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Lomellini, Amy; Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Snelson, Chareen; Trespalacios, Jesús H. – Distance Education, 2022
Online learning can potentially meet increasingly diverse students' needs in higher education, including disabled students. However, institutions have historically struggled in providing accessible and inclusive online learning. Higher education online learning leaders, those who manage instructional designers, are in a unique position to help…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Accessibility (for Disabled), Inclusion, Online Courses
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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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Belt, Eric S.; Lowenthal, Patrick R. – Distance Education, 2021
The use of video has become commonplace in education today. Educators are engaging students with video communication technology more frequently than ever before, given COVID-19. However, questions remain on how instructors use video as a communication and teaching tool in online and blended courses. The purpose of this literature review was to…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Online Courses
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Trespalacios, Jesús; Snelson, Chareen; Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Uribe-Flórez, Lida; Perkins, Ross – Distance Education, 2021
Community and connectedness are important concepts in online higher education. However, researchers debate how they are defined, operationalized, or enacted in practice. A scoping study was conducted to review the research literature on the extent, range, and nature of research in community and connectedness in online higher education. A total of…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Interpersonal Relationship
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Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Dunlap, Joanna C. – Distance Education, 2020
Researchers have been investigating social presence in online learning for decades. However, despite this continued research, questions remain about the nature and development of social presence. The purpose of this mixed method exploratory case study was to investigate how social presence is established in online discussion forums in an…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Interpersonal Relationship
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Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Dunlap, Joanna C. – Distance Education, 2018
Social presence is a popular construct used to describe how people socially interact in online courses. Online educators continue to try different ways to establish and maintain social presence in online courses. However, research to date has not identified which strategies, or types of strategies, are best for establishing social presence. We…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Computer Mediated Communication
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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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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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Dray, Barbara J.; Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Miszkiewicz, Melissa J.; Ruiz-Primo, Maria Araceli; Marczynski, Kelly – Distance Education, 2011
Given the continued growth in online learning as well as reports of high attrition rates in it, understanding student readiness for online learning is necessary. Over the years several surveys have been developed to assess student readiness as a predictor of success in online programs; however, a review of the literature yielded limited results of…
Descriptors: Predictive Validity, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Test Construction, Readiness