ERIC Number: ED337704
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-May
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Electronically Mediated Learning among Adults.
Ellsworth, Jill H.
A nontraditional degree program for adult students at Southwest Texas State University instituted a bulletin board system (BBS) in support of required courses in both the undergraduate and graduate degree programs to provide information, communication, and mentoring. The BBS was especially useful to students in preparing their portfolios of life experiences, for which they could be granted as much as 24 hours of credit. When the BBS was started, it was expected that it would provide only support and interaction. After the first semester, it became clear that some students were interested in using the BBS for new learning activities. A research hypothesis was formed that adults with certain learning styles as measured by Kolb's Learning Styles Inventory (LSI) (concrete experience and active experimentation) are more likely to select electronically mediated learning strategies to assist them in learning. Observation correlated with learning styles research using Kolb's LSI supported the hypothesis. The BBS program is recommended for educational activities for adults, because it provides interaction that is not time specific, it allows for quick feedback on homework and assignments, and it is a new avenue for learning. (The requirements for bachelor's and master's degrees in the nontraditional program are described in the report.) (KC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Learning Style Inventory (Kolb); Southwest Texas State University
Note: Paper presented at the National Conference on the Adult Learner (Columbia, SC, May 1991).