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Doe, Raymond; Castillo, Matthew S.; Musyoka, Millicent M. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
The rise of distance education has created a need to understand students' readiness for online learning and to predict their success. Several survey instruments have been developed to assess this construct of online readiness. However, a review of the extant literature shows that these instruments have varying limitations in capturing all of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Readiness, Educational Technology
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Bussmann, Susan; Johnson, Sandra R.; Oliver, Richard; Forsythe, Kerry; Grandjean, Miley; Lebsock, Michelle; Luster, Tyler – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
What constitutes excellence in teaching for university faculty when they are expected or required to create quality online courses? This is a question that will increasingly be asked of members of promotion and tenure committees as market pressures demand entire degrees be delivered online. Developing a quality online course is a significant…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Teacher Promotion, Tenure, Online Courses
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Mollenkopf, Dawn; Vu, Phu; Crow, Sherry; Black, Chilene – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Although a growing number of students are accessing online learning programs, there are concerns about the quality of these programs. Multiple reports examined online program quality, but many of those studies had methodology and design issues that make it difficult to interpret the findings conclusively. This study attempted to address the…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Distance Education, Conventional Instruction, Comparative Analysis
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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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Hamilton, Diane – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Due to the growth of interest in soft skills and personality traits in education, the perceptions of the value online instructors place on emotional intelligence (EI), warrants scholarly attention. Organizations have embraced the value of emotional intelligence in employees. If online professors are instrumental in preparing students to be…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Online Courses, Emotional Intelligence, Teacher Surveys
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Howell, Scott L.; Le, Beihe – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
The purpose of this paper is to identify and explain the best practice of using "big data" reports to help distance learning administrators better understand their own programs and represent them to stakeholders. The authors examine five reports: (1) the number and percentage of graduates from the main campus who also take classes at the…
Descriptors: Reports, Distance Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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Purcell, Jennifer W.; Scott, Heather I.; Mixson-Brookshire, Deborah – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Teaching observations are commonly used among educators to document and improve teaching effectiveness. Unfortunately, the necessary protocols and supporting infrastructure are not consistently available for faculty who teach online. This paper presents a brief literature review and reflective narratives of educators representing online education…
Descriptors: Teacher Effectiveness, Observation, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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Stein, Sarah J.; Anderson, Bill – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Distance education research literature tends to focus on building economies of scale as a way to improve efficiency and effectiveness. However, the smaller scale distance education operation has a place and there are institutions, such as the one where the current study was set, that, while being keen to improve efficiency and effectiveness…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Administrator Education, Universities, Interviews
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Thomas, Jonathan E.; Graham, Charles R. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
This literature review explores current post-secondary practices for evaluating online instructors. As enrollment of students in online courses has steadily increased over the last few decades, instructor evaluation has lagged behind. Through a thematic analysis of existing literature, this review seeks to answer these questions: (1) How are…
Descriptors: Postsecondary Education, Educational Practices, Literature Reviews, Online Courses
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Selhorst, Adam L.; Bao, Mingzhen; Williams, Lorraine; Klein, Eric – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Classroom discussion boards are a vital part of the online educational experience, providing a venue for peer to peer and student to faculty interactions. However, institutional feedback from students at a large open enrollment university has shown that excess focus on online discussions may lead to fatigue, resulting in lower student…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Computer Mediated Communication, Adult Students, Feedback (Response)
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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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Maxson, Chad – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
This study explored priorities for online instructional behavior in post-traditional programs at Private Christian University (PCU). No prior study had been identified that compared the online instructional priorities among fulltime faculty (n = 73) and online adjunct faculty (n = 69). This study would benefit those who oversee online…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Teacher Behavior, Private Colleges
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Bates, Rodger; LaBrecque, Bryan – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Previous research identified a variety of special populations which may be serviced through online learning activities. These have included the military, Native Americans, prisoners, remote occupations, and others. This paper focuses the growing role of distance learning opportunities for student and professional athletes. Special attention is…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Access to Education
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Liu, Lu; Haque, M. D. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
This study identified the moderated mediation relationship among age, Internet self-efficacy, and statistics anxiety on student satisfaction after controlling for demographics and technology experiences in research methods courses in a blended professional doctoral program. One hundred and thirty-one students in a three-year Ed.D. Program…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Research, Methods Courses, Blended Learning
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Bedford, Laurie A.; Rossow, Katie A. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2017
Virtual Professional Learning Communities (PLC) have become an innovative way to meet the professional development needs of faculty in the online learning environment. Walden University's model for PLCs, the Walden Junto, uses a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online strategies and is based on a philosophy that embraces the faculty…
Descriptors: College Faculty, Communities of Practice, Faculty Development, Models
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