IRRODL issue – holiday gift to all of us

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For your holiday reading, IRRODL offers an issue featuring 6 research articles, one note from the field, a book review, and 5 web conference recordings from the Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research.

This issue marks IRRODL’s tenth year and largest number – 6 issues. This success makes us mindful of the support of our publisher, Athabasca University Press, our sponsor, Athabasca University, and the many academics and students who volunteer their time and talents in creating, reviewing, and promoting open education research.

Best wishes for a rejuvenating, yet learning-filled holiday and New Year!

Terry Anderson, Editor
Brigette McConkey, Managing Editor
The IRRODL Editorial Board, reviewers, readers and
all members of the IRRODL network

Table of Contents


IRRODL year in review
Terry Anderson

Research Articles

A case study of an international e-learning training division: Meeting objectives
Rory McGreal

Review of distance education research (2000 to 2008): Analysis of research areas, methods, and authorship patterns
Olaf Zawacki-Richter, Eva Maria Baecker, Sebastian Vogt
Time students spend reading threaded discussions in online graduate courses requiring asynchronous participation
Abbie H. Brown, Tim Green
Online and blended communities of inquiry: Exploring the developmental and perceptional differences
Zehra Akyol, D. Randy Garrison, M. Yasar Ozden
A review of adventure learning
George Veletsianos, Irene Kleanthous
Evaluation of an undergraduate physics programme of Indira Gandhi National Open University: A case study
Arundhati Mishra, – Vijayshri, Suresh Garg
Field Notes

The first doctoral program in distance education in North America
Dorothy (Willy) Fahlman
Book Notes

Online learning as a strategic asset
Michael F. Beaudoin

Adaptation of online courses for new educational contexts
Jamie Rossiter
EduBlogs as metaphor
Glenn Groulx
Implementing digital story telling in a Computers in Education course
Jeton McClinton
Social networking with Web 2.0: A comparative study of on-campus and online students
Barabara Frey
International DE opportunities in difficult economic times
Jon Baggaley

CIDER session, Blended Online Learning Design: Shaken not stirred

We would like to invite you to the next presentation in our series of free CIDER sessions. This session features a presentation and discussion with Dr. Michael Power, Laval University, Quebec City, and Dr. Norm Vaughan, Mount Royal University, Calgary.

Title: Blended Online Learning Design: Shaken not stirred.

Given the crucial role played by universities in a knowledge-based society, understanding how and under what conditions online learning (OL) can improve access to graduate studies is of the highest importance to today’s growing global economy. Over the past decade, phenomenal advances have been made in the application of communication and information technologies to support student learning in higher education. Yet, in proportion to overall provision of higher education, the use of technology by faculty for graduate-level, online learning (OL) has been minimal, especially among regular faculty.

In this session, Michael Power and Norm Vaughan present an adapted form of OL, especially designed for traditional universities, with initial data from studies underway in two Canadian universities. Finally, an emerging network of researchers interested in the role of online learning within mainstream higher education is presented.

When: Wednesday, 6 January 2010, 11am – 12pm MDT (Edmonton)

Where: Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that you can use the audio functionality built into the web conferencing software.
Please note that it is extremely important that you get your system set up prior to the start of the event. Information on installing the necessary software and configuring your PC is available at in the “First Time Users” section.

Mike Wesch visiting U of S on Jan 11, U of R on Jan 12

Mike Wesch, a cultural antrhopologist from Kansas State University, who is probably best known for his YouTube video  “A Vision of Students Today” will be visiting the University of Saskatchewan on January 11, 2010.  At 10:30 am, I will interview him for a live podcast from our Learning Commons (main floor, Library) at 10:30 am., and then he will make a free public lecture at Convocation Hall at 3:00 pm.  On January 12, he will be at the University of Regina, and I understand they will be streaming his public presentation.  Sounds like a great time, and I’m looking forward to a rich day of laughter and learning. Here is the poster of the event, and I’ve included his viral video below too.

wesch poster