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Educause Quarterly Vol. 33, No. 3 (2010)
As online learning continues to grow each year, so do the number of new media and Web 2.0 technologies faculty have at their disposal, yet the majority of online courses remain heavily text-based. Online learning often mirrors the traditional...
Educause Quarterly Vol. 32, No. 4 (2009)
Not long ago, the authors participated in EDUCAUSE 2009 in Denver. Because they were delivering a presentation on instructional uses of Twitter, their ears and eyes were wide open for other presentations mentioning social networking in general and...
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning Vol. 58, No. 4 (July 2014) pp. 27–35
The field of educational technology has seen marked growth from just a small number of distance-based doctoral programs to nearly 20 today. Creating and sustaining a quality doctoral program of any kind requires a substantial amount of work; the...
Distance Education Vol. 39, No. 3 (2018) pp. 281–298
Social presence is a popular construct used to describe how people socially interact in online courses. Online educators continue to try different ways to establish and maintain social presence in online courses. However, research to date has not...
From pixel on a screen to real person in your students' lives: Establishing social presence using digital storytelling
Internet and Higher Education Vol. 13, No. 1 (January 2010) pp. 70–72
The Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework is a comprehensive guide to the research and practice of online learning. One of the most challenging aspects of establishing a CoI in online courses is finding the best way to attend to each element of the...
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning Vol. 54, No. 4 (July 2010) pp. 58–73
This article provides a review of the instructional potential of digital music to enhance postsecondary students' experience in online courses by involving them in music-driven instructional activities. The authors describe how music-driven...
Defeating the Kobayashi Maru: Supporting Student Retention by Balancing the Needs of the Many and the One
Educause Quarterly Vol. 33, No. 4 (2010)
In this article the authors share strategies for establishing personal, one-on-one relationships between online students and faculty, to attend to identity, individualization, and interpersonal interaction in support of student engagement and...
Journal of Information Systems Education Vol. 20, No. 2 (2009) pp. 129–135
To be truly effective, online learning must facilitate the social process of learning. This involves providing space and opportunities for students and faculty to engage in social activities. Although learning management systems offer several tools...
What Was Your Best Learning Experience? Our Story about Using Stories to Solve Instructional Problems
International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Vol. 25, No. 2 (2013) pp. 269–274
"Theory? What does this have to do with anything we're doing?" Sound familiar? Students may not always verbalize this, but they often think it, especially in courses where the emphasis is on the development of technical skills and the ...
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning Vol. 60, No. 4 (2016) pp. 320–329
Educators are pushing for students, specifically graduates, to be digitally literate in order to successfully read, write, contribute, and ultimately compete in the global market place. Educational technology professionals, as a unique type of...
Live Synchronous Web Meetings in Asynchronous Online Courses: Reconceptualizing Virtual Office Hours
Online Learning Vol. 21, No. 4 (2017) pp. 177–194
Most online courses rely solely on asynchronous text-based online communication. This type of communication can foster anytime, anywhere reflection, critical thinking, and deep learning. However, it can also frustrate participants because of the...
Barbara J. Dray; Patrick R. Lowenthal; Melissa J. Miszkiewicz; Maria Araceli Ruiz-Primo; Kelly Marczynski
Distance Education Vol. 32, No. 1 (2011) pp. 29–47
Given the continued growth in online learning as well as reports of high attrition rates in it, understanding student readiness for online learning is necessary. Over the years several surveys have been developed to assess student readiness as a...