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Journal Issue
Volume 16 Issue 1 / Feb 2018  pp1‑79

Editor: Rikke Ørngreen, Karin Levinsen

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Students’ and Instructor’s Perspective on the use of Blackboard Platform for Delivering an Engineering Course  pp1‑15

Jacek Uziak, M. Tunde Oladiran, Edmund Lorencowicz, Kurt Becker

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Going on Safari: The Design and Development of an Early Years Literacy iPad Application to Support Letter‑Sound Learning  pp16‑29

Sophie McKenzie, Aaron Spence, Maria Nicholas

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Familiarity with Technology among First‑Year Students in Rwandan Tertiary Education  pp30‑45

Jean Claude Byungura, Henrik Hansson, Mugabe Muparasi, Ben Ruhinda

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A Literature Review of the Factors Influencing E‑Learning and Blended Learning in Relation to Learning Outcome, Student Satisfaction and Engagement  pp46‑55

Anne-Mette Nortvig, Anne Kristine Petersen, Søren Hattesen Balle

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Beyond Stalemate: Seeking Solutions to Challenges in Online and Blended Learning Programs  pp56‑66

Paula Charbonneau-Gowdy

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Abstract

Concerned calls for more empirical research in the area of fully or blended online learning approaches have yet to be heeded. The concern is not unwarranted given that most higher learning institutions worldwide are moving increasingly to partial or complete online course offerings. Our own work in this area has been directed at uncovering challenges in Virtual Learning Environments (VLE’s), particularly those related to participatory issues that are being recognized in educational scholarship from a sociocultural perspective as the essence of successful learning, regardless of the field. The high stakes involved in learners´ proactive and critical participation in knowledge building through social interaction online, as opposed to passive assimilation, are closely connected to effective programs and their desired outcomes. We have argued that understanding the barriers that prevent these participatory practices involves a multifaceted perspective, including the voices of learners, and importantly, teaching practitioners. The significant quantitative and qualitative data we have generated in the different phases of our longitudinal inquiry using case study methodology have revealed disturbing challenges in the programs. These issues are primarily rooted in the degree of active participation on the part of many learners, especially in essential social interactive practices and this despite the commitment, enthusiasm and support of instructors for the VLE modality. Yet without significant student engagement and responsive participation not only are learning goals jeopardized, but so too is the underlying cost structure that often is assumed to support such programs. We are left with seeking a way forward. To do so, in this paper, we apply the investigative work we have done to emerging frameworks for evaluating these online programs. Our aim is to uncover a clear and evidenced‑based argument for solutions to offer to key stakeholders and concrete steps they can take for improving their blended modality program offerings. The results of this exercise we believe provide an accessible roadmap for action for the large‑scale online program in our investigation and new insight for online learning more broadly. 

 

Keywords: Program evaluation framework, Virtual Learning Environments, large-scale online programs, social e-learning approaches

 

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Navigational Acts and Discourse: Fostering Learner Agency in Computer‑Assisted Language Learning  pp67‑76

Janine Knight, Elena Barbera

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Editorial for EJEL Volume 16 Issue 1  pp77‑78

Karin Levinsen, Rikke Ørngreen

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