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Lee, Kyungmee; Bligh, Brett – Distance Education, 2019
In the current higher education context, offering online programmes is seen as an effective means to recruit more international students. However, supporting online international students studying at a distance is not a simple task for both universities and tutors. The problem mainly stems from a lack of theoretical understanding of online…
Descriptors: College Students, Foreign Students, Study Abroad, Distance Education
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Henderikx, Maartje; Kreijns, Karel; Castaño Muñoz, Jonatan; Kalz, Marco – Distance Education, 2019
MOOCs are promising opportunities for lifelong learning, but as promising as these learning opportunities seem, many learners do not succeed in pursuing their personal learning goals. Barriers to learning are the main reason for not finishing the intended (parts of the) MOOCs. This study addressed the question whether the factors age, gender,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Goal Orientation, Lifelong Learning
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Zhu, Meina; Herring, Susan C.; Bonk, Curtis J. – Distance Education, 2019
This case study examined patterns in online communication using computer-mediated discourse analysis to better understand how teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence are manifested in an online learning environment. The findings indicate that study participants actively participated in the discussion. The instructor and…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Electronic Learning, Discussion Groups, Interaction
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Lange, Christopher; Costley, Jamie – Distance Education, 2019
Scaffolding techniques, such as sequencing and fading, used in online video lectures may help mitigate the negative relationship between complex contents represented by intrinsic load and content understanding represented by germane load. This study analyzed survey responses from university students (n = 2365) who participated in online classes in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cognitive Processes, Difficulty Level, Electronic Learning
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Muir, Tracey; Milthorpe, Naomi; Stone, Cathy; Dyment, Janet; Freeman, Elizabeth; Hopwood, Belinda – Distance Education, 2019
Although there is ample research into student engagement in online learning, much of this investigates the student experience through surveys administered at a fixed point in time, usually at the exit point of a single unit of study or course. The study described in this paper, by contrast, aimed to understand online student engagement over a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Student Attitudes
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Zhang, J.; Lou, X.; Zhang, H.; Zhang, J. – Distance Education, 2019
Understanding how collective attention flow circulates amid an over-abundance of knowledge is a key to designing new and better forms of online and flexible learning experiences. This study adopted an open flow network model and the associated distance metrics to gain an understanding of collective attention flow using clickstream data in a…
Descriptors: Attention, Online Courses, Foreign Countries, Introductory Courses
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Kwon, Kyungbin; Park, Su Jin; Shin, Suhkyung; Chang, Chae Young – Distance Education, 2019
The current study examined the effects of different types of instructor comments on student engagement in an online discussion. In particular, this study examined three comment types: (1) praise-oriented comments, agreeing with students' initial messages and recapping their ideas, (2) elaboration-encouraging comments, requesting elaboration on the…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Learner Engagement, Positive Reinforcement, Computer Mediated Communication
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Kotera, Yasuhiro; Cockerill, Vicky; Green, Pauline; Hutchinson, Lucy; Shaw, Paula; Bowskill, Nicholas – Distance Education, 2019
Online learning is crucial to success for higher education institutions. Whilst the existing literature predominantly focused on its economic advantages, we focused on its inclusivity. At an online learning unit of a UK university, the number of students with disabilities (SWD) is three times higher than the national average. Having a degree makes…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Students with Disabilities, Electronic Learning
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Huang, Biyun; Hwang, Gwo-Jen; Hew, Khe Foon; Warning, Peter – Distance Education, 2019
Gamification offers potential for improving students' online discussion quantity and the depth of discussion content. However, very few studies have examined the social network patterns when students are posting and providing peer-feedback to each other in gamification-based environments. In response to those gaps, this study used a learning…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Peer Relationship, Comparative Analysis, Feedback (Response)
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Slater, Stefan; Baker, Ryan – Distance Education, 2019
Considerable attention has been given to methods for knowledge estimation, a category of methods for automatic assessment of a student's degree of skill mastery or knowledge at a specific time. Knowledge estimation is frequently used to make decisions about when a student has reached mastery and is ready to advance to new material, but there has…
Descriptors: Prediction, Mastery Learning, Academic Achievement, Bayesian Statistics
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Wu, Fati; Lai, Song – Distance Education, 2019
Open, flexible and distance learning has become part of mainstream education in China. Using a blended learning program in a Chinese high school as the case, this study adopted data-mining approaches to establish predictive models using personality traits. Results showed that, for students with high OE and low extraversion, and students who are…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Learning Analytics, Foreign Countries, At Risk Students
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Prinsloo, Paul; Slade, Sharon; Khalil, Mohammad – Distance Education, 2019
Student data privacy as a research focus and practice is relatively under-researched in the context of massive open online courses (MOOCs). Central to researching student data privacy in the context of online service providers are the various user agreements that participants must accept or opt into before they can use a MOOC platform. Such…
Descriptors: Student Records, Information Security, Privacy, Online Courses
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Holmes, Wayne; Nguyen, Quan; Zhang, Jingjing; Mavrikis, Manolis; Rienties, Bart – Distance Education, 2019
There has been a growing interest in how teaching might be informed by "learning design" (LD), with a promising method for investigating LD being offered by the emerging field of "learning analytics" (LA). In this study, we used a novel LA for LD methodology to investigate the implementation of LD in an online distance learning…
Descriptors: Learning Analytics, Instructional Design, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Hughes, Christopher; Costley, Jamie; Lange, Christopher – Distance Education, 2019
An important part of online courses is the delivery of instruction via video lectures. Video lectures should use media effectively to reduce extraneous load and maximize cognitive processing, thereby helping students to learn. Instructors may be able to reduce extraneous load by varying the number of audio and visual media used. This study…
Descriptors: Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Video Technology, Lecture Method
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Xing, Wanli – Distance Education, 2019
Massive open online courses (MOOCs) face persistent challenges related to student performance, including high rates of attrition and low student achievement scores. Previous studies that have examined the performance of students in MOOCs have done so using qualitative analysis and the quantitative analysis of small samples. This study is the first…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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