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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2019
This study examined how the role of digitalization is framed in the strategic development plans of 75 top universities in China. Findings show that digitalization as perceived by these universities features instrumentality (e-campus construction and application) and modernization (sustaining and efficiency innovations in teaching and learning), a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Planning, Strategic Planning, Educational Planning
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2018
This reflection focuses on the position of distance education in today's global higher education. Firstly, it identifies three types of convergence of distance and campus-based education--dual mode, add-on/blended, and full convergence--arguing that the last type has yet to be fully realized due to the complexities involved. It then critiques the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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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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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2016
Much research has been conducted in the area of teacher professional identity in the past decades. Nonetheless, very little attention has been paid to the professional identity of tutors in distance education. Using interviews, this study set out to investigate distance tutors' claimed and assigned professional identities, their actual, ought and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Distance Education, Teacher Characteristics
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2014
Learner agency plays a key role in self-regulated learning. Yet, there is a paucity of research into its role in the distance learning context. Using reflective narratives written by a distance learner of English in China, this longitudinal case study aims to investigate the ways in which learner agency mediates the language learning in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Policy, Reflection, Distance Education, Longitudinal Studies
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2012
Teachers' influence on students' learning motivation is a well-researched topic. Nevertheless, the majority of such studies are situated in the conventional learning context despite the rapid growth of distance language learning. This study set out to investigate tutors' influence on students' learning motivation in the Chinese distance language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Motivation, Distance Education, Teacher Characteristics