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Zhu, Meina; Herring, Susan C.; Bonk, Curtis J. – Distance Education, 2019
This case study examined patterns in online communication using computer-mediated discourse analysis to better understand how teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence are manifested in an online learning environment. The findings indicate that study participants actively participated in the discussion. The instructor and…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Learning, Discussion Groups, Interaction
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Koole, Marguerite; Stack, Sara – Distance Education, 2016
In this study, the authors explored identity positioning as perceived by doctoral learners in online, networked-learning environments. The study examined two distance doctoral programs at a Canadian university. It was a qualitative study based on methodologies involving open coding and discourse analysis. The social positioning cycle, based on…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Doctoral Programs, Graduate Students, Foreign Countries
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Kuiper, Alison; Solomonides, Ian; Hardy, Lara – Distance Education, 2015
This paper reports on an investigation into how staff teaching in compressed courses can encourage student engagement and enhance student use of learning time, despite significant restraints of time as well as distance. Typically these courses (described here as units) are expected to have comparable learning outcomes to their full-semester…
Descriptors: Time on Task, Learner Engagement, Time Management, Outcomes of Education
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Sun, Susan Y. H. – Distance Education, 2014
This study builds on this author's 2011 article in which the author reflects on the pedagogical challenges and resultant changes made while teaching two fully online foreign language papers over a four-year period (Y. H. S. Sun (2011). Online language teaching: The pedagogical challenges. "Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Second Language Learning
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Hodgkinson-Williams, Cheryl; Paskevicius, Michael – Distance Education, 2012
Like many universities worldwide, the University of Cape Town (UCT) in South Africa has joined the open educational resources (OER) movement, making a selection of teaching and learning materials available through its OER directory, UCT OpenContent. However, persuading and then supporting busy academics to share their teaching materials as OER…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Resources, Graduate Students, Student Role
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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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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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Persico, Donatella; Pozzi, Francesca; Sarti, Luigi – Distance Education, 2010
Monitoring the learning process in computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments is a key element for supporting the efficacy of tutor actions. This article proposes an approach for analysing learning processes in a CSCL environment to support tutors in their monitoring tasks. The approach entails tracking the interactions within…
Descriptors: Cues, Learning Activities, Learning Strategies, Learning Processes
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Oliver, Kevin; Kellogg, Shaun; Townsend, Latricia; Brady, Kevin – Distance Education, 2010
Eight teams of elementary and middle school teachers developed pilot online courses for the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) in the USA. A qualitative case study with focus groups and a follow-up survey helped to identify common needs of these non-traditional course designers during course development efforts. Findings suggest virtual…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Focus Groups, Web Based Instruction, Middle School Teachers
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Compton, Lily; Davis, Niki; Correia, Ana-Paula – Distance Education, 2010
Over the last decade, online distance education has become a common mode of study in most states in the USA, where it is known as virtual schooling (VS), but many people have misconceptions about it. Pre-service teachers' personal histories as students and their preconceptions, misconceptions, and concerns influence pre-service teacher training…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Preservice Teacher Education, Distance Education, Misconceptions
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Vlachopoulos, Panos; Cowan, John – Distance Education, 2010
This article reports a grounded theory study of the moderation of asynchronous online discussions, to explore the processes by which tutors in higher education decide when and how to moderate. It aims to construct a theory of e-moderation based on some key factors which appear to influence e-moderation. It discusses previous research on the…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Teacher Role, Computer Mediated Communication, College Faculty
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Nichols, Mark – Distance Education, 2010
To improve student retention in distance education, Simpson suggested in 2003 that institutions analyse their own retention characteristics and "spot the leaks." In 2008 the Centre for Distance Learning at Laidlaw College, New Zealand, employed two part-time academic support coordinators in an effort to improve student retention and…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Intervention, Academic Support Services
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Hilton, John L., III; Graham, Charles; Rich, Peter; Wiley, David – Distance Education, 2010
The authors studied a course in which an instructor allowed individuals at a distance to participate. Although these students were not formally enrolled in the university where the class took place, the instructor gave them full access to all course materials and encouraged them to complete course assignments. The authors examined the time and…
Descriptors: Time Management, Conventional Instruction, Education Courses, Graduate Study