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Waterhouse, Philippa; Samra, Rajvinder; Lucassen, Mathijs – Distance Education, 2022
The perceived flexibility of distance education, whereby students can juggle their multiple life roles, is often cited as the predominant reason for enrolling in this mode of study. Nonetheless, for distance learners their multiple roles often have a significant impact on their study experience. This study had three objectives: (1) to explore…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Student Satisfaction, Student Attitudes, Student Employment
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Li, Chenglu; Xing, Wanli; Leite, Walter L. – Distance Education, 2022
Help-seeking is a valuable practice in online discussion forums. However, the asynchronicity and information overload of online discussion forums have made it challenging for help seekers and providers to connect effectively. This study formulated a new method to provide fair and accurate insights toward building a peer recommender to support…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Help Seeking, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Jung, Insung; Lee, Jihyun – Distance Education, 2022
The aim of this study was to develop and validate a multidimensional open thinking scale (OTS) in order to measure adult learners' open thinking as a key learning outcome of open educational practices (OEP) through a three-phase process of item generation, theoretical analysis, and psychometric analysis. Exploratory and confirmatory factor…
Descriptors: Thinking Skills, Outcomes of Education, Open Education, Test Construction
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Wang, Qin; Mousavi, Amin; Lu, Chang – Distance Education, 2022
The field of learning analytics (LA) is developing rapidly. However, previous empirical studies on LA were largely data-driven. Little attention has been paid to theory-driven LA studies. The present scoping review identified and summarized empirical theory-driven LA studies, aiming to reveal how theories were integrated into LA. The review…
Descriptors: Learning Analytics, Journal Articles, Databases, Metacognition
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Paul, Ravi C.; Swart, William; MacLeod, Kenneth R. – Distance Education, 2022
Relative proximity theory contributes to the concept of distance in distance education by defining how far a current learning environment is from an ideal learning environment. As in Moore's (1993) theory of transactional distance, it defines distance as a psychosocial phenomenon but provides specificity to Moore's seminal theory for learning at a…
Descriptors: Proximity, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Measures (Individuals)
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Wang, Yang – Distance Education, 2022
Teaching presence has the potential to influence learning engagement. But the specific role of teaching presence in learning engagement is yet to be explored. Hence, I surveyed 1,328 college students in China through an online questionnaire. The structural equation modeling analysis result indicates that the five dimensions of teaching presence…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Learner Engagement, Online Courses, College Students
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Martirosyan, Nara M.; Saxon, D. Patrick; Coleman, Sandra Lee – Distance Education, 2022
The purpose of this study was to examine graduate students' perceptions regarding student-led discussion forums in online classes. Qualitative data were collected from 2014 to 2021 from 65 doctoral students enrolled in a cohort model, fully online doctoral program focused on administration and leadership in education at a doctoral research…
Descriptors: Doctoral Students, Student Attitudes, Peer Teaching, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Di Malta, Gina; Bond, Julian; Conroy, Dominic; Smith, Katy; Moller, Naomi – Distance Education, 2022
In this study, we investigated the links between distance education students' mental health, connectedness, and academic performance during COVID-19, using a mixed-methods sequential explanatory design. Online survey responses with a sample of 208 distance education students--aged 18-84, 144 females, 60 males, three nonbinary individuals, most…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Mental Health, Academic Achievement, COVID-19
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Xing, Wanli – Distance Education, 2022
There are theoretical arguments and empirical studies to support the benefits of early participation in an online course. However, little research has been conducted to investigate the relationship between students' early start in online learning and their course performance, which limits its application to online education research and practice.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Correlation, Grades (Scholastic), Access to Education
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Stuart, Jaimee; O'Donnell, Alexander W.; Scott, Riley; O'Donnell, Karlee; Lund, Rochelle; Barber, Bonnie – Distance Education, 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted widespread transitions to remote teaching and learning in the higher education sector, bringing challenges for both educators and students. This study investigated links between student engagement with distinct types of remote teaching (asynchronous and synchronous) and academic outcomes (grade point average and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Instruction, Teaching Methods, Distance Education
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A., Gulinna; Xie, Jingrong; Korkmaz, Nilufer – Distance Education, 2022
The purpose of this exploratory study was to investigate the contributing factors that influence online instructors' decisions on course design and delivery strategies in higher education institutions. We conducted a principal component analysis with 81 online instructors across the United States of America to validate a conceptual framework that…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Web Based Instruction, Decision Making, Teaching Methods
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Martínez-Hernández, Ana – Distance Education, 2022
With the abrupt onset of the global lockdown in spring 2020, teachers had to adjust their teaching mode by using videoconferencing platforms for several months. In the academic year 2020-2021, instruction shifted to a mode of blended learning where face-to-face lessons were prioritized, and remote learning was employed in specific contexts. This…
Descriptors: Music Teachers, Teaching Experience, Videoconferencing, COVID-19
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Lowenthal, Patrick R. – Distance Education, 2022
Research suggests that video can improve social presence in online courses. Video, though, is not a panacea; rather the success of video use depends in part on how and when it is used. Online instructors are increasingly using video in various ways, but questions remain on which types of videos students value most when it comes to establishing…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Asynchronous Communication, Video Technology, Online Courses
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Espasa, A.; Guasch, T.; Mayordomo, R. M.; Martinez-Melo, M. – Distance Education, 2022
Although the literature on feedback processes has identified two approaches to feedback--more transmissive or more dialogical--there is little empirical evidence of how students perceive feedback practices, particularly in online education. Moreover, there is a lack of research addressing previous experience with online feedback (frequency,…
Descriptors: Student Experience, Feedback (Response), Computer Mediated Communication, Learner Engagement
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Wang, Yang – Distance Education, 2022
The community of inquiry contends that meaningful learning occurs in the interaction among the teaching, social, and cognitive presences. Although studies have validated the close relationships among the three presences, the roles of teaching presence indicators in students' social and cognitive presences need to be further explored. Therefore,…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Inquiry, Foreign Countries, Teacher Student Relationship
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