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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2014
This is a postscript to an article about the evolution of the massive open online course (MOOC). In the brief space of time between the previous article's completion and publication, attitudes to the MOOC appear to be changing rapidly. The current follow-up discusses the rejection of key MOOC principles by Harvard University and its…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size, Higher Education
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Adams, Catherine; Yin, Yin; Vargas Madriz, Luis Francisco; Mullen, C. Scott – Distance Education, 2014
The current discourse surrounding Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is powerful. Despite their rapid and widespread deployment, research has yet to confirm or refute some of the bold claims rationalizing the popularity and efficacy of these large-scale virtual learning environments. Also, MOOCs' reputed disruptive, game-changing potential…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size, Distance Education
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Andersen, Renate; Ponti, Marisa – Distance Education, 2014
This article presents an empirical study of an open educational course in an online peer-to-peer university (P2PU). P2PU is a nonprofit organization offering free educational opportunities. Focus is on how peers are part of creating course content in a Web 2.0 environment. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have evolved into two different…
Descriptors: Open Education, Barriers, Educational Opportunities, Online Courses
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2014
The techniques used in massive open online courses (MOOCs) are compared with supersizing in the fast food industry. Similarities include the profit motives, marketing techniques, criticisms, industry defences, and evolution of the two controversies. While fast food restaurants strategically increase the size of their meal courses and consumer…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size, Educational Technology
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Marshall, Stephen – Distance Education, 2014
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) represent a potentially exciting opportunity to use technology to realise many of the long-promised benefits of universal higher education. While there are many positive aspects to the MOOCs on offer and in development, there are also significant ethical concerns arising from various initiatives. These include…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size, Ethics
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Bates, Tony – Distance Education, 2014
The six articles in this edition are fascinating, both in terms of their content, but even more so in their diversity. In most of the literature and discussion about MOOCs, there is a tendency to talk about instructionist MOOCs (i.e., xMOOCs) or connectivist MOOCs (i.e., cMOOCs; see Daniel, 2012). Although this is still a useful distinction,…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology
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Fischer, Gerhard – Distance Education, 2014
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have generated enthusiasm, excitement, and hype worldwide and recently increasing skepticism. They are being broadly discussed in the major news media (and to a smaller extent in academic circles). Rapidly increasing numbers of MOOC providers, MOOC courses and articles, discussion groups, and blogs discussing…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Holt, Dale; Palmer, Stuart; Gosper, Maree; Sankey, Michael; Allan, Garry – Distance Education, 2014
This article reports on the findings of senior leadership interviews in a nationally funded project on distributed leadership in the quality management of online learning environments (OLEs) in higher education. Questions were framed around the development of an OLE quality management framework and the situation of the characteristics of…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Leadership, Educational Quality, Quality Assurance
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Holzweiss, Peggy C.; Joyner, Sheila A.; Fuller, Matthew B.; Henderson, Susan; Young, Robert – Distance Education, 2014
The purpose of this study is to examine the perceptions of online master's students regarding their best learning experiences. The authors surveyed 86 graduate students concerning what helped them learn in the online environment. Results indicate that although graduate students learned using the same technological tools as undergraduates, they…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Graduate Students, Learning Experience, Student Attitudes
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Kuo, Yu-Chun; Belland, Brian R.; Schroder, Kerstin E. E.; Walker, Andrew E. – Distance Education, 2014
Blended learning is an effective approach to instruction that combines features of face-to-face learning and computer-mediated learning. This study investigated the relationship between student perceptions of three types of interaction and blended learning course satisfaction. The participants included K-12 teachers enrolled in a graduate-level…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Interaction, Educational Technology, Satisfaction
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Knox, Jeremy – Distance Education, 2014
While education has been both open and online, the sizeable enrolment numbers associated with massive open online courses (MOOCs) are somewhat unprecedented. In order to gauge the significance of education at scale, this article analyses specific examples of massive participation derived from E-learning and Digital Cultures, a MOOC from the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Postsecondary Education, Large Group Instruction, Distance Education
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Firmin, Rob; Schiorring, Eva; Whitmer, John; Willett, Terrence; Collins, Elaine D.; Sujitparapitaya, Sutee – Distance Education, 2014
In Spring 2013 San José State University (SJSU) launched SJSU Plus: three college courses required for most students to graduate, which used massive open online course provider Udacity's platform, attracting over 15,000 students. Retention and success (pass/fail) and online support were tested using an augmented online learning environment (AOLE)…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, College Students
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Li, Nan; Verma, Himanshu; Skevi, Afroditi; Zufferey, Guillaume; Blom, Jan; Dillenbourg, Pierre – Distance Education, 2014
Research suggests that massive open online course (MOOC) students prefer to study in groups, and that social facilitation within the study groups may render the learning of difficult concepts a pleasing experience. We report on a longitudinal study that investigates how co-located study groups watch and study MOOC videos together. The study was…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Video Technology, Cooperative Learning, Large Group Instruction
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Xiao, Junhong – Distance Education, 2014
Learner agency plays a key role in self-regulated learning. Yet, there is a paucity of research into its role in the distance learning context. Using reflective narratives written by a distance learner of English in China, this longitudinal case study aims to investigate the ways in which learner agency mediates the language learning in the…
Descriptors: Foreign Policy, Reflection, Distance Education, Longitudinal Studies
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Cowan, John E.; Menchaca, Michael P. – Distance Education, 2014
This study reports an analysis of 10?years in the life of the Internet-based Master in Educational Technology program (iMET) at Sacramento State University. iMET is a hybrid educational technology master's program delivered 20% face to face and 80% online. The program has achieved a high degree of success, with a course completion rate of 93% and…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Educational Technology, Masters Programs, Blended Learning
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