Trends and Patterns in Distance Education (2014–2019): A Synthesis of Scholarly Publications and a Visualization of the Intellectual Landscape

The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning

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Title Trends and Patterns in Distance Education (2014–2019): A Synthesis of Scholarly Publications and a Visualization of the Intellectual Landscape
 
Creator Bozkurt, Aras
Zawacki-Richter, Olaf
 
Subject distance education
open and distance learning
open education
online learning
research patterns and trends
 
Description The field of distance education (DE) is dynamic and constantly evolving; it reflects and adapts according to changes in socio-cultural, demographic, political, and technological domains. Thus, there is a need to understand past and present activities in the field, in order to better inform future research. The main purpose of this study was to examine DE research through data mining and analytics approaches, using social network analysis (SNA) and text mining to conduct a bibliographic analysis. The findings highlighted three main strands of DE research: (a) issues related to open education; (b) the design, support, and quality assurance of online DE; and (c) the implementation and use of educational technology, media, and digital tools. SNA of the bibliometric data identified pivotal theoretical contributions, including that the fields of distance education and educational technology converge. The article concludes with recommendations for future research directions.
 
Publisher Athabasca University Press
 
Date 2021-01-18
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
Peer-reviewed, double-blind
 
Format text/html
application/epub+zip
application/pdf
 
Identifier http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/5381
10.19173/irrodl.v22i2.5381
 
Source The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning; Vol. 22 No. 2 (2021); 19-45
1492-3831
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/5381/5505
http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/5381/5516
http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/5381/5517
 
Rights http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
 

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