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Middle East Special Issue of IRRODL

I am very pleased to announce the publication of Vol 10 (2) of the International Review of Research on Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL). This is the Middle East Regional Focus Issue: A Bridge over Troubled Waters.

Full text of all articles in HTML,PDF and MP3 audio is available at www.irrodl.org

The issue was co-edited by two Guest editors, from different Middle Eastern countries. Yoram Eshet (Open University IsraeL) and Cengiz Hakan Aydin (Andolu University, Turkey) worked together to solicit proposals, invite papers, manage the peer review and edit the 11 papers that are in this issue. This is the 3rd regional issue – following Australia 6(1) 2006 and SouthEast Asia (8(1) 2007 and proceeding this fall’s African regional focus issue. I would like to thank Yoram and Hakan, both personally and on behalf of IRRODL readers  as we surmounted the learning curve when transitioning to using the Open Journal System for managing all aspects of the review and production processes. Also thanks to all the authors, reviewers and editors without whom, open access scholarly publication could not happen.

I know you will enjoy reading the editorial and all the papers. Likely you will come away with a much greater appreciation of the very rapid development of distance and e-learning capacity in the last decade in this region. Hopefully you will also find ideas and thoughts that will stimulate and improve your own distance education scholarship and practice.

The issue also contains a book review by Mary Kennedy on Evaluation in Distance Education and E-Learning by Ruhe, V. & Zumbo, B. D. (2009). I would also like to announce the appointment of Dr Peter Cookson as IRRODL’s new book review editor. If you have a recent text that you think should be reviewed for IRRODL, or you are willing be a book reviewer, please contact Peter at  <peterscookson@gmail.com>

Table of Contents:

Vol 10, No 2 (2009)

Middle East Regional Focus Issue: A Bridge over Troubled Waters

Editorial

A Bridge over Troubled Waters: Learning Technologies in the Middle East HTML PDF MP3
Yoram Eshet-Alkalai, Cengiz Hakan Aydin

Main Section

Looking under the Bonnet: Factors Affecting Student Adoption of E-Learning Systems in Jordan Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Muneer Mahmood Abbad, David Morris, Carmel de Nahlik Article 10.2.1
Exploring Open Distance Learning at a Jordanian University: A Case Study Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Khalil M. Dirani, Seung Won Yoon Article 10.2.2
Quality of Distance Education in Turkey: Preschool Teacher Training Case Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Mehmet Gultekin Article 10.2.3
Research Insights from a Decade of Campus-Wide Implementation of Web-Supported Academic Instruction at Tel Aviv University Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Rafi Nachmias, Judith Ram Article 10.2.4
Gender Dependency and Cultural Independency of Science Interest in an Open and Distant Science Learning Environment Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Ayelet Baram-Tsabari, Alaa Kaadni Kaadni Article 10.2.5
Psychosocial Well-Being of Israeli Students and Attitudes toward Open and Distance Learning Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Gila Kurtz, Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Jeffrey Kantor Article 10.2.6
Communication and Collaboration, Satisfaction, Equity, and Autonomy in Blended Learning Environments: A Case from Turkey Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Yasemin Gülbahar, R. Orçun Madran Article 10.2.7
Turkish University Students’ Perceptions of the World Wide Web as a Learning Tool: An Investigation Based on Gender, Socio-Economic Background, and Web Experience Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Erkan Tekinarslan Article 10.2.8
Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the Service of Multiculturalism Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Elaine Hoter, Miri Shonfeld, Asmaa Ganayim Article 10.2.9
Pedagogical and Design Aspects of a Blended Learning Course Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Karen Precel, Yoram Eshet-Alkalai, Yael Alberton Article 10.2.10
Are We There Yet? A Progress Report from Three Turkish University Pioneers in Distance Education and E-Learning Abstract HTML PDF MP3
Colin Latchem, Nurettin Simsek, Ozlem Cakir Balta, Orhan Torkul, I. Hakkı Cedimoglu, Alpaslan Altunkopru Article 10.2.11

Book Notes

Evaluation in Distance Education and E-Learning: The Unfolding Model HTML PDF MP3
Mary Kennedy

This announcement is sent only to subscribers of IRRODL. You can subscribe (free) or cancel your subscription to  IRRODL at http://www.irrodl.org/miscfiles/subscribe.htm.
We also welcome volunteer peer reviewers. If you are interested please register and complete your profile at http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/user/register

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2 Comments

  1. Drdelia Drdelia
    May 1, 2009    

    Hello: Thank you for the fine research. I found the title a little misleading, and the contents disappointing. That is, does all the online learning in the Middle East take place in Israel and Turkey? With the exception of two articles about Jordan, the rest of the Arab world, which comprises a large portion of the Middle East and does have online learning, is unrepresented. Maybe the next time….?
    In peace
    Dr. D’Elia

    • May 4, 2009    

      Thanks for the comment Dr D’Elia.

      You are quite correct in noting that coverage from 3 countries hardly covers the diversity of the Middle East. However, in our defense please bear in mind that IRRODL, like most academic journals, depends upon the voluntary submission of articles. The other countries of the Mid East were seriously unrepresented in their submissions. We also had articles submitted that failed the peer review process.
      We welcome new submissions from other mid east countries and though we will likely not do another Mid east special Issue in the near future, we publish ‘general issues” at least twice a year and welcome submissions from all countries.

      As for the title, you are probably aware that very little communication (scholarly or not) goes on between Israel and its neighbors. This issue was a small step in working together to produce a Journal- an example of one of the small steps necessary for mutual recognition and acceptance.

      Finally, note that this issue was meant to stimulate scholarship, so if there are stories and research yet to tell (and I am sure there is) please submit for review to IRRODL or our other sister distance education journals.

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