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Tonks, DeLaina; Weston, Sarah; Wiley, David; Barbour, Michael K. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
The use of online learning at the primary and secondary school level is growing exponentially in the United States. Much of this growth is with full-time online schools, most of which are operated by for-profit companies that use proprietary online course content. In this article we trace the development of, and philosophy behind, a full-time…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Internet, Online Courses, Access to Education
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Ives, Cindy; Pringle, Mary Margaret – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2013
Since the birth of the World Wide Web, educators have been exchanging ideas and sharing resources online. They are all aware of the turmoil in higher education created by freely available content, including some hopeful developments charted in this issue. Interest has grown steadily over the past decade in making a university-level education…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Internet, Case Studies, Educational Resources
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Veletsianos, George; Navarrete, Cesar C. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
While the potential of social networking sites to contribute to educational endeavors is highlighted by researchers and practitioners alike, empirical evidence on the use of such sites for formal online learning is scant. To fill this gap in the literature, we present a case study of learners' perspectives and experiences in an online course…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Instructional Design, Socialization, Electronic Learning
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Martin, Florence; Parker, Michele A.; Deale, Deborah F. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2012
Interaction is crucial to student satisfaction in online courses. Adding synchronous components (virtual classroom technologies) to online courses can facilitate interaction. In this study, interaction within a synchronous virtual classroom was investigated by surveying 21 graduate students in an instructional technology program in the…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Virtual Classrooms, Internet, Online Courses
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Ritzhaupt, Albert D.; Stewart, Michelle; Smith, Patryce; Barron, Ann E. – International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 2010
The field of distance education is composed of a multiplicity of topics leading to a vast array of research literature. However, the research does not provide a chronological picture of the topics it addresses, making it difficult to develop an overview of the evolution and trends in the literature. To address this issue, a co-word analysis was…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Research, Research Reports, Journal Articles