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RECENT RECORDS

Gamification: a new key for enhancing engagement in MOOCs on energy?
Rincón-Flores, Elvira G.; Mena, Juanjo; Ramírez Montoya, María Soledad
Gamification is an innovative educational strategy that uses elements of games for educational purposes, including the completion of appealing challenges to increase student levels of engagement and learning. The ...
Posted January 19, 2021

Use of Hybrid Classroom and Open Educational Resources: Experience gained from a university in Hong Kong
Dragicevic, Nikolina; Pavlidou, Ioanna; Tsui, Eric
Hybrid classroom, which combines face-to-face and online learning, is becoming a popular way of delivering courses in higher education and a subject of growing interest in academic literature. At the same time, the ...
Posted January 19, 2021

Trends in MOOCs Research: Analysis of Educational Technology Journals
Babori, Abdelghani
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have received a great deal of interest from educational institutions and private enterprises. Hence, several empirical studies and reviews have been produced. They will be at the ...
Posted January 19, 2021

Open Educational Resources in Canada 2020
McGreal, Rory
COVID 19 has had a wide impact on education internationally and specifically in Canada, with nearly all institutions now transitioning to online education, with many learning for the first time about Open Educational ...
Posted January 14, 2021

Challenges and Opportunities for MOOCs in Indian Higher Education
Banwari, Vijeta
This paper examines the role of Massive online open courses (MOOCs) in Indian higher education. MOOCs have a major role to play in increasing Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) in Higher Education. One of the biggest problems ...
Posted January 14, 2021

Are Universities Ready to Recognize Open Online Learning?
Tereseviciene, Margarita; Trepule, Elena; Dauksiene, Estela; Tamoliune, Giedre; Costa, Nilza
Fast development of technologies, changing needs of digital learners and other aspects of the digital era have had a major impact on universities and their learning management procedures. Access to information online, ...
Posted January 14, 2021

Preliminary Report on the Draft Recommendation Concerning Open Educational Resources (OER)
UNESCO
1. This document is prepared further to 39C/Resolution 44 of the UNESCO General Conference, and a follow-up to ‘the Study on International Collaboration on Open Educational Resources (OER) (201 EX/Decision 9), which ...
Posted January 14, 2021

Return on Investment from an Open Online Course on Open Educational Resources
Panda, Santosh
While it has been objectively authenticated that textbooks and associated assignments have for years significantly contributed to increasing student engagement and enhancing student academic performance (Darwin, 2011; ...
Posted January 13, 2021

Open is not forever: a study of vanished open access journals
Laakso, Mikael; Matthias, Lisa; Jahn, Najko
The preservation of the scholarly record has been a point of concern since the beginning of knowledge production. With print publications, the responsibility rested primarily with librarians, but the shift towards ...
Posted January 13, 2021

Opening World Regional Geography: A Case Study
Finlayson, Caitlin
A growing body of research has demonstrated that open educational resources (OER) provide an opportunity for improvements in learning outcomes compared to traditional texts. This project builds on the Open Education ...
Posted January 13, 2021