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Taft, Susan H.; Kesten, Karen; El-Banna, Majeda M. – Online Learning, 2019
Class enrollment sizes for online learning in higher education, a topic of persistent interest in the academic literature, impact student learning, pedagogical strategies, school finances, and faculty workload. Yet in the research literature, class size is addressed with insufficient specificity to provide enrollment direction. Seeking guidelines…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Class Size, Higher Education, Enrollment
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Halverson, Lisa R.; Graham, Charles R. – Online Learning, 2019
Learner engagement correlates with important educational outcomes, including academic achievement and satisfaction. Although research is already exploring learner engagement in blended contexts, no theoretical framework guides inquiry or practice, and little consistency or specificity exists in engagement definitions and operationalizations.…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Blended Learning, Definitions, Models
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Redmond, Petrea; Abawi, Lindy-Anne; Brown, Alice; Henderson, Robyn; Heffernan, Amanda – Online Learning, 2018
Student engagement is understood to be an important benchmark and indicator of the quality of the student experience for higher education; yet the term "engagement" continues to be elusive to define and it is interpreted in different ways in the literature. This paper firstly presents a short review of the literature regarding online…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Learner Engagement
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Wingo, Nancy Pope; Ivankova, Nataliya V.; Moss, Jacqueline A. – Online Learning, 2017
Academic leaders can better implement institutional strategic plans to promote online programs if they understand faculty perceptions about teaching online. An extended version of a model for technology acceptance, or TAM2 (Venkatesh & Davis, 2000), provided a framework for surveying and organizing the research literature about factors that…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Online Courses, College Faculty, Educational Technology
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Smith, Sedef Uzuner; Hayes, Suzanne; Shea, Peter – Online Learning, 2017
After presenting a brief overview of the key elements that underpin Etienne Wenger's communities of practice (CoP) theoretical framework, one of the most widely cited and influential conceptions of social learning, this paper reviews extant empirical work grounded in this framework to investigate online/blended learning in higher education and in…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Blended Learning, Communities of Practice, Literature Reviews
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Baldwin, Sally J.; Trespalacios, Jesús – Online Learning, 2017
Chickering and Gamson's (1987) "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" offers extensively researched and validated tenets for best practices in higher education. After a review of the literature, twenty-eight evaluation instruments currently used to design and review online courses in higher education institutions…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Best Practices, Evaluation Methods, Undergraduate Study
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Spring, Kristian J.; Graham, Charles R. – Online Learning, 2017
The goal of this research was to discover and compare themes of the top blended learning (BL) articles from seven different regions of the world. Top cited articles in BL from these regions show strong similarities in research processes, practice, terminology, and focus. Small differences are apparent among the regions and top articles in general,…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Foreign Countries
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Avella, John T.; Kebritchi, Mansureh; Nunn, Sandra G.; Kanai, Therese – Online Learning, 2016
Higher education for the 21st century continues to promote discoveries in the field through learning analytics (LA). The problem is that the rapid embrace of of LA diverts educators' attention from clearly identifying requirements and implications of using LA in higher education. LA is a promising emerging field, yet higher education stakeholders…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Literature Reviews, Data Collection, Data Analysis
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Ford, Kate; Vignare, Karen – Online Learning, 2015
This literature review examines the evolving online military learner population with emphasis on current generation military learners, who are most frequently Post-9/11 veterans. The review synthesizes recent scholarly and grey literature on military learner demographics and attributes, college experiences, and academic outcomes against a backdrop…
Descriptors: Military Personnel, Literature Reviews, Online Courses, Veterans
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Hollands, Fiona M.; Tirthali, Devayani – Online Learning, 2014
By reviewing the literature and interviewing 83 individuals knowledgeable about massive open online courses (MOOCs), we investigate the goals of institutions of higher education that are currently developing and delivering such courses. We identify six major goals for MOOC initiatives: extending reach and access, building and maintaining brand,…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Colleges, Educational Objectives