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Voelkel, Robert H.; Johnson, Christie W.; Gilbert, Kristen A. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
The purpose of this article is to present how one university incorporates immersive simulations through platforms which employ avatars to enhance graduate student understanding and learning in educational leadership programs. While using simulations and immersive virtual environments continues to grow, the literature suggests limited evidence of…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Graduate Study, Instructional Leadership, Computer Simulation
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Kane, Robert Todd; Shaw, Melanie; Pang, Sangho; Salley, Witt; Snider, J. Blake – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
With the ever-increasing availability of online education opportunities, understanding the factors that influence online student satisfaction and success is vital to enable administrators to engage and retain this important stakeholder group. The purpose of this ex-post-facto, nonexperimental quantitative study was to investigate the impact of…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Student Satisfaction, Electronic Learning, Teaching Methods
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Lamson, Nina; Babb, David; Schmidt, Robert – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
The University of North Georgia utilizes the internal Quality Matters (QM) process to review all their online courses. As our online course offerings have increased, the need to devise a system to track the QM process, ensure timely reviews, and begin recertification of previously reviewed courses was necessary. As a result, several reports have…
Descriptors: Universities, Online Courses, Course Evaluation, Educational Quality
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Schultz, Adam; Zimmerman, Kay – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
Many Universities are missing an opportunity to focus student recruitment marketing efforts and budget at the program level, which can offer lower priced advertising opportunities with higher conversion rates than traditional University level marketing initiatives. At NC State University, we have begun to deploy a scalable, low-cost, program level…
Descriptors: Systems Approach, Student Recruitment, Cost Effectiveness, Advertising
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Vu, Phu; Fredrickson, Scott; Meyer, Richard – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
With a dearth of research on human-robot interaction in education and relatively high non-completion rates of online students, this study was conducted to determine the feasibility of using a virtual assistant (VA) to respond to questions and concerns of students and provide 24/7 online course content support. During a 16 week-long academic…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Robotics, Online Courses, Feasibility Studies
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Starcher, Keith; Mandernach, B. Jean – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
Institutions must understand the unique characteristics and motivations of adjunct faculty teaching online to more effectively support a diverse faculty population. The current study examines faculty characteristics and motivations to explore differences in the types of adjunct faculty teaching at non-profit or for-profit institutions. A survey of…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Adjunct Faculty, Part Time Faculty, Teacher Characteristics
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Grover, Kenda S.; Walters, Shelly; Turner, Ronna C. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
As online learning is becoming more deeply entrenched in higher education, many institutions are designing professional development activities aimed at helping faculty improve their online teaching. The focus of this descriptive study was on identifying the preferences faculty who teach online have regarding how they want to learn about new…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Attitudes, Preferences, Online Courses
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Schmidt, Steven W.; Tschida, Christina M.; Hodge, Elizabeth M. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
Research shows most teachers teach as they were taught. However, distance educators lack a model or benchmark for online teaching because many of them have not taken online courses as students. Indeed, many studies on teaching online point to the importance of training for online instructors. Few studies go into specifics about exactly what that…
Descriptors: Distance Education, College Faculty, Web Based Instruction, Benchmarking
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Rucker, Ryan; Downey, Steve – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
Research literature is flush with articles discussing how teachers use individual learning management systems. However, very few studies examine how faculty are affected as they move from one platform to another. This study addresses that gap and examines how faculty adapt their online teaching practices as they migrate systems. In doing so,…
Descriptors: Use Studies, Technology Integration, Integrated Learning Systems, Web Based Instruction
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Shaw, Cassandra S.; Wu, Xiaodong; Irwin, Kathleen C.; Patrizi, L. A. Chad – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between student retention and faculty personality as it was hypothesized that faculty personality has an effect on student retention. The methodology adopted for this study was quantitative and in two parts 1) using linear regression models to examine the impact or causality of faculty…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Personality Traits, Academic Persistence, Statistical Analysis
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Varnell, Page – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
What are the workload impacts to faculty during a Learning Management System (LMS) transition? What type of support is needed by faculty during an LMS transition? Transitioning to a new LMS may result in faculty problems with learning a new technology platform in addition to teaching. The purpose of this phenomenological study was to explore the…
Descriptors: Integrated Learning Systems, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Phenomenology
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Christensen, Steven S.; Howell, Scott L.; Hall, C. Giles – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
This article is a follow-up to a previous article, "Six Ways to Increase Enrollments at an Extended Campus," published in this journal (vol. 17, no. 4, winter 2015), wherein a seventh best practice to increase course offerings and increase enrollments at an extended campus is presented. This best practice seeks to identify those areas of…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Enrollment, Higher Education, Universities
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Marzano, Michael P.; Allen, Robert – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
The purpose of this study was to determine whether students evaluate courses differently, and perhaps more critically, when delivered online vs. face-to-face (F2F). Course evaluations are associated with the instructor that taught the course. Course evaluation continues to be a significant assessment vehicle of faculty performance used by many…
Descriptors: Course Evaluation, Student Evaluation of Teacher Performance, Online Courses, Conventional Instruction
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Hixon, Emily; Barczyk, Casimir; Ralston-Berg, Penny; Buckenmeyer, Janet – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
This study analyzes nontraditional students' perceptions of online course quality. Students were categorized into three groups: traditional, moderately nontraditional, and highly nontraditional. A survey instrument designed to assess online course quality and other demographic characteristics was administered electronically. Course quality was…
Descriptors: Nontraditional Students, Student Attitudes, Statistical Analysis, Standards
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Lewis, Shelia; Ewing, Christopher – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
Asynchronous discussions in the online teaching and learning environment significantly contributes to the achievement of student learning outcomes, which is dependent upon qualified and engaged faculty members. The discourse within this article addresses how an online university conducted faculty development through its unique Robust Learning…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Faculty Development, Virtual Universities
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