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Kilis, Selcan; Yildirim, Zahide – Online Learning, 2019
Using the Community of Inquiry framework, this case study probes the posting patterns of students' social presence, cognitive presence, and teaching presence in an online learning setting. Using purposive sampling, qualitative data were collected from 91 students in the Department of Medical Documentary and Secretary, a fully online associate…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teacher Student Relationship, Associate Degrees, Asynchronous Communication
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Fredericksen, Eric E. – Online Learning, 2018
Online learning has become a major endeavor in U.S. higher education. A 2016 national study of leadership for online learning explored a new leadership role that presidents and provosts at U.S. universities have established to coordinate and direct their efforts in this vital area. A significant portion of online education is offered by two-year…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Leadership, Expertise
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Nadasen, Denise; List, Alexandra – Online Learning, 2016
Students' re-enrollment in the subsequent semester after their first semester at a four-year institution is a strong predictor of retention and graduation. This is especially true for students who transfer from a community college to a four-year institution because of the many external or non-academic factors influencing a student's decision to…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Prior Learning, Academic Achievement, Prediction
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James, Scott; Swan, Karen; Daston, Cassandra – Online Learning, 2016
Online learning continues to grow at post-secondary institutions across the United States, but many question its efficacy, especially for students most at-risk for failure. This paper engages that issue. It examines recent research on the success of community college students who take online classes and explores similar comparisons using 656,258…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Undergraduate Students, Two Year College Students, School Holding Power
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Futch, Linda S.; deNoyelles, Aimee; Thompson, Kelvin; Howard, Wendy – Online Learning, 2016
There are substantial quantitative research and anecdotal reports on blended learning and blended learning courses. However, few research studies focus on what happens at the classroom level. This research study aims to consider the highly contextual environment of effective blended learning courses by identifying the strategies instructors use to…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Classroom Environment, Case Studies, Community Colleges
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Shea, Peter; Bidjerano, Temi – Online Learning, 2016
Previous research indicates that online learning at the community college level results in higher rates of withdrawal, failure, and dropout compared to classroom-based education (Xu & Smith Jaggars, 2011; Smith-Jaggars & Xu, 2010). The primary goal of the current study was to examine national data (US Dept. of Ed. Beginning Postsecondary…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, National Surveys, Online Courses
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Cunningham, Jennifer M. – Online Learning, 2015
This research addresses the affordances of using Voki avatars to create a sense of social presence in an asynchronous online writing classroom setting. Digital media afford online educators the opportunity to harness different technologies and new ways of being in a digital classroom that can enhance student engagement in ways similar to yet…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Teaching Methods, Writing Instruction, Web 2.0 Technologies
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Wladis, Claire; Wladis, Katherine; Hachey, Alyse C. – Online Learning, 2014
There is well-documented evidence that online retention rates are lower than face-to-face retention rates. However, most past research on online retention focuses on student characteristics, with little knowledge existing on the impact of course type. This study uses a matched sample of 2,330 students at a large urban community college to analyze…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Two Year College Students, Online Courses, Course Selection (Students)