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Ghadirian, Hajar; Salehi, Keyvan; Ayub, Ahmad Fauzi Mohd – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
An ego network is an individual's social network relationships with core members. In this study, the ego network parameters in online discussion spaces of high- and low-performing students were compared. The extent to which students' ego networks changed over the course were also analyzed. Participation in 7 weeks of online discussions were…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Group Discussion, High Achievement, Low Achievement
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Fleming, Raymond; Barth, Dylan; Weber, Nicole; Pedrick, Laura E.; Kienzler, Sarah E.; Reddy, Diane M. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
A randomized controlled trial was conducted to determine the efficacy of "U-Pace" instruction for older undergraduates, ages 25 and older, and younger undergraduates, ages 18 to 24. Additionally, change in learner perceptions across the semester, an outcome not reported in the literature on "U-Pace" instruction, was…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Attitudes, Undergraduate Students, Teaching Methods
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Viano, Samantha L. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
The majority of American high school students enrolling in online education are doing so in credit recovery courses. These are online courses specifically for students who previously failed a face-to-face version of the course. Despite the popularity of credit recovery courses, the literature on online learning largely ignores credit recovery…
Descriptors: At Risk Students, High School Students, Credits, Repetition
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Park, Sanghoon; Yun, Heoncheol – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
Providing effective motivational support is a critical determinant of a successful online distance learning experience for students in higher education. In this study, we examined how students' academic level and use of 8 motivational regulation strategies influence 3 types of student engagement: behavioral engagement, emotional engagement, and…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Online Courses, Predictor Variables, Metacognition
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Esfijani, Azam – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
This article presents a meta-synthesis review of quality of online education (QOE) measurement approaches. In order to survey the existing body of knowledge, a qualitative method was employed to investigate what quality of online education is comprised of and how the concept has been measured through the literature. To achieve this, a total of 112…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Student Attitudes
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Roulston, Kathryn; Pope, Elizabeth; Paulus, Trena; deMarrais, Kathleen – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
This paper reports findings from a 2-year study of online coursework in a graduate certificate program in qualitative research methods in the USA. Thirty-four interviews with students enrolled in coursework offered over a 2-year period were analyzed to explore their perceptions of engagement with the course content and one another. Findings are…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Course Content
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Rysavy, Monica D. T.; Michalak, Russell; Hunt, Kevin – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
The Digital Archival Advertisements Survey Process (DAASP) model is a collaborative active learning exercise designed to aid students in evaluating primary source documents of print-based advertisements. By deploying DAASP, the researchers were able to assess the students' ability to evaluate their biases of the advertisements in a first-year…
Descriptors: Primary Sources, Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Archives
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Huang, Kun; Law, Victor – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
Much is known about help seeking in face-to-face classrooms, but there is a limited understanding about how learners seek and provide help online. This study implemented a peer-help forum in an online technology course, and investigated students' engagement in the forum, their perceptions, and the relationship between peer help and course…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Help Seeking, Online Courses, Technology Education
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Chandra, Shaneel; Sharma, Bibhya – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
The University of the South Pacific is owned by 12 nations in the South Pacific Ocean. The institution provides higher education through its 14 campuses, with at least 1 campus per member country. To be able to overcome the geographical divide and isolation, while ensuring high-quality learning and teaching, the university utilizes Internet,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Science, Distance Education, Computer Uses in Education
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Jones, Karen D.; Figueiredo-Brown, Regina – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
Full-time virtual schooling is a growing alternative to traditional schools, although it is an option still unknown to many students. The ability to inform students through marketing is thus foundational to the success of virtual schools. Using a qualitative case study methodology, this article examines marketing patterns for nonprofit virtual…
Descriptors: Elementary Secondary Education, Student Recruitment, Marketing, Qualitative Research
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Stocker, Brandi L. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
This comparative study examined the academic success rates of online graduate nursing students by comparing final grades to the on-campus cohort of graduate nursing students prior to the program transitioning online. Analysis was conducted by identifying and comparing final course grades in 4 required Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses…
Descriptors: Nursing Education, Masters Programs, Comparative Analysis, Graduate Students
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Rennar-Potacco, Donna; Orellana, Anymir – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
Student demand for distance learning, changing student demographics, and low retention compel institutions of higher education to develop alternative forms of academic support that can effectively serve the increasingly diverse needs of students. Videoconferencing provides institutions with the capacity to provide interactive real-time academic…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Distance Education, Videoconferencing, Academic Support Services
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Warren, Scott J.; Robinson, Heather Ann – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
With increased online course offerings at most higher education institutions, it is important to have a way to determine whether the courses continue to have value to students or outlived their usefulness. Courses are the central means of knowledge delivery for each institution and may be viewed through the lens of the product life-cycle, which is…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Learner Engagement, Developmental Stages, Models
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Hurlbut, Amanda R. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
Online education programs are well established in higher education, including graduate level and non-traditional teacher education programs. However, there is a lack of substantial research into online programs for undergraduate students in comparable preparation programs. The purpose of this study was to determine how student progress in a…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Online Courses, Conventional Instruction, Teacher Education Programs
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Burke Moneypenny, Dianne; Evans, Margaret; Kraha, Amanda – American Journal of Distance Education, 2018
The current study seeks to analyze university students' perceptions of online peer assessment (PA) with regard its effectiveness as a learning tool and as a contributing factor to motivation and interaction. Participants also responded to questions about self-perceived writing strength, attitudes toward peer review, and experiences with peer…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, Interaction
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