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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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Kanuka, Heather – Distance Education, 2002
The purpose of this study was to develop guiding principles to encourage higher levels of teaching and learning in Web-based distance education. The research framework used Zetterberg's (1962) model for change. Data from semi-structured interviews with university instructors who had experience in teaching Web-based distance education courses, a…
Descriptors: Internet, Educational Technology, Focus Groups, Distance Education
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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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Brew, Angela; Wright, Tony – Distance Education, 1990
Eleven tutor counselors in the British Open University were interviewed to ascertain how they responded to the idea of using a facilitative teaching style in their tutorials. Analyses of their responses using a systems model revealed factors which offer a tentative explanation of why some tutor counselors were more amenable to changing their…
Descriptors: Case Studies, College Faculty, Distance Education, Foreign Countries
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Valcke, M. M. A.; And Others – Distance Education, 1993
Describes a study conducted at the Dutch Open University to determine students' actual use of embedded support devices (ESD). Topics addressed include a theoretical background; research hypotheses; the use of student interviews; quantitative and qualitative aspects of ESD use; student characteristics; study success (i.e., final examination…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Higher Education