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Chen, Ye; Lei, Jing; Cheng, Jiaming – Online Learning, 2019
The purpose of this study was to investigate the characteristics of online students' cognitive presence in a peer-facilitated discussion environment, and to identify the peer facilitation techniques that can enhance cognitive presence development. In this study, 738 discussion messages were examined by both qualitative and quantitative content…
Descriptors: Student Responsibility, Discussion Groups, Peer Relationship, Correlation
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Shaw, Lindsay; MacIsaac, Janet; Singleton-Jackson, Jill – Online Learning, 2019
With technology at the fingertips of most undergraduate students, it has been difficult for instructors to fully engage students in the classroom, which has resulted in the creation of several innovative online cognitive assessment tools. These tools often integrate several cognitive learning strategies within an assessment, with the goal of…
Descriptors: Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Electronic Learning, Learner Engagement
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Guajardo Leal, Brenda Edith; Valenzuela Gonz├ílez, Jaime Ricardo – Online Learning, 2019
MOOCs are characterized as being courses to which a large number of students enroll, but only a small fraction completes them. An understanding of students' engagement construct is essential to minimize dropout rates. This research is of a quantitative design and exploratory in nature and investigates the interaction between contextual factors…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Predictor Variables, Online Courses, Energy Conservation
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Kucuk, Sevda; Richardson, Jennifer C. – Online Learning, 2019
This study investigated the structural relationships among online learners' teaching, social, and cognitive presence, engagement, and satisfaction. Data were collected from graduate students enrolled in an online graduate program at a large midwestern public university through online surveys. Structural equation modeling (SEM) was used to analyze…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Learner Engagement, Student Satisfaction, Graduate Students
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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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Buelow, Janet R.; Barry, Thomas; Rich, Leigh E. – Online Learning, 2018
University students increasingly desire that traditionally taught courses be made available online. While quality standards have been developed for the format and organization of online courses, professors often are left wondering what activities contribute to learning engagement for online students. To investigate this question, an online survey…
Descriptors: College Students, Learner Engagement, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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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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Truhlar, Allison M.; Walter, M. Todd; Williams, Kimberly M. – Online Learning, 2018
As higher education institutions in United States offer online courses to growing audiences, there is increasing desire to understand how best to engage students with both course content and their peers. This case study examines the effects of assigning chat roles and facilitating self- and group reflection on student--content and student--student…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Course Content, Peer Relationship, Case Studies
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Zhu, Meina; Bonk, Curtis J.; Sari, Annisa R. – Online Learning, 2018
As massive open online courses (MOOCs) increase, the large scale and heterogeneity of MOOC participants bring myriad significant design challenges. This exploratory mixed methods study explores 143 MOOC instructors' considerations and challenges in designing MOOCs, 12 of whom were interviewed and had their courses analyzed. The survey, interview,…
Descriptors: Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Teacher Attitudes, Educational Technology
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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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Oviatt, Darin R.; Graham, Charles R.; Davies, Randall S.; Borup, Jered – Online Learning, 2018
Research has suggested that independent study students in online courses may benefit from engaging with a proximate community of engagement (PCE) and that students perceive that such engagement will help them succeed. Independent Study students were surveyed at the completion of their course to assess the level at which they actually interacted…
Descriptors: Independent Study, Electronic Learning, Communities of Practice, Learner Engagement
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Martin, Florence; Bolliger, Doris U. – Online Learning, 2018
Student engagement increases student satisfaction, enhances student motivation to learn, reduces the sense of isolation, and improves student performance in online courses. This survey-based research study examines student perception on various engagement strategies used in online courses based on Moore's interaction framework. One hundred and…
Descriptors: Learner Engagement, Student Attitudes, Electronic Learning, Online Courses
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Athens, Wendy – Online Learning, 2018
In an effort to characterize perceptions of learning community and engagement in relation to success for underrepresented populations of online learners at a public institution in southeastern United States, a survey was conducted in Spring 2016. The results of the survey were paired with institutional data to create a baseline engagement and…
Descriptors: Disproportionate Representation, Learner Engagement, Enrollment, Online Courses
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Phan, Trang – Online Learning, 2018
The purpose of this study was to describe how MOOC learners' diverse learning needs, stemming from their different language, cultural, and educational backgrounds, were perceived and responded to during the course design and delivery. Participants were 15 instructors and instructional designers in American higher educational institutions who were…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Foreign Students, Student Needs, Online Courses
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Cundell, Alicia; Sheepy, Emily – Online Learning, 2018
The principal concern of this research was to learn more about effective designs of learning activities in online environments. A questionnaire was administered in three sections of a not-for-credit intensive blended graduate seminar in university teaching. The online activities included readings, videos, discussion forum activities and other…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Blended Learning, Learner Engagement, Instructional Design
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