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Walji, Sukaina; Deacon, Andrew; Small, Janet; Czerniewicz, Laura – Distance Education, 2016
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are a new form of educational provision occupying a space between formal online courses and informal learning. Adopting measures used with formal online courses to assess the outcomes of MOOCs is often not informative because the context is very different. The particular affordances of MOOCs shaping learning…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Online Courses, Foreign Countries, Informal Education
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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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Thistoll, Tony; Yates, Anne – Distance Education, 2016
This article reports two studies undertaken at The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand, a vocational distance education (DE) provider, where course completion rates have risen to match those of face-to-face technical institutions. A simple model of student engagement is presented, which reflects the triality between the student, institution, and…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Graduation Rate
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Lim, Janine M. – Distance Education, 2016
Self-paced online courses meet flexibility and learning needs of many students, but skepticism persists regarding the quality and the tendency for students to procrastinate in self-paced courses. Research is needed to understand procrastination and delay patterns of students in online self-paced courses to predict successful completion and…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Time Factors (Learning), Pacing, Time Management
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Sun, Susan Y. H. – Distance Education, 2016
This study reports on a teacher's ongoing design activities in a fully online language course when the class was in progress. The aims were, firstly, to provide first-hand experience and insight into a teacher's design work in a real-life, technology-enhanced learning (TEL) classroom; and secondly, to facilitate reflective analysis of the emerging…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Online Courses, Web Based Instruction, Computer Assisted Instruction
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Rogerson-Revell, Pamela – Distance Education, 2015
This paper reports on an action research study investigating the use of online learning activities or "e-tivities" to enhance the learning and assessment experience of students on a distance master's programme. The study suggests that to be successfully integrated in a programme, such activities need to be carefully aligned with learning…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Alignment (Education), Masters Programs, Action Research
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Haggerty, Carmel E. – Distance Education, 2015
Academic workloads in online learning are influenced by many variables, the complexity of which makes it difficult to measure academic workloads in isolation. While researching issues associated with academic workloads, professional development stood out as having a substantive impact on academic workloads. Many academics in applied health degrees…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Foreign Countries, Faculty Workload
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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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Kennedy, Eileen; Laurillard, Diana; Horan, Bernard; Charlton, Patricia – Distance Education, 2015
This article reports on a design-based research project to create a modelling tool to analyse the costs and learning benefits involved in different modes of study. The Course Resource Appraisal Model (CRAM) provides accurate cost-benefit information so that institutions are able to make more meaningful decisions about which kind of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Decision Making, Time on Task, Faculty Workload
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Forbes, Dianne; Khoo, Elaine – Distance Education, 2015
This paper reports on a case study of an online pre-service teacher education course in a New Zealand university aimed at exploring the potential of student-generated podcasts as a form of interactive formative assessment at a distance. The study was part of a wider two-year funded project with the overall goal of documenting, developing, and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Drouin, Michelle; Stewart, Jennifer; Van Gorder, Karen – Distance Education, 2015
In this quasi-experimental mixed methods study, we examined the effectiveness of a faculty-to-faculty mentoring program to increase student success rates in online courses at an American university. Over one semester, 24 faculty mentees worked with 6 faculty mentors on improving course organization and implementing student engagement techniques.…
Descriptors: Mixed Methods Research, Program Effectiveness, Mentors, Web Based Instruction
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Setiani, Made Yudhi; MacKinnon, Allan M. – Distance Education, 2015
This study focused on the civic education course at Universitas Terbuka (UT). Its purpose was to design a new approach for the online tutorial for the course by analyzing the literature related to online and distance education and investigating participant feedback on the current offering of the course and tutorial, which is a compulsory course in…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Inquiry, Civics, Citizenship Education
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Andersen, Renate; Ponti, Marisa – Distance Education, 2014
This article presents an empirical study of an open educational course in an online peer-to-peer university (P2PU). P2PU is a nonprofit organization offering free educational opportunities. Focus is on how peers are part of creating course content in a Web 2.0 environment. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have evolved into two different…
Descriptors: Open Education, Barriers, Educational Opportunities, Online Courses
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Holt, Dale; Palmer, Stuart; Gosper, Maree; Sankey, Michael; Allan, Garry – Distance Education, 2014
This article reports on the findings of senior leadership interviews in a nationally funded project on distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments (OLEs) in higher education. Questions were framed around the development of an OLE quality management framework and the situation of the characteristics of…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Leadership, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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