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Kipling, Richard P.; Stiles, William A. V.; de Andrade-Lima, Micael; MacKintosh, Neil; Roberts, Meirion W.; Williams, Cate L.; Wootton-Beard, Peter C.; Watson-Jones, Sarah J. – Distance Education, 2023
Online postgraduate courses for professionals often use discussion forums to promote engagement and interaction. Equivalency theorem suggests that student-student interaction may increase satisfaction but is not necessary for achieving desired learning outcomes. Therefore, costs, as well as benefits, should be ascertained. We used data from…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, Online Courses, Interaction, Learner Engagement
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Cheon, Jongpil; Cheng, Jiaming; Cho, Moon-Heum – Distance Education, 2021
This study reports the development and validation of the Online Learning Readiness Self-Check (OLRSC), a self-report survey designed to examine nontraditional students' readiness for online learning. A total of 505 prospective online learners with diverse background participated in the study. Data from 252 randomly selected participants were used…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Self Concept Measures, Electronic Learning, Learning Readiness
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Trespalacios, Jesús; Snelson, Chareen; Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Uribe-Flórez, Lida; Perkins, Ross – Distance Education, 2021
Community and connectedness are important concepts in online higher education. However, researchers debate how they are defined, operationalized, or enacted in practice. A scoping study was conducted to review the research literature on the extent, range, and nature of research in community and connectedness in online higher education. A total of…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Interpersonal Relationship
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Tsai, Chia-Lin; Ku, Heng-Yu; Campbell, Ashlea – Distance Education, 2021
The purpose of the study was to examine the impacts of course activities on student perceptions of engagement and learning in online courses. Using eight interactive course activities as indicators of course interactivity, we conducted a latent profile analysis to cluster students into different groups. Based on students' perceptions, we observed…
Descriptors: Student Satisfaction, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Learning Activities
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Lee, Kyungmee; Fanguy, Mik; Lu, Xuefei Sophie; Bligh, Brett – Distance Education, 2021
While much is discussed of the challenges that educators and their institutions have been facing during COVID-19, there is little reported about how students have been coping with the challenges. In this short piece, we present preliminary data on university students' perceptions of online learning and teaching during the pandemic. Our findings…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, College Students, Student Attitudes
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Pleines, Christine – Distance Education, 2020
Online learning environments afford opportunities for participation and equally offer a new perspective on engaging vicariously. Drawing on the concept of vicarious learning and taking account of the roles of input and interaction for language development, this paper reports on an enquiry into students' retrospective use of recorded group…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Educational Practices
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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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Muir, Tracey; Milthorpe, Naomi; Stone, Cathy; Dyment, Janet; Freeman, Elizabeth; Hopwood, Belinda – Distance Education, 2019
Although there is ample research into student engagement in online learning, much of this investigates the student experience through surveys administered at a fixed point in time, usually at the exit point of a single unit of study or course. The study described in this paper, by contrast, aimed to understand online student engagement over a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Student Attitudes
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Kwon, Kyungbin; Park, Su Jin; Shin, Suhkyung; Chang, Chae Young – Distance Education, 2019
The current study examined the effects of different types of instructor comments on student engagement in an online discussion. In particular, this study examined three comment types: (1) praise-oriented comments, agreeing with students' initial messages and recapping their ideas, (2) elaboration-encouraging comments, requesting elaboration on the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Learner Engagement, Positive Reinforcement, Computer Mediated Communication
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Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Dunlap, Joanna C. – Distance Education, 2018
Social presence is a popular construct used to describe how people socially interact in online courses. Online educators continue to try different ways to establish and maintain social presence in online courses. However, research to date has not identified which strategies, or types of strategies, are best for establishing social presence. We…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Interaction, Interpersonal Relationship, Computer Mediated Communication
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Amory, Alan; Bialobrzeska, Maryla; Welch, Tessa – Distance Education, 2018
The use of technology to support learning is becoming ubiquitous in Africa. However, technology is more often used to distribute information rather than as a tool to mediate learning. The work presented here on a programme for Zambian community school teachers (non-traditional students) illustrates how learning design allied to appropriate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Nontraditional Students
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Bolliger, Doris U.; Martin, Florence – Distance Education, 2018
The purpose of this article is to report findings pertaining to faculty members' perception of the importance of engagement strategies utilized in the online learning environment and to compare them with student perception data that had been previously collected using the same instrument. A validated survey instrument, the online engagement…
Descriptors: College Faculty, College Students, Learner Engagement, Teacher Attitudes
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Öztok, Murat; Kehrwald, Benjamin A. – Distance Education, 2017
Online education research has long employed the concept of social presence to study interactions in technologically mediated spaces. Yet, a precise shared definition of social presence does not exist. This article traces how the concept of social presence has been developed and appropriated in the online and distance education literature. We do…
Descriptors: Interaction, Computer Mediated Communication, Definitions, Concept Formation
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Lowenthal, Patrick R.; Snelson, Chareen – Distance Education, 2017
Research on social presence and online learning continues to grow. But to date, researchers continue to define and conceptualize social presence very differently. For instance, at a basic level, some conceptualize social presence as one of three presences within a Community of Inquiry, while others do not. Given this problem, we analyzed how…
Descriptors: Interaction, Social Environment, Interpersonal Relationship, Definitions
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2017
Interaction is a recurrent theme in the literature on distance education. Much of the research along these lines is dedicated to reciprocal interpersonal interaction, that is, learner-learner and learner-instructor interaction. But there is far less research interest in learner-content interaction despite its fundamental and critical role in…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Interaction, Educational Research, Instructional Materials
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