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Developing Online Doctoral Programmes

, University of the West Indies, Barbados

International Journal on E-Learning Volume 14, Number 2, ISSN 1537-2456 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA


The objectives of the study were to identify best practices in online doctoral programming and to synthesise these practices into a framework for developing online doctoral programmes. The field of online doctoral studies is nascent and presents challenges for conventional forms of literature review. The literature was therefore reviewed using a novel procedure that is based on methods of network analysis and synthesis (Stokman & de Vries, 1998 and Wijngaert, Bouwman & Contractor, 2012). Application of the procedure resulted in a model of student and programme performance in the online environment. The model presents four inter-dependent best practices that address a number of previously identified problems in online doctoral programming. Taken together, these practices comprise a general framework for developing online doctoral programmes within certain institutional contexts. The study indicates that network methods can be applied usefully to the review of research literature.


Chipere, N. (2015). Developing Online Doctoral Programmes. International Journal on E-Learning, 14(2), 121-161. Waynesville, NC USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 7, 2020 from .