequent Information Systems Course
Kathleen Burns, Mary “Mimi” Duncan, Donald C. Sweeney II, Jeremy W. North, and William A. Ellegood

453

Students’ Perceptions of Social Presence: Rhetorical and Relational Goals Across Three Mediated Instructional Designs
Brandi N. Frisby, Anthony M. Limperos, Rachael A. Record, Edward P. Downs, and Sarah E. Kercsmar

468

Perceptions of Gender-Based Barriers for Men in an Online Nursing Completion Program Compared to Traditional On-Campus Nursing Programs
John R. Kirk, Chad E. O’Lynn, and Michael K. Ponton

481

Listening to the Learner: Graduate Teacher Education Students’ Preferences for Asynchronous Content Delivery
Douglas W. Smith

489

Teaching Social Studies Online: An Exemplar for Examining the Broader Implications of Online Methods Courses in Teacher Education
Christina M. Tschida and Brian Sevier

500

Foreign Language Learners’ Use and Perception of Online Dictionaries: A Survey Study
Li Jin and Elizabeth Deifell

515

It Can Be Taught: Explorations into Teaching the Foundations for Multicultural Effectiveness
Randall E. Osborne, Paul Kriese, and John M. Davis

534

Case Studies

Changing the Conversation: Facebook as a Venue for Online Class Discussion in Higher Education
Mike Kent

546

Integrating Social Media in an Online Graduate Youth Development Course
Kimberly Allen and Dede Nelson

566

Incorporating the Experiential Learning Cycle into Online Classes
Undrahbuyan Baasanjav

575

Position Paper

Instructional Design Interventions for Supporting Self-Regulated Learning: Enhancing Academic Outcomes in Postsecondary E-Learning Environments
Frances A. Rowe and Jennifer A. Rafferty

590
Digital Critical Dialogue: A Process for Implementing Transformative Discussion Practices within Online Courses in Higher Education
Jason T. Hilton
602

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A free education online: too good to be true? – video debate

A free education online: too good to be true? – video debate

A very interesting debate on MOOCs. (The Guardian)A free education online: too good to be true? – video debate

The promise: free education for all. The reality: the well-educated elite tweak their qualifications. When universities began offering Moocs – free online courses open to all – the idea was that people in developing countries would get access to the best teachers in the world. But so far the […]

Ajit Narayanan: A word game to communicate in any language

language - symbols

While working with kids who have trouble speaking, Ajit Narayanan sketched out a way to think about language in pictures, to relate words and concepts in “maps.” The idea now powers an app that helps nonverbal people communicate, and the big idea behind it, a language concept called FreeSpeech, has exciting potential.

Ajit Narayanan is the inventor of Avaz, an affordable, tablet-based communication device for people who are speech-impaired.

My Teacher Is an App Episode guide

My Teacher Is an App Episode guide

A short series on BBC Radio looking at the phenomenal changes in education being brought about by technology.

Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology

Emerging Nations Embrace Internet, Mobile Technology

Cell Phones Nearly Ubiquitous in Many Countries Survey Report

Meanwhile, smartphones are still relatively rare, although significant minorities own these devices in countries such as Lebanon, Chile, Jordan and China.

People around the world are using their cell phones for a variety of purposes, especially for texting and taking pictures, while smaller numbers also use their phones to get political, consumer and health information. Mobile technology is also changing economic life in parts of Africa, where many are using cell phones to make or receive payments.

In a remarkably short period of time, internet and mobile technology have become a part of everyday life for some in the emerging and developing world. Cell phones, in particular, are almost omnipresent in many nations. The internet […]