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Sánchez-Elvira Paniagua, Angeles; Simpson, Ormond – Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2018
European universities face great challenges dealing with twenty-first century world changes. Deep transformations are required to a wide range of life-long learning scenarios, which are replacing traditional modes of university study and giving access to students in more flexible ways. To address the transformation in learning, the European…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Simpson, Ormond – Open Learning, 2013
This paper brings together some data on student retention in distance education in the form of graduation rates at a sample of distance institutions. The paper suggests that there is a "distance education deficit" with many distance institutions having less than one-quarter of the graduation rates of conventional institutions. It looks…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Learning Motivation
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Inkelaar, Tom; Simpson, Ormond – Open Learning, 2015
Graduation rates in distance higher education are low compared with full-time higher education--often less than 20% compared with full-time UK rates of around 80%--the "distance education deficit". In the University of London International Programmes, the difference between the face-to-face graduation rate of 61.5% and the distance…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Higher Education, Graduation Rate
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Simpson, Ormond – Open Learning, 2008
This paper calls for a new theory of learner support in distance learning based on recent findings in the fields of learning and motivational psychology. It surveys some current learning motivation theories and proposes that models drawn from the relatively new field of Positive Psychology, such as the "Strengths Approach", together with…
Descriptors: Open Education, Open Universities, Distance Education, Learning Motivation
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Simpson, Ormond – Open Learning, 2006
This paper reviews some of the ways in which student success can be predicted in conventional and distance education. Predicting such success is particularly important for new students where the pre-course start information available is sometimes slight and withdrawal often occurs very early in a course. It suggests that, in such cases,…
Descriptors: Probability, Distance Education, Academic Achievement, Regression (Statistics)
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Boyle, Frank; Kwon, Jinhee; Ross, Catherine; Simpson, Ormond – Open Learning, 2010
This article argues that in the drive to develop e-learning initiatives in distance learning, simpler ways of supporting students for retention may be overlooked; for example, the linking of students in the form of mentoring and peer support networks. The article reports on three mentoring projects, in the United Kingdom, Korea and New Zealand,…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Social Support Groups, Mentors, Outcomes of Education
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Gibbs, Graham; Regan, Peter; Simpson, Ormond – Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 2007
The Open University has been undertaking an extended initiative to improve student retention through enhanced support for at-risk students. This initiative has evolved through a series of stages from ad hoc small scale local interventions relying largely on tutors and student self-referral, to an institution-wide pro-active system implemented by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Holding Power, High Risk Students, Open Universities
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Simpson, Ormond – Open Learning, 2004
There is increasing interest in student retention in open and distance learning. This article looks at the role of proactive interventions from the institution to its students and discusses concepts such as the maximum possible increases in retention and issues such as who to target for intervention, the different types of retention possible and…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Open Universities, Distance Education, Trend Analysis
Simpson, Ormond – Teaching at a Distance, 1978
At a conference for part-time staff of the East Anglian Region of Britain's Open University, role-playing was used to improve counseling skills. Two role-plays of counseling situations are summarized and discussed and the Role-Playing--Observer's Check List, used in the session, is appended. (JMD)
Descriptors: Correspondence Schools, Counselor Training, Educational Counseling, External Degree Programs
Simpson, Ormond – 2000
This book, which is intended for individuals involved in recruiting and teaching students in open and distance learning (ODL) situations, examines academic and nonacademic student support issues in ODL. The following are among the topics discussed in the book's 14 chapters: (1) models and definitions of ODL systems; (2) rationale for student…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Adult Students, Check Lists, Classroom Techniques
Simpson, Ormond – 2002
This document is designed to assist practitioners in the United Kingdom and elsewhere who are involved in recruiting and teaching students in open and distance learning (ODL) or e-learning environments. The following are among the specific topics discussed: (1) models and definitions; (2) background to student support; (3) nonacademic student…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Persistence, Academic Standards, Access to Education
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Asbee, Sue; Simpson, Ormond – Open Learning, 1998
Discusses the support needed by distance-education students from partners, family, and friends; describes a survey conducted to determine student opinions; and recommends the development of a leaflet that could be handed out to new students explaining the need for support. (LRW)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Family Role, Printed Materials, Student Attitudes
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Blanchfield, Lynne; Patrick, Ian; Simpson, Ormond – British Journal of Educational Technology, 2000
Describes the United Kingdom Open University's FirstClass(TM) Computer conferencing system and its role in student support, taking as an example the way it is used for course choice. Suggests that while there are students who use it freely and apparently derive benefit from it, there are also substantial issues to be addressed about its relative…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Attitudes, Computer Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
Haag, Sally B. P. – 1990
This two-part handbook is based on 5 years of experience with distance education teaching and learning courses at the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). The first section, "ABC's for Tutors," looks at the tutor's responsibilities from three viewpoints: the academic duties, the administrative details, and the counselling support…
Descriptors: Correspondence Study, Distance Education, Evaluation, Evaluation Criteria
Carr-Chellman, Alison A., Ed. – SAGE Publications (CA), 2004
"Global Perspectives on E-Learning: Rhetoric and Reality" presents several cases of international online education and the rhetoric that surrounds this form of teaching and learning. Written from a critical perspective, the book investigates some of the problems faced by international distance educators. It particularly focuses on who…
Descriptors: Education Courses, Rhetoric, Distance Education, Democracy