Purpose and Objectives of the Study

The purpose of this study was to explore the process and effectiveness of

OER-based flipped classroom practice in an undergraduate course named “Internet

and Distance Education.” Specifically, the study had three primary objectives:

  • (1) Describe participating students’ perceptions about OER and MOOCs before the course;
  • (2) Describe participating students’ learning processes in an OER-based flipped course through three aspects: self-reported degree of familiarity over weeks, self-reported changes in general feelings over weeks, and students’ online diaries; and
  • (3) Examine students’ general e-learning satisfaction after the course.

Description of Instructional Approaches

The course “Internet and Distance Education” was a 2-credit course taught in Winter Semester, 2013, at the Zhejiang University (ZJU) in Hangzhou, China. It was taught twice per week with three lessons each time. The course aimed to introduce distance education theory and practice under an international perspective. Since OER is an important trend in the distance education arena, the course instructor spent significant time introducing OER-related contents.

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