Trends in Distance Education Research: A Content Analysis of Journals 2009-2013

Aras Bozkurt,, The International Review of Research in Open, Distributed Learning, Feb 24, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Some interesting nuggets in this article. It focuses entirely on research in a set of the seven most influential academic journals in the field of distance education, which would not count as my favourite data set in the world, but creates a listing based on academic journals of record. Aras Bozkurt tweets one of the findings: "#Connectivism is a rising theoretical background. @gsiemens and @Downes are among the most cited authors." In fact George Siemens has one more citation than me, making him 11th in the list, and myself 12th (the top four are Anderson, Garrison and Archer, who were my colleagues at the University of Alberta in 2000, and of course MG Moore). It's also interesting connectivism was the fourth most commonly cited theory, which I guess officially makes it a theory.

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