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Williams, Teresa; Layne, Melissa; Ice, Phil – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
When higher education leaders give little thought or offer little mentoring to their faculty members, there is risk of driving faculty members from teaching online and of them having a poor experience in online teaching. Without mentoring support, faculty members may feel disconnected and unsupported. The purpose of the study was to examine the…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Colleges, Electronic Learning, College Faculty
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Meyer, Katrina A.; Murrell, Vicki S. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
This article presents the results of a national study of 39 higher education institutions that collected information about their practices for faculty development for online teaching and particularly the content and training activities used during 2011-2012. An instrument of 26 items was developed based on a review of literature on faculty…
Descriptors: Colleges, Faculty Development, Electronic Learning, Measures (Individuals)
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Mayhew, Barry – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
This articles describes an occurrence that has been happening during the past two to three decades--a steadily increasing number of educational institutions that provide students with the opportunity to earn degrees without having to conform to the elaborate set of policies, procedures, and regulations long associated with so called traditional…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Education, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Educational Opportunities
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Barr, Bonny – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
89% of colleges and universities in the United States offer online courses and of those institutions 58% offer degree programs that are completely online (Parker, Lenhart & Moore, 2011).Providing online student services is an important component of these distance programs and is often required by accrediting bodies. Health and wellness…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Online Courses, College Students, Mental Health Programs
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Pollard, Herbert; Minor, Maria; Swanson, Andree – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
A change in the Community of Inquiry (COI) framework with an addition of an instructor social presence is suggested. The sample included 137 students in the School of Business of an online university. The independent variables were teaching and social presences from the COI framework and instructor social presence from an instrument developed for…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Online Courses, College Faculty, Teacher Student Relationship
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Tobin, Thomas J. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
Administrators in higher-education institutions are faced with an often-conflicting landscape of laws, court cases, adopted practices, rules of thumb, and folk wisdom related to copyright concerns on their campuses. Ask any ten faculty member and receive ten different responses about what constitutes fair use, who owns content created for courses,…
Descriptors: College Administration, College Faculty, Copyrights, Legal Responsibility
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Kinneer, James W. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
A national survey of health care recruiters was used to compare their attitudes toward four different RN-to-BSN degree options based on the method of instruction (classroom, online) and the type of college (traditional, forprofit). The analysis was based on the data received from 116 respondents who completed the questionnaire. The study findings…
Descriptors: Nursing, Nursing Education, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Mooney, Mara; Southard, Sheryne; Burton, Christie H. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
Asynchronous online threaded discussions are widely recognized as a tool to enhance learning in the virtual classroom. While they can serve as a mechanism for reinforcing material and promoting a deeper understanding of course content, discussion boards often lack rich and dynamic dialogue, and instead serve as a field of obligatory discourse,…
Descriptors: Asynchronous Communication, Computer Mediated Communication, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Virtual Classrooms
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Davis, Julia – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
This case study offers insights into the motivation and experiences of a cyber-student, an individual who completes all or portions of an online class for the registered student. The cyber-student shares information on the inner-workings of online companies specializing in matching cyber-students with potential clients. A portrait of both a…
Descriptors: Interviews, Cheating, Online Courses, Case Studies
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Gascoigne, Carolyn; Parnell, Juliette – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
With the rise in online and hybrid courses at the post-secondary level, many institutions are offering various online learning readiness assessments to students who are considering these instructional formats. Following a discussion of the characteristics often attributed to successful online learners, as well as a review of a sample of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Blended Learning, Postsecondary Education
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Eskey, Michael T.; Taylor, Cathy L.; Eskey, Michael T., Jr. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
The advent of online learning has created the medium for cyber-bullying in the virtual classroom and also by e-mail. Bullying is usually expected in the workplace and between students in the classroom. Most recently, however, faculty members have become surprising targets of online bullying. For many, there are no established policies nor is…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Internet, Bullying, Electronic Mail
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Downs, Guy H.; McAllen, Dorothy K. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
Universities have witnessed the consistent growth of increased college-level distance education programs with 32 percent of all students having taken at least one online course (Allen & Seaman, 2013). Key to this continued growth, however, is understanding the factors that contribute to the greatest growth and success in these programs.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Military Service, Performance Based Assessment
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Feltenberger Beaver, Alaina; Johnson, Fenimore; Sinkinson, Caroline – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
This study identifies the professional development needs of instructors teaching online using quantitative and qualitative methods. Twenty-six participants from a convenience sample at the University of Colorado, Boulder's Division of Continuing Education (CE) were surveyed in a Faculty Needs Assessment (FNA) that was open to participants from…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Needs Assessment, Online Courses, Continuing Education
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Vu, Phu; Crow, Sherry R.; Fredrickson, Scott – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
This study examined the impact of adding game elements on students' performances in an online learning setting. Two intact online graduate level course sections were chosen for this study. Each course sections had 18 students. The results of the study showed that there were significant differences in the time students spent in their courses and…
Descriptors: Games, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Educational Strategies
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Fontaine, Sherry J.; Cook, Shawn M. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2014
Engagement in co-curricular activities is a means of educating the whole student, providing an opportunity for the integration of academic, professional, and personal development. Residential programs offer students campus-based, co-curricular experiences that foster the development of student knowledge and personal development outside of the…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Extracurricular Activities
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