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Fiore, Todd D.; Heitner, Keri L.; Shaw, Melanie – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
Approximately 50% of doctoral students do not complete their degrees. Attrition for online doctoral programs is 10% to 20% higher than traditional programs. This study's purpose was to understand online doctoral students' perceptions about the role of academic advisement in transitioning from coursework to independent research. Semi-structured…
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Faculty Advisers, Doctoral Students, Academic Persistence
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Martin, Florence; Wang, Chuang; Budhrani, Kiran; Moore, Robert L.; Jokiaho, Annika – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
With the increase in number of courses being offered online, there is an increase in the need for professional development support for instructors to teach online. The purpose of this study is to examine faculty perceptions on professional development needs for online teaching, specifically in the U.S. and in Germany. Based on a qualitative…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Online Courses
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Waldner, Leora; McDaniel, Dayna; Esteves, Tammy – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
Online students are often short-changed when they reach their most important milestone--graduation. For many institutions, virtual graduation has proven to be a holy grail of sorts--critically important to student experience, but illusive in form and difficult to achieve. This article explores several existing models of virtual graduations, and…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Recognition (Achievement), Graduation, Synchronous Communication
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Bickle, Marianne C.; Rucker, Ryan D.; Burnsed, Katherine Annette – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
The purposes of this study were to examine students' satisfaction with online learning and identify attributes that contribute to humanizing the online classroom. A total of 228 students participated in the study, which attempted to determine whether students perceived a social presence in the online course as a result of a variety of…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Student Satisfaction, Technology Uses in Education, Integrated Learning Systems
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Clapp, Alison; Reynolds, Ashley; Bell, Barry; Lockhart, Eleanor; Todd, Gemma; Connell, Tracy – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
Development and maintenance of online distance learning Masters courses in a higher education institute Medical School Graduate School involves the interaction of an e-learning team with subject specialists, all of whom are time poor. To allow course development to proceed smoothly it must be a managed process. Challenges were revealed during an…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Distance Education, Maintenance, Medical Schools
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Piña, Anthony A.; Harris, Phillip – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
Amid the continued growth of online learning--and concerns about its quality--a number of different groups have moved to establish tools, such as rubrics and standards for online course quality. This paper highlights the development of the "Instructional Design Standards for Distance Learning" by the Association for Educational…
Descriptors: Instructional Design, Academic Standards, Distance Education, Educational Technology
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Ferguson, Karen; Aitken, Renee – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2019
Traditionally, online learning has been limited to written lectures, readings, discussions, and assignments with an occasional video presentation or simulation included due to the limitations of technology (Kirkwood & Price, 2013). While this form of learning has served the online environment well, the process does not address individual…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Individual Needs, Electronic Learning, Retention (Psychology)
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Hammond, Helen G.; Coplan, Michael J.; Mandernach, B. Jean – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2018
While content and pedagogical knowledge are the foundation of quality instruction, there are a number of administrative, policy, and operational factors that influence instructional behaviors. Understanding the influence (positive or negative) of operational functions on teaching and learning can help inform policies, procedures, and support to…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Teacher Effectiveness
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Bigatel, Paula; Edel-Malizia, Stephanie – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2018
Much research on student engagement has recommended a variety of activities and instructor attitudes and behaviors that effectively engage online students such that they are more likely to persist in achieving their educational goals. This study asked online students how often they engaged in research-based effective activities in their courses…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Learner Engagement, Teacher Attitudes, Online Courses
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Brown, Victoria – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2018
Lower enrollments in the freshman class are forcing institutions to make decisions about how to scale the processes for creating distance learning degrees. However, the scaling up in the migration of face-to-face degrees to online degrees does not need to sacrifice quality. This paper describes the processes used to accelerate the development of…
Descriptors: Scaling, Educational Quality, Online Courses, Academic Degrees
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Schwehm, Jeremy S.; Lasker-Scott, Tennille; Elufiede, Oluwakemi – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
As noted by Kolb's (1984) experiential learning theory, adults learn best through experiences. Typically delivered in a traditional, face-to-face classroom setting, service-learning integrates the knowledge learned in the classroom with real-world experience and community service. E-service-learning, service-learning delivered in part or entirely…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Outcomes of Education, Adult Students, Service Learning
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Salvo, Susan; Shelton, Kaye; Welch, Brett – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Online education is continuing to grow in popularity with students with more and more institutions offering fully online degrees. In addition, online education potentially offers a color free environment where students are less likely to be judged by race and treated more equally as this is one of the benefits of online education. However, African…
Descriptors: African American Students, Males, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Shaw, Cassandra S.; Irwin, Kathleen C. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between forum quality and student engagement. It was hypothesized when the forum prompt was of expected quality it would be a driver of student engagement and examined the length of the forum prompt in relation to student engagement. The methodology adopted for this study was…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Electronic Learning, Regression (Statistics), Virtual Universities
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Chiyaka, Edward T.; Sithole, Alec; Manyanga, Fidelis; McCarthy, Peter; Bucklein, Brian K. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
Online course delivery continues to grow as a viable means of providing increased educational access to more students, but low student retention rates remain a major challenge. In this study, key institutional characteristics that influence student retention in postsecondary education are analyzed. These are student-faculty ratio, graduation rate,…
Descriptors: Institutional Characteristics, School Holding Power, Postsecondary Education, Electronic Learning
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Kane, Robert Todd; Shaw, Melanie; Pang, Sangho; Salley, Witt; Snider, J. Blake – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2016
With the ever-increasing availability of online education opportunities, understanding the factors that influence online student satisfaction and success is vital to enable administrators to engage and retain this important stakeholder group. The purpose of this ex-post-facto, nonexperimental quantitative study was to investigate the impact of…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Student Satisfaction, Electronic Learning, Teaching Methods
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