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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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Nikoi, Samuel; Armellini, Alejandro – Distance Education, 2012
Success in open educational resources (OER) has been reported by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the USA and the Open University in the UK, among others. It is unclear, however, how valuable OER are in learning and teaching. Approaches to OER policy and sustainability are just two other key aspects that remain unresolved across the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Open Universities, Educational Resources
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Selwyn, Neil – Distance Education, 2011
This article considers the uses and non-uses of digital technology by international distance learners. It draws upon data from in-depth interviews with 60 learners from around the world following distance education degree courses provided by a large UK federal university. The article focuses firstly on learners' descriptions of technology's role…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Student Attitudes, International 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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Nichols, Mark – Distance Education, 2010
To improve student retention in distance education, Simpson suggested in 2003 that institutions analyse their own retention characteristics and "spot the leaks." In 2008 the Centre for Distance Learning at Laidlaw College, New Zealand, employed two part-time academic support coordinators in an effort to improve student retention and…
Descriptors: School Holding Power, Academic Persistence, Intervention, Academic Support Services
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Kuboni, Olabisi – Distance Education, 2009
A key component of conventional distance education organizations has been the network of local study centres, set up to serve as a bridge between students and the educational organization. With the capacity of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enable direct contact between the educational institution and its dispersed students,…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Study Centers, Foreign Countries, Student Surveys