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Martin, Florence; Ahlgrim-Delzell, Lynn; Budhrani, Kiran – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
Systematic reviews of literature are studies that strategically search for published research on a specific topic in order to synthesize what is known about the topic. This systematic review describes 157 articles on synchronous online learning (SOL) from thirty-four different countries on instructional setting, content areas, participant…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Educational Research, Synchronous Communication, Electronic Learning
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Sadaf, Ayesha; Olesova, Larisa – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
The researchers in this study examined the influence of questions designed with the Practical Inquiry Model (PIM), compared with the regular (playground) questions, on students' levels of cognitive presence in online discussions. Students' discussion postings were collected and categorized according to the four levels of cognitive presence:…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Cognitive Processes, Web Based Instruction
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Taggart, Gabel – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
Attending college online has implications for students' ability to make social connections and eventually obtain jobs by means of social capital. Previous academic work has tested employer callback rates to fictitious resumes treated by indications of either online or face-to-face college attendance but such methods overlook the networking aspect…
Descriptors: Online Courses, College Students, Attendance, Student Surveys
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Chow, Anthony S.; Croxton, Rebecca A. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
As university administrators respond to increasing demands of the educational market to offer greater opportunities for online learning, their capacity to create an economically stable, sustainable, yet rich teaching and learning environment deserves immediate and continued attention. A university-wide study involving 130 participants examined the…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Electronic Learning, Educational Change, Higher Education
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Kumar, Swapna; Coe, Catherine – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
The increase in online graduate programs and the online mentoring of student research have led to the need to identify challenges faced by online mentees and successful strategies used by online mentors during the dissertation process. Based on semistructured interviews with ten graduates, strategies for online mentoring and areas of support…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Mentors, Student Research, Supervisory Methods
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García, Annette Hestres – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
This article presents an interview with Gilberto Garcia Batista, who is professor at the University of Pedagogical Sciences. The interview is conducted by Annette Hestres García, a doctoral student at The Pennsylvania State University in the Dual-Title Lifelong Learning and Adult Education/Comparative & International Education and Women's,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Interviews
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Arora, Skand; Goel, Manav; Sabitha, A. Sai; Mehrotra, Deepti – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
The open nature of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) attracts a large number of learners with different backgrounds, skills, motivations, and goals. This has brought a need to understand such heterogeneity in populations of MOOC learners. Categorizing these learners based upon their interaction with the course can help address this need and…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Heterogeneous Grouping, Learner Engagement, Student Characteristics
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Gameel, Bahaa G. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
This study investigates factors that influence learners' satisfaction with massive open online courses (MOOCs). Framed by the theory of independent learning and teaching, the three types of interaction model, and the technology acceptance model, this study analyzed data collected from 1,786 learners enrolled in four MOOCs. Results show that the…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Titarenko, Larissa; Little, Craig B. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
"Study abroad" college programs can transform domestic students into a kind of "global citizens" with international experience and cross-cultural competences demanded in the emerging global market. Can a full-time international online undergraduate class serve as a virtual alternative to study abroad experience? Two questions…
Descriptors: College Students, Study Abroad, Cultural Awareness, Global Approach
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Ding, Yan; Gao, Yaping; Lu, Fang – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
This paper aims to examine whether and how the US-based Quality Matters (QM) Higher Education Rubric-Design Standards for Online and Blended Courses apply to the Chinese higher education environment. Suitability and matchability of QM Standards are respectively examined through a questionnaire and course reviews at Fudan University, a leading…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, Educational Quality, Academic Standards
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Hollowell, Gail P.; Brooks, Racheal M.; Anderson, Yolanda B. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) recognized the need to address the increasing rates of Ds, Fs, and Withdrawal by students matriculating in online courses. Led by two science faculty, a faculty learning community in partnership with the NCCU Division of Extended Studies was created to assess online science course offerings and instruction.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Course Evaluation, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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Kearns, Lorna R.; Mancilla, Rae – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
This study explored the impact of professional development workshops for online course design on faculty's pedagogical practices in online, face-to-face (f2f), and blended instructional modes. It specifically focused on trainings offered by the Quality Matters (QM) organization on a rubric for assessing quality in online course development. A…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Faculty Development, Teacher Workshops, Delivery Systems
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Cowan, John; Richter, Stephanie; Miller, Tracy; Rhode, Jason; Click, Aline; Underwood, Jason – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
The growth of distance education has necessitated strong evidence of quality for institutions of higher education, and numerous standards and principles of quality have been developed, such as Quality Matters™ (Quality Matters). These systems are often considered only at the course level to guide design and improve student outcomes, but they can…
Descriptors: Social Networks, Network Analysis, Communities of Practice, Sustainability
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Barczyk, Casimir C.; Hixon, Emily; Buckenmeyer, Janet; Ralston-Berg, Penny – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
Three thousand, one hundred sixty students involved in online instruction at 31 colleges and universities across the United States completed a survey designed to probe into whether statements derived from 8 standards in the Quality Matters™ (QM) rubric contributed to their success. The 43-item survey instrument measured students' perceptions of…
Descriptors: College Students, Student Surveys, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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Adair, Deborah – American Journal of Distance Education, 2017
This article covers the origins, growth, rationale, calibration, and inspiration of an international pool of certified Quality Matters™ (QM) Peer Reviewers. From the beginning in 2003, as a U.S. Department of Education, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education funded project, QM was developed as a faculty-centered, peer-based approach…
Descriptors: Quality Assurance, Peer Evaluation, Educational Improvement, Teacher Certification
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