Advances in Online and Distance Learning

Dear Colleagues,

Online and distance learning have come to the fore in 2020 and 2021, with the Coronavirus pandemic proving a catalyst to the long-term trend towards computer-mediated learning. The impact of this transition on the world in 2020 and 2021 has been profound, with long-term consequences on the viability and form of education. The rapid pivot to online or blended learning has happened across all sectors of education,  school, college or university. This period has been a stimulus for the adoption and development of online and remote learning, where institutions have pivoted to online education (whether purely online or blended with significant online content) in a way that was unforeseen and unplanned. This Topic provides an opportunity to share good practice, as well as to provide a platform to explore the problems faced, in online and remote education.

This issue welcomes contributions that consider effective practice, or can identify problems for future work, around distance and online learning. These may be technical or social—looking at the way that pedagogy, people and technology interact in this maelstrom of change. 

Papers that consider purely distance (online) learning, blended learning with elements of face-to-face provision, or hybrid learning where learning supports simultaneous face-to-face and online learning are welcomed.

Other aspects of online and distance learning include mobile learning, MOOCS and virtual-reality-based learning. Of particular interest are papers that discuss the effect that the move to online and distance learning has had on the extent to which learners achieved the learning outcomes of the course or the program.

Dr. Neil Gordon
Prof. Dr. Han Reichgelt
Topic Editors

Deadline for abstract submissions: 31 May 2022.
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2022.

Topic Board

Dr. Neil Gordon
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Topic Editor-in-Chief
Department of Computer Science and Technology, University of Hull, Hull HU6 7RX, UK
Interests: technology for teaching in higher education; technology enabled flexible pedagogy; blended learning; online learning; technology-enhanced learning and flexible pedagogy; technology adaptation in teaching and learning in the face of the coronavirus
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Prof. Dr. Han Reichgelt
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Topic Associate Editor-in-Chief
Muma College of Business, University of South Florida, St Petersburg Campus, St Petersburg, FL 33620, USA
Interests: higher education policy; online education; data analytics; health information technology

Keywords

  • distance learning
  • online learning
  • student achievement

Relevant Journals List

Journal Name Impact Factor CiteScore Launched Year First Decision (median) APC
Education Sciences
education
- 2.1 2011 14.51 Days 1400 CHF Submit
Future Internet
futureinternet
- 4.1 2009 10.68 Days 1400 CHF Submit
Information
information
- 3.0 2010 14.94 Days 1400 CHF Submit
Journal of Intelligence
jintelligence
- 3.7 2013 36.04 Days 1200 CHF Submit
Sustainability
sustainability
3.251 3.9 2009 15.35 Days 1900 CHF Submit

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Bibliometric Analysis of Scientific Production on Nursing Research in the Web of Science
Educ. Sci. 2021, 11(9), 455; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/educsci11090455 - 24 Aug 2021
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The fundamental pillars of nursing science—nursing care, management, and teaching and research—are in constant evolution. The adaptation of Spanish nursing to the European Higher Education Area has promoted nursing research. Over the past few years, several institutions have made official statements concerning the [...] Read more.
The fundamental pillars of nursing science—nursing care, management, and teaching and research—are in constant evolution. The adaptation of Spanish nursing to the European Higher Education Area has promoted nursing research. Over the past few years, several institutions have made official statements concerning the difficulty of finding teaching staff for university nursing degrees. This is closely linked to the production of research, given that minimum criteria must be met for university teacher accreditation. The goal of this study is to analyze scientific production in nursing, nursing research and teaching in The Web of Science in order to establish how this is progressing and to gain further insight into the field of academic nursing. A total of 34,497 documents were analyzed using the Bibliometrix software version 4.1.0. The results reveal an increase in nursing research over time. Most of this is published in English and mainly focuses on specific nursing areas, such as oncology or psychiatry. Spain occupies the eighth place worldwide in nursing research. In spite of this position, the data suggest that other factors are blocking the accreditation of university teachers of nursing in Spain. They also reflect the need to encourage nursing research in this setting in the future. Full article
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Factors Affecting e-Government Adoption by Dairy Farmers: A Case Study in the North-West of Spain
Future Internet 2021, 13(8), 206; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/fi13080206 - 05 Aug 2021
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With the objective of assessing the farmers’ situation regarding the use of the ICT and their relations with the electronic government, a case study consisting in the realization of 34 face-to-face surveys was conducted between February and March 2020 in dairy farms in [...] Read more.
With the objective of assessing the farmers’ situation regarding the use of the ICT and their relations with the electronic government, a case study consisting in the realization of 34 face-to-face surveys was conducted between February and March 2020 in dairy farms in the region of Galicia (Spain). The sample was selected according to one of the most important online journals in the farming sector at a national level. From the census, we chose those farms considered most representative taking into account the main criteria: the level of PAC (Common Agrarian Politics) subsidies and milk production (litres/cow and year). The results show that the majority of the farmers used the internet, but on many an occasion, they were discontented in relation to the poor connection quality in their farms. In regard to the use of the electronic government for procedures related to their farms, many of them were able to perform them through the government website; however, there were procedures which the users defined as “complex” and which had to be outsourced to authorised entities. The results also show that the farmers do want to employ the e-government, mainly because of the time and cost saving; however, the current web pages do not meet the users’ expectations. Finally, this situation, applied to a region placed among the 10 most productive regions of milk, is comparable to what happens in other regions. Full article
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