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Henrikson, Robin – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2019
This study analysed the relationships between teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence in online learning environments (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000), with an emphasis on examining ways in which the design of instructor presentation formats relates to student responses in discussion forums. Both quantitative and…
Descriptors: Lecture Method, Learner Engagement, Inquiry, Instructional Design
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Cunningham, Una – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2016
High connectivity at tertiary institutions, and students who are often equipped with laptops and/or tablets as well as smartphones, have resulted in language learners being able to freely access technology and the internet. Reference tools such as dictionaries, concordancers, translators, and thesauri, with pronunciation and usage tips, are…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Video Technology, Language Usage
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Louwrens, Nathaniel; Hartnett, Maggie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
While our understanding of student engagement in the compulsory schooling sector is well developed in face-to-face contexts, the same cannot be said for online and distance learning environments. Indeed, most of what is currently known about online engagement has come from research with older students in tertiary education contexts. This study…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Middle School Teachers, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Yates, Anne; Brindley-Richards, Wendy; Thistoll, Tony – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
Students enrolled in distance education courses tend to have lower course completion rates than those who attend face-to-face classes (Simpson, 2013). This article reports on a collective case study undertaken at a vocational, distance education provider in New Zealand, whose course completion rates have risen over recent years to match those of…
Descriptors: Vocational Education, Distance Education, Learner Engagement, Case Studies
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Nash, Catherine – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
This paper outlines the benefits to distance education teachers of formatting a weekly online newsletter in accordance with motivational learning theory. It reflects on the delivery of weekly AIM newsletters to undergraduate economics students at the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand via Moodle. The acronym, AIM, stands for Academic content,…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Distance Education, Learning Theories, Motivation Techniques
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Zaka, Pinelopi – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2013
This paper reports on the findings of a case study that investigated how blended teaching and learning was implemented in a New Zealand secondary school. An ecological perspective was taken to clarify the complexity of blended teaching and learning implementation by researching the roles of students, teachers, school leaders and other educational…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Secondary School Students
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Bennett, Carolyn; Barbour, Michael K. – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
This case study investigated the perceptions of Maori students in the Virtual Learning Network of what constituted effective strategies for engaging them in online learning. In the FarNet cluster, about 63 students from the four secondary and five area schools access the VLN, and approximately 80 percent of those students are of Maori descent.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Ethnic Groups, Pacific Islanders
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Redd, Jennifer; Schmidt-Crawford, Denise – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This study focused on the potential for building 25 high-school students' word knowledge by using a mobile learning device and gaming app. Using a game as an instructional tool is a portable way for students to engage with content. The amount of vocabulary mastered after using the app on the mobile device was examined in relation to a pre-test and…
Descriptors: High School Students, Vocabulary Development, Courseware, Handheld Devices