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Luik, Piret; Lepp, Marina – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
Computer programming MOOCs attract people who have different motivations. Previous studies have hypothesized that the motivation declared before starting the course can be an important predictor of distinctive dropout rates. The aim of this study was to outline the main motivation clusters of participants in a computer programming MOOC, and to…
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Programming, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction
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Amzalag, Meital; Shapira, Noa – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
This study examined an online professional development program designed to support meaningful acquaintance and reduce stereotypes and prejudices among teachers from different cultures in Israeli society. The rationale of the online program was based on the premise that indirect online contact might improve intergroup relations in diverse…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Faculty Development
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Datt, Gopal; Singh, Gagan – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
This paper explores learners' awareness of and satisfaction with the e-services that an open university provides its learners through its Website. The paper further highlights the influence of age, gender, and education levels on learners' awareness and satisfaction levels. A case-study approach was adopted and an online survey was used to collect…
Descriptors: Student Satisfaction, College Students, Open Universities, Distance Education
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Olatunji, Taiwo Isaac; Adebisi, Tajudeen Adewumi – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
This study examined the similarities and differences in the processes and facilities for distance education at National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), a single-mode distance learning institution, and Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, a dual-mode distance learning institution. The study adopted a case study research design, with a…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Case Studies, Distance Education, Open Universities
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Brubacher, Michael R.; Silinda, Fortunate T. – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
Distance education students have less access to classmates as a social resource and may, therefore, rely more on family members for support. However, first-generation students, or students who are the first in their family to attend university, may lack the academic resources that family members can provide. Overall, first-generation students in…
Descriptors: First Generation College Students, Distance Education, Social Capital, At Risk Students
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Kamble, Aakash; Gauba, Ritika; Desai, Supriya; Golhar, Devidas – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
Online learning environments (OLE) continue to expand due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition of a majority of educational institutions and universities worldwide from traditional classroom settings to online learning methods. The purpose of this study was to understand the perceptions of learners at a university in India toward the sudden…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, COVID-19, Pandemics, School Closing
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El Refae, Ghaleb A.; Kaba, Abdoulaye; Eletter, Shorouq – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
The spread of COVID-19 presents an opportunity for many educational institutions to implement distance learning and ensure the provision of educational resources and services, secure income and revenues, and contribute to the control and prevention of the coronavirus. This study was conducted to investigate the impact of demographic…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Student Characteristics, Undergraduate Students, Synchronous Communication
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Griffith, John C.; Faulconer, Emily K.; McMasters, Bobby L. – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
Faculty have conducted many studies on the relationship between learning mode and student performance but few researchers have evaluated final grades, grade distribution, and pass rates in a sophomore introductory statistics course with a non-traditional student population who self-selected the learning mode from among different course sections.…
Descriptors: Performance Factors, Correlation, Undergraduate Students, Nontraditional Students
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Oelfke, Alissa L.; Sadowski, Jennifer A.; Mathwig Ramseier, Cari; Iremonger, Christopher; Volkert, Katrina; Dykman, Emily; Kuhl, Lynne; Baumann, Annie – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
This study evaluated a coordinated and collaborative pilot implementation of open educational resources (OER) across multiple disciplines including nursing, accounting, environmental science, religious studies, and finance. Participating faculty were qualitatively surveyed regarding their experience creating and implementing OER in a course.…
Descriptors: Open Educational Resources, Textbooks, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Li, Fengliang; Wang, Liang – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
Few empirical studies have analyzed the return to distance higher education in different academic disciplines. This study used quantitative methods, data from a nationwide survey, and Mincerian earnings function to analyze the return to distance higher education among different disciplines in China's labor market. Results were compared with the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Distance Education, Intellectual Disciplines, Labor Market
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Marciniak, Renata; Cáliz Rivera, Cristina – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
The quality of didactic materials is a source of concern for teachers, users, and educational institutions that offer online education. There is a lack of indicators to help assess the quality of three key types of didactic materials commonly used in online education: didactic units (i.e., materials that contain program contents), didactic guides…
Descriptors: Instructional Materials, Educational Quality, Electronic Learning, Evaluation Criteria
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Cheng, Po-Jen; Liao, Yuan-Hsun; Yu, Pao-Ta – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
With rising societal interest in the subject areas of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM), a micro:bit robotics course with an online group study (OGS) system was designed to foster student learning anytime and anywhere. OGS enables the development of a learning environment that combines real-world and digital-world…
Descriptors: Robotics, Grade 5, Elementary School Students, Teaching Methods
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Guàrdia, Lourdes; Clougher, Derek; Anderson, Terry; Maina, Marcelo – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
The recent unexpected impact of the global pandemic on higher education has caused universities, governments, students, and teachers to reexamine all components of existing systems, including how to become more effective and efficient in using technologies for education. We have seen that moving classes online--either blended or fully online--can…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Higher Education, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Gurcan, Fatih; Ozyurt, Ozcan; Cagiltay, Nergiz Ercil – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
E-learning studies are becoming very important today as they provide alternatives and support to all types of teaching and learning programs. The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on educational systems has further increased the significance of e-learning. Accordingly, gaining a full understanding of the general topics and trends in e-learning…
Descriptors: Educational Trends, Electronic Learning, Models, Learning Analytics
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Veletsianos, George; VanLeeuwen, Charlene A.; Belikov, Olga; Johnson, Nicole – International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 2021
Digital education refers to in-person, blended, and fully online learning efforts, as well as attempts to capture a wide range of teaching and learning contexts which make use of digital technology. While digital education is pervasive in Canada, pan-Canadian data on digital education are relatively scarce. The Canadian Digital Learning Research…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Online Courses
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