From the Editor's Desk
Happy 2013 and welcome to the eighteen issue
of JEO. The papers published in JEO serve as benchmarks of quality scholarly
contributions to the fields of elearning, blended, and mobile learning,
and continue across academic disciplines, national and virtual borders.
2012 was an exciting year for us at JEO. We are delighted to say that
we have had an exceptional number of manuscript submissions this year
which has resulted in the publishing of six papers in the January issue
of JEO with an acceptance rate of 25%. We thank all of our authors and
encourage our readers and contributors to continue to submit manuscripts
for consideration in upcoming issues of JEO.
There are some interesting patterns that emerge in the articles presented.
Support services that deserve a second look, and a deeper look at social
media and mobile technologies for instructional delivery, all point
to ways that online learning can rise to a new level of richness and
opportunity for educators.
The first article, addresses academic honesty and the challenges and
compliance issues it presents for online courses offers strategies and
institutional strategies that have proven to be successful in minimizing
violations and reducing dishonesty and plagiarism. The second article
examines online learning activities through new communication technologies
and focuses on the five C's of social media: communication, collaboration,
community, creativity, and convergence. The third article looks at faculty
use of student support services, particularly with respect to online
students at risk and what the implications are for student retention.
The fourth article takes an international perspective and explores teaching
via mobile technologies in Malaysia. Their study assesses teachers'
technology acceptance and readiness and sheds some light on the potential
of using a mobile device as a pedagogical tool. The fifth study investigates
differences in the level of computer literacy and the amount of implementation
of ICT in teaching and learning for teachers in computerized schools
versus teachers in non-computerized schools to examine the connection
between teacher attributes and accessibility and what inferences can
be made from the research.
Last, as has become somewhat of a custom, the sixth article provides
information on eLearning and faculty professional development opportunities.
This article researches an Online Teaching Certificate Class, a free
open year-long class focused on pedagogy and tool choice, as a viable
delivery method for novice online instructors to help them develop technology
skills and a strong sense of online instructor presence.
Supporting Academic Honesty in
Online Courses points out that insuring academic honesty is
a challenge for traditional classrooms, but more so for online courses.
With the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 (HEOA) the requirements
for online course providers to reduce opportunities to cheat and
plagiarize, it is more important than ever to explore possible remedies.
This article examines why students cheat, types of dishonesty in
online courses, and strategies that have proven to be successful
to minimize violations and institutional strategies.
H. Friedman and
Linda Weiser Friedman
Using Social Media Technologies
to Enhance Online Learning and go beyond the newest Web
2.0 technologies and software to explore the subtleties and distinctions
of social media. The authors point to the extensive use of social
media and pressure from higher education administration to control
costs. They pose that, while many academics may still resist the
use of social media, the evidence is there that online education
has the ability to lower costs and improve the quality of education.
(Rose) J. Russo-Gleicher's
research in her article
Qualitative Insights into Faculty
Use of Student Support Services with Online Students at Risk: Implications
for Student Retention shares ways that faculty can
impact retention rates of online students who are at risk. So many
students face many challenges that can put them at risk, so this
study, while small, could still provide important clues to help
students if faculty know what resources are available to them and
to their students and what the consequences could be for under-utilization
of these resources for online students.
- Issham Ismail, SitiFatimah Bokhare, Siti Norbaya Azizan,
and Nizuwan Azman
conducted the research for
Teaching via Mobile Phone: a Case Study on Malaysian Teachers' Technology Acceptance and Readiness Readiness to shed light on the potential of using the device as pedagogical tool. But teachers need to receptive to using them and be sufficiently trained to include them in their teaching, so it's important to look at teachers' perceptions on technology and readiness for m-learning be studied. The study findings helped identify technology acceptance among school teachers from the components of motivation, training and courses, and supports and facilities.
- Noga Magen-Nagar
and Bracha Peled's
Characteristics of Israeli School Teachers in Computer-based Learning Environments
investigated whether there were differences in the level of computer literacy and the attitudes of 811 teachers, 402 of which were from computerized schools in comparison to 409 teachers in non-computerized schools. The research findings show that teachers from the computerized school sample are more familiar with ICT, tend to use ICT than teachers in the non-computerized school sample and make recommendations for helping teachers in the non-computerized schools to get comfortable and have access to ICT.
An Open, Online Class to Prepare Faculty to Teach Online shares a study of faculty engaged in an open online class to see if this could be an effective model for faculty development. Participants who earned a certificate through full participation indicated the achievement of their personal learning goals and increased confidence in their ability to build online classes around their pedagogy rather than the technology tools. The results of the study indicate that an open, online class or MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) may be an effective model for faculty development in online teaching.
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of Educators Online, Volume 10, Number 1, January 2013