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Hunt, Anne-Marie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
Online and blended learning bring opportunities and challenges, including more opportunities for authentic activities (Gikandi, Morrow, & Davis, 2011). Blended online environments are now a common mode for pre-service teacher education, providing interesting opportunities to develop and showcase alternative approaches that blend with practice…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Inquiry, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers
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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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Jeurissen, Maree – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2015
Despite some gains in the regeneration of te reo Maori, the indigenous language of Aotearoa New Zealand, its long-term survival remains threatened. One avenue for regeneration seldom considered is the English-medium secondary school. This article reports on a case study where students in one such school chose te reo Maori as an option and, and,…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Case Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, Language Maintenance
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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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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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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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Edmunds, Bronwyn; Hartnett, Maggie – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
This paper reports on one aspect of a descriptive multiple-case study which set out to explore the role of a learning management system (LMS) in personalising learning for students from the perspective of three teachers in one primary school in New Zealand. The intention was to provide insight into the role the LMS could play in classrooms when…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Foreign Countries, Integrated Learning Systems, Interviews
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Khoo, Elaine; Hight, Craig; Cowie, Bronwen; Torrens, Rob; Ferrarelli, Lisabeth – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
In this paper, we explore the relationship between student success in acquiring software literacy and students' broader engagement and understanding of knowledge across different disciplines. We report on the first phase of a project that examines software literacies associated with Microsoft PowerPoint as a common software package encountered and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Literacy, Computer Software, College Freshmen
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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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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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Jacoby, Jean – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2014
The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) is a rapidly evolving phenomenon which has stimulated discussion in universities around the world. A central theme of these discussions, and much of the published literature on the phenomenon, is the potential of the MOOC to disrupt the way universities do business. The aim of this narrative literature review…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Universities, Educational Innovation, Higher Education
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Barbour, Michael; Bennett, Carolyn – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2013
The Virtual Learning Network (VLN) provides schools, particularly those in rural and remote areas, with the opportunity to cooperate to expand curricular offerings for their students. Each school that participates in a VLN cluster contributes at least one course delivered by an e-teacher, allowing member schools access to any course offered…
Descriptors: Pacific Islanders, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Rural Areas
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Pratt, Keryn; Pullar, Ken – Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 2013
Virtual schools are increasingly common in New Zealand and internationally as schools are challenged to meet the needs of their students. This article presents a description of the distance-learning model used by a group of schools in rural Otago for the last decade. The leadership team and roles are described, and the funding model, which is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Virtual Classrooms, Distance Education
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