Olaf Zawacki-Richter

Olaf Zawacki-Richter
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg · Institute of Education, Center for Open Education Research (COER)

Educational Technology

About

196
Publications
106,254
Reads
How we measure 'reads'
A 'read' is counted each time someone views a publication summary (such as the title, abstract, and list of authors), clicks on a figure, or views or downloads the full-text. Learn more
3,000
Citations
Additional affiliations
October 2010 - present
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
September 2008 - September 2010

Publications

Publications (196)
Article
Full-text available
A content analysis of abstracts and titles of 3,674 full papers in Computers & Education published between 1976 and 2016 was conducted in order to a) identify and analyze their thematic and conceptual flow, b) how these reflected the evolving technologies and theories and c) how the research topics and concepts semantically related to each other. A...
Article
Full-text available
This article maps out trends in distance education research and scholarship from 35 years of publications in the Distance Education journal. Titles and abstracts of 515 full papers were analyzed using the text-mining tool LeximancerTM to identify and describe themes in distance education research covered by these publications in the journal over th...
Article
Full-text available
This paper presents a review of distance education literature to describe the status thereof and to identify gaps and priority areas in distance education research based on a validated classification of research areas. The articles (N = 695) published in five prominent distance education journals between 2000 and 2008 were reviewed for this study....
Article
Full-text available
This study had three purposes: Firstly, to develop a categorization of research areas in distance education; secondly, to identify the most important research areas in distance education; and thirdly, to identify the most neglected research areas in distance education. Based on a literature review and a Delphi study, three broad levels or perspecti...
Chapter
Full-text available
This chapter sets out to explore the research field of open, distance, and digital education (ODDE) building upon the 3 M-Framework developed in the context of distance education along three broad lines of research: ODDE systems and theories (global macro-level); management, organization, and technology (institutional meso-level); and teaching and...
Article
Full-text available
The 2019 UNESCO recommendation on Open Educational Resources (OER) encourages member states to monitor policies and mechanisms in OER across the world. In higher education, there are many initiatives and policies around OER. This contribution gives insights into the current situation concerning OER policy documents that are of national or instituti...
Method
Full-text available
Open Educational Resources (OER) stellen aufgrund ihres dynamischen Entwicklungsprozesses eine besondere Herausforderung für die Qualitätssicherung dar. Während es viele Ansätze gibt, Verfahren zur Qualitätssicherung zu entwickeln, fehlt es noch an geeigneten Instrumenten zur Messung der Qualität von OER. Zawacki-Richter und Mayrberger (2017) hab...
Article
Full-text available
This paper explores faculty’s perspectives and use of open educational resources (OER) and their repositories across diferent countries by conducting a multiple case study to fnd similarities and diferences between academics’ awareness, perceptions and use of OER, as well as examining related aspects of institutional policy and quality that may inf...
Article
Full-text available
Digital media and educational technologies have the potential to support an increasing internationalization of education, connecting students across borders and in international classrooms. However, practitioners and scholars need to further discuss the adaptation of online learning pedagogies to cultural contexts students operate in. Focusing on t...
Article
Full-text available
Research indicates that academic procrastination is a common attitude among learners, and that it generally has a negative correlation with academic performance. The present quantitative causal-comparative study aims to determine the cause of differences, in terms of procrastination tendency, in academic performance among online learners. The study...
Article
Full-text available
Responding to the lack of longitudinal analyses on media usage in higher education, this study explores the changes of higher education students’ access to and use of technology for learning in 2012, 2015 and 2018. Using an online questionnaire, a total of 5,572 German higher education students participated. Via descriptive and inferential analysis...
Article
Full-text available
本文阐述高等教育背景下开放教育的内容。文章首先介绍开放教育的起源及其理论基础,随后根据远程开放学习研究的宏观、中观和微观层次框架讨论远程开放学习、开放教育实践、开放学术、开放教育资源、慕课、先前学习认定、学习者特征和开放教育国际化等主题的内容。最后从宏观、中观和微观层面提出今后的研究方向。
Article
Full-text available
The field of distance education (DE) is dynamic and constantly evolving; it reflects and adapts according to changes in socio-cultural, demographic, political, and technological domains. Thus, there is a need to understand past and present activities in the field, in order to better inform future research. The main purpose of this study was to exam...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
This paper presents a review of distance education literature published in the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE) to describe the status thereof and to identify gaps and priority areas in distance education research based on a validated classification of research areas. The articles (N=784) published between 2000 and 2015 were rev...
Article
Zusammenfassung Der vorliegende Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit den Publikationen, die in der Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaft ( ZfE ) in den Jahren 1998–2017 veröffentlicht wurden. Angesichts der Veränderungen in der erziehungswissenschaftlichen Forschungslandschaft in der jüngeren Vergangenheit untersuchen wir, inwiefern sich eine veränderte S...
Article
Full-text available
This case study looks at the effects of the Covid‐19 pandemic on teaching and learning at universities in Germany. It examines the question of whether the current practice of Emergency Remote Teaching in the online term 2020 will lead to an acceleration of the digitalization of teaching and learning, and on what we can build upon in this developmen...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
The term Open Educational Resources (OER) is buzzword in education systems around the world and their potential has even been highlighted with the pandemic crisis as an aid in education systems. However, it is still far from reaching the promises that were envisaged for them. This is especially true for Germany, where challenges have been identifie...
Article
Full-text available
The term Open Educational Resources (OER) is buzzword in education systems around the world and their potential has even been highlighted with the pandemic crisis as an aid in education systems. However, it is still far from reaching the promises that were envisaged for them. This is especially true for Germany, where challenges have been identifie...
Chapter
Bereits seit über einem halben Jahrhundert wird zur Entwicklung von Künstlicher Intelligenz (KI) geforscht und entwickelt. Durch die weltweite Vernetzung und Verfügbarkeit von Daten („big data“) und eine entsprechende Rechenkapazität der Computer sind heute Anwendungen und Methoden möglich geworden, die in den letzten Jahren verstärkt auch im Konte...
Article
Full-text available
This paper explores elements of open education within the context of higher education. After an introduction to the origins of open education and its theoretical foundations, the topics of open and distance learning, international education issues in open education, open educational practices and scholarship, open educational resources, MOOCs, prio...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Systematic Reviews und Metaanalysen gewinnen in den Bildungswissenschaft en zunehmend an Bedeutung. Mit dieser Entwicklung einher geht die Frage nach der Allgemeingültigkeit der Ergebnisse. Ein Grund hierfür kann ein wechselseitiger Scientist- Practitioner Gap sein. In dieser Studie stellen wir die Ergebnisse einer kontextuellen Validierung mit E-L...
Article
Full-text available
This paper reports on the first stage of an international comparative study for the project "Digital educational architectures: Open learning resources in distributed learning infrastructures-EduArc", funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This study reviews the situation of digital educational resources (or (O)ER) framed...
Article
Full-text available
This article looks at the effects of the corona pandemic on teaching and learning at universities in Germany. It examines the question of whether the current practice of Emergency Remote Teaching in the online term 2020 will lead to an acceleration of the digitalization of teaching and learning, and on what we can build upon in this development. In...
Article
Full-text available
Collaborative online learning in higher education through such as discussion boards, blogs and social network technologies can increase knowledge exchange across large student cohorts, independent of time, across borders and at lower cost. With a surge of internationalization of education the question arises whether and how collaborative online lea...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
This paper presents a review of distance education literature published in the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE) to describe the status thereof and to identify gaps and priority areas in distance education research based on a validated classification of research areas. The articles (N = 784) published between 2000 and 2015 were r...
Article
Full-text available
多种国际报告显示教育人工智能是当前教育技术新兴领域之一。虽然教育人工智能已有约三十年 的历史,但是目前教育工作者仍然不清楚如何更大规模地发挥其在教学上的优势,也不清楚现实中它 可能以何种方式对高等教育教与学产生有意义的影响。本文旨在通过系统综述呈现人工智能在高等教 育的应用研究概况。本研究最初检索到2007—2018 年间发表的2,656 篇论文,根据明确的收录和排除 标准,最后采用146 篇论文作为综合分析的文献。描述性结果显示,此类论文多数涉及计算机科学、 科学、技术、工程和数学(STEM) 学科,定量研究方法是实证研究最常用的方法。对研究结果进行 综合分析显示,教育人工智能在学习支持服务和教学以及行政管理服务方面的应用可以归为四类:① 特征分析和预测;②考核和评价;③自适应系统和个性化...
Article
Full-text available
摘要:多种国际报告显示教育人工智能是当前教育技术新兴领域之一。虽然教育人工智能已有约三十年的历史,但是目前教育工作者仍然不清楚如何更大规模地发挥其在教学上的优势,也不清楚现实中它可能以何种方式对高等教育教与学产生有意义的影响。本文旨在通过系统综述呈现人工智能在高等教育的应用研究概况。本研究最初检索到2007—2018年间发表的2,656篇论文,根据明确的收录和排除标准,最后采用146篇论文作为综合分析的文献。描述性结果显示,此类论文多数涉及计算机科学、科学、技术、工程和数学(STEM)学科,定量研究方法是实证研究最常用的方法。对研究结果进行综合分析显示,教育人工智能在学习支持服务和教学以及行政管理服务方面的应用可以归为四类:(1)特征分析和预测;(2)考核和评价;(3)自适应系统和个性化;(...
Article
Full-text available
Developing, sustaining, and improving student engagement is of vital importance to higher education instructors. Educational technology has been linked to student engagement, and preservice and in-service teachers need to develop information communication and technology (ICT) skills and knowledge to apply them in the classroom as well as to develop...
Article
Full-text available
Understanding how educational technology can enhance student engagement is becoming increasingly necessary in higher education, and particularly so in arts and humanities, given the communicative nature of courses. This narrative systematic review synthesises 42 peer-reviewed arts and humanities articles published between 2007-2016, indexed in four...
Article
Full-text available
Digital technology has become a central aspect of higher education, inherently affecting all aspects of the student experience. It has also been linked to an increase in behavioural, affective and cognitive student engagement, the facilitation of which is a central concern of educators. In order to delineate the complex nexus of technology and stud...
Article
Full-text available
本文对《英国教育技术期刊》1970 年至2018 年第3 期刊发的1,777 篇研究论文的标题和摘要进行 内容分析,反思过去50 年教育技术研究。本研究采用Leximancer 这种文本挖掘工具分析每一个10 年 所出现的主要概念和主题,并把它们与《计算机与教育》和《英国教育技术期刊》同期被引率最高的 文章的主要概念和主题进行比较。过去50 年《英国教育技术期刊》常见主题包括远程教育教与学的发 展、教学设计的出现、实践者与学习设计者之间的误解、职前和在职教师教育以及教育工作者和学生 接受技术的问题(使用技术的信心、教育工作者和学生的技术技能和机构没有提供培训和融合所需的 空间和时间等方面的支持)。本文还针对今后的研究提出建议,包括研究教育工作者专业发展的其他 模式和进一步探索理论与政策的作用...
Method
Full-text available
This is the review protocol for the ActiveLearn systematic review, investigating student engagement and educational technology in higher education.
Chapter
As they attempt to address many of the issues confronting higher education today – from continuously rising educational costs to changing demographics and increasing market competition – universities across the world are turning to innovative approaches for incorporating openness into their institutional strategies, through the use of open educatio...
Chapter
Full-text available
Drawing on an example of a large systematic review that was conducted on the use of educational technology and student engagement in higher education, we provide practical insights into how we proceeded throughout the review phases. Readers and researchers embarking on a systematic review themselves might find the contents of this chapter useful, i...
Chapter
Nach einer einführenden Betrachtung der strukturellen Ähnlichkeiten zwischen Fernstudium und wissenschaftlicher Weiterbildung, wird das Fernstudium kurz in seine historische Entwicklung bis hin zum Online Lernen eingeordnet. Hierbei ist mit der Digitalisierung des Lernens und Lehrens eine Konvergenz mediengestützter Bildungsangebote des ursprünglic...
Raw Data
This is the raw Excel spreadsheet for the Education articles, included in the ActiveLearn systematic review. Included is information about the study design, educational technology used, and student engagement facets present.
Raw Data
This is a .ris file of all articles in the field of Education, included in the ActiveLearn systematic review.
Raw Data
This is the .ris file for the entire ActiveLearn systematic review corpus (n = 232 articles).
Raw Data
This is the .ris file for the articles in the field of Arts & Humanities, included in the ActiveLearn systematic review.
Raw Data
This is the raw Excel spreadsheet for the Arts & Humanities articles, included in the ActiveLearn systematic review. Included is information about the study design, educational technology used, and student engagement facets present.
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Open Educational Resources (OER) have the potential to support increased higher education access at a lower cost to rural, remote, lower-socio economic students, alongside lifelong learners and time-poor workers who require upskilling (Bossu & Meier, 2018; Orr, Rimini, & van Damme, 2015). The German Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) has fun...
Article
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the journal Distance Education (DE), this study explores the position of this journal in a network of open and distance education, educational technology and learning design publications. A citation network analysis was undertaken to explore the scholarly communication network of distance education, using...
Book
Full-text available
In this open access edited volume, international researchers of the field describe and discuss the systematic review method in its application to research in education. Alongside fundamental methodical considerations, reflections and practice examples are included and provide an introduction and overview on systematic reviews in education research....
Article
Full-text available
According to various international reports, Artificial Intelligence in Education (AIEd) is one of the currently emerging fields in educational technology. Whilst it has been around for about 30 years, it is still unclear for educators how to make pedagogical advantage of it on a broader scale, and how it can actually impact meaningfully on teaching...
Raw Data
References included in a systematic review on artificial intelligence in higher education
Article
This study explored how academics in a Ghanaian university conceptualized and engaged with OER through a qualitative approach (in-depth interviews). “Access” emerged as the most dominant theme in how OER was conceptualized. Academics regarded OER positively; emphasizing its role in reducing the knowledge imbalances between the Global North and Glob...
Article
Full-text available
In order to disseminate the findings and recommendations from their studies, researchers publish papers in scientific journals in their subject area. Research communities thus emerge as a result of the communication between authors who cite other relevant papers. This study focuses on the relationships between Spanish and English research communiti...
Chapter
This chapter introduces and outlines Otto Peters’ Industrialization Theory of Distance Education against the background of the world education crisis after World War II, the educational systems in the 1960s and 70s, and the rise of open and distance learning. The theory is revisited in light of its reception and relevance in the era of online learn...
Book
Full-text available
This book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: China, India, Russia, Turkey, South Africa and South Korea. It describes how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of the national higher education systems in these countries. It also...
Chapter
Full-text available
Distance Education in the present Russian Federation and former Soviet Union has a long tradition that prevails down to this present day. This tradition causes a distinction between the Russian and international standards of distance education. In Russia, so called “distance learning” is not a term for a special mode of study at the university. It...
Chapter
In this chapter, we compare and analyze the main findings from the 12 countries examined in the two book volumes on Open and Distance Education (ODE). Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, United Kingdom, and the United States represent 51% of the world’s population. As such, the two volumes ab...
Article
Recognition of prior vocational and informal learning (‘awarding credit’) has become increasingly important at German universities over the past ten years. Previously acquired skills and competencies can now be credited towards study modules and can replace up to the half of a bachelor’s or master’s programme. At the Carl von Ossietzky University...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
This study presents a social network analysis of the keywords attached to articles published in the Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE), a prominent journal in the field of open and distance learning. The social network analysis applied was based on a data mining and analytics approach. A total of 1120 keywords from 784 selected ar...
Article
Full-text available
Abstract Digitalization in Higher Education (HE) institutions is an issue that concerns many educational stakeholders. ICT skills are becoming increasingly relevant in every context, especially in the workplace, therefore one of the prime objectives for universities has become preparing future professionals to be able to deal with problems and sear...
Book
Full-text available
Nach der 2017 von Prof. Dr. Olaf Zawacki-Richter und Prof. Dr. Kerstin Mayrberger veröffentlichten Studie zur internationalen Bestandsaufnahme von Instrumenten zur Qualitätssicherung von Open Educational Resources (Synergie-Sonderband Qualität von OER) ist nun ein neuer Sonderband zur Qualitätsentwicklung von OER erschienen. Zusammen mit Dr. Wolfga...
Article
Full-text available
In 2012 (N = 2339) and 2015 (N = 1327), a longitudinal analysis was carried out to investigate changes in the media usage patterns of German higher education (HE) students, with a special emphasis on differences between traditional students (TS) and non-traditional students (NTS). Based on an online questionnaire, the students provided information...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Der Beitrag geht der Frage nach, wie sich aus Deutschland stammende Forschung zu Fragen des Lernens mit digitalen Medien zum internationalen bzw. englischsprachigen Diskurs, der üblicherweise mit dem Label „Educational Technology“ versehen wird, verhält bzw. welche Unterschiede und Gemeinsamkeiten bestehen. Vorgestellt werden Ergebnisse einer quant...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Technology has enabled teachers to implement a vast array of e-Learning tools in their classrooms, in order to enhance student learning. However, applying digital media does not necessarily result in increased student engagement or deep learning (Kirkwood, 2009). Rather, it leads to only a small to moderate impact on student achievement, as found b...
Book
Full-text available
This book is open access under a CC BY 4.0 license. This book describes the history, structure and institutions of open and distance education in six countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, the UK and the US. It discusses how open and distance education is evolving in a digital age to reflect the needs and circumstances of national higher e...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
In the past decade, the popularity of systematic reviews in the field of educational technology has grown rapidly. They allow researchers to explicitly and critically appraise data from a range of studies, synthesizing findings to identify research gaps and to inform practice and policy. This paper focuses primarily on one systematic review current...
Conference Paper
Full-text available
Drawing the sample as part of a systematic review sets new ground in this field and provides a blueprint for synthesizing very heterogeneous and complex content in the field of Educational Technology. The sampling procedure, the resulting implications and the limitations are discussed in detail in the presentation. The fuzziness of central concepts...
Article
Full-text available
Research on the patterns of international student mobility and the dynamics shaping these patterns has been dominated by studies reflecting a Western orientation, discourse, and understanding. Considering political, economic, cultural, historical, and ecological factors, this study argues that international student mobility is not only an issue of...
Article
Full-text available
Der vorliegende Beitrag beschäftigt sich mit Charakteristika von sogenannten nicht-tra- ditionellen Studierenden und stellt hierbei die Phase des Studienzugangs in den Mittel- punkt. Hierfür wurden Prüfungsakten (N=6 205) von Studienbewerberinnen und -bewerbern ohne Abitur von 1971 bis 2010 in einem ersten Schritt quantitativ aus- gewertet. Über ei...
Article
Full-text available
Since the first offering of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in 2008, the body of literature on this new phenomenon of open learning has grown tremendously. In this regard, this article intends to identify and map patterns in research on MOOCs by reviewing 362 empirical articles published in peer-reviewed journals from 2008 to 2015. For the purp...
Chapter
Die Möglichkeit einer zumindest teilweisen Akademisierung der Pflegeausbildung in Deutschland wird seit einigen Jahren als eine mögliche Antwort auf die wachsenden Herausforderungen im Pflegebereich diskutiert. So forderte der Wissenschaftsrat im Jahr 2012 eine Steigerung des Anteils der Pflegenden mit Hochschulabschluss auf 10–20 %. Bei der kontro...