Archive for the ‘Research’ Category

Common Challenges for Instructors in Large Online Courses: Strategies to Mitigate Student and Instructor Frustration

Teaching in the online classroom is becoming commonplace for instructors as universities seek to grow enrollments and tap into unexplored markets. Many instructors, however, are often unprepared for the nuances of distance education and apprehensive about making the transition to online learning. This article aims to discuss common challenges for instructors of high-enrollment online courses […]

Using Social Learning Networks (SLNs) in Higher Education: Edmodo Through the Lenses of Academics

Using Social Learning Networks (SLNs) in Higher Education: Edmodo Through the Lenses of Academics With its total number of users (around 62 million) throughout the world, it is important to determine the views of academics who use Edmodo (the leading SLN. In this respect in the first part of this two-part research, the purpose was […]

Enriching Higher Education with Social Media: Development and Evaluation of a Social Media Toolkit

While ubiquitous in everyday use, in reality, social media usage within higher education teaching has expanded quite slowly. Analysis of social media usage of students and instructors for teaching, learning, and research purposes across four countries (Russia, Turkey, Germany, and Switzerland) showed that many higher education instructors actively use social media for private purposes. However, […]

Why Do Academics Use Academic Social Networking Sites?

Academic social-networking sites (ASNS) such as Academia.edu and ResearchGate are becoming very popular among academics. These sites allow uploading academic articles, abstracts, and links to published articles; track demand for published articles, and engage in professional interaction. This study investigates the nature of the use and the perceived utility of the sites for academics. The […]

Foundations of quality in competency-based programs: Competencies and assessments

Although there is a recent rise in attention surrounding competency-based education, this learning modality has a long history. Competency-based education was first introduced in the United States during the 1960s in an effort to ensure students were being prepared for postsecondary life with the skills they would need to be successful. Competency-based education was based […]

A Delphi study of effective practices for developing competency-based learning models in higher education

Background: There are over 600 universities developing competency-based education (CBE) programs in response to student and employer desire to bridge the gap between academic outcomes and employer needs (Fain 2015, https://www.insidehighered. com/news/2015/09/10/amid-competency-based-education-boom-meeting-help-colleges-do-it-right). However, research is still emerging on effective practices for developing CBE programs. Methods: The purpose of this qualitative Delphi study was to gather expert opinions about effective practices for […]

Increasing Student Engagement in Online Educational Leadership Courses

Utilization of online instruction continues to increase at universities, placing more emphasis on the exploration of issues related to adult graduate student engagement. This reflective case study reviews nontraditional student engagement in online courses. The goals of the study are to enhance student focus, attention, and interaction. Findings suggest that interactivity seems to be a […]

Teaching Online: Where Do Faculty Spend Their Time?

An understanding of online teaching time requirements provides essential information to inform scheduling, course size and instructor workload; in addition, awareness of the distribution of time across online teaching tasks provides insight to focus faculty efforts and tailor professional development to target instructional needs. The purpose of the current study is to examine the investment […]

Student Satisfaction as a Predictor of Retention in a Professional Online For-Profit Higher Education Institution

This study expanded on prior satisfaction and retention research by exploring this relationship within the online for-profit sector.  An ex post facto design was utilized at an online for-profit undergraduate institution with programs in the creative arts to explore the relationship between student satisfaction as measured by the Priorities Survey for Online Learners (PSOL) and […]

The Effectiveness of Teaching-Learning Process in Online Education as Perceived by University Faculty and Instructional Technology Professionals

 The major objective of the study reported here is to identify and rank in terms of relative importance selected principles and their means for achieving an effective online education. Research steps employed include (1) conducting a review of relevant literature reporting success as well as challenges online course delivery has been experiencing in the higher […]