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Online Learning Journal

Dec 01, 2017 Volume 21, Number 4

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Number of articles: 18

  1. Describing K-12 online teachers’ online professional development opportunities for students with disabilities

    Mary Rice

    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... More

  2. Navigating Turn-Taking and Conversational Repair in an Online Synchronous Course

    Yvonne Earnshaw

    In face-to-face conversations, speaker transitions (or hand-offs) are typically seamless. In computer mediated communication settings, speaker hand-offs can be a bit more challenging. This paper... More

  3. Student Actions and Community in Online Courses: The Roles Played By Course Length and Facilitation Method

    Carrie Demmans Epp, Krystle Phirangee & Jim Hewitt

    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 ... More

  4. Student Predisposition to Instructor Feedback and Perceptions of Teaching Presence Predict Motivation Toward Online Courses

    Andrew Cole, Christopher Anderson, Thomas Bunton, Maura Cherney, Valerie Cronin Fisher, Draeger, Michelle Featherston, Laura Motel, Kristine Nicolini, Brittnie Peck & Mike Allen

    As debates over the value and effectiveness of online courses continue, more research is needed to assist in identifying predictors of positive student outcomes in online courses. Building from... More

  5. Hybrid Education: The Potential of Teaching and Learning with Robot-Mediated Communication

    Benjamin Gleason & Christine Greenhow

    Blended learning, which combines online and face-to-face pedagogy, is a fast-growing mode of instruction as universities strive for equitable and alternative pathways to course enrollment,... More

  6. A Critical Analysis of Characteristics that Influence the Effect of Instructor Discussion Interaction on Student Outcomes

    Rebecca Hoey

    Teacher presence facilitates students\u2019 social and cognitive presence in online courses. Instructor interaction in discussion forums, a widely adopted instructional strategy, establishes... More

  7. How Much Does Student Engagement with Videos and Forums in a MOOC Affect Their Achievement?

    Fernanda Bonafini, Chungil Chae, Eunsung Park & Kathryn Jablokow

    Engagement in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) is based on students who self-organize their participation according to their own goals and interests. Visual materials such as videos and... More

  8. Pre- and inservice teacher satisfaction with online collaborative mentoring for technology integration: Applying the Kano quality attributes

    Helga Dorner & Swapna Kumar

    This study examines Hungarian pre- and inservice teachers\u2019 satisfaction (n=154) with the Mentored Innovation Model (MIM), an online collaborative mentoring model focused on technology... More

  9. Online collaborative learning activities: The perspectives of minority graduate students

    Alex Kumi-Yeboah, James Dogbey & Guangji Yuan

    This exploratory study examined the perspectives of minority graduate students toward online collaborative learning activities. The participants were twenty graduate minority students (15 African... More

  10. Care, Communication, Support: Core for Designing Meaningful Online Collaborative Learning

    Heather Robinson, Whitney Kilgore & Scott Warren

    The purpose of this study was to identify emergent themes regarding higher education instructors\u2019 perceptions concerning the provision of collaborative learning activities and opportunities in... More

  11. Wherefore Art Thou MOOC: Defining Massive Open Online Courses

    Stephanie Blackmon & Claire Major

    Although MOOCs are a much-discussed topic in higher education, these conversations do not often include details regarding the nuanced nature of these courses. What do we mean when we refer to MOOCs... More

  12. Thematic Patterns in International Blended Learning Literature, Research, Practices, and Terminology

    Kristian Spring & Charles Graham

    Among the top cited articles there are strong similarities in blended learning research processes, practice, terminology, and focus. The goal of this research was to discover and compare the themes... More

  13. Live Synchronous Web Meetings in Asynchronous Online Courses: Reconceptualizing Virtual Office Hours

    Patrick Lowenthal, Joanna Dunlap & Chareen Snelson

    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,... More

  14. Self-Reflection and Math Performance in an Online Learning Environment

    Jinnie Choi, Alyssa Walters & Pat Hoge

    According to recent reports, K-12 full-time virtual school students have shown lower performance in math than their counterparts in regular brick-and-mortar schools. However, research is lacking in... More

  15. Best Practices Framework for Online Faculty Professional Development: A Delphi Study

    Sandra Coswatte Mohr & Kaye Shelton

    Online learning is now a common practice in higher education. Because of the continued growth in enrollments, higher educational institutions must prepare faculty throughout their teaching tenure... More

  16. Correlation between Grades Earned and Time in Online Courses

    Lin Carver, Keya Muhkerjee & Robert Lucio

    Online education is rapidly becoming a significant method of course delivery in higher education. Consequently instructors are analyzing student performance in an attempt to better scaffold student... More


    Karen Swan & Jennifer Richardson

    The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is the premier association of educational research professionals. AERA supports 12 divisions and 150 Special Interest Groups (SIGs). One of the ... More

  18. Examining Distance Learners in Hybrid Synchronous Instruction: Successes and Challenges

    Enilda Romero-Hall & Cristiane Rocha Vicentini

    This paper reports on a case study investigating distance learners participating in graduate-level hybrid synchronous instruction. This research helps inform the design of hybrid synchronous... More