Annual Conference, Dublin

Dale Kirby, Dennis B. Sharpe, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada & Michael K. Barbour, Wayne State University,  United States of America: Student Perceptions and Preferences for Tertiary Online Courses: Does Prior High School Distance Learning Make a Difference?

Torstein Rekkedal, NKI Distance Education and Norwegian School of Information Technology, Norway: Local Support for Online Learners with Possible Learning Disabilities


In the Jury’s judgement it is noteworthy to see the very strong response from participants to the themes of “Learning and Sustainability. The New Ecosystem of Innovation and Knowledge” as a focus for this year’s conference but also one of enduring interest for the future. Both papers represent thematically and methodologically very different approaches.

The Rekkedal paper addresses a critical area and often-neglected target group of students with disability. Applying qualitative methodologies it validates a new and transferable delivery model for vocational rehabilitation training.

The Kirby, Sharpe & Barbour paper impresses with its methodological rigor and presents robust, detailed and relevant results based on their quantitative empirical study on technology-enhanced learning environments in the educational sector, focusing on the transition from school to the tertiary level.