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Irani, Tracy; Wilson, Sandra B.; Roberts, Grady; Rhoades, Emily B – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
Distance education has created new challenges with respect to the course evaluation process. This study aimed to determine if the adopted Telecourse Evaluation Questionnaire (TEQ) could be used to effectively evaluate a course developed for multisite distance delivery and taught by a team of instructors. It utilized a pretest and posttest…
Descriptors: Plants (Botany), College Students, Distance Education, Course Evaluation
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Weidman, Rob; Bishop, M. J. – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
This study examined whether the jigsaw model might be used in an online higher education course to produce the key characteristics of successful cooperative learning: interdependence, individual accountability, development of social skills, and promotive interaction. The authors employed a qualitative case study design to examine a 6-week online…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Cooperative Learning, Teaching Methods, Accountability
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Mahoney, Sue – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
This study investigated undergraduate student experiences during an online class. The purpose of the study was to gain an understanding of (a) how student context influences students' experiences, how students adapted to the classes, how students' mindsets changed, and how students expressed buy-in or lack of buy-in. The data revealed that…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Online Courses, Influences, Computer Uses in Education
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Tseng, Hungwei; Ku, Heng-Yu; Wang, Chien-Hsin; Sun, Ling – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
Online instructors today search for ways to engage students in authentic activities in their courses to create real-world learning experiences. Collaborative grouping is 1 way that instructors promote students' creativity and productivity during the teamwork process. The present study is an attempt to enhance our understanding of students'…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Cooperation, Computer Mediated Communication, Teamwork
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Bolliger, Doris U. – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
Communication in the virtual environment can be challenging for participants because it lacks physical presence and nonverbal elements. Participants may have difficulties expressing their intentions and emotions in a primarily text-based course. Therefore, the use of visual communication elements such as pictographic and typographic marks can be…
Descriptors: Cues, Computer Mediated Communication, Virtual Classrooms, Content Analysis
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Hsu, Yu-Chang; Ching, Yu-Hui; Mathews, Jonathan P.; Carr-Chellman, Alison – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
This phenomenological study explored 5 undergraduate students' experiences in a Web-based general science course through the lens of social cognitive theory. Thematic analysis was used to examine their self-regulated learning (SRL). Our findings revealed that the participants exerted a variety of SRL strategies in the Web-based learning…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction, Learning Experience
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Cain, Jeff; Smith, Doug – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
This study examined the effects that online asynchronous dilemma discussions have on moral reasoning scores of pharmacy students. In contrast to face-to-face group discussions, asynchronous threaded discussions afford all participants time to reflect and respond during discussions. Anonymity features may lessen inhibitions in responding critically…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Distance Education, Discussion Groups, Pharmacy
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Crawley, Frank E.; Fewell, Martha D.; Sugar, William A. – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
Online instruction, courses, and degree programs are rising in popularity in higher education and corporations. Novice and experienced instructors face increased demands from administrators and students to teach online, in a higher education environment long noted for face-to-face, residence-based instruction. Viewing the shift from face-to-face…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Higher Education, Phenomenology, Computer Mediated Communication
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Exter, Marisa E.; Korkmaz, Nilufer; Harlin, Nichole M.; Bichelmeyer, Barbara A. – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
This mixed-method study investigates distance education students' desire to interact and the support for community building available to them at a department-wide level in a graduate-level instructional systems technology program. Distance education students' interactions are compared to those of the department's residential students. A modified…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, Distance Education, Computer Mediated Communication
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Rabe-Hemp, Cara; Woollen, Susan; Humiston, Gail Sears – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
The current study involves a comparison of student levels of engagement, ability to learn autonomously, and interaction with peers and faculty in two different learning settings: a large lecture hall and online. Results suggest that learning mechanism drives the styles of learning and teaching practiced in traditional and online learning settings.…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Comparative Analysis
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Wheeler, Steve; Lambert-Heggs, Wendy – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
In this article we describe the MentorBlog project, which facilitated the mentoring of trainee teachers in the postcompulsory education sector through the use of blogs. In an experimental design, the study compared their experiences with students who received traditional mentoring. Blogs were used by the trainees to communicate with their mentors…
Descriptors: Research Design, Mentors, Preservice Teacher Education, Barriers
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Kilic-Cakmak, Ebru; Karatas, Sercin; Ocak, Mehmet Akif – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
There are many factors that affect the e-learning process. Instructor, assessment and evaluation, communication, and technical support are among the leading factors. It is obvious that these factors influence the effectiveness of e-learning and may be related to different expectations of e-learners. Therefore, this study focuses on examining the…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Technical Support, Community Colleges, Program Effectiveness
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Ng, Wai-Kong; Kong, Sow-Lai – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
Standards for academic and student support services (SSS) in distance education as identified by the University of Wisconsin System Administration Board of Regents were applied to the SSS provided by the Wawasan Open University (WOU). A student feedback survey conducted over 4 semesters confirmed that WOU's SSS had been positively received and…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Open Universities, Distance Education, Tutors
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Jumani, Nabi Bux; Zai, Zafar Iqbal Yousuf – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
Distance education means instruction in which the instructor and student are separated by distance and interact through the assistance of communication technology. Distance education changes the learning relationship from the common, centralized school model to a more decentralized, flexible model. It also reverses social dynamics by bringing…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Inservice Teacher Education, Distance Education, Educational Technology
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Oliver, Kevin; Osborne, Jason; Patel, Ruchi; Kleiman, Glenn – Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 2009
The North Carolina Virtual Public School completed its first session during the summer of 2007. Evaluation results revealed differences between accelerated and credit recovery students, including a significantly higher likelihood for accelerated students to rate their courses as high quality, to express interest in taking another online course,…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Public Schools, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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