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Sadykova, Gulnara; Meskill, Carla – Online Learning, 2019
As more distance education courses broaden their reach across borders, the chances of online classes being multicultural are high. This means that more often students may find themselves in courses designed for and by a host culture that differs from their own regarding its approach to teaching and learning. Compounding the difficulties inherent…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Teacher Student Relationship, Online Courses, Cultural Pluralism
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McClannon, Terry W.; Cheney, Amy W.; Bolt, Les L.; Terry, Krista P. – Online Learning, 2018
This exploratory study is based on survey research conducted between 2010 and 2017, involving 1,053 graduate students using immersive online learning environments for their coursework. Investigators used course structural factors and student engagement factors to predict students' perceptions of community and presence in the online immersive…
Descriptors: Sense of Community, Online Courses, Factor Analysis, Graduate Students
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Warren, Amber N. – Online Learning, 2018
Asynchronous computer-mediated communication (CMC) tools, such as asynchronous online discussions (AODs), are widely used in higher education. The organization of AODs is of pedagogical importance, particularly for online-only classes, as these discussions are one of the major opportunities for participants to develop understanding of course…
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Asynchronous Communication, Online Courses, Computer Mediated Communication
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Hoey, Rebecca – Online Learning, 2017
Teaching presence facilitates students' social and cognitive presence in online courses. Instructor interaction in discussion forums, a widely adopted instructional strategy, establishes teaching presence but research on the optimal frequency and content of instructor interaction in discussion is underdeveloped. This research evaluated 1625…
Descriptors: Graduate Study, College Faculty, Graduate Students, Teacher Student Relationship
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Cooke, Nicole A. – Online Learning, 2016
In a study of the information behaviors of graduate students enrolled in an online Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program, it was determined that learners engage in threaded discussions not only for cognitive purposes but for affective reasons as well. The information sharing among students was particularly prolific during a…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Graduate Students, Information Science, Library Science
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Barbour, Michael K. – Online Learning, 2015
Due to the challenges facing rural schools, many jurisdictions have resorted to the use of virtual school programs to provide curricular opportunities to their students. While the number of virtual schools that rely on synchronous instruction as a primary or significant method of delivery is quite small, there are some programs that do (and a…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Educational Technology, Case Studies, Teaching Methods