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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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Hunt, Antony; Tickner, Sue – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
Aotearoa New Zealand's demographics are changing rapidly and, as a consequence, there is now greater diversity in the tertiary student population. This diversity is evident in the continuing growth of Maori and Pasifika student participation. Teacher education is increasingly emphasising social competencies and intercultural awareness. Online…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Education Programs, Online Courses, Electronic Learning
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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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Smith, Nigel V.; Erlam, Charles; Quirke, Naomi; Sylvester, Grace – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
Student engagement is required for effective distance learning. Amongst other things, it is built by fostering connectedness amongst tutors, academic advisors, and students, and by providing high-quality content and materials through appropriate technologies. Students are more likely to succeed when they experience these different aspects as a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Theological Education, Sense of Community, Distance Education
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Beck, Dennis; Maranto, Robert – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
Virtual charter schools have the potential to transform teacher personnel management. However, there is currently little evidence that they are doing so. This study examined how 89 teachers at two virtual charter schools perceived school personnel practices and leadership. Survey analysis indicated that teachers perceived personnel practices as…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Personnel Management, Teacher Selection, Instructional Leadership
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Taipjutorus, Widchaporn; Hansen, Sally; Brown, Mark – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2012
In both traditional face-to-face and online learning contexts, self-efficacy has been shown to be a key contributor to learner success. Once established, self-efficacy can be generalised to other learning situations, with the strongest effect occurring with learning activities that are closest to those in which self-efficacy has been improved.…
Descriptors: Correlation, Self Efficacy, Self Control, Online Courses
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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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Owen, Hazel – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
Research, such as that collated as part of the New Zealand Ministry of Education's (MoE) Iterative Best Evidence Synthesis (BES), indicates that regular Professional Learning and Development (PLD) for educators can have a positive effect on the quality of teaching and, in turn, on outcomes for diverse students. PLD, though, needs to offer…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Professional Development, Individualized Instruction, Pilot Projects
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Coughlan, Tony; Perryman, Leigh-Anne – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2011
This article explores the relationship between academic disciplines' representation in the United Kingdom Open University's (OU) OpenLearn open educational resources (OER) repository and in the OU's fee-paying curriculum. Becher's (1989) typology was used to subdivide the OpenLearn and OU fee-paying curriculum content into four disciplinary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Open Universities, Resource Units, Computer Uses in Education