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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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Starks, Allison – Distance Education, 2022
Online and distance education strategies offer a path for closing opportunity gaps for students with disabilities because of digital technologies' flexibility and capacity for differentiation, but fully online schooling does always guarantee an inclusive education. The COVID-19-induced shift to remote learning highlighted the need for more insight…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Students with Disabilities, Distance Education
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Tang, Hengtao; Bao, Yu – Distance Education, 2021
Open educational resources (OER) are a cost-effective alternative to traditional textbooks for K-12 teachers to provide differentiated instruction at a much lower cost. However, teachers have to overcome barriers to implement OER in their classrooms, especially if cultural and economic factors are considered. To help each teacher overcome…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Barriers
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Mac Domhnaill, Ciarán; Mohan, Gretta; McCoy, Selina – Distance Education, 2021
During the academic year 2019-2020, school buildings worldwide closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating a rapid shift to distance education. This study assessed the influence of high-speed broadband availability on student engagement with distance learning during this period in Ireland. Employing data from a representative sample…
Descriptors: Internet, Learner Engagement, Attendance, Principals
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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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Lai, Kwok-Wing – Distance Education, 2017
A supportive online learning environment entails teachers using effective pedagogical practices to meet the needs of their students and developing a positive teacher-student relationship to foster learner motivation and engagement. This paper reports a study investigating how 32 secondary teachers in New Zealand taught their online distance…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Distance Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Secondary School Teachers
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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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Kim, Sung-Wan – Distance Education, 2015
This study examined the actual practice and effectiveness of a satellite educational TV program in Ethiopian secondary schools. Participants in the survey were 228 students and 63 teachers from secondary schools. The results of the data analysis indicate that Ethiopian students and teachers scored highly in the evaluation areas. Levels of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Television, Technology Uses in Education, Secondary Education
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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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Veletsianos, George; Doering, Aaron; Henrickson, Jeni – Distance Education, 2012
We examine the experiences of five teachers who traveled with a team of educators, scientists, and explorers on circumpolar Arctic expeditions to deliver adventure learning (AL) programs to K-12 students at a distance. Results highlight the personal and professional impacts this opportunity had on teachers, including their empowering, fulfilling,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction, Instructional Design
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Roberts, Nicky; Vanska, Riitta – Distance Education, 2011
This article introduces the Nokia Mobile Learning for Mathematics Project in South Africa, which made use of mobile technology to support mathematics learning at 30 public secondary schools. It draws on the evaluation of this project from January to June 2010. The article discusses learner access to mobile devices, learner and teacher uptake and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Mathematics Education, Mathematics Achievement, Foreign Countries
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