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Ng, Clarence – Distance Education, 2018
Outcome-focused career goals are concerned about studying for tangible career benefits. To what extent do these goals motivate distance learners to learn? Using a mixed-method design, Study 1 found that career-focused learners, when compared with noncareer-focused counterparts, had a propensity to endorse outcome-focused career goals, use surface…
Descriptors: Occupational Aspiration, Distance Education, Learning Motivation, Learning Strategies
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Akcaoglu, Mete; Lee, Eunbae – Distance Education, 2018
Building interpersonal connections in asynchronous online learning is important, but it is harder to achieve compared to face-to-face learning experiences due to its mostly text-based nature. Facebook is a popular social media platform and has been used as an outside-class communication space in formal learning contexts to supplement cognitive and…
Descriptors: Social Media, Social Networks, Graduate Students, Masters Programs
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Simui, Francis; Namangala, B.; Tambulukani, G.; Ndhlovu, D. – Distance Education, 2018
This paper demystifies the process of open and distance learning (ODL) policy development in a dual-mode university after existing without one for 50 years. The two-pronged critical questions this paper addresses are: What does it take to successfully develop an ODL policy? And what aspects constitute an ODL policy applicable for a dual-mode…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Policy Formation, Distance Education, Open Education
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Nyaruwata, Leonorah Tendayi – Distance Education, 2018
This paper presents the successes and challenges faced in implementing the dual-mode strategy in higher education in the context of feminist theory. Worldwide, women's universities have been established by governments and private organisations to involve women more fully in the country's economic, political and social activities. The establishment…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Success, Barriers, Mixed Methods Research
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Delaney, Lorraine; Brown, Mark – Distance Education, 2018
This paper argues that dual mode provision has a critical role to play in widening participation. The mixed methods study drew on institutional records, an online survey (n = 126) and 17 semi-structured interviews to explore the participation experience of a group of distance graduates (n = 268) from a dual mode university. Derived from the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Foreign Countries, Universities, Blended Learning
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Fresen, Jill W. – Distance Education, 2018
Distance education reaches out to non-traditional students in geographically dispersed locations, who are unable to attend face-to-face classes. Contact institutions have been quick to realise the many advantages of distance (online) learning, such as easy access to learning materials, interactive activities, assessment and communication tools.…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Distance Education, Models, Case Studies
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Amory, Alan; Bialobrzeska, Maryla; Welch, Tessa – Distance Education, 2018
The use of technology to support learning is becoming ubiquitous in Africa. However, technology is more often used to distribute information rather than as a tool to mediate learning. The work presented here on a programme for Zambian community school teachers (non-traditional students) illustrates how learning design allied to appropriate…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Nontraditional Students
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2018
This reflection focuses on the position of distance education in today's global higher education. Firstly, it identifies three types of convergence of distance and campus-based education--dual mode, add-on/blended, and full convergence--arguing that the last type has yet to be fully realized due to the complexities involved. It then critiques the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Higher Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Kanwar, A. S.; Carr, A.; Ortlieb, K.; Mohee, R. – Distance Education, 2018
With the growing demand for tertiary education, especially in Africa, the transformation of contact universities to dual-mode institutions is critical. However, conventional universities have had limited success establishing the dual-mode delivery stream. This paper assesses barriers to adoption and implementation of open and distance learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Distance Education, Conventional Instruction
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Makoe, Mpine – Distance Education, 2018
Although education policies in many African countries refer to the need for distance education to widen participation in universities, they have not articulated guidelines on how they plan to develop systems and structures that will support it. The purpose of this study was to develop a policy framework specific for distance education provision in…
Descriptors: Models, Information Technology, Distance Education, Educational Change
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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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Koseoglu, Suzan; Bozkurt, Aras – Distance Education, 2018
This paper presents a review of peer-reviewed publications (2007-2017) on digital open educational practices (OEPs). It explores trends and patterns in this emerging area of study by examining paper abstracts and bibliographic data indexed in the Scopus database using a combination of descriptive statistics, text mining, social network analysis,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services, Technology Integration
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Hromalik, Christopher D.; Koszalka, Tiffany A. – Distance Education, 2018
This study investigated how community college students in an online introductory-level language course self-regulated their learning while using digital learning resources. An analysis of reflective journals revealed that learners reported engaging with resources in ways consistent with the six dimensions of self-regulated learning. Only learners…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Online Courses, Second Language Learning
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Fernández-Toro, María; Furnborough, Concha – Distance Education, 2018
Feedback alignment is key to the effectiveness of formative feedback, but often tutors can only guess whether their feedback is consistent with students' needs and expectations. This study aimed to identify areas of potential misalignment by bringing together self-reported data and feedback analysis. Two parallel surveys were conducted with 736…
Descriptors: Tutors, Feedback (Response), Distance Education, Undergraduate Students
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