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Rowan, Yvonne; Hartnett, Maggie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Reports of massive open online courses (MOOCs) appeared in mainstream news in the early 2010s with messages of potential disruption to existing higher education systems. Several years on, the role of MOOCs is still evolving. The media has the power to influence acceptance of new ideas, therefore this research investigates New Zealand news media…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Mass Media Effects
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Vu, Phu; Adkins, Megan; Henderson, Shelby – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
The purpose of this study was to examine student viewpoints about privacy and personal data collection in online courses in U.S. higher education settings. Results of data analysis revealed that students were aware that their learning behaviours (such as login frequency, pages viewed or clicked, and learning profiles) could be monitored and…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Privacy, Data Collection, Online Courses
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Barbour, Michael; Siko, Jason – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Historically, primary and secondary distance education in New Zealand has focused on providing opportunities for rural students. With the advent of Tomorrow's Schools in 1989, the need for rural schools to compete with urban schools in terms of their curricular offerings was one reason for creating e-learning clusters that would eventually become…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Electronic Learning, Secondary Schools, Virtual Classrooms
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Henrikson, Robin – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
This study analysed the relationships between teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence in online learning environments (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000), with an emphasis on examining ways in which the design of instructor presentation formats relates to student responses in discussion forums. Both quantitative and…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Learner Engagement, Inquiry, Instructional Design
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Heredia, Jimena de Mello; Carvalho, Lucila; Vieira, Eleonora Milano Falcão – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Teaching and learning in higher education are being transformed through complex configurations of people, tasks, and material and digital resources. Successful designs for innovative learning require us to understand how these complex configurations relate to learners' activity. This paper illustrates the application of a networked learning…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Developing Nations, Instructional Design, Distance Education
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Weaver, Nancy Evans; Barnard, Estelle – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
Literacy skills and behaviours of university-level students are of wide interest today. The research reported here fits in this tradition. It examines second-year psychology students' source use in a course taught through online distance learning (ODL). The number of sources used increased across assignments. Most used were the textbook,…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Psychology, Online Courses, Distance Education