Next CIDER session, November 3, 2010

Title:  Students’ Perceptions of Effective Teaching in Higher Education: Face-to-face and at a Distance

Using a unique online approach to data gathering, students were asked to isolate the characteristics they believe are essential to effective teaching at the university level. An open-ended online survey was made available to over 17,000 graduate and undergraduate students at Memorial University of Newfoundland during the winter semester of 2008. Derived from this rich data are student definitions of nine characteristics and sets of instructor behaviours that students perceive as essential to effective teaching.

The survey takes into account the opinions of students studying both on-campus and at a distance via the web, with the intention of determining if the characteristics of effective teaching in an online environment are different from those in the traditional face-to-face setting.

When:  Wednesday, November 3, 2010, 11am-12pm MT (Edmonton)

Where:  Online via Elluminate at:

Please make sure your Mac or PC is equipped with a microphone and speakers, so that we can use the Voice over IP 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.

SALT Jobs Update

October 18, 2010
Listed below are the most recent Job Postings that have been added to the SALT® Web Site (


1. Web Developer

Charlottesville, Virginia

The Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning at the University of Virginia is looking for a web developer with experience in web design, application development and multimedia production. The ideal candidate should have an interest in the field of education, have good communication skills and work on projects independently under guidance of a technology director. Primary job responsibilities include the design and development of educational web and video resources for teacher professional development and online learning programs.


2. Instructional Systems Designer

McLean, Virginia

EnDyna has immediate openings for ISDs well versed in all phases of the A-D-D-I-E model, but focused especially on developing WBT, CBT and ILT for government employees.  Candidates should have BS or MS in Instructional Design, plus a minimum of five years full time ISD experience.


3. SME: U.S. Government Leadership Development Programs

McLean, Virginia

Expert in designing training programs for federal government leadership – supervisors, managers and executives. Experience in benchmarking best leadership practices, and in having worked for some of the ‘role model’ federal agencies.   This is a part time contract position starting now, for six months.


4. SME: Adult Testing Programs Development

McLean, Virginia

EnDyna has an immediate consulting position open for an SME in test program development for training courses developed for federal government employees.   SME should be well-versed in state-of-the-art methodologies to develop statistically valid and repeatable tests and items.



New issue of IRRODL released

The following is an announcement from Dr. Terry Anderson, Editor of IRRODL:

We are pleased to present another fine issue of the International Review of Research in Open  and Distance Learning.

This issue is packed with eight research articles and three book reviews. You will notice as well that all content is formatted in HTML, PDF, MP3, and EPUB to maximize your accessibility and learning. Finally don’t miss the opportunity to download two of the books reviewed in this issue, which are available in open access format from

Our thanks (on your behalf) to authors, reviewers, and IRRODL staff for their contributions.

We trust you will enjoy and learn from the issue and I hope you go to to register for free subscription or to volunteer as a reviewer.


Terry Anderson
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning
Athabasca University

Table of Contents


Thanksgiving HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Terry Anderson i-iii

Research Articles

Examining the anatomy of a screencast: Uncovering common elements and instructional strategies HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
William Sugar, Abbie Brown, Kenneth Luterbach 1-20
Development of interactive and reflective learning among Malaysian online distant learners: An ESL instructor’s experience HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Siew Ming Thang, Puvaneswary Murugaiah 21-41
A review of trends in distance education scholarship at research universities in North America, 1998-2007 HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Randall S. Davies, Scott L. Howell, Jo Ann Petrie 42-56
Student and faculty perceptions of the quality of online learning experiences HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Michael E. Ward, Gary Peters, Kyna Shelley 57-77
Teaching and learning social justice through online service-learning courses HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Kathy L. Guthrie, Holly McCracken 78-94
The pedagogical enhancement of open education: An examination of problem-based learning HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Seth Gurell, Yu-Chun Kuo, Andrew Walker 95-105
Using collaborative course development to achieve online course quality standards HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Ining Tracy Chao, Tami Saj, Doug Hamilton 106-126
Online instructional effort measured through the lens of teaching presence in the community of inquiry framework: A re-examination of measures and approach HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Peter Shea, Suzanne Hayes, Jason Vickers 127-154

Book Notes

Book review – A designer’s log: Case studies in instructional design HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Airina Volungevičienė 155-157
Book review – Accessible elements: Teaching science online and at a distance HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Bryan F. Woodfield 158-163
Book review – Mega-schools, technology and teachers: Achieving education for all HTML PDF MP3 EPUB
Alejandro Pisanty 164-167