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Shaw, Melanie; Blyler, Diane; Bradley, Jama; Burrus, Scott; Rodriguez, Raymond – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
This quantitative study provides evidence of the benefits of learning contracts in online higher education. In this study, data were gathered from doctoral students who had completed all course work and comprehensive exams, but failed to make expected progress on dissertation. The students were given the opportunity to participate in a voluntary…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Academic Achievement, Doctoral Programs, Statistical Analysis
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Tobin, Thomas J. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
Administrators at many colleges and universities have had online courses at their institutions for many years, now. One of the hidden challenges about online courses is that they tend to be observed and evaluated far less frequently than their face-to-face course counterparts. This is party due to the fact that many of us administrators today…
Descriptors: Administrator Role, College Administration, Online Courses, Evaluation Methods
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Kane, Robert Todd; Shaw, Melanie; Pang, Sangho; Salley, Witt; Snider, J. Blake – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
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: Online Courses, Higher Education, Faculty Development, Educational Attainment
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Sharehu, Aminu Ladan; Emmanuel, Achor Edoja – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
How prepared are teachers and pupils in Basic 6 (that is, 6th grade) to use Information and Communication Technology (ICT) such as mobile devices to aid teaching and learning in urban and rural schools at that level is a matter of concern and therefore formed the focus of this paper. The study is a survey of some urban and rural Primary schools in…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Educational Technology, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods
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Todd, Curtis L.; Ravi, Kokila; Akoh, Harry; Gray, Vance – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
The landscape of higher education has significantly changed. Methods of instructional delivery, student profiles and degree offerings have transformed traditional brick and mortar institutions. Distance educational courses and programs, either fully online or hybrid, have been a major contributing factor in this shift. While a high percentage of…
Descriptors: College Students, Online Courses, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology
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Christensen, Steven S.; Howell, Scott L.; Christensen, Jordan – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
This is a "best practices" article focused on sharing six new academic scheduling strategies recently employed by the BYU Salt Lake Center to optimize course offerings and increase enrollments. These strategies are generalizable to other academic programs that help extend academic programs at a distance, including online courses. The…
Descriptors: Scheduling, Higher Education, Extension Education, Campuses
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Ryan, Michael; Jonick, Christine; Langub, Lee Woodham – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
This study seeks to identify common factors that leaders in online instruction consider most critical to successful teaching and learning at a distance. A quantitative and qualitative analysis of the teaching philosophy narratives of the nominees for the "University System of Georgia Regents' Teaching Excellence Award for Online…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis
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Templeton, Nathan R.; Ballenger, Julia N.; Thompson, J. Ray – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
The purpose of this descriptive quantitative study was to examine the quality elements of online learning in a regional doctoral program. Utilizing the six quality dimensions of Hathaway's (2009) theory of online learning quality as a framework, the study investigated instructor-learner, learner-learner, learner-content, learner-interface,…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Educational Quality
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Krause, Jackie; Dias, Laura Portolese; Schedler, Chris – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
While competency-based education is growing, standardized tools for evaluating the unique characteristics of course design in this domain are still under development. This preliminary research study evaluated the effectiveness of a rubric developed for assessing course design of competency-based courses in an undergraduate Information Technology…
Descriptors: Competency Based Education, Comparative Analysis, Courses, Curriculum Design
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Alexiou-Ray, Jennifer; Bentley, Courtney C. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
Meaningful technology use in education continues to improve given an increase in access to available technologies and professional development. For educators, professional development has focused on approaches for technology use that foster content-specific best practices and improve student learning in traditional classroom formats. Meaningful…
Descriptors: Faculty Development, Online Courses, Technology Integration, Instructional Effectiveness
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Freeman, Lee A. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
How much time does it take to teach an online course? Does teaching online take more or less time than teaching face-to-face? Instructors, department chairs, deans, and program administrators have long believed that teaching online is more time-consuming than teaching face-to-face. Many research studies and practitioner articles indicate…
Descriptors: Online Courses, College Faculty, Time Management, Time
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Bigatel, Paula; Williams, Vicki – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
In an effort to measure the effectiveness of faculty development courses promoting student engagement, the faculty development unit of Penn State's Online Campus conducted a pilot study within a large online Bachelor of Science in Business (BSB) program. In all, 2,296 students were surveyed in the spring and summer semesters of 2014 in order to…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Online Courses, Program Effectiveness, Faculty Development
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Salley, Witt; Shaw, Melanie – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
A continued need exists for community college administrators to develop and implement strategies to ensure sufficient staffing to meet demand for online courses and promote student success. The problem this study addressed was threefold. First, online instructors in the local setting are overextended and are consequently unable to implement best…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Employment Level
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Spackman, Jonathan S.; Thorup, Jennifer; Howell, Scott L. – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
The need for a reliable strategic planning framework for distance educators and their institutions has never been greater than it is now. Increased government regulations, accreditation standards, and competition are converging with decreased funding from federal, state, and private sources, and administrators require better strategic planning. A…
Descriptors: Strategic Planning, Distance Education, Colleges, Business
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Leeds, Elke M.; Cope, Jim – Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 2015
KSU redefined the MOOC value proposition through collaboration of university leadership and faculty. The new proposition shifts measures of success beyond just course completion to include measures that benefit students, faculty, and the institution. Students benefitted through access to open educational resources, the acquisition of professional…
Descriptors: Success, Teacher Administrator Relationship, Partnerships in Education, Online Courses
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