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Wang, Yu-Mei – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2019
Online discussion had been proliferating on university campuses in U.S. higher education. Nevertheless, the quality of student postings had been a concern. Research showed that assessment played an important role in promoting the success of online discussion. This article reported a design-based research on designing, implementing, and…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Masters Programs, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Online Courses
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Peddibhotla, Naren; Jani, Arpan – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2019
There are many challenges to simulate the experience of a professional facing a complex situation in a discussion of a case study using an online discussion forum. The current research examines the role of two aspects of discussion forum format (group size and discussion structure) on two outcome variables (student engagement and learning). We…
Descriptors: Discussion Groups, Learner Engagement, Instructional Effectiveness, Class Size
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Gonzalez, Michelle; Moore, Noreen S. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2018
This qualitative case study examined the influence of the use of VoiceThread technology on the feedback process for thesis writing in two online asynchronous graduate courses. The influence on instructor feedback process and graduate student writers' perceptions of the use of VoiceThread were the foci of the study. Master's-level students (n = 18)…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Educational Technology, Qualitative Research, Case Studies
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Quong, Jennifer; Snider, Sharla L.; Early, Jody – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2018
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a closed social media platform as an online tool to facilitate interactions among students and faculty participating in online and hybrid courses at a public university in North Texas (n = 330). Survey methods were used to measure undergraduate and graduate students' perceptions of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Blended Learning, Online Courses, Social Media
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Barbour, Michael K.; Harrison, Kelly Unger – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2016
While K-12 online learning in the United States has increased exponentially, the ability of teacher education programs to adequately prepare teachers to design, deliver, and support has been deficient. A small number of universities have begun to address this deficit through the introduction of graduate certificates in online teaching. This…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Online Courses, Curriculum Design
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Martin, Florence; Ndoye, Abdou; Wilkins, Patricia – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2016
Quality Matters is recognized as a rigorous set of standards that guide the designer or instructor to design quality online courses. We explore how Quality Matters standards guide the identification and analysis of learning analytics data to monitor and improve online learning. Descriptive data were collected for frequency of use, time spent, and…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Quality, Standards, Trend Analysis
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Ro, Jennifer Moon; Magiera, Kathleen; Gradel, Kathleen; Simmons, Rhea – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2013
This article reports on findings from a study that explored blogging (a web-based log) as a tool for literacy graduate students to deliver support to preservice teachers who were working in an afterschool intervention program. Its effectiveness is compared to the use of an online literacy instructional module. Analyses of the discussions in nine…
Descriptors: After School Programs, Preservice Teachers, Tutoring, Intervention
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O'Connor, Eileen A.; McQuigge, Amy – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2013
The use of digital badges for peer-credentialing web-shared work offers the promise of extending classroom learning beyond explicit course objectives and evaluations. This pilot study of peer-awarded badges examines the results of an online graduate course where students voted on and evaluated the web-shared work of their colleagues on different…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, Feedback (Response), Online Courses, Pilot Projects
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Abendroth, Mark; Golzy, John B.; O'Connor, Eileen A. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2011
This study of action research, authored by three colleagues teaching the same teacher-education methods course but from different content areas, involves teacher-candidates' use of self-recorded limited-access YouTube videos to make their microteachings accessible to the authors, each of whom was teaching candidates of her or his content expertise…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Methods Courses, Teacher Education Curriculum, Action Research
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O'Connor, Eileen A. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2010
To determine if and how using immersive virtual platforms might further educational purposes, the report examines three graduate, teacher-education, online courses that were conducted in part in Second Life (SL). By studying students' SL-related debriefings and assignments, by considering the type, format, and scheduling of SL events, and by…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Teacher Education Programs, Online Courses, Computer Uses in Education