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Bolliger, Doris U.; Halupa, Colleen – Distance Education, 2012
Eighty-four students in an online health education doctoral program taking the first course in the program over one year (four quarters) were surveyed in regards to their computer, Internet, and online course anxiety, and overall course satisfaction. An 18-item anxiety tool with domains in computer, Internet, and online learning was administered…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Allied Health Occupations Education, Educational Research, Online Courses
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Nandi, Dip; Hamilton, Margaret; Harland, James – Distance Education, 2012
Fully online courses are becoming progressively more popular because of their "anytime anywhere" learning flexibility. One of the ways students interact with each other and with the instructors within fully online learning environments is via asynchronous discussion forums. However, student engagement in online discussion forums does not…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learner Engagement, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Selwyn, Neil – Distance Education, 2011
This article considers the uses and non-uses of digital technology by international distance learners. It draws upon data from in-depth interviews with 60 learners from around the world following distance education degree courses provided by a large UK federal university. The article focuses firstly on learners' descriptions of technology's role…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Student Attitudes, International Education
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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
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Leong, Peter – Distance Education, 2011
This article investigates the relationships between social presence, cognitive absorption, interest, and student satisfaction in online learning. A hypothesized structural equation model was developed to study these critical variables that may influence interaction in online learning environments. Contrary to expectations, the study determined…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Construct Validity, Student Motivation
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Williams, Karen C.; Morgan, Kari; Cameron, Bruce A. – Distance Education, 2011
The goal of this study was to explore the processes of group role formation in online class settings. Qualitative analysis was used to code chat logs and discussion threads in six undergraduate Family and Consumer Sciences online courses that required online group projects. Four themes related to the process of group role formation emerged:…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Consumer Science, Online Courses, Cooperative Learning
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Edwards, Margaret; Perry, Beth; Janzen, Katherine – Distance Education, 2011
What does it take to be an effective online educator? Can those who teach successfully face-to-face be equally effective online? This article details a descriptive qualitative research study of students' perspectives regarding qualities of exceptional online educators. Participants described interactions they had with online teachers they…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Graduate Study, College Graduates, Online Courses
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Jelfs, Anne; Richardson, John T. E.; Price, Linda – Distance Education, 2009
Questionnaire responses of 457 students and 602 tutors were used to investigate conceptions of a "good tutor." In each case, factor analysis identified scales that reflected key constructs; cluster analysis identified subgroups with different patterns of scale scores; and discriminant analysis determined the scales that contributed the…
Descriptors: Factor Analysis, Discriminant Analysis, Open Universities, Mail Surveys