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Jiang, Wenting – Distance Education, 2017
More and more educational institutions are moving towards online distance learning. Although asynchronous online learning overcomes the constraints of time, place and pace, online distance learners feel isolated due to the lack of real-time communications. One possible solution for overcoming this sense of isolation is regulating student online…
Descriptors: Student Role, Role Perception, Perspective Taking, Sense of Community
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Dargusch, Joanne; Harris, Lois R.; Reid-Searl, Kerry; Taylor, Benjamin A. – Distance Education, 2017
While online courses provide opportunities for a range of assessment tools and resources, little is known about how lecturers might best provide assessment cues to support diverse cohorts. This study explored how lecturers communicate messages about assessment expectations to first-year students in two courses at an Australian regional university…
Descriptors: Online Courses, College Freshmen, Foreign Countries, Lecture Method
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Yang, Dazhi; Baldwin, Sally; Snelson, Chareen – Distance Education, 2017
Despite their rapid growth, online programs routinely face student attrition. How to retain students and help them successfully complete is usually a top priority for online programs. This study investigated persistence factors that contributed to students' successful completion from one of the largest and most successful online programs in the…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, School Holding Power, Student Attrition, Online Courses
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Cho, Moon-Heum; Cho, YoonJung – Distance Education, 2017
The purpose of this study was to develop a scale with which to examine students' self-regulation (SR) in three types of online interaction. Using scale development steps, we constructed the online self-regulation questionnaire (OSRQ), a self-report survey. A total of 799 online students participated in the study. Data from 400 randomly selected…
Descriptors: Self Management, Factor Structure, Factor Analysis, Computer Mediated Communication
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Ng, Clarence – Distance Education, 2017
Can mastery and performance-approach goals predict distance learners' learning and achievement in different learning situations over an academic year? Using a prospective longitudinal design, the current study examined this research question using a cohort of distance learners in Hong Kong. Two hundred and seventy-two distance learners completed…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Adult Learning, Mastery Learning
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2017
Interaction is a recurrent theme in the literature on distance education. Much of the research along these lines is dedicated to reciprocal interpersonal interaction, that is, learner-learner and learner-instructor interaction. But there is far less research interest in learner-content interaction despite its fundamental and critical role in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Interaction, Educational Research, Instructional Materials
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Law, Patrina; Perryman, Leigh-Anne – Distance Education, 2017
In 2013, the Open University (OU) in the UK launched a large-scale survey of users of its OpenLearn platform for open educational resources. The survey results revealed that OpenLearn is functioning as a showcase and a taster for the OU, thereby offering informal learners a bridge to formal education. In 2014 and 2015, the OpenLearn survey was…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Open Universities
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Shelton, Brett E.; Hung, Jui-Long; Lowenthal, Patrick R. – Distance Education, 2017
Early-warning intervention for students at risk of failing their online courses is increasingly important for higher education institutions. Students who show high levels of engagement appear less likely to be at risk of failing, and how engaged a student is in their online experience can be characterized as factors contributing to their social…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Integrated Learning Systems
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Maddrell, Jennifer A.; Morrison, Gary R.; Watson, Ginger S. – Distance Education, 2017
The community of inquiry (CoI) framework suggests social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence are essential elements to foster successful educational experiences in computer-mediated distance learning environments. Although thousands of CoI-based articles have been published, those critical of the framework and related research…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Graduate Students, Distance Education, Student Attitudes
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Xie, Kui; Lu, Lin; Cheng, Sheng-Lun; Izmirli, Serkan – Distance Education, 2017
Research has focused on the significance of social presence in online learning. However, peer interaction does not always result in positive emotions and feelings; it can trigger tension, distress, and anger within a learning community. Therefore, conflictual presence, as a carrier of negative valence within presence, is also a critical element…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Discourse Analysis, Communities of Practice, Computer Mediated Communication
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Dennen, Vanessa P.; Burner, Kerry J. – Distance Education, 2017
This study examines university student's attitudes toward Facebook use, focusing specifically on how they feel about using a social network that encourages the performance of personal and social identity to support learning and interaction among classmates and instructors. Two surveys elicited student habits, preferences, and beliefs related to…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Social Media, Computer Mediated Communication, Privacy
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Öztok, Murat; Kehrwald, Benjamin A. – Distance Education, 2017
Online education research has long employed the concept of social presence to study interactions in technologically mediated spaces. Yet, a precise shared definition of social presence does not exist. This article traces how the concept of social presence has been developed and appropriated in the online and distance education literature. We do…
Descriptors: Interaction, Computer Mediated Communication, Definitions, Concept Formation
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Walker, Ute – Distance Education, 2017
This article examines the discursive construction of social presence and identity in a bilingual collaboration between tertiary distance learners of German in New Zealand and Academic English students in Germany. Drawing on positioning theory, this small-scale study investigated the collaborative practices of a group of students, whose synchronous…
Descriptors: Bilingualism, Self Concept, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning
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Phirangee, Krystle; Malec, Alesia – Distance Education, 2017
Fostering a strong sense of community among students in online courses is the goal of many instructors because it is seen as being essential in supporting students' learning experiences. However, high dropout rates in online learning suggest that students feel disconnected and isolated from their course, feelings which have been attributed to the…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Online Courses, Sense of Community, Dropout Rate
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Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Snelson, Chareen – Distance Education, 2017
Research on social presence and online learning continues to grow. But to date, researchers continue to define and conceptualize social presence very differently. For instance, at a basic level, some conceptualize social presence as one of three presences within a Community of Inquiry, while others do not. Given this problem, we analyzed how…
Descriptors: Interaction, Social Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, Definitions
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