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Fresen, Jill W. – Distance Education, 2018
Distance education reaches out to non-traditional students in geographically dispersed locations, who are unable to attend face-to-face classes. Contact institutions have been quick to realise the many advantages of distance (online) learning, such as easy access to learning materials, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools.…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Distance Education, Models, Case Studies
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2018
This reflection focuses on the position of distance education in today's global higher education. Firstly, it identifies three types of convergence of distance and campus-based education--dual mode, add-on/blended, and full convergence--arguing that the last type has yet to be fully realized due to the complexities involved. It then critiques the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Kanwar, A. S.; Carr, A.; Ortlieb, K.; Mohee, R. – Distance Education, 2018
With the growing demand for tertiary education, especially in Africa, the transformation of contact universities to dual-mode institutions is critical. However, conventional universities have had limited success establishing the dual-mode delivery stream. This paper assesses barriers to adoption and implementation of open and distance learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Distance Education, Conventional Instruction
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Márquez-Ramos, Laura; Mourelle, Estefanía – Distance Education, 2018
The current network society, with its primacy of information and communication technologies, is challenging the higher education model. The needs and expectations of today's students differ from those of students in the past, and educational practices should adapt to modern times. But what changes will we see in the relationship between societal…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Models, Educational Practices, Social Change
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Koseoglu, Suzan; Bozkurt, Aras – Distance Education, 2018
This paper presents a review of peer-reviewed publications (2007-2017) on digital open educational practices (OEPs). It explores trends and patterns in this emerging area of study by examining paper abstracts and bibliographic data indexed in the Scopus database using a combination of descriptive statistics, text mining, social network analysis,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Technology Integration
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Harrison, Roger A.; Harrison, Annie; Robinson, Christine; Rawlings, Barbara – Distance Education, 2018
Online distance-learning (ODL) programmes in higher education enable students to remain in their domicile country to study with institutions based in other countries. ODL students can find themselves studying with others from many different countries, adding greater heterogeneity of personal, environmental and cultural perspectives compared with…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, Distance Education, Higher Education, Cultural Awareness
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Law, Patrina; Perryman, Leigh-Anne – Distance Education, 2017
In 2013, the Open University (OU) in the UK launched a large-scale survey of users of its OpenLearn platform for open educational resources. The survey results revealed that OpenLearn is functioning as a showcase and a taster for the OU, thereby offering informal learners a bridge to formal education. In 2014 and 2015, the OpenLearn survey was…
Descriptors: Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Open Universities
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Shelton, Brett E.; Hung, Jui-Long; Lowenthal, Patrick R. – Distance Education, 2017
Early-warning intervention for students at risk of failing their online courses is increasingly important for higher education institutions. Students who show high levels of engagement appear less likely to be at risk of failing, and how engaged a student is in their online experience can be characterized as factors contributing to their social…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Integrated Learning Systems
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Gómez-Rey, Pilar; Barbera, Elena; Fernández-Navarro, Francisco – Distance Education, 2016
This article explores the quality of the online learning experience based on the Sloan-C framework and the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) quality scorecard. The OLC index has been implemented to evaluate quality in online programs from different perspectives. Despite this, the opinions of learners are ignored, and it is built using feedback…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Student Experience, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Singh, Divya; Ramutsheli, Mashamaite Peterlia – Distance Education, 2016
Personal information is among the most significant assets for businesses today, and clear transactional rules are becoming increasingly important. Organizations, including universities, are charged with more responsibility than ever to protect the personal information used during the course of their business, specifically student data. The paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Comparative Analysis, Database Management Systems
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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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Evans, Suzannah; Myrick, Jessica Gall – Distance Education, 2015
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have proliferated in recent years despite disagreement about the role of MOOCs in higher education and whether student outcomes are satisfactory. Taking a mixed-methods approach, the current study surveys professors who have taught MOOCs (n = 162) in order to better understand how MOOCs are perceived by…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Higher Education, Large Group Instruction, Mixed Methods Research
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O' Shea, Sarah; Stone, Cathy; Delahunty, Janine – Distance Education, 2015
This article outlines a collaborative study between higher education institutions in Australia, which qualitatively explored the online learning experience for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The project adopted a narrative inquiry approach and encouraged students to "story" their experiences of this virtual environment,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Online Courses, Distance Education
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