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Pratt, Keryn – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
This paper reports on a qualitative evaluation of the postgraduate courses offered by distance in one university department. The types and amount of support provided to students was evaluated and compared with Simpson's (2008a) Proactive Motivational Support model (PaMS). While students were largely satisfied with the support they received during…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Qualitative Research, School Support, Educational Resources
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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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Fields, Alison – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
Collaboration between faculty and learner support can create seamless services for e-learners. Providing access to learning materials and activities with co-located tailored learner support creates an environment in which e-learners can easily access everything they need for an enhanced, supported, and more focused learning experience. The…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Electronic Learning, Access to Information
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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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Falloon, Garry – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
Research indicates learners studying at a distance can experience perceptions of isolation and lack of "belonging" and support, which can adversely affect their learning experience and performance. Recently, the advent of affordable, accessible and reliable high-speed broadband has meant that a whole new array of digital tools to support…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Graduate Students, Seminars
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Fletcher, Jo; Nicholas, Karen; Davis, Niki – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
Many adults need help with literacy learning. This is extremely challenging for the tertiary education sector and workplace-situated learning organisations. E-learning may be an effective and efficient way to improve the delivery of teaching of basic skills to learners. Our research study included five embedded case studies within one tertiary…
Descriptors: Adult Literacy, Electronic Learning, Basic Skills, Delivery Systems
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Hartnett, Maggie; St. George, Alison; Dron, Jon – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This paper reports on one aspect of a larger case study that explores the nature of motivation to learn in an online distance environment. The study adopts self-determination theory (SDT) as a theoretical framework and focuses particularly on the underlying concepts of autonomy and competence. These are used to investigate ways in which certain…
Descriptors: Learning Motivation, Distance Education, Electronic Learning, Case Studies