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Lin, Hong – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2014
Massively open? College unbound? What are the roots of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and how much of a trend is it? What promises and anxieties do MOOCs bring to higher education, academic leaders, and faculty? 2013 has witnessed one of the most rapid and enthusiastic adoptions of educational innovation in history, generating numerous…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Pence, Harry E. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2013
Despite the lack of a viable business model and very high student attrition rates, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become the current obsession in higher education. Even so, there is still no broad agreement about what a MOOC actually is. Although the current MOOC format(s) may not be a solution to our problems, they may be a symptom of…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Online Courses
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Pullan, Marie C. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2010
Education has changed as a result of technological advances. Distance learning, particularly online learning, has rapidly increased its presence in higher education. At the same time, a new generation of students characterized as being the first generation to grow up with the Internet, are entering college. This generation, commonly called…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Technology Uses in Education, Influence of Technology, Distance Education
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Coffey, John W. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2010
Faculty who offer university-level technical courses through e-Learning environments must surmount several difficult challenges. Traditionally, learning in technical courses takes place through real-time interactions between instructor and students in the course of solving actual problems--a form of activity that is not possible in asynchronous…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Technical Education, Electronic Learning, Distance Education
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Bishop-Clark, Cathy; Dietz-Uhler, Beth; Fisher, Amy – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2007
Web-based distance learning is a relatively new approach in higher education which is gaining in popularity. Because a Web-based classroom is so different than a traditional face-to-face classroom, the variables that influence success or satisfaction with such a course may be different than those in a face-to-face course. We investigated whether…
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Internet, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction
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Fisher, M.; Tucker, D.; Silverberg, D. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2005
This case study investigates the participant structure of leadership in online course environments and helps instructors design and facilitate high-quality lessons. Researchers used course experiences that were authentic, collaborative, and computer-based to collect student data: assignments, discussion transcripts, and interviews. Analysis of the…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, Online Courses, Distance Education, Educational Technology
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Fisher, Mercedes – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2003
Educational institutions have rushed to provide online courses; however, too often schools have discovered the difficulty in transferring effective teaching strategies in the classroom to an online environment. A unique aspect of quality online courses is how they rely heavily on effective collaboration to create a meaningful learning environment.…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Program Development, Internet, Cooperation
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Sizoo, Steve; Malhotra, Naveen K.; Bearson, Joseph M. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2003
By 2010, college enrollments are expected to increase by one-third, yet this growth happens at a time when colleges and universities are faced with limited or reduced funding [1]. The result is a demand for cost-effective methods of instruction like distance learning [2]. But to be successful in a distance learning environment, students must not…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Learning Strategies, Distance Education, Higher Education
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Ge, Shuzhi Sam; Tok, Meng Yong – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2003
With the advances in Internet technologies, online education is fast gaining ground as an extension to traditional education. Webcast allows lectures conducted on campus to be viewed by students located at remote sites by streaming the audio and video content over Internet Protocol (IP) networks. However when used alone, webcast does not provide…
Descriptors: Interaction, Internet, Cooperation, Distance Education
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Lim, Doo H.; Kim, Hyunjoong – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2003
Many studies have been conducted to verify the effect of learner characteristics and motivation in traditional classrooms, but very few are found in online learning research. This study sought to identify what learner characteristics and motivation types affected a group of undergraduate students' learning and application of learning for a course…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Employment Level, Online Courses, Distance Education
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Fisher, Mercedes; Coleman, Bonita – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2002
Discusses a case study at Pepperdine University (California) in the Online Master of Arts in Educational Technology and the critical insights which can be used by similar university programs to influence their thinking of how to best prepare future learning communities in virtual discussions. Addresses key issues, benefits, and methods concerning…
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Discussion (Teaching Technique), Distance Education
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Springer, Stephen; Pevoto, Barbara – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 2002
The Occupational Education program at Southwest Texas State University was established in 1973 to serve military personnel at four bases in San Antonio, Texas. The program's success has rested on seven principles of sound program development. These principles point toward faculty preparation and establishing obtainable goals related to distance…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Educational Principles
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Stephenson, Stanley D. – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 1998
To reduce attrition in an entry-level programming class, students who performed poorly on the first exam were matched with interested alumni, who could only communicate with their mentorees by e-mail, mail, or phone. The program produced a significant reduction in overall course attrition and for the at-risk students. (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Communication (Thought Transfer), Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education
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Kitchen, David; McDougall, Douglas – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 1999
Examines graduate students' perceptions of the educational value of their collaborative learning when using the Internet for course delivery. Respondents indicated that, although they enjoyed the convenience and opportunity for collaboration, a number of unsatisfactory elements were apparent with the instructional strategy and the delivery medium.…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Distance Education
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Aviv, Reuven; Golan, Gady – Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 1998
Focuses on pedagogical communication patterns between students and tutors in a telecommunications learning environment. Results of evaluating student behavior in a set of telelearning computer science courses show that they differentiate between the personal dimension of communicating with others and the group dimension which enables true…
Descriptors: Communication (Thought Transfer), Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Science
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