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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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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
Mavroidis, Ilias; Karatrantou, Anthi; Koutsouba, Maria; Giossos, Yiannis; Papadakis, Spyros – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2013
This paper examines specific technological and pedagogical parameters in relation to teleconference, namely the "perceived ease of use", the "perceived usefulness", the "social presence" and the "intention to use". A case study was conducted involving postgraduate students from a modular course of the School…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Conferences (Gatherings), Foreign Countries, Graduate Students
Pundak, David; Herscovitz, Orit; Shacham, Miri – European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 2010
Instruction in higher education has developed significantly over the past two decades, influenced by two trends: promotion of active learning methods and integration of web technology in e-Learning. Many studies found that active teaching improves students' success, involvement and thinking skills. Nevertheless, internationally, most instructors…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Active Learning, Thinking Skills, Teaching Methods