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Matkin, Gary W. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2022
University continuing and distance education is at a crossroads. This article asserts that a radical disruption in the competitive landscape for university-based continuing education (CE) is on the immediate horizon. University CE is threatened by external trends beyond its control and will likely not survive in its present form, or survive at…
Descriptors: Universities, Continuing Education, Distance Education, Educational Change
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Olcott, Don, Jr. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2022
Micro-credentials vis a vis competency-based certifications of skill domains have existed for decades across vocational-technical education and the professions. What appears to be changing is the "priority" ascribed to different micro-credentials along a credentials continuum that has focused on formal degrees and certificates. This…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Change, Credentials, Employment Potential
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Edge, Christi; Monske, Elizabeth; Boyer-Davis, Stacy; VandenAvond, Steven; Hamel, Brad – American Journal of Distance Education, 2022
This case study reports the collaborative meaning-making process and strategies for organizational change used by a diverse leadership team at a regional comprehensive university. The purpose of the study was to engage in continuous learning and improvement by producing knowledge for informing action; that is, to learn from analyzing the first…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Educational Quality, Organizational Change, Universities
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Simunich, Bethany; McMahon, Elizabeth A.; Hopf, Leigh; Altman, Barbara W.; Zimmerman, Whitney Alicia – American Journal of Distance Education, 2022
The success of quality assurance initiatives in online education is dependent on the successful implementation of the processes, resources, and tools created to ensure quality. There is scant research, however, on the factors that most enable quality assurance implementation at higher education institutions. This research examined a specific…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Electronic Learning, Higher Education, Instructional Design
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Natal, Maria; Jimenez, Richard; Htway, Zin – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
Over the past two decades, Asian and Hispanic immigrants who have been living in the United States for [greater than or equal to] 10 years has increased substantially. Yet, Asian and Latinx students are behind Caucasians in doctoral degree completion rates. Enhancing enrollment, time-to-completion rates, and decreasing attrition, are of national…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Asian American Students, Hispanic American Students, Immigrants
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Schwam, Dina; Greenberg, Daphne; Li, Hongli – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
With online course delivery on the rise, it is essential to understand the preparedness of students attending traditional universities. Prior research has found that some students struggle in online courses, which leads to a quest to better understand the reason why. Studies of self-regulated learning (SRL) in online and blended courses have added…
Descriptors: Individual Differences, Learning Strategies, Online Courses, Self Management
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Garst, Barry A.; Bowers, Edmond P.; Quinn, William H.; Weston, Kayla L. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
While many academic degree programs target nontraditional students who are working professionals, the literature exploring the challenges facing nontraditional students has not considered the experiences of students pursuing youth development degrees. This study explored benefits and challenges nontraditional students associate with participating…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Online Courses, Nontraditional Students, Youth Programs
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Faulconer, Emily – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
With an increasing number of courses taught asynchronously online, it is important to explore how to implement high-impact practices in this modality. Service-learning--a high impact practice--is a course-based, credit-bearing type of experiential learning. It is important to understand instructional strategies and course design for…
Descriptors: Service Learning, Distance Education, Online Courses, Undergraduate Students
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Sun, Yan; Rogers, Reenay – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
This study reports the development and validation of the Online Learning Self-efficacy Scale (OLSS) for online students. The original 73 OLSS items, developed through a comprehensive review of literature and a content and validity review process by a panel of education graduate students and faculty members, were sent out through a survey to the…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Electronic Learning, Self Efficacy
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Mellieon, Harold I., Jr.; Robinson, Petra A. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
Over the past 10 years or so the realm of distance and online education has been expanding rapidly. With the help of the Internet, it has almost eliminated the need for students to be in the same space as their instructors for learning or to be assessed for learning. While the educational landscape continues to be reformed with technology in the…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Electronic Learning, Minicourses
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Fehrman, Sarah; Watson, Sunnie Lee – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
This systematic review examines Asynchronous Online Discussions (AODs) in higher education, with a specific focus on AOD increasing learning outcomes and AOD alternatives. Inclusion and exclusion criteria were used to search academic databases and Google Scholar to find 35 peer-reviewed articles. An overview of the research context is provided…
Descriptors: Literature Reviews, Asynchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Juarez, Brandon C.; Critchfield, Meredith – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
This paper presents a case study of how two teacher educators responded to the disparities and challenges of field experience opportunities for undergraduate teacher candidates. The purpose of the study was to explore teacher candidates' perceptions of the benefits and challenges of having the teacher educators physically present during virtual…
Descriptors: Virtual Classrooms, Observation, Teaching Experience, Preservice Teachers
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Sadaf, Ayesha; Kim, Stella Y.; Wang, Yi – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
The purpose of this study was to gain insight into how employing Case-based (CB) and Non-case-based (NCB) discussions facilitate high-level learning, and whether or not there is a relationship between students' learning outcomes. Findings revealed that students' perceived cognitive presence, learning and satisfaction were significantly higher in…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Inquiry, Problem Solving, Learning Processes
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Dempsey, Kyle B.; Dempsey, Claire W.; Boyles, Cindy A. – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
The purpose of this study was to create a model of student satisfaction in interactive television (ITV) courses. To do so, we analyzed both in-the-moment student satisfaction ratings and end-of-course evaluation ratings in ITV and traditional face-to-face courses across multiple disciplines within the social sciences. The analyses were conducted…
Descriptors: Educational Television, Student Satisfaction, Distance Education, Predictor Variables
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Ortiz, Kelsey R.; Rice, Mary Frances; Curry, Toni; Mellard, Daryl; Kennedy, Kathryn – American Journal of Distance Education, 2021
Students with disabilities and their parents face additional challenges in any educational environment, but little previous research maps these challenges in a online schools. The purpose of this study was to understand parent perceptions of IDEA implementation for children with disabilities during the transition to fully online schooling.…
Descriptors: Parent Attitudes, Students with Disabilities, Online Courses, Special Education
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