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Prinsloo, Paul; Slade, Sharon; Khalil, Mohammad – Distance Education, 2019
Student data privacy as a research focus and practice is relatively under-researched in the context of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Central to researching student data privacy in the context of online service providers are the various user agreements that participants must accept or opt into before they can use a MOOC platform. Such…
Descriptors: Student Records, Information Security, Privacy, Online Courses
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Holmes, Wayne; Nguyen, Quan; Zhang, Jingjing; Mavrikis, Manolis; Rienties, Bart – Distance Education, 2019
There has been a growing interest in how teaching might be informed by "learning design" (LD), with a promising method for investigating LD being offered by the emerging field of "learning analytics" (LA). In this study, we used a novel LA for LD methodology to investigate the implementation of LD in an online distance learning…
Descriptors: Learning Analytics, Instructional Design, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2019
The development of distance education (DE) over the last 40 years is compared with the evolving content of the "Distance Education" journal during the same period. DE in general has been described as encountering a series of crossroad decision points, and as identifying numerous optimistic horizons beyond them. The decisions made and…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Periodicals, Educational History, Educational Trends
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Ng, Clarence – Distance Education, 2019
This article reviews motivation research published in "Distance Education" since 1980, highlighting the major foci of investigation and reflecting on past findings. A major trend was that past research has focused predominantly on learners' motivational attributes using sociocognitive models of motivation. We therefore have developed a…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Periodicals, Educational History, Educational Research
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Veletsianos, George; Houlden, Shandell – Distance Education, 2019
In this paper, we report the major themes we identified in the literature surrounding flexible learning that has been published in "Distance Education" over the last 40 years. We identified six themes: the qualities of flexibility as affording "anytime, anyplace" learning; flexibility as pedagogy; liberatory or service-oriented…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Periodicals, Educational History, Electronic Learning
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Zawacki-Richter, Olaf; Buntins, Katja – Distance Education, 2019
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the journal "Distance Education" (DE), this study explores the position of this journal in a network of open and distance education, educational technology and learning design publications. A citation network analysis was undertaken to explore the scholarly communication network of distance…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Periodicals, Citation Analysis, Open Education
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2019
This study examined how the role of digitalization is framed in the strategic development plans of 75 top universities in China. Findings show that digitalization as perceived by these universities features instrumentality (e-campus construction and application) and modernization (sustaining and efficiency innovations in teaching and learning), a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Planning, Strategic Planning, Educational Planning
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Bozkurt, Aras – Distance Education, 2019
Distance education (DE) is a constantly evolving and advancing field, and as such, its intellectual network and dynamics need to be investigated and explored. In this regard, this study reviewed a total of 1685 articles and 51,940 references through social network analysis for a bibliometric examination of the DE field. The findings indicate that…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Open Education, Bibliometrics, Interdisciplinary Approach
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Lee, Kyungmee; Bligh, Brett – Distance Education, 2019
In the current higher education context, offering online programmes is seen as an effective means to recruit more international students. However, supporting online international students studying at a distance is not a simple task for both universities and tutors. The problem mainly stems from a lack of theoretical understanding of online…
Descriptors: College Students, Foreign Students, Study Abroad, Distance Education
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Henderikx, Maartje; Kreijns, Karel; Castaño Muñoz, Jonatan; Kalz, Marco – Distance Education, 2019
MOOCs are promising opportunities for lifelong learning, but as promising as these learning opportunities seem, many learners do not succeed in pursuing their personal learning goals. Barriers to learning are the main reason for not finishing the intended (parts of the) MOOCs. This study addressed the question whether the factors age, gender,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Goal Orientation, Lifelong Learning
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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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Lange, Christopher; Costley, Jamie – Distance Education, 2019
Scaffolding techniques, such as sequencing and fading, used in online video lectures may help mitigate the negative relationship between complex contents represented by intrinsic load and content understanding represented by germane load. This study analyzed survey responses from university students (n = 2365) who participated in online classes in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Electronic Learning
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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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Zhang, J.; Lou, X.; Zhang, H.; Zhang, J. – Distance Education, 2019
Understanding how collective attention flow circulates amid an over-abundance of knowledge is a key to designing new and better forms of online and flexible learning experiences. This study adopted an open flow network model and the associated distance metrics to gain an understanding of collective attention flow using clickstream data in a…
Descriptors: Attention, Online Courses, Foreign Countries, Introductory Courses
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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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