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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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Nascimbeni, Fabio; Burgos, Daniel; Campbell, Lorna M.; Tabacco, Anita – Distance Education, 2018
Many initiatives exist to increase the adoption of open educational practices (OEP) within universities, but few initiatives start by exploring the capacity of educators to adopt open approaches. This paper addresses this challenge, suggesting that in order to build OEP capacity, universities should build on the existing skills of local champions…
Descriptors: Educational Resources, Shared Resources and Services, Instructional Materials, Course Content
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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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Maddrell, Jennifer A.; Morrison, Gary R.; Watson, Ginger S. – Distance Education, 2017
The community of inquiry (CoI) framework suggests social presence, teaching presence, and cognitive presence are essential elements to foster successful educational experiences in computer-mediated distance learning environments. Although thousands of CoI-based articles have been published, those critical of the framework and related research…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Graduate Students, Distance Education, Student Attitudes
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Lai, Kwok-Wing – Distance Education, 2017
A supportive online learning environment entails teachers using effective pedagogical practices to meet the needs of their students and developing a positive teacher-student relationship to foster learner motivation and engagement. This paper reports a study investigating how 32 secondary teachers in New Zealand taught their online distance…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Distance Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Secondary School Teachers
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Gómez-Rey, Pilar; Barbera, Elena; Fernández-Navarro, Francisco – Distance Education, 2016
This article explores the quality of the online learning experience based on the Sloan-C framework and the Online Learning Consortium's (OLC) quality scorecard. The OLC index has been implemented to evaluate quality in online programs from different perspectives. Despite this, the opinions of learners are ignored, and it is built using feedback…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Student Experience, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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van den Berg, Geesje; Joffe, Muriel; Porto, Stella C. S. – Distance Education, 2016
In many parts of the world online education is still taking shape and faces many obstacles, including insufficient numbers of professionals prepared to teach using new technologies. This paper is a case study of academic capacity building to determine how a partnership between the University of South Africa (Unisa) and the University of Maryland…
Descriptors: Role, Partnerships in Education, Capacity Building, Foreign Countries
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2016
Much research has been conducted in the area of teacher professional identity in the past decades. Nonetheless, very little attention has been paid to the professional identity of tutors in distance education. Using interviews, this study set out to investigate distance tutors' claimed and assigned professional identities, their actual, ought and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Identity, Distance Education, Teacher Characteristics
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Evans, Suzannah; Myrick, Jessica Gall – Distance Education, 2015
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have proliferated in recent years despite disagreement about the role of MOOCs in higher education and whether student outcomes are satisfactory. Taking a mixed-methods approach, the current study surveys professors who have taught MOOCs (n = 162) in order to better understand how MOOCs are perceived by…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Higher Education, Large Group Instruction, Mixed Methods Research
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Peach, Harold G., Jr.; Bieber, Jeffery P. – Distance Education, 2015
This study uses a critical perspective to examine how online education is used in brick-and-mortar institutions as a mechanism through which power is exercised by and against professors who teach online. Based on a larger study of 25 professors and administrators at four institutions, this work focuses on the experiences of 12 professors.…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Online Courses, Power Structure, Professional Autonomy
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Bezuidenhout, Adéle – Distance Education, 2015
The changing work roles and resulting workloads of distance educators hold significant implications for the wellbeing and mental health of academics. New work roles include redesigning curricula for online delivery, increasing staff-student ratios and demands for student-support, management of part-time staff, and 24-h availability. This research…
Descriptors: Faculty Workload, Distance Education, Well Being, Mental Health
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Velasquez, Andrea; Graham, Charles R.; Osguthorpe, Richard – Distance Education, 2013
The objective of this study was to describe how caring is experienced in the technology-mediated context of the Open High School in Utah, an online charter high school. Two female teachers, two male students, and two female students were interviewed three times over 9 months regarding their experience of caring teacher-student interactions. Data…
Descriptors: High Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Caring
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Hockridge, Diane – Distance Education, 2013
There are many challenges for educators in using distance and online education to adequately prepare students for their future professions. These challenges are accentuated in disciplines that prepare people for relational professions, which require people skills and a certain maturity of character. Educators in many disciplines, including…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Barriers, Teaching Methods
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Murphy, Angela – Distance Education, 2013
Open educational resources and open education practices have the potential to lower costs and increase participation in higher education. One hundred and ten individuals from higher education institutions around the world participated in a survey aimed at identifying the extent to which higher education institutions are currently implementing open…
Descriptors: Educational Practices, Open Education, Higher Education, Educational Resources
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2012
Teachers' influence on students' learning motivation is a well-researched topic. Nevertheless, the majority of such studies are situated in the conventional learning context despite the rapid growth of distance language learning. This study set out to investigate tutors' influence on students' learning motivation in the Chinese distance language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Motivation, Distance Education, Teacher Characteristics
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