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Distance Education

May 2010 Volume 31, Number 1

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Number of articles: 8

  1. Monitoring Collaborative Activities in Computer Supported Collaborative Learning

    Donatella Persico, Francesca Pozzi & Luigi Sarti

    Monitoring the learning process in computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) environments is a key element for supporting the efficacy of tutor actions. This article proposes an approach for... More

    pp. 5-22

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  2. Reconceptualising Moderation in Asynchronous Online Discussions Using Grounded Theory

    Panos Vlachopoulos & John Cowan

    This article reports a grounded theory study of the moderation of asynchronous online discussions, to explore the processes by which tutors in higher education decide when and how to moderate. It... More

    pp. 23-36

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  3. Pre-Service Teachers' Preconceptions, Misconceptions, and Concerns about Virtual Schooling

    Lily Compton, Niki Davis & Ana-Paula Correia

    Over the last decade, online distance education has become a common mode of study in most states in the USA, where it is known as virtual schooling (VS), but many people have misconceptions about... More

    pp. 37-54

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  4. Needs of Elementary and Middle School Teachers Developing Online Courses for a Virtual School

    Kevin Oliver, Shaun Kellogg, Latricia Townsend & Kevin Brady

    Eight teams of elementary and middle school teachers developed pilot online courses for the North Carolina Virtual Public School (NCVPS) in the USA. A qualitative case study with focus groups and a... More

    pp. 55-75

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  5. Using Online Technologies to Extend a Classroom to Learners at a Distance

    John L. Hilton, Charles Graham, Peter Rich & David Wiley

    The authors studied a course in which an instructor allowed individuals at a distance to participate. Although these students were not formally enrolled in the university where the class took place... More

    pp. 77-92

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  6. Student Perceptions of Support Services and the Influence of Targeted Interventions on Retention in Distance Education

    Mark Nichols

    To improve student retention in distance education, Simpson suggested in 2003 that institutions analyse their own retention characteristics and "spot the leaks." In 2008 the Centre for Distance... More

    pp. 93-113

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  7. The Satirical Value of Virtual Worlds

    Jon Baggaley

    Imaginary worlds have been devised by artists and commentators for centuries to focus satirical attention on society's problems. The increasing sophistication of three-dimensional graphics software... More

    pp. 115-119

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  8. Online Diploma Mills: Implications for Legitimate Distance Education

    Anthony A. Pina

    A diploma mill is commonly recognized as an entity that will award a degree for substandard academic work. However, there is no universal agreement among different higher education institutions as ... More

    pp. 121-126

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