Open Praxis

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Open Praxis is a peer-reviewed open access scholarly journal focusing on research and innovation in open, distance and flexible education.

List of Papers (Total 215)

Distance education regulatory frameworks: Readiness for openness in Southwest Pacific/South East Asia region nations

This paper reports in brief the pilot study, Distance Education Regulatory Frameworks, undertaken by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) in 2010–2012 and the implications for openness for higher education in Southwest Pacific/South East Asia region nations. The project developed a methodological approach to identifying, accessing, collating, analysing...

On the role of openness in education: A historical reconstruction

In the context of education, “open(ness)” has become the watermark for a fast growing number of learning materials and associated platforms and practices from a variety of institutions and individuals. Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), and more recently, initiatives such as Coursera are just some of the forms this movement has embraced under...

Assessment challenges in open learning: Way-finding, fork in the road, or end of the line?

Growing global commitments to open learning through the use of Open Educational Resources (OERs) are accompanied by concerns over what “to do” with that learning when learners present it to traditional institutions for assessment and accreditation. This paper proposes that established RPL (recognizing prior learning)protocols, in place at many institutions worldwide, can offer a...

Exploring the downside of open knowledge resources: The case of indigenous knowledge systems and practices in the Philippines

The paper is based on the challenges encountered by the researcher while conducting a study titled “Design, Development and Testing of an Indigenous Knowledge Management System Using Mobile Device Video Capture and Web 2.0 Protocols.” During the conduct of the study the researcher observed a marked reluctance from organized indigenous people’s groups to participate in the...

Access under siege: Are the gains of open education keeping pace with the growing barriers to University access?

Traditional and affordable access to a university education is under siege from all sides. National realpolitiks and global economic downturns have driven open education into the mainstream to stand against educational elitism, the growing digital divide, and to support the core values that give education its fundamental credence as a human right. Indeed, open is good—open with...

Improving Open Access through Prior Learning Assessment

This paper explores and presents new data on how to improve open access in distance education through using prior learning assessments. Broadly there are three types of prior learning assessment (PLAR): Type-1 for prospective students to be allowed to register for a course; Type-2 for current students to avoid duplicating work-load to gain certification; and Type-3 mapping...

The Limitations of Access Alone: moving towards open processes in education technology

“Openness” has emerged as one of the foremost themes in education, within which an open education movement has enthusiastically embraced digital technologies as the central means of participation and inclusion. Open Educational Resources (OERs) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have surfaced at the forefront of this development, claiming unprecedented educational reform...

From OER to PLAR: Credentialing for Open Education

Recent developments in OER and MOOCs (Open Educational Resources and Massive Open Online Courses) have raised questions as to how learners engaging with these courses and components might be assessed or credentialed. This descriptive and exploratory paper examines PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition) as a possible answer to these questions. It highlights three...

Special edition: A Tribute to Nyameko Barney Pityana

Table of contents:1 Editorial – Olugbemiro Jegede: When the Unthinkable Happens (p. 1)2 Mandla S. Makhanya: Tribute to Professor Nyameko Barney Pityana (p. 5)3 Sir John Daniel: Unisa’s Unique Academic Odyssey (p. 8)4 Brenda M. Gourley: Force Majeure: Necessity Being the Mother of Invention (p. 10)5 Nicholas H. Allen and Susan C. Aldridge: Pityana – Visionary Service to a Global...

Open Praxis, volumen 3 issue 1

Table of Contents - Non-Conventional Higher Education and the Construction of a Learning Society GE Daokai (1-9) - Trends, Innovations, and Opportunities in Open and Distance Learning Frits Pannekoek (10-15) - Higher education in the 21st century: the challenges for open and distance learning B.M. Gourley (16-23) - Transformation: Challenges and Opportunities – Vocational ODL in...

Open Praxis, volumen 2 issue 1

Table of Contents - The Bavarian Virtual University (virtuelle hochschule bayern - vhb) – Structural Configuration and Key Success Factors Godehard Ruppert (1-8) - Teacher education in the PUCPR MATICE project Ricardo Tescarolo, Patrícia Lupion Torres, Elizete Moreira Matos (9-14)

Open Praxis, volumen 1 issue 2

Table of Contents - Distance Education in North America: An Update Gary E. Miller & Ken Udas (1-14) - Open Educational Resources at the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (15-18) - The Metamorphosis of Distance Education in the Third Millennium Marta Mena (19-21)

Open Praxis, volumen 1 issue 1

Table of Contents - A Study on the Importance of Fostering Trust in a Distance Learning Community Sónia Sousa, David Lamas & Brian Hudson (1-10) - Teacher Upgrading through Distance Education in a South African Context C. G. Kruger & Prof. E. J. Spamer (11-19) - An Investigation into Delivery of On-Line Courses within an Early Childhood Teacher Education Distance...

Open Praxis, volumen 0 issue 1

Table of Contents - Providing Effective Feedback Online Zane Berge & Mauri Collins (1-10) - Mobile Technologies and the Future of Global Education Rory McGreal (11-16) - Cross-Border Higher Education through E-Learning: Issues and Opportunities Kumiko Aoki (17-25) - Open and Distance Education in the Global Environment: Opportunities for Collaboration Ellie Chambers (26-33...