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Reid, Kristen; Butler, Diane L.; Comfort, Catherine; Potter, Andrew D. J. – Distance Education, 2023
This study at The Open University in the United Kingdom examined the effectiveness of specifying internship opportunities for underrepresented student groups in two faculties. Our data, gathered through intern focus groups and supervisor interviews, demonstrate that the virtual internship scheme has been successful from both intern and supervisor…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Open Education, Open Universities
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Dunbar-Morris, Harriet; Nerantzi, Chrissi; Sidiropoulou, Melita Panagiota; Sharp, Lucy – Distance Education, 2023
During the COVID-19 pandemic, significant focus was placed on the benefits and challenges of online versus traditional face-to-face learning. This paper presents the findings from a project which paints a more complex picture. Differing Perceptions of Quality of Learning, a collaborative project between four United Kingdom universities,…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Independent Study, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Waterhouse, Philippa; Samra, Rajvinder; Lucassen, Mathijs – Distance Education, 2022
The perceived flexibility of distance education, whereby students can juggle their multiple life roles, is often cited as the predominant reason for enrolling in this mode of study. Nonetheless, for distance learners their multiple roles often have a significant impact on their study experience. This study had three objectives: (1) to explore…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Student Satisfaction, Student Attitudes, Student Employment
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Di Malta, Gina; Bond, Julian; Conroy, Dominic; Smith, Katy; Moller, Naomi – Distance Education, 2022
In this study, we investigated the links between distance education students' mental health, connectedness, and academic performance during COVID-19, using a mixed-methods sequential explanatory design. Online survey responses with a sample of 208 distance education students--aged 18-84, 144 females, 60 males, three nonbinary individuals, most…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Mental Health, Academic Achievement, COVID-19
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Gibson, Poppy; Clarkson, Rebecca; Scott, Mike – Distance Education, 2022
The number of students with disabilities, which covers a range of conditions including physical and cognitive impairments, is on the rise. Further and higher education institutions are obliged to ensure that teaching and assessment is inclusive. This is particularly pertinent since the pandemic as many students have missed social opportunities…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Evaluation Methods, Distance Education, Students with Disabilities
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Xing, Wanli – Distance Education, 2022
There are theoretical arguments and empirical studies to support the benefits of early participation in an online course. However, little research has been conducted to investigate the relationship between students' early start in online learning and their course performance, which limits its application to online education research and practice.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Correlation, Grades (Scholastic), Access to Education
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Zhu, Meina – Distance Education, 2021
The management of self-directed learning is especially critical for massive open online course (MOOC) learners. This mixed-method study investigated MOOC instructors' strategies to facilitate learners' self-management skills for SDL. The study used three data sources: (a) an online survey with 198 MOOC instructors; (b) semi-structured interviews…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Samra, Rajvinder; Waterhouse, Philippa; Lucassen, Mathijs – Distance Education, 2021
Students registering for distance education degree-level study frequently cite flexibility as a factor influencing their choice for this mode of study, but little is known about how students manage simultaneous and/or potentially conflicting roles. This study used a self-report open-ended online survey, completed by 348 tertiary-level final-year…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Open Universities, Role Conflict
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Pitt, Rebecca; Jordan, Katy; de los Arcos, Beatriz; Farrow, Robert; Weller, Martin – Distance Education, 2020
There has been little research into the impact of textbook costs on higher education in the United Kingdom. To better understand textbook use patterns and the issues faced by UK students and educators the UK Open Textbooks Project (2017-2018, http://ukopentextbooks.org/) conducted quantitative survey research with United Kingdom educators in…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Open Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education
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Pulker, Hélène; Kukulska-Hulme, Agnes – Distance Education, 2020
Open educational practices (OEP) as a research field is relatively new. One aspect that has received limited attention is the impact of using open educational resources (OER) on the development of OEP. This article, based on a doctoral study (Pulker, 2019), considers teachers' activities when reusing and adapting OER, with a view to providing…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Curriculum Development
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Waterhouse, Philippa; Samra, Rajvinder; Lucassen, Mathijs – Distance Education, 2020
To date, research concerning the work-family-study interface remains limited and has focused on younger students enrolled in campus-based courses. In this study, we used self-reported data from 318 distance education final-year undergraduates to examine, first of all, the associations between students' levels of mental distress with their work and…
Descriptors: Mental Health, Mental Disorders, Distance Education, Education Work Relationship
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Pleines, Christine – Distance Education, 2020
Online learning environments afford opportunities for participation and equally offer a new perspective on engaging vicariously. Drawing on the concept of vicarious learning and taking account of the roles of input and interaction for language development, this paper reports on an enquiry into students' retrospective use of recorded group…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Educational Practices
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Sime, Julie-Ann; Themelis, Chryssa – Distance Education, 2020
Visual media and virtual reality are now a common features of distance education environments. This has boosted research into questions surrounding visual media and technologies for educators' professional development and teaching practice. This research explored educators' views on identity and teaching presence in visual media in distance…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Teacher Attitudes, Identification (Psychology), Interpersonal Relationship
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Holmes, Wayne; Nguyen, Quan; Zhang, Jingjing; Mavrikis, Manolis; Rienties, Bart – Distance Education, 2019
There has been a growing interest in how teaching might be informed by "learning design" (LD), with a promising method for investigating LD being offered by the emerging field of "learning analytics" (LA). In this study, we used a novel LA for LD methodology to investigate the implementation of LD in an online distance learning…
Descriptors: Learning Analytics, Instructional Design, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Kotera, Yasuhiro; Cockerill, Vicky; Green, Pauline; Hutchinson, Lucy; Shaw, Paula; Bowskill, Nicholas – Distance Education, 2019
Online learning is crucial to success for higher education institutions. Whilst the existing literature predominantly focused on its economic advantages, we focused on its inclusivity. At an online learning unit of a UK university, the number of students with disabilities (SWD) is three times higher than the national average. Having a degree makes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Students with Disabilities, Electronic Learning
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