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Furnborough, Concha – Distance Education, 2012
Autonomy in language learning does not simply equate with independence, as language learning is a social activity that requires interaction with others. This also applies just as much to distance language learners, who need to reconcile independent language learning and interdependence with others. This article draws on findings from 43 mid-course…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Learner Controlled Instruction
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Vlachopoulos, Panos; Cowan, John – Distance Education, 2010
This article reports a grounded theory study of the moderation of asynchronous online discussions, to explore the processes by which tutors in higher education decide when and how to moderate. It aims to construct a theory of e-moderation based on some key factors which appear to influence e-moderation. It discusses previous research on the…
Descriptors: Grounded Theory, Teacher Role, Computer Mediated Communication, College Faculty
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Conrad, Dianne – Distance Education, 2002
Recent research on online learning has explored the dense fabric of social presence giving us a better understanding of the rhythms of the teaching-learning exchange. Quantitative studies, especially, have concluded with calls for deeper, more intensive explorations into what happens in online learning environments (Rourke, Anderson, Garrison, &…
Descriptors: Integrity, Online Courses, Distance Education, Inhibition
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Eastmond, Daniel V. – Distance Education, 1994
Discussion of the use of computer conferencing by higher education institutions offering distance education courses focuses on a study that investigated adult student perceptions of distance study by computer conferencing. Highlights include a literature review; learning approaches; student relationships; and an Adult Distance Study through…
Descriptors: Adult Students, Distance Education, Higher Education, Interpersonal Relationship
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Heinze, Thomas – Distance Education, 1983
Investigates the environment of distance students with reference to the problems caused by "study plus work" and "study plus work plus family." Transcripts of extended interviews were analyzed to present a picture of the social and psychological environment of the students. (Author)
Descriptors: Distance Education, Environmental Influences, Family Environment, Foreign Countries