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Journal Issue
Volume 12 Issue 2, ECEL / May 2014  pp126‑226

Editor: Mélanie Ciussi

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Editorial for the Special ECEL Issue of EJEL  pp126‑127

Mélanie Ciussi

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Empowering Knowledge‑Building Pedagogy in Online Environments: Creating Digital Moments to Transform Practice:  pp128‑137

Wendy Barber, Stacey Taylor, Sylvia Buchanan

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Knowledge Sharing: Exploring Institutional Policy and Educator Practice Through Eportfolios In Music And Writing  pp138‑148

Diana Blom, Jennifer Rowley, Dawn Bennett et al

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Wiki Based Collaborative Learning in Interuniversity Scenarios  pp149‑160

Elisabeth Katzlinger, Michael A. Herzog

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Designing for Quality: The Understanding Dementia MOOC  pp161‑171

Carolyn King, Jo-Anne Kelder, Kathleen Doherty et al

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Use of Adaptive Study Material in Education in E‑learning Environment  pp172‑182

Kateřina Kostolányová, Jana Šarmanová

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Blending the Community of Inquiry Framework with Learning by Design: Towards a Synthesis for Blended Learning in Teacher Training  pp183‑194

Katerina Makri, Kyparisia Papanikolaou, Athanasia Tsakiri et al

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A Cross‑Modal Analysis of Learning Experience from a Learners Perspective  pp195‑205

Bernard Nkuyubwatsi

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Abstract

Abstract: Learning experience has been one of the most debated aspects of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Various perceptions on learning experience offered by MOOCs have led to many claims about the quality of these courses and their potential imp act on higher education in both developed and developing countries. This paper discusses, from a learners perspective, learning experience across four modes of learning: face‑to‑face, self‑guided/radio, online and MOOCs. My own educational experience exp anded across the first three mode of learning. To gain similar first‑hand experience in MOOCs, I enrolled in one cMOOC and twelve xMOOCs and studied these courses alongside other engaged learners. I conducted a cross‑case analysis of the four modes of lea rning and identified strengths and limitations of each mode. Then I organised recurring patterns across the four learning modes into five themes: openness, availability, diversity, flexibility and interactivity. I found that each of these learning modes c an help learners achieve a significant milestone in learning, and accomplishment in one mode can bridge across to a different learning mode. I argue that a combination of learning modes, where applicable, can lead to better learning experience than an exc lusive use of a single mode. I also argue that each of these modes can contribute enormously to learners educational, socio‑economic, and cross‑cultural migration as well as to their geographical mobility. Each of these modes can also contribute to bridg ing an educational divide if stakeholders in education capitalize on the target learners strengths, on existing access to media and on openness in terms of content, assessment and accreditation. This paper is likely to benefit educational stakeholders wh o want to open up access to education and to reach learners in underprivileged settings, and those who are interested in cross‑cultural education development. 

 

Keywords: in cross-cultural education development.Keywords: learning experience, face-to-face learning, self-guided/radio learning, online learning, learning from MOOCs, cross-cultural education

 

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E‑Learning in Poly‑Topic Settings  pp206‑214

Anne-Mette Nortvig

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The Global Classroom Model Simultaneous campus‑ and home‑based education using videoconferencing  pp215‑226

Charlotte Lærke Weitze, Rikke Ørngreen

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