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2013 Volume 34, Number 1

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Number of articles: 9

  1. Teaching Beliefs and Practice, Institutional Context, and the Uptake of Web-Based Technology

    Belinda Lawrence & Samantha Lentle-Keenan

    This research examines the relationship between teaching beliefs and practice, institutional constraints, and the uptake of Web-based technology for teaching in higher education. Semistructured... More

    pp. 4-20

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  2. Improving the Quality of Online Discussion: The Effects of Strategies Designed Based on Cognitive Load Theory Principles

    Aubteen Darabi & Li Jin

    This article focuses on heavy cognitive load as the reason for the lack of quality associated with conventional online discussion. Using the principles of cognitive load theory, four online... More

    pp. 21-36

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  3. Getting Real: The Authenticity of Remote Labs and Simulations for Science Learning

    Megan Sauter, David H. Uttal, David N. Rapp, Michael Downing & Kemi Jona

    Teachers use remote labs and simulations to augment or even replace hands-on science learning. We compared undergraduate students' experiences with a remote lab and a simulation to investigate... More

    pp. 37-47

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  4. The Influence of Asynchronous Video Communication on Learner Social Presence: A Narrative Analysis of Four Cases

    Jered Borup, Richard E. West & Charles R. Graham

    Online courses are increasingly using asynchronous video communication. However, little is known about how asynchronous video communication influences students' communication patterns. This study... More

    pp. 48-63

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  5. Academic Performance, Course Completion Rates, and Student Perception of the Quality and Frequency of Interaction in a Virtual High School

    Abigail Hawkins, Charles R. Graham, Richard R. Sudweeks & Michael K. Barbour

    This study examined the relationship between students' perceptions of teacher-student interaction and academic performance at an asynchronous, self-paced, statewide virtual high school. Academic... More

    pp. 64-83

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  6. Predictors of Course Outcomes: Early Indicators of Delay in Online Classrooms

    Barbara Woods McElroy & Bruce H. Lubich

    Studies have long shown that students who begin or submit their work later tend to have negative academic outcomes. The measures of procrastination used in those studies may not have provided... More

    pp. 84-96

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  7. Caring in a Technology-Mediated Online High School Context

    Andrea Velasquez, Charles R. Graham & Richard Osguthorpe

    The objective of this study was to describe how caring is experienced in the technology-mediated context of the Open High School in Utah, an online charter high school. Two female teachers, two... More

    pp. 97-118

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  8. When Prophecy Fails

    Jon Baggaley

    Inaccurate predictions about educational technology are discussed, and the tendency for them to go unchallenged. Their global generalizability is questionable when the expertise underlying them is ... More

    pp. 119-128

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  9. Learning Online: Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), Connectivism, and Cultural Psychology

    Marc Clara & Elena Barbera

    In this reflection, we discuss the connectivist conception of learning in Web 2.0 environments, which underpins the pedagogy of what are known as cMOOCs (connectivist massive open online courses). ... More

    pp. 129-136

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