Friday, June 25
2:15-2:35 PM
Univ A23

Oneline Learners: Who are they?

Brief Paper: Other ID: 8662
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    Kwok-Wing Lai
    Faculty of Education, University of Otago
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    Keryn Pratt
    Faculty of Education, University of Otago

Abstract: Online learning has become increasingly popular in tertiary education. However, it is noted that online learning may impose additional cognitive and social demands on the learner (Lai, 2002). In order for online learning to be effective, it is important to understand who these learners are, what issues face them, and how their success may be encouraged. This paper documents a study investigating the learner characteristics of 35 online graduate students in education, as well as the factors affecting their success in an online learning environment. Each student was interviewed three times: one at the beginning, one in the middle, and one at the end of the study. The interview transcripts were analysed qualitatively to identify characteristics of the learners, as well as how these characteristics affected their learning experience.

Presider: Ross Dewstow, The University of Waikato


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