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Roberts, Jennifer – Distance Education, 2018
The roles of distance education teaching staff are changing, necessitating role clarity and the development of appropriate competency frameworks. This article investigates the perceptions of the teaching and research staff at the University of South Africa, regarding the current and future roles of distance educators, their own competencies in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Educational Needs, Needs Assessment
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Lawrence, Belinda – Distance Education, 2018
Innovation is a key goal of many tertiary education and distance learning providers. This research explores how teachers and educational designers across three New Zealand tertiary institutions worked to innovatively achieve teaching goals. A longitudinal design using the Cultural Historical Activity Theory (CHAT) framework explored the influence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Postsecondary Education, Instructional Innovation
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Karunanayaka, Shironica P.; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 2018
While there is growing recognition and acceptance of Open Educational Resources (OER) and Open Educational Practices (OEP) in teaching and learning, designing for their integration remains very challenging for educators. Adopting OER and OEP in their profession requires significant changes in practitioners' pedagogical thinking and practices,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Resource Units, Shared Resources and Services
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Pulham, Emily; Graham, Charles R. – Distance Education, 2018
This article presents a synthesis of reports and research on K-12 blended teaching competencies compared with K-12 online teaching competencies. The skills needed to teach in online and blended environments are distinct from traditional teaching, but teacher education programs often do not equip preservice teachers for the new modes of…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Blended Learning
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Jaber, Rowaida; Kennedy, Eileen – Distance Education, 2017
This paper argues that identity may be key to understanding why social presence has been considered so important to successful learning experiences. A qualitative case study of 10 students and 4 tutors in an online postgraduate education program was conducted. The research applied the work of Goffman to explain the relationship between social…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Semi Structured Interviews, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Zawacki-Richter, Olaf; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 2016
This article maps out trends in distance education research and scholarship from 35 years of publications in the "Distance Education" journal. Titles and abstracts of 515 full papers were analyzed using the text-mining tool Leximancer™ to identify and describe themes in distance education research covered by these publications in the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Publications, Trend Analysis, Educational Technology
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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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Whitelock, Denise; Thorpe, Mary; Galley, Rebecca – Distance Education, 2015
Distance students are time poor and some drop out of their studies because they fall behind with coursework. This raises the issue of how course teams decide upon how many study hours should be included in a course. This article presents a number of Open University projects that have addressed student workload management and relates how learning…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Summative Evaluation, Distance Education, Time Management
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Darabi, Aubteen; Jin, Li – Distance Education, 2013
This article focuses on heavy cognitive load as the reason for the lack of quality associated with conventional online discussion. Using the principles of cognitive load theory, four online discussion strategies were designed specifically aiming at reducing the discussants' cognitive load and thus enhancing the quality of their online discussion.…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Study, Online Courses, Computer Mediated Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique)
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2013
In 2012-2013, the massive open online course (MOOC) approach has been accepted by universities around the world, and outsourcing companies have been launched to provide the infrastructure for it. Current press and blog coverage of the MOOC trend is examined and the range of reactions to it, most of them enthusiastic. MOOCs vary in their…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Education, Distance Education, Program Descriptions
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Veletsianos, George; Doering, Aaron; Henrickson, Jeni – Distance Education, 2012
We examine the experiences of five teachers who traveled with a team of educators, scientists, and explorers on circumpolar Arctic expeditions to deliver adventure learning (AL) programs to K-12 students at a distance. Results highlight the personal and professional impacts this opportunity had on teachers, including their empowering, fulfilling,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction, Instructional Design
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Macdonald, Janet; Poniatowska, Barbara – Distance Education, 2011
We maintain that an understanding of the working contexts of staff is a critical consideration when designing for effective professional development. The process of embedding theory into good practice does not simply depend on the design of a good seminar, because it may also be affected by who else attends, or perhaps by who the participants talk…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Socialization, Open Universities, Faculty Development
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Sapire, Ingrid; Reed, Yvonne – Distance Education, 2011
In South Africa, poor performance of learners in mathematics across the school system is a problem demanding new solutions. One possible solution is to try to raise standards through the use of open educational resources (OER). This article presents and discusses findings from a case study of a collaborative OER development project initiated by…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Education Courses, Distance Education, Foreign Countries
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Koseoglu, Suzan; Doering, Aaron – Distance Education, 2011
The GoNorth! Adventure Learning (AL) Series delivered educational programs about global climate change and sustainability from 2006 to 2010 via a hybrid-learning environment that included a curriculum designed with activities that worked in conjunction with the travels of Team GoNorth! as they dog sledded throughout the circumpolar Arctic. This…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Electronic Learning, Instructional Design, Adventure Education
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Miller, Charles – Distance Education, 2011
The purpose of this study has been to examine the impacts of aesthetic design on learner experience in an e-assessment environment, specifically on cognitive load and task performance. Sixty-six postsecondary students were randomly assigned to one of two aesthetic design configurations of the e-assessment environment: (1) an environment with low…
Descriptors: Experiential Learning, Aesthetics, Evaluation, Cognitive Processes
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