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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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Chang, Bo; Kang, Haijun – Distance Education, 2016
Online group work can be complicated because of its asynchronous characteristics and lack of physical presence, and its requirements for skills in handling technology, human relationships, and content-related tasks. This study focuses on the administrative, logistical and relationship-related challenges in online group work. Challenges in areas…
Descriptors: Group Dynamics, Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Asynchronous Communication
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Cowan, John E.; Menchaca, Michael P. – Distance Education, 2014
This study reports an analysis of 10?years in the life of the Internet-based Master in Educational Technology program (iMET) at Sacramento State University. iMET is a hybrid educational technology master's program delivered 20% face to face and 80% online. The program has achieved a high degree of success, with a course completion rate of 93% and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Technology, Masters Programs, Blended Learning
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Dunn, Karee E.; Rakes, Glenda C.; Rakes, Thomas A. – Distance Education, 2014
Academic help-seeking is an invaluable learning strategy that has not yet received much attention in the distance education research literature. The asynchronous nature of distance education and many online courses presents an inherent roadblock to help-seeking. The purpose of this study was to explore the effect of academic self-regulation,…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Help Seeking, Distance Education, Asynchronous Communication
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McElroy, Barbara Woods; Lubich, Bruce H. – Distance Education, 2013
Studies have long shown that students who begin or submit their work later tend to have negative academic outcomes. The measures of procrastination used in those studies may not have provided information timely enough for instructor intervention. This article focuses on delay in the online environment among graduate students. We propose two new…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Graduate Students, Intervention, Predictor Variables
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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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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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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