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Kember, David; Dekkers, John – Distance Education, 1987
Discussion of need for academic support for distance education students and the role of study centers in providing such support highlights a survey of 1,144 students enrolled in external courses at Capricornia Institute (Australia). Current use of study centres and future use in light of advances in telecommunications are considered. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Developed Nations, Distance Education, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries
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Ostman, Ronald E.; Wagner, Graham A. – Distance Education, 1987
Describes a survey of 724 management students in New Zealand's Technical Correspondence Institute which was conducted to determine whether the introduction of educational technologies could decrease the dropout rate. The multiple linear regression model that was used to analyze the questionnaire responses is presented, and predictor variables are…
Descriptors: Administrator Education, Correspondence Study, Developed Nations, Dropout Prevention
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Rumble, Greville – Distance Education, 1987
This discussion of the cost-effectiveness and cost-efficiency of media-based distance education focuses on a comparison of British Open University and conventional university costs. Expenses of instructional materials and their preparation are discussed in relation to student enrollment, and future possibilities for home-based systems are…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Cost Effectiveness, Developed Nations
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Garrison, D. R. – Distance Education, 1987
Presents a critical analysis of research explaining dropout in distance education, and suggests the direction of future studies needed to form new theories regarding dropout. Highlights include discussions of mediated communication, audio teleconferencing, and problems with current research methodology and conceptual models. (LRW)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Dropout Research, Futures (of Society), Research Methodology
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Robertson, Bill – Distance Education, 1987
This discussion of the benefits of audio teleconferencing for distance education programs and for business and government applications focuses on the recent experience of Canadian educational users. Four successful operating models and their costs are reviewed, and it is concluded that audio teleconferencing is cost efficient and educationally…
Descriptors: Business Communication, Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Developed Nations
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Kahl, Thomas N.; Cropley, Arthur J. – Distance Education, 1986
Summarizes differences between face-to-face and distance learners at Fernuniversitat (West Germany) in terms of demographics, motivation, study conditions, and personal consequences, in order to provide some empirically derived insights into the psychological consequences of distance learning for learners. (MBR)
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Demography, Distance Education
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Taylor, James C.; And Others – Distance Education, 1986
Describes a study which examined relationships between academic persistence and turn-around time, feedback interval, and contacts between student and institution beyond assignment submissions at Allama Iqbal Open University, Darling Downs Institute of Advanced Education, Open Learning Institute of British Columbia, Tasmanian State Institute of…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Cross Cultural Studies, Distance Education, Dropout Rate
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Sweet, Robert – Distance Education, 1986
Describes a survey of 356 adult students enrolled in university-level courses at the Open Learning Institute which was conducted to assess the predictive validity of Tinto's theoretical model of student dropout. It was found that, overall, the Tinto model appears to be a useful framework for such investigations. (Author/LRW)
Descriptors: Adult Dropouts, Correlation, Discriminant Analysis, Distance Education
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Vivian, Vicki – Distance Education, 1986
Describes and evaluates a project which used electronic mail in correspondence teaching for geographically isolated elementary level home students. Problems with equipment used for communication--videotex, facsimile, computers, and telephones--are discussed together with reasons for the generally successful outcome of the project. Sample materials…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Electronic Mail, Elementary Education, Elementary School Students
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Andrews, James; Strain, John – Distance Education, 1985
Describes development and operation of the University of Missouri's Center for Independent Study; its implementation and use of online computer assisted instruction; and a study comparing student attitudes toward online computer assisted instruction and correspondence courses. (MBR)
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Correlation, Distance Education, Educational Theories
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Minnis, John R. – Distance Education, 1985
Explores the possibility of expanding the research base in distance education through the use of three well-known and accepted qualitative methodologies used by anthropology and sociology: ethnography, case study, and grounded theory. Each methodology's characteristics and main strengths are described. (MBR)
Descriptors: Anthropology, Case Studies, Data Collection, Distance Education
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Dohner, Charles W.; And Others – Distance Education, 1985
Describes an evaluation plan and preliminary results for the ATS-6 satellite interactive telecommunication program for teaching basic science and clinical diagnosis at sites remote from an established medical school (University of Washington). This study assesses the technical feasibility, interaction characteristics of the education programs, and…
Descriptors: Attitudes, Clinical Diagnosis, Clinical Experience, Communication (Thought Transfer)
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Duignan, Patrick A.; Teather, David C. B. – Distance Education, 1985
Describes North American origins and Australian development of the field of study of educational administration; explores links between the field's development and development of its study externally; considers University of New England's Master of Educational Administration degree; and discusses staff views on supervision of external students'…
Descriptors: Degree Requirements, Distance Education, Educational Administration, Educational Development
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Muller, Klaus; And Others – Distance Education, 1985
Discusses development of Didaktik, a teaching and learning theory which investigates relationships between disciplined-based and general teaching theories; discusses the need for concretization of general teaching models in terms of discipline-based teaching theory in distance education; and postulates the necessity of a theory of distance…
Descriptors: Development, Distance Education, Educational Theories, Foreign Countries
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Clark, Rohan G.; And Others – Distance Education, 1984
A survey of University of New England academic staff was conducted to determine their perceptions of external teaching as part of a larger study to ascertain staff attitudes toward their effectiveness as teachers. Responses related to demands, enjoyment, and benefits of external and internal teaching, and student characteristics are discussed.…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Conventional Instruction, Educational Research, External Degree Programs
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