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Costley, Jamie; Lange, Christopher – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2018
Semi-formal learning is used to describe learning that is directed towards the goals of a formal learning institution but outside of the learning structure of a specific class. Students studying online may form semi-formal groups to increase their knowledge of the content by interacting with other learners taking the same class. This study of…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, College Students
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Zimmerman, Tekeisha; Nimon, Kim – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
The Online Student Connectedness Survey (OSCS) was introduced to the academic community in 2012 as an instrument designed to measure feelings of connectedness between students participating in online degree and certification programs. The purpose of this study was to examine data from the instrument for initial evidence of validity and reliability…
Descriptors: Online Surveys, Student Surveys, Attitude Measures, Likert Scales
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Lee, Joohi; Martin, Lesisa – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
One of the goals of teacher education is to prepare our citizens to communicate in a variety of ways. In our present society, communication using digital media has become essential. Although online discussions are a common component of many online courses, engaging students in online discussions has been a challenge. This study queried 86…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Student Attitudes, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers
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Yang, Hsi-Hsun; Su, Chung-Ho – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
Few practice-oriented courses are currently integrated into online learning platforms, such as OpenCourseWare, Khan Academy, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). It is worthwhile to explore how learners respond to information technology and new teaching methods when practice-oriented course are placed online. Therefore, this study probes…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Ma, Zhiqiang; Wang, Jing; Wang, Qiyun; Kong, Lili; Wu, Yajie; Yang, Hao – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
The purpose of this study was to verify a Chinese version of Community of Inquiry (CoI) instrument with learning presence and explore the causal relationships of the factors in the instrument. This study first examined the reliability and validity of the instrument. All four presences had acceptable levels of reliability (all Cronbach's a >…
Descriptors: Attribution Theory, Correlation, Foreign Countries, Validity
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Gil-Jaurena, Inés; Callejo, Javier; Agudo, Yolanda – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2017
The paper is a study about the MOOC experience at the Spanish National University of Distance Education (UNED), where we have collected initial and final information about learners' profiles and opinions, as well as enrolment, completion and certification rates. It is a survey-based study covering 17 MOOCs offered in UNED's own platform, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Gan, Chin Lay; Balakrishnan, Vimala – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2016
Use of mobile technology is widespread, particularly among the younger generation. There is a huge potential for utilizing such technology in lecture classes with large numbers of students, serving as an interaction tool between the students and lecturers. The challenge is to identify significant adoption factors to ensure effective adoption of…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices, Higher Education
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Liaw, Shu-Sheng; Huang, Hsiu-Me – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
Mobile technology for learning empowers the shift from traditionally pure instructor-centered classroom teaching to fully learner-centered educational settings. Although mobile learning (m-learning) accessing Internet resources anytime and anywhere and it may cause gender difference toward it; thus the issue of the relationship between gender…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Telecommunications, Technology Uses in Education, Handheld Devices