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Taftaf, Randa; Williams, Christy – American Journal of Distance Education, 2020
The sudden influx of refugees into countries around the world has caused a complicated, multi-faceted, international refugee crisis. Refugees, whether in camps or urban areas, face a myriad of problems and obstacles, yet one of the most critical issues young refugees face is the lack of educational opportunities and/or resources. United Nations…
Descriptors: Refugees, Distance Education, Access to Education, Educational Technology
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Chatterjee, Ritushree; Correia, Ana-Paula – American Journal of Distance Education, 2020
Feelings of community increase information flow, cooperation, support, and a sense of commitment toward group goals. Many studies have explored the significance of sense of community and collaborative learning activities in online learning environments. Using a correlational study, the relationship between students' sense of community and their…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Correlation
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Shearer, Rick L.; Aldemir, Tugce; Hitchcock, Jana; Resig, Jessie; Driver, Jessica; Kohler, Megan – American Journal of Distance Education, 2020
As online learning continues to evolve many have proposed that we think differently about our pedagogical approaches, to move beyond the replication of the face-to-face experience. Here we explore the student and faculty visions of the future using a Zaltman Metaphor Elicitation (ZMET) method that uses images to metaphorically represent how…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Online Courses, Figurative Language, Evaluation Methods
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Moore, Michael G. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2020
In this article, Michael Moore provides a bibliography of early 1980s online learning literature which was compiled when he was Director of the American Center for Study of Distance Education. The bibliography was compiled around 1990 and notes the names of some of the first thinkers and early initiatives in the field of online learning.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational History, Higher Education, Telecommunications
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Brinkley-Etzkorn, Karen E. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2020
This study examines the relationship between one approach to training new online instructors and the ways in which the program influenced their beliefs about and attitudes about teaching online over time. The Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) model serves as the theoretical framework for analyzing three primarily qualitative…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Pedagogical Content Knowledge
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Thompson, Carol C.; Patterson, Jill – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
Organizations governing education in the health professions have recently called for changes in teaching to promote students' use of critical thinking (CT). Expectations for CT in courses to train educators should be aligned with the expectations of student use of CT. A growing number of certificate and master's-level programs are being developed…
Descriptors: Critical Thinking, Teaching Methods, Masters Programs, Certification
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Michael, Robert; Webster, Collin A.; Nilges, Lynda; Brian, Ali; Johnson, Robert; Carson, Russell; Egan, Catherine A. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
Previous research has not explored the potential of distance learning to prepare preservice teachers (PCTs) for promoting children's physical activity. The purpose of this study was to (a) examine the perceptions and experiences of PCTs, inservice classroom teachers, university instructors, and elementary students who were involved in a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Service Learning, Preservice Teachers, Elementary School Students
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Baker, Kerrie Q.; Moyer, Diane M. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
This study explored relationship between students' conscientiousness and motivation, their impressions of the online environment, and their learning. Also examined were relationships between their impressions of the online environment and their sense of community and their interactions with others. Questionnaires were completed by 84 students at a…
Descriptors: Correlation, Student Characteristics, Student Attitudes, Online Courses
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Zilka, Gila Cohen; Rahimi, Ilan Daniels; Cohen, Revital – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
Feelings of threat, challenge, motivation, self-efficacy, and transactional distance reflect students' struggles with the learning process. This study examined the relationship between students' subjective feelings about the learning process in virtual and blended courses (VC and BC). This is a mixed-method study. The sample included 484 students…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Blended Learning, Computer Simulation, Self Efficacy
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Beck, Dennis; Watson, Angela R.; Maranto, Robert – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
Recent Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) analyses find that cyber charter schools in seventeen states show consistently low reading and mathematics value-added test scores compared to traditional public schools serving comparable students. This generally accords with prior research. We hypothesize that the relatively poor…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Online Courses, Charter Schools, Low Achievement
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Borup, Jered; Stimson, Rebecca J. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
Local schools are increasingly providing their students who are enrolled in an online course with an on-site facilitator as a means for increasing online pass rates. However, few studies have examined how online teachers and on-site facilitators work in conjunction to support online students. Successful on-site facilitators (n = 12) and online…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Attitudes, Secondary School Teachers
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Baldwin, Sally J. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
As online education continues to grow, instructors from traditional classrooms are being asked to design online courses. In this study, data from interviews with thirty-three public four-year college and university instructors, who had experience designing online courses, were used to understand the instructor's perspective on online course…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Instructional Design, Teacher Role, Public Colleges
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Sweeney, Thomas P.; Gray, Joey – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
Changing education philosophies and technological advancement have altered the way educational content can be delivered to students. One format growing in popularity is virtual institutions which allow students to complete their secondary education completely online. While the format has been in existence for two decades, little information has…
Descriptors: High School Students, Physical Activities, Distance Education, Computer Simulation
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Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Nyland, Rob; Jung, Eulho; Dunlap, Joanna C.; Kepka, Jennifer – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
Class size has been a popular topic for decades. There is renewed interest in this topic now with the growth of online learning. Online courses can accommodate hundreds, if not thousands, of students in a single course. Very little research, though, has been conducted recently on class size in online courses and the research that has been…
Descriptors: Class Size, Teacher Attitudes, Large Group Instruction, Online Courses
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Cung, Bianca; Xu, Di; Eichhorn, Sarah; Warschauer, Mark – American Journal of Distance Education, 2019
Addressing high demand for developmental math instruction and low rates of successful completing of the developmental coursework, with cost and space constraints, has been an ongoing challenge for postsecondary institutions. With advances in online instructional technology, particularly those based on artificial intelligence, web-based instruction…
Descriptors: Developmental Studies Programs, Remedial Mathematics, College Readiness, Blended Learning
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