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Rose, Mary – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2018
This article explores some key attributes of effective online tertiary educators. Using qualitative research methods, data were collected via semi-structured interviews which were conducted with a small sample of university academics in New Zealand and Australia, and analysed using an inductive approach and open and closed coding techniques. In…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Web Based Instruction, College Faculty, Foreign Countries
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Osborne, Jo; Dibben, Mark – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Universities are increasingly recognising the need to broaden the experience and understanding of their students beyond a single disciplinary approach, to produce graduates more capable of solving the problems of a multidisciplinary world. At the University of Tasmania, a "breadth unit" programme is underway with the dual purpose of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Moore, Catherine; Greenland, Steven – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Two hundred and twenty-six qualitative interviews with students studying at Australia's largest online tertiary education organisation, Open Universities Australia (OUA), found that failure to complete assessments due to unexpected and unavoidable employment commitments was the standout reason for dropping out of its open-access courses. The…
Descriptors: Student Attrition, Foreign Countries, College Students, Open Universities
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Alahmadi, Tahani; Drew, Steve – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2017
Evaluating accessibility is an important equity step in assessing the effectiveness and usefulness of online learning materials for students with disabilities such as visual or hearing impairments. Previous studies in this area have indicated that, over time, university websites have become gradually more inaccessible. This paper relates findings…
Descriptors: Reputation, Web Sites, Universities, Comparative Analysis
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Halupa, Colleen M. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
This paper provides an overview of best practices and challenges for deans and department heads of online programmes in the ever-changing world of higher education. It concentrates on the challenges for small private universities and tertiary education institutions in the United States, Australia, and New Zealand. Department heads must consider…
Descriptors: Department Heads, Deans, Higher Education, Small Colleges
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Goldingay, Sophie; Land, Clare – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
Many social-work students enrolled in a particular Australian university approach the pre-practicum practice skills unit with dread, due to the required role-play exercises. Online distance students could be seen to be challenged even further in their preparation for practicum, due to a perception that they are learning practice skills on their…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Social Work, Teaching Methods, Role Playing
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Palmer, Stuart – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
While a growing number of higher education institutions are providing online modes of study for both on- and off-campus students, do the differences in demography, technology experiences and reasons for study between on- and off-campus students mean that they interact differently with online learning environments (OLEs)? Australia's Deakin…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Online Courses, Higher Education, Student Surveys
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Willems, Julie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
Considerations of educational resilience are often linked to student participation, retention, and outcomes in distance higher education, in spite of adversity, equity issues, or "invisible fences" that students may face. This paper further develops the quadripartite model of educational resilience (Willems, 2010; Willems & Reupert,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Indigenous Populations, Resilience (Psychology), Distance Education
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Bossu, Carina; Brown, Mark; Bull, David – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This article explores some of the most well-known Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives worldwide and then reports on OER developments in Australia. It also discusses a current research project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), including its design and methods of data collection and analysis. Although the study…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Open Education