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Tucker, Lauren – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2022
A weekly professional learning community (PLC) was established for faculty members within a special education department for the 2020-2021 academic year. The goal of the PLC was to support the transition to online classes and to maintain the workplace community. Pre and post surveys using the Sense of Community Index-2 (Chavis et al., 2008b) and…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Communities of Practice, Interprofessional Relationship, Web Based Instruction
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Tobin, Thomas J. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2022
Since the late 1990s, internet-based distance-education programs have attracted students and instructors who could be geographically distributed: they could learn and teach from anywhere. However, the model for the staff who support distance-education programs was overwhelmingly the traditional place-based office with co-located physical and human…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Educational Administration
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Gascoigne, Carolyn – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2022
HyFlex courses offer multi-layered learning spaces that can create complex interpersonal connections among participants. This study examines the classroom climate in these layered spaces as perceived by students through the lens of small group dynamics. To do so, we administered the Connected Classroom Climate Inventory (CCCI) survey to students…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Blended Learning, Classroom Environment, Student Attitudes
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Mays, Thomas; Ross, Sonseeahray – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2022
Developing a sense of community (SoC) in college is vital due to its positive impacts on learning and student success. In this study, the researchers examine students' perceptions of SoC in synchronous and asynchronous online courses, with specific interest in the experiences of regional campus students who are often considered to be…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Synchronous Communication, Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses
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Lesht, Faye L.; Schejbal, David; Chakiris, Heather; Norwood, Erin – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2022
To shed light on factors that encourage retention among active-duty military and veterans as they pursue degrees, a mixed-methods exploratory study was designed. A random sample of active-duty military and veterans enrolled in online degree programs at one private institution was invited to participate. Students were interviewed in online focus…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Veterans, Military Training, School Holding Power
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Akers, Richards; Carter, John; Coder, Dawn – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
Online learning in higher education continues to grow due to the flexibility it offers learners. Adult learners choose online learning at a rate much higher than residential learning. Adult learners in the online environment tend to be retained at a lower rate. To counteract lower retention rates, understanding student needs through targeted…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Support Services, Distance Education, Electronic Learning
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Bartlett, Michelle; White, Jessica L. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
This paper outlines the competency-linked project of a total redesign of a fully online master's program that linked every deliverable and assessment in each course with a competency model. Extensive mapping was completed and then applied to every course in the master's program over a two-year period. Graduate students' perceptions of connecting…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Minimum Competencies, Critical Thinking, Career Readiness
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Bryan, Charity; Green, Ryan; Carruth, Ann – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
The Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic may be the greatest disruptor to higher education in over a century. This interruption touched every aspect of campus life - residence halls shuttered, dining facilities turned to take-out only, and academic classes had to find a way to continue to be delivered with accuracy and efficiency in a…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Electronic Learning, Emergency Programs
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Hodges, Johnna – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
Regulatory Sciences courses taught in an online asynchronous environment pose challenges for sustaining student engagement and encouraging active learning. Impediments include limited contact with the instructor and classmates, inadequate interaction with learning materials, content that can be ever-changing, and limited tools for assessing…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Active Learning, Online Courses, Asynchronous Communication
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Kelani, Zeynep; Doral, Murat; Post, Yannick Roger – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
The purpose of this study is twofold. We first test if there is a significant difference in the means of final course completion grades between two instructional modalities, face-to-face and online, in a required Introductory Economics course at a large, public, southeastern university. We then examine various determinants as potential predictors…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Synchronous Communication, Online Courses, Introductory Courses
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Hoey, Rebecca; McCracken, Fawn – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
Enrollment from online programs has become increasingly important to the fiscal stability of colleges and universities. Given the pivotal role program directors hold in maintaining academic quality, recruiting, and retaining students in online programs, there is a remarkable lack of literature available about their work and how their work is…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, College Faculty, Teacher Leadership, Online Courses
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Allen, Shamon A.; Gardner, Joel L. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
Globalization, competition, technology, and most recently, the COVID-19 pandemic are causing disruptions to the nature of work and forcing organizations to quickly adapt. To support employee learning and adaptability, many organizations employ instructional designers to create training, develop performance solutions, and lead learning initiatives.…
Descriptors: Program Administration, Instructional Design, Role, Competence
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Puzziferro, Maria; McGee, Elisabeth – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented shift in how health science education is delivered (Sandars et al., 2020). With face-to-face learning, such as lab and classroom interactions, largely unavailable during the pandemic, institutions have been required to quickly shift the learning environment to a fully virtual format. While…
Descriptors: COVID-19, Pandemics, Health Sciences, Laboratories
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Griffith, John; Faulconer, Emily; McMasters, Bobby – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
Various instructor qualities have been shown to have variable influences student outcomes in online courses. In this study, the impact of faculty quality on student performance was examined by comparing student performance when taught by excellent faculty and average faculty (determined through administrative evaluations). We examined 328 student…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, College Mathematics, Statistics Education, Mathematics Achievement
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Brockerhoff-Macdonald, Bettina; Sckopke, Christina – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2021
Why are newly admitted students to online programs not registering in courses in the session for which they applied for admission? Two surveys were completed (January 2019 and May 2019) by students who had accepted an offer of admission into an online program at Laurentian University, but had subsequently not registered for courses for the…
Descriptors: Barriers, College Admission, College Applicants, College Students
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