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Liyanagunawardena, Tharindu R.; Lundqvist, Karsten; Mitchell, Richard; Warburton, Steven; Williams, Shirley A. – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2019
In recent years there has been a significant growth in the number of online courses known as MOOCs available via online providers such as edX and Coursera. The result has been a marked reduction in the clarity around the different course offerings and this has created a need to reconsider the classification schemes for MOOCs to help inform…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Taxonomy, Enrollment
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Bir, Devayan Debashis – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2019
Universities in the U.S. typically offer to teach introductory engineering courses in large classes to tackle the increase in undergraduate engineering enrolment and to save on cost of teaching. Previous studies done on traditionally taught large classes have shown the negative effects it has on students and faculty. Many institutions use online…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Performance Factors, Engineering Education, Online Courses
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Martin, Florence; Wang, Chuang; Jokiaho, Annika; May, Birgit; Grübmeyer, Sonja – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2019
With the increase in the number of online courses being offered, it is important for faculty to be prepared to teach online. In this study, we examine US and German faculty perceptions on their preparedness to teach online based on the perception of importance of teaching online competencies and their efficacy to teach online. We also examine…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Foreign Countries, College Faculty, Readiness
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Woolcott, Geoff; Seton, Carolyn; Mason, Raina; Chen, Ouhao; Lake, Warren; Markopoulos, Christos; Boyd, William – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2019
This paper describes a design-based implementation research (DBIR) approach to the development and trialling of a new generation massive open online course (ngMOOC) situated in an instructional setting of undergraduate mathematics at a regional Australian university. This process is underscored by two important innovations: (a) a basis in a…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Research Projects, Feedback (Response), Cognitive Processes
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Banoor, Rajabalee Yousra; Rennie, Frank; Santally, Mohammad Issack – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2018
In this research we studied the correlation between the level of students' online participation and their overall performances. We examined in this study, the participation level in different learning activities assigned to two large cohorts of learners, and compared them with their final grades at the end of the year. We defined the quality of…
Descriptors: Correlation, Academic Achievement, Online Courses, Student Attitudes
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Maritim, Ezra K.; Getuno, Daniel Makini – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2018
Globally, ODL institutions experience mismatch between scalability of numbers and scalability of success rates. This study explored the scalability of success rates in open, distance e-learning as perceived by the learners within the "Chain of Response Model." The primary aim of the study was to look at online learners' success rate by…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Educational Technology, College Students
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Williams, Shirley – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2018
Essentially social learning is a system where the learning occurs with and from others. Internet-based technologies have provided environments within which social learning can take place among very large groups covering various topics, ranging from academic to leisure. In general MOOCs are academic-related courses offered by educational…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Handicrafts, Internet
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Müller, Claude; Stahl, Michael; Alder, Mark; Müller, Maximilian – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2018
With flexible learning, students gain access and flexibility with regard to at least one of the following dimensions: time, place, pace, learning style, content, assessment or learning path. Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) has launched a new flexible learning study format called FLEX, a blended learning design allowing students to be…
Descriptors: Instructional Effectiveness, Student Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning
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Schmidt-Jones, Catherine – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2017
Many users of online open education resources (OERs) are learners seeking insights into problems encountered as they pursue their everyday interests and activities. As well as benefitting from intrinsic motivation, such authentic learning activity provides context that helps the learner absorb and integrate the meaning of the knowledge. The…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Shared Resources and Services
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Saadatmand, Mohsen; Uhlin, Lars; Hedberg, Maria; Åbjörnsson, Lotta; Kvarnström, Maria – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2017
Open online courses are becoming more prevalent at local level and for professional development objectives. Proper instructional design combined with use of online tools can promote learner interaction in online environments. Using the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework, this study aimed at examining learners' interaction and their perceptions…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Communities of Practice, Peer Relationship, Foreign Countries
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Pentaraki, Alexandra; Burkholder, Gary J. – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2017
There is emerging evidence that suggests emotions as a discrete factor in academic online contexts that significantly contribute to student engagement and higher order learning (Cleveland-Innes & Campbell, 2012; You, 2012, You & Kang, 2014; Zembylas, 2008; Liaw, 2008). Pekrun (2000) and Pekrun, Goetz, Frenzel, Barchfeld, and Perry (2011)…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Emotional Response
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Stiller, Klaus D.; Bachmaier, Regine – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2017
High dropout rates are still a problem with online training. It is strongly suggested that learner characteristics influence the decision to persist in an online course or to drop out. The study explored the differences in domain-specific prior knowledge, motivation, computer attitude, computer anxiety, and learning skills between dropouts and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dropout Rate, Knowledge Level, Student Motivation
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Honeychurch, Sarah; Bozkurt, Aras; Singh, Lenandlar; Koutropoulos, Apostolos – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2017
Lurkers, who are also known as silent learners, observers, browsers, read-only participants, vicarious learners, free-riders, witness learners, or legitimate peripheral participants (our preferred term), tend to be hard to track in a course because of their near invisibility. We decided to address this issue and to examine the perceptions that…
Descriptors: Student Participation, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Bell, Simon; Lane, Andy; Collins, Kevin; Berardi, Andrea; Slater, Rachel – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2017
Environmental Management (EM) is taught in many Higher Education Institutions in the UK. Most this provision is studied full-time on campuses by younger adults preparing themselves for subsequent employment, but not necessarily as environmental managers, and this experience can be very different from the complexities of real-life situations. This…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Conservation (Environment), Higher Education, Online Courses
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Petronzi, Dominic; Hadi, Munib – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2016
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have and continue to change the way in which nontraditional learners' access education. Although the free element of these has been linked to low completion rates due to no invested interest, the MOOC platform enables innovative technologies and practices to be trialled. Therefore, rather than attributing varied…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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