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Doo, Min Young; Zhu, Meina; Bonk, Curtis J. – Distance Education, 2023
Self-directed learning (SDL) is a critical success factor for massive open online course (MOOC) learners. This meta-analysis study examined the influence of SDL on learning outcomes in MOOCs by extracting the effect sizes of 60 samples from 14 studies published between January 2010 and April 2022. The results showed that the overall effects of SDL…
Descriptors: Independent Study, MOOCs, Outcomes of Education, Educational Research
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Zixi Li; Meina Zhu; Dilnoza Kadirova; Curtis J. Bonk – Distance Education, 2023
The study investigated how adolescent students in Nepal explored massive open online learning courses (MOOCs) in a self-directed learning manner. It used a qualitative approach by conducting 13 individual interviews with these youth. Findings suggest that Nepali adolescent MOOC learners are strongly motivated by natural curiosity toward learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Independent Study, MOOCs, Learning Processes
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Mutambik, Ibrahim; Lee, John; Almuqrin, Abdullah – Distance Education, 2020
There is limited evidence of the effects of culture and context on student readiness for e-learning, and how these might interact with gender. This study addresses this gap by studying the effect of culture and context on the readiness of high school students to use e-learning in a unique setting: an education system in which male and female…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Readiness
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Wu, Fati; Lai, Song – Distance Education, 2019
Open, flexible and distance learning has become part of mainstream education in China. Using a blended learning program in a Chinese high school as the case, this study adopted data-mining approaches to establish predictive models using personality traits. Results showed that, for students with high OE and low extraversion, and students who are…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Learning Analytics, Foreign Countries, At Risk Students
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Musita, Richard; Ogange, Betty O.; Lugendo, Dorine – Distance Education, 2018
The Kenyan education system has very limited re-entry options for learners who drop out before attaining secondary school certificate. It is very difficult to access training and or secure a job that requires at least secondary school education. This study examined the prospects of initiating Open and Distance e-Learning(ODeL) in re-entry…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, High School Students, Reentry Students, Dropouts
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Rehn, Nicole; Maor, Dorit; McConney, Andrew – Distance Education, 2016
This research examines teacher presence in high school distance courses that are delivered by synchronous videoconference. In rural and remote areas, many school districts are using videoconferencing as way to reach dispersed students. This collective case study uses mixed methods to unpack the notion of presence from the perspective of teachers…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Synchronous Communication, High Schools, Videoconferencing
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Firmin, Rob; Schiorring, Eva; Whitmer, John; Willett, Terrence; Collins, Elaine D.; Sujitparapitaya, Sutee – Distance Education, 2014
In Spring 2013 San José State University (SJSU) launched SJSU Plus: three college courses required for most students to graduate, which used massive open online course provider Udacity's platform, attracting over 15,000 students. Retention and success (pass/fail) and online support were tested using an augmented online learning environment (AOLE)…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, College Students
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de la Varre, Claire; Irvin, Matthew J.; Jordan, Adam W.; Hannum, Wallace H.; Farmer, Thomas W. – Distance Education, 2014
Rural schools in the USA use online courses to overcome problems such as attracting and retaining teachers, geographic isolation, low student enrollment, and financial constraints. This paper reports on the reasons that 39% of rural high school students who enrolled in an online Advanced Placement course subsequently dropped the course. Students…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Dropouts, High School Students, Advanced Placement Programs
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Hawkins, Abigail; Graham, Charles R.; Sudweeks, Richard R.; Barbour, Michael K. – Distance Education, 2013
This study examined the relationship between students' perceptions of teacher-student interaction and academic performance at an asynchronous, self-paced, statewide virtual high school. Academic performance was measured by grade awarded and course completion. There were 2269 students who responded to an 18-item survey designed to measure student…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Factor Analysis, Student Attitudes, Interpersonal Relationship
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Velasquez, Andrea; Graham, Charles R.; Osguthorpe, Richard – Distance Education, 2013
The objective of this study was to describe how caring is experienced in the technology-mediated context of the Open High School in Utah, an online charter high school. Two female teachers, two male students, and two female students were interviewed three times over 9 months regarding their experience of caring teacher-student interactions. Data…
Descriptors: High Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Caring
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Harding, Terry – Distance Education, 2012
This reflection outlines the problems associated with the Australian Government's recurrent funding policy for non-government distance education. It demonstrates the policy's inconsistencies with stated government educational policy and with commonly held expectations of fairness in a democratic society. A comparison of the current funding of…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Distance Education, Democracy, Prior Learning