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Thoms, Brian – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2012
Social networking technologies are used by millions of individuals around the globe to foster dialogue and share all types of information. It is therefore common to see that campuses abound with students embracing these technologies, sharing everything from personal experiences to general interests and current events with their immediate and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Interpersonal Relationship, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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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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Hramiak, Alison – Technology, Pedagogy and Education, 2010
A purpose-built blend of teaching and learning activities was used with trainee teachers on a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) course, and subsequently evaluated in a cyclical action research study, over a period of two years. The purpose of the blend was to engender the formation of a learning community, by giving them access to each…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Community, Action Research, Distance Education
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Perry, Beth; Dalton, Janice; Edwards, Margaret – International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2009
Creating a sense of community in the online classroom is a challenge for educators who teach via the Internet. There is a growing body of literature supporting the importance of the community construct in online courses (Liu, Magjuka, Curtis, & Lee, 2007). Thus, educators are challenged to develop and implement innovative teaching technologies…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Attitudes, Teaching Methods, Online Courses
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Arend, Bridget – Journal of Educators Online, 2009
Critical thinking is a highly desirable goal of online higher education courses. This article presents qualitative data from a mixed-method study that explores how asynchronous discussions within online courses influence critical thinking among students. In this study, online discussions were related to higher levels of critical thinking, but…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Critical Thinking, Teacher Role, Community Colleges
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Schutt, Maria; Allen, Brock S.; Laumakis, Mark A. – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
Previous research has indicated that instructor immediacy is associated with learning outcomes, satisfaction, and motivation. However, few researchers have examined instructor immediacy in the context of online learning. This study is the first large experiment (n = 433) to empirically investigate the effects of instructor immediacy behaviors…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Online Courses, Teacher Student Relationship
Owens, Janet; Hardcastle, Lesley Ann; Richardson, Ben – Journal of Distance Education, 2009
While there has been research into the provision of "distance" and "off-campus" education, both in relation to technology and to curriculum, little attention has been given to the experiences of students studying in geographically remote locations, where the remoteness has been an aspect of investigation. This study aimed to…
Descriptors: Student Experience, College Students, Interviews, Student Attitudes
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Ostlund, Berit – Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 2008
This article investigates distance students' understanding of the prerequisites for interactive learning in asynchronous, computer mediated university distance studies. It encompasses students' attitudes to structure, dialogue and autonomy, and their experience of social presence and what they consider interaction with peer learners signifies for…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship, Graduate Students
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Ravert, Russell D.; Evans, Michael A. – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2007
Survey data from 174 university students are presented, on a scale designed to measure preference for absolute knowledge and perspective in instruction, including online discussions. Results demonstrate a strong effect of class level such that students in lower grade levels reported a greater preference for instruction involving unambiguous…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Attitudes, Online Courses, Perspective Taking
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MacFadden, Robert J.; Herie, Marilyn A.; Maiter, Sarah; Dumbrill, Gary – Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 2005
This paper explores how human service learners subjectively experience a web-based approach to learning. The course was a new iteration of an earlier course on enhancing cultural competency and involved a sample size of 72 participants. A course on cultural competency can be a difficult one to deliver via a web-based medium given the potentially…
Descriptors: Constructivism (Learning), Models, Student Attitudes, Cultural Relevance
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Bozarth, Jane; Chapman, Diane D.; LaMonica, Laura – Educational Technology & Society, 2004
This paper describes the analysis undertaken to design a 1-credit-hour online orientation course for students new to online learning. An instructional design team, as a part of an advanced instructional design course, worked with a university-based client. The client identified specific problem areas encountered by novice students of online…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Distance Education, Time Management, Online Courses