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  • Dr. Jon Dron

    Associate Professor, Computing & Information Systems
  • Dr. Kinshuk

    Former Professor, Computing & Information Systems

Recent Submissions

  • P-learning’s unwelcome legacy 

    Dron, Jon (2016)
    Formal teaching of adults has evolved in a context de ned, initially, by the constraints of physical boundaries. Classroom walls directly entail timetables, norms and rules of behaviour, social segregation into organized ...
  • Lost in social space: Information retrieval issues in Web 1.5 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (Journal of Digital Information, 2009-01)
    This paper is concerned with the application of Web 2.0 technologies within a conventional institutional learning setting. After considering the affordances of Web 2.0 technologies vs Web 1.0 technologies and a framework ...
  • Agoraphobia and the modern learner. 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2014-03)
    Read/write social technologies enable rich pedagogies that centre on sharing and constructing content but have two notable weaknesses. Firstly, beyond the safe, nurturing environment of closed groups, students participating ...
  • On the Design of Social Media for Learning 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (social sciences, 2014-08-08)
    This paper presents two conceptual models that we have developed for understanding ways that social media can support learning. One model relates to the “social” aspect of social media, describing the different ways that ...
  • The Distant Crowd: Transactional Distance And New Social Media Literacies. 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (International Journal of Learning and Media, 2014)
    Sociality is not just a cultural phenomenon but is embedded in our genes as eusocial creatures (E. O.Wilson 2012). Learning is an innately social activity, and the processes of teaching, the passing of knowledge from one ...
  • Social Interaction in Self-paced Distance Education. 

    Anderson, Terry; Upton, Lorne; Dron, Jon; Malone, Judi (Open Praxis, 2015)
    In this paper we present a case study of a self-paced university course that was originally designed to support independent, self-paced study at distance. We developed a social media intervention, in design-based research ...
  • Self-paced and social 

    Dron, Jon (AACE, 2012-11-14)
    Traditionally, much institutional self-paced distance learning has been a largely individual activity, offering limited opportunities for teacher-student interaction and almost none for student-student interaction. This ...
  • "Open and Closed" Getting the mix right. Who gets to Decide?? 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry; Siemens, George (2012-10-26)
    Despite the desirability of "Making Open the Default" as the theme of this year’s open access week, there are many reasons that can and should influence a person and an organization to restrict access to content. In this ...
  • Learning technology through three generations of technology enhanced distance education pedagogy 

    Anderson, Terry; Dron, Jon (European Open and Distance Learning Journal, 2012)
    This paper updates earlier work in which we defined three generations of distance education pedagogy. We then describe emerging technologies that are most conducive to instructional designs that evolve with each generation. ...
  • Virtual platforms at Athabasca University 

    McGreal, Rory; Dron, Jon; Ellerman, Evelyn (2012-08-12)
    The Athabasca University environment includes a virtual media lab (the e-Lab) which is an integrated website platform for curriculum enhancement and development, social networking, and pedagogical and disciplinary research. ...
  • Fun and Fear in Open Spaces 

    Anderson, Terry; Dron, Jon (2011-10-27)
    This presentation presents the theory and practice of Open Learning as implemented in Athabasca University’s Beyond the LMS social networking system. The presentation discusses the motivation , design and challenges ...
  • Three generations of distance education pedagogy 

    Anderson, Terry; Dron, Jon (2011-06-16)
    This paper defines and examines three generations of distance education pedagogy. Unlike earlier classifications of distance education based on the technology used, this analysis focuses on the pedagogy that defines ...
  • On the Design of Collective Applications 

    Dron, Jon; Anderson, Terry (2009-09-09)
    In this paper we define collective applications as those that employ the aggregated distinct behaviours of individuals in a crowd to shape their environment and to provide structure and influence in that environment. Such ...
  • Inductive Reasoning and Programming Visualization, an Experiment Proposal 

    Moreno, Andres; Myller, Niko; Sutinen, Erkki; Lin, Taiyu; Kinshuk (2007)
    We lay down plans to study how Inductive Reasoning Ability (IRA) affects the analyzing and understanding of Program Visualization (PV) systems. Current PV systems do not take into account the abilities of the user but show ...
  • An initial framework of contexts for designing usable intelligent tutoring system 

    Patel, Ashok; Russell, David; Kinshuk; Oppermann, Reinhard; Rashev, Rossen (1998)
    The notion of context has been an issue of research in various aspects of intelligent systems such as knowledge management, natural language processing, reasoning and so on. This paper focuses on the various contexts ...
  • Development of a user-friendly interface for the creation of user elements 

    Kinshuk (1996)
    The solution of the basic equations relating stiffness, displacement and force in finite element analysis is not trivial, partially due to the large numbers of equations involved. Various techniques have been developed for ...
  • Intelligent Tutoring Tools in a Computer Integrated Learning Environment for introductory numeric disciplines 

    Patel, Ashok; Kinshuk (1997)
    Research in the field of Intelligent Tutoring Systems has failed to provide any substantial or viable systems that could be used in real academic environments. This situation appears to be the result of two factors: first, ...
  • Designing the Undesignable: Social Software and Control 

    Dron, Jon (2008-02-28)
    In this presentation, Dr. Jon Dron will discuss his recently published article, “Designing the undesignable: Social Software and Control”. In this article, Dr Dron states that social software, such as blogs, wikis, tagging ...


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