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Stadler, Matthias; Kolb, Nicola; Sailer, Michael – Distance Education, 2021
To slow the spread of COVID-19, many universities have had to move to online teaching, which entails changing exams from in-person to online. Online exams can facilitate cheating when there is no direct proctoring. To provide some form of control in unproctored exams, Cluskey et al. (2011) suggested having substantial time pressure; yet there are…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing, Online Courses
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Karunanayaka, Shironica P.; Naidu, Som – Distance Education, 2021
Authentic assessment activities are those that afford learners opportunities to practice finding solutions to real-world issues and challenges, so that upon graduation they are able to apply these skills to issues and challenges they will face in their workplaces. When learners are able to do this successfully, they are judged as job ready.…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Authentic Learning, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Zhu, Meina – Distance Education, 2021
The management of self-directed learning is especially critical for massive open online course (MOOC) learners. This mixed-method study investigated MOOC instructors' strategies to facilitate learners' self-management skills for SDL. The study used three data sources: (a) an online survey with 198 MOOC instructors; (b) semi-structured interviews…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Belt, Eric S.; Lowenthal, Patrick R. – Distance Education, 2021
The use of video has become commonplace in education today. Educators are engaging students with video communication technology more frequently than ever before, given COVID-19. However, questions remain on how instructors use video as a communication and teaching tool in online and blended courses. The purpose of this literature review was to…
Descriptors: Video Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teaching Methods, Online Courses
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Bolliger, Doris U.; Martin, Florence – Distance Education, 2021
Course design influences online student performance and engagement. A total of 222 instructors and instructional designers responded to Martin et al.'s Online Course Design Elements instrument to examine the frequency of use of design elements. Among the five factors in the instrument, the interaction and communication subscale had the lowest mean…
Descriptors: Curriculum Design, Online Courses, Instructional Design, Educational Objectives
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Lin, Xi; Sun, Qi; Zhang, Xiaoqiao – Distance Education, 2021
This qualitative study, through the lens of Bloom's revised taxonomy, investigates adult learners' self-generated quiz activity on their online learning in a graduate-level course offered in 3 semesters. The quiz activity aimed to engage students to think about their learning goals while actively interacting with the learning content and…
Descriptors: Student Developed Materials, Tests, Online Courses, Adult Students
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Wang, Yang; Stein, David; Shen, Shusheng – Distance Education, 2021
Differences in how students and teachers understand online teaching presence play a key role in teaching design. To explore how students and teachers perceive teaching presence, this study surveyed 1,041 students and 18 teachers who participated in an online course at a Chinese university. The analysis found students' perceived teaching presence…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Student Relationship, Online Courses
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Xie, Jingrong; A, Gulinna; Rice, Mary F.; Griswold, Deborah E. – Distance Education, 2021
The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic provided the opportunity for institutions of higher education to increase their use of online instructional delivery models and tools. Instructional designers played a role in supporting instructors to make this transition. This support included professional learning opportunities in the form of workshops and…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Educational Change, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Powell, Sandra Thatcher; Leary, Heather – Distance Education, 2021
Distance education theories indicate the importance of learner-content interaction and discuss it in conjunction with learner-instructor and learner-learner interaction. The measures of learner-content interaction are inconsistent and often measure learner-learner and learne-instructor interaction only. Using content analysis, this study examined…
Descriptors: Teacher Student Relationship, Distance Education, Peer Relationship, Content Analysis
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Cheon, Jongpil; Cheng, Jiaming; Cho, Moon-Heum – Distance Education, 2021
This study reports the development and validation of the Online Learning Readiness Self-Check (OLRSC), a self-report survey designed to examine nontraditional students' readiness for online learning. A total of 505 prospective online learners with diverse background participated in the study. Data from 252 randomly selected participants were used…
Descriptors: Self Evaluation (Individuals), Self Concept Measures, Electronic Learning, Learning Readiness
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Tang, Hengtao; Bao, Yu – Distance Education, 2021
Open educational resources (OER) are a cost-effective alternative to traditional textbooks for K-12 teachers to provide differentiated instruction at a much lower cost. However, teachers have to overcome barriers to implement OER in their classrooms, especially if cultural and economic factors are considered. To help each teacher overcome…
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Characteristics, Barriers
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Mac Domhnaill, Ciarán; Mohan, Gretta; McCoy, Selina – Distance Education, 2021
During the academic year 2019-2020, school buildings worldwide closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, necessitating a rapid shift to distance education. This study assessed the influence of high-speed broadband availability on student engagement with distance learning during this period in Ireland. Employing data from a representative sample…
Descriptors: Internet, Learner Engagement, Attendance, Principals
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Mishra, Sanjaya; Sahoo, Sidhartha; Pandey, Shriram – Distance Education, 2021
Online distance learning emerged as a solution to continue with teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to more scholarly publications in the field. The current study critically analyzed the publications using a range of scientometric techniques. The journal article was the predominant form of publication, and collaborative…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Educational Research, Distance Education, Electronic Learning
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Lambrev, Veselina S.; Cruz, Bárbara C. – Distance Education, 2021
Although many professional education doctorates have traditionally been offered as blended programs, since spring 2020 there has been an upsurge in online teaching and learning. Using a theoretical lens guided by the community of inquiry framework, this qualitative study examined how a cohort of students (n = 15) in one professional education…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Professional Education, Doctoral Programs, Communities of Practice
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Wang, Yang; Stein, David – Distance Education, 2021
Understanding the role of teaching presence in students' learning can help improve online teaching. This study explored the effects of online teaching presence on students' cognitive conflict and engagement by analyzing three rounds of a course taught with different levels of teaching presence. The participants were 132 students enrolled across…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Psychological Patterns
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