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Fredericksen, Eric E. – Online Learning, 2017
Online learning in US higher education continues to grow dramatically. The most recent estimates indicate that about 30% of all students enroll in at least one online course (Allen & Seamen, 2016). As this important type of academic offering has become increasingly important to institutions of higher education, Presidents and Provosts have…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Higher Education, Leadership, Educational Change
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Berry, Sharla – Online Learning, 2017
Instructors play a role in helping online students develop a sense of community in virtual classrooms, but little is known about instructors' roles in online graduate programs. To explore the ways in which online instructors helped students create a learning community, defined as a space of connection, closeness and interactivity, the researcher…
Descriptors: Doctoral Programs, Electronic Learning, Graduate Students, Educational Practices
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Cartner, Helen C.; Hallas, Julia L. – Online Learning, 2017
This article describes an innovative approach to professional development designed to challenge teachers' pedagogic practice and assumptions about educational technologies such as social media. Developing effective technology-related professional development for teachers can be a challenge for institutions and facilitators who provide this…
Descriptors: Social Media, Educational Technology, Teacher Attitudes, Faculty Development
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Fanfarelli, Joseph R.; McDaniel, Rudy – Online Learning, 2017
Digital badging research is gaining momentum as instructors and administrators consider new models for assessing learning in nontraditional contexts (e.g., informal science learning programs, flexible online courses, adaptive learning systems). While many studies are examining the effectiveness of digital badges for pedagogical functions, such as…
Descriptors: Recognition (Achievement), Computer Uses in Education, Undergraduate Students, Correlation
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Emanuel, Jeffrey P.; Lamb, Anne – Online Learning, 2017
During the 2013-14 academic year, Harvard University piloted the use of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as tools for blended learning in select undergraduate and graduate residential and online courses. One of these courses, The Ancient Greek Hero, combined for-credit (Harvard College and Harvard Extension School) and open online (HarvardX)…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Blended Learning, Interaction, Distance Education
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Loizzo, Jamie; Ertmer, Peggy A.; Watson, William R.; Watson, Sunnie Lee – Online Learning, 2017
Despite the increased attention given to MOOCs over the last four years, learners' voices have been noticeably absent. This virtual ethnographic study was designed to examine the experiences of 12 adult learners with bachelors' and masters' degrees, enrolled in a four-week MOOC on the topic of human trafficking. Through the lenses of self-directed…
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Large Group Instruction, Online Courses, Educational Technology
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Kalamkarian, Hoori Santikian; Karp, Melinda Mechur – Online Learning, 2017
The literature on broad-access colleges suggests that low persistence and completion rates may be improved through better advising that employs a teaching-as-advising approach. While resource constraints have traditionally limited the ability of colleges to reform advising practices, technological advances have made it possible to implement…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Mediated Communication, Academic Advising
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Wandler, J. Brad; Imbriale, William J. – Online Learning, 2017
Undergraduate student enrollment in online courses has steadily increased over the years and is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. The need for instructors to utilize best practices in online instruction and course design is crucial. This article presents strategies for online instructors to promote student use of self-regulated…
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Self Management, Online Courses, Learning Strategies
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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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Parson, Vanessa; Bignell, Simon – Online Learning, 2017
Three-dimensional multi-user virtual environments (MUVEs) have the potential to provide experiential learning qualitatively similar to that found in the real world. MUVEs offer a pedagogically-driven immersive learning opportunity for educationalists that is cost-effective and enjoyable. A family of digital virtual avatars was created within…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Computer Simulation, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods
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Epp, Carrie Demmans; Phirangee, Krystle; Hewitt, Jim – Online Learning, 2017
Fostering a strong sense of community among students within online courses is essential to supporting their learning experience. However, there is little consensus about how different facilitation methods influence students' sense of community or behaviors. This lack of understanding means instructors do not have the information they need to…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Online Courses, Time Factors (Learning), Program Length
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Dorner, Helga; Kumar, Swapna – Online Learning, 2017
This study examines Hungarian pre-service and inservice teachers' satisfaction (n = 154) with the Mentored Innovation Model (MIM), an online collaborative mentoring model focused on technology integration. The Kano model was applied to results from two surveys to identify conditions in the MIM that most contribute to overall satisfaction with…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teachers, Computer Mediated Communication, Mentors
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Robinson, Heather A.; Kilgore, Whitney; Warren, Scott J. – Online Learning, 2017
The purpose of this study was to identify emergent themes regarding higher education instructors' perceptions concerning the provision of collaborative learning activities and opportunities in their online classroom. Through semi-structured interviews, instructors described their teaching experiences and reported specifically about the online…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Cooperative Learning, Learning Activities, Semi Structured Interviews
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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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Rice, Mary F. – Online Learning, 2017
Online teacher professional development (oTPD) researchers have been concerned with design features, teacher change in practice, and student learning, as well as establishing guidelines for directing funding support. Even so, previous work suggests that high-quality instructional support for all students with disabilities is still on the horizon.…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Faculty Development, Elementary Secondary Education, Disabilities
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