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International Journal of Open Educational Resources

The Journal of Online Learning Research and Practice (JOLRAP) seeks to explore a variety of emerging topics and questions related to teaching and learning in online and hybrid contexts across fields and discipline areas. The journal publishes articles that focus on aspects related to virtual instruction, technology integration, data, ethics, privacy, leadership, and more.

Current Issue: Volume 7, Number 2 – 2019

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Editor's Preface

Kathleen J. Tate, American Public University System
doi: 10.18278/jolrap.7.2.1

Articles

The APUS OER Conversion Project

Jose A. Rodriguez and Conrad Lotze, American Public University System
doi: 10.18278/jolrap.7.2.2

By providing free and open access to learning, the Internet continues to be a driving force in changing the educational landscape. In the area of higher education, open educational resources (OERs) provide students with access to no- and low-cost learning. OERs give higher education leaders the opportunity to restructure delivery methods of learning resources and ensure more efficient and targeted practices. In 2017, the American Public University System (APUS) embarked on a major university-wide initiative to restructure all of its undergraduate courses with OERs. Much has been written on the efficacy of OERs in a variety of educational models throughout higher education. Although the research is replete with studies on changing faculty perceptions of OERs, research on the financial efficacy of OERs is still emerging. This paper, focused on APUS’ efforts to adopt OERs, includes discussion of how such conversions relate to APUS’s mission and vision in higher education and the work done by others in this space. Highlighted are the workflow aspects, various processes, involved departments, and preliminary results.

Spectrum Educational Tool: Animated Scenarios for Teacher Preparation

L. Octavia Tripp, Cheryl D. Seals, and Robertson Bassy, Auburn University
doi: 10.18278/jolrap.7.2.3

With the ubiquitous nature of information supported by the growth of the Internet, eLearning has become an effective learning mechanism, promoted as a method to reduce difficulties for learners. We developed the Spectrum educational tool as an online instrument to support preservice teachers in practicing classroom management techniques. This blended learning approach with the tool aims to incorporate animation-based case studies in the place of existing text-based case studies to help preservice teachers grasp concepts more effectively. Interactive case studies provide more support for content reinforcement, critical thinking, and reflection skills than text-based case studies. This work focuses on the behavioral problems teachers may face in the classroom, helping them overcome difficult situations by showing them effective ways of teaching and classroom management. The previous version of this project, developed using web development and Flash animation, is in the new web development standard for animation support HTML5 and JavaScript for the updated version. With this type of development, our application is supported on almost all devices and is cross-platform independent. The proposed design for the Spectrum educational tool was a low cost alternative and an interface that targets both web and mobile platforms. Preservice teachers may gain access to the application by registering, and our hope is that they find it interesting and helpful to access classroom management content and examples online. The goal of the Spectrum educational tool is to design and develop preservice teachers through interactive case studies.

Effective Practices in Online Forum Discussions

Craig T. Bogar and J. Louis Spencer, American Public University System
doi: 10.18278/jolrap.7.2.4

From the Field

3 Questions for an Online Learning Leader

Featuring Vernon Smith, Senior Vice President and Provost, American Public University System
doi: 10.18278/jolrap.7.2.5

Dr. Vernon Smith has been Provost at American Public University System (APUS) since 2016, with a background in effective quality, assessment, and retention strategies. Prior, Dr. Smith served as the Vice Provost of Distributed Learning and Associate Professor at the University of the Pacific, where he led digital and adult learning initiatives. Previously, Vernon oversaw the successful launch of a new online college: Portmont College at Mount St. Mary's, Los Angeles (now MSMU Online) through MyCollege Foundation, a Bill and Melinda Gates-funded initiative where he served as the founding Chief Academic Officer and Provost. He served as the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Rio Salado College. Vernon was elected to the Executive Council of WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies), a division of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI). Dr. Smith received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Latin American Studies and Spanish at Brigham Young University, a Master of Organizational Behavior from the Marriott School of Management at Brigham Young University, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Organization and Administration of Higher Education at The University of Arizona.

Book Reviews

A Review of the Ultimate Guide to eLearning Infographics

Heidi Lockwood, American Public University System
doi: 10.18278/jolrap.7.2.6

A review of The Ultimate Guide to eLearning Infographics, a 24- page PDF eBook by eLearning Industry, features an examination of the impact eLearning infographics have on student learning, including tips on how to effectively create and use infographics in online course design.

Media Reviews

Media Insight: An Interview about Electronic Course Materials

Andrea Dunn, American Public University System
doi: 10.18278/jolrap.7.2.7

Associate Vice President of Course Materials at American Public University System, USA

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