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Brown, Mark; Hughes, Helen; Keppell, Mike; Hard, Natasha; Smith, Liz – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2015
Online and distance learning is becoming increasingly common. Some would say it has quickly become the preferred or "new normal" mode of study throughout the world. However, surprisingly little is known about what actually happens to first year distance students once they have enrolled in tertiary institutions; what motivates them and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Mixed Methods Research, Student Journals
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Brown, Mark; Hughes, Helen; Keppell, Mike; Hard, Natasha; Smith, Liz – Open Praxis, 2013
Many Open and Distance Learning (ODL) providers report that their students are prone to lower rates of retention and completion than campus-based students. Against this background, there is growing interest around distance-specific learning support. The current research investigated the experiences of students during their first semester as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Education, Distance Education, School Holding Power
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Bossu, Carina; Bull, David; Brown, Mark – Distance Education, 2012
This article discusses the role of open and distance learning to widen participation and promote social inclusion within Australian higher education, as well as the benefits that open educational resources (OER) could bring to that context. It also explores some of the most relevant social inclusion policies and related initiatives developed in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Informal Education, Distance Education
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Shillington, Sandi; Brown, Mark; MacKay, Andrea; Paewai, Shelley; Suddaby, Gordon; White, Frances – Open Learning, 2012
Not many universities provide both distance and on-campus study options for study. Massey University has been delivering both for more than 50 years. In this time there has been a significant change from paper-based to increasingly online delivery (both on-campus and at a distance). Services provided to students have also changed and adapted to…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Student Personnel Services, Graduation Rate
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Taipjutorus, Widchaporn; Hansen, Sally; Brown, Mark – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
In both traditional face-to-face and online learning contexts, self-efficacy has been shown to be a key contributor to learner success. Once established, self-efficacy can be generalised to other learning situations, with the strongest effect occurring with learning activities that are closest to those in which self-efficacy has been improved.…
Descriptors: Correlation, Self Efficacy, Self Control, Online Courses