E-Learning Research Papers in Web of Science: A Biliometric Analysis

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E-Learning Research Papers in Web of Science: A Biliometric Analysis


Fatima, Nishat, Abu, K. S., Library Philosophy and Practice


Introduction

Since the main insightful paper in electronic-learning, or e-learning, showed up in 19671, and as indicated, by Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) database investigations of the conceivable outcomes of e-learning have seen an overwhelming advancement, particularly over the most recent fifteen years attributable to the Information and Communication Technology (ICT)(Chiang, Kuo, & Yang, 2010). The analysis of the improvements in ICT-based e-learning was from 1996 to 2002, contended that e-learning in began in 1996 and achieved its top in 2000(Kruse, 2002). The term e learning has numerous definitions. Some allude to e-learning as either bundled substance pieces or specialized frameworks; some view it as non-concurrent to independent learning; while still others see e-learning as asynchrony for shared learning(Chiang et al., 2010). However, it has been considered as a novel type of learning (Nicholson, 2008) that uses the qualities of the Internet to give synchronous or offbeat connection, showing materials, and customized projects to different groups (Tibana-Herrera, Fernandez-Bajon, & De Moya-Anegon, 2018). This technique for learning energizes learning outside the four divider classrooms and dismissal time span for learning as it is the situation in a classroom framework. It is a type of discovering that gives the opportunity of independent and free learning. Numerous individuals hold the view that e-learning is the bedrock of long-lasting learning (LLL). The act of e-learning is making a noteworthy commitment towards the advancement, flawlessness, development, refinement and viable routine with regards to long-lasting learning. The encounters acknowledged the reason for honing e-learning exercises, reinforce the long-lasting learning among numerous various networks over the globe(Harande & Ladan, 2013).

Bibliometrics is an examination strategy that deals about nature and way on which data is displayed quantitatively. It is very adaptable and applicable strategy that could be used in assessing, blending and examining both printed and non-printed wellsprings of data(Harande & Ladan, 2013). It is defined as the application of mathematical and statistical methods to measure the research output of scholarly publications (Mattsson, 2008). The bibliometric examination is a significant device for the scientific network since it offers components to break down science and innovation approaches (Okubo, 1997). In addition, they give estimations of connections among analysts and research regions through the statistical investigation of joint publications and citations (Mingers & Leydesdorff, 2015). Usually bibliometric investigation yields publication pattern, authorship trends, citations, prime journals and other parameters (Hazarika, Goswami, & Das, 2003). Similarly, the main aim of this study is to examine the research output of e-learning using bibliometric indices.

Literature Review

Various bibliometric studies have been carried out in the field of educational sciences (Diem & Wolter, 2013; Ivanovic & Ho, 2017; Lin, Lin, & Tsai, 2014; Lopes, Faria, Fidalgo-Neto, & Mota, 2017; Perry, 2018) and only very few are focusing on the e-learning literature. Shih, Feng, and Tsai (2008) did a content analysis of five journals in the area of e-learning indexed in the Social Science Citation Index from 2001-2005. They identified Instructional Approaches, Learning Environments and Meta-Cognition as popular research topics. Utilizing a blend of bibliometric indicators and examination methods, this investigation by Tibana-Herrera et al.,(2018) has classified e-learning as a developing order on the world arrangement of scientific productions, comprising of 64 descriptors and 219 journals and congresses listed by Scopus between 2012 and 2014. Accordingly, it was resolved that the arrangement of 219 productions demonstrate a high bibliometric interrelation among its articles and these are displayed chiefly in the sociologies and transversally between computer science and health profession. …

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