ERIC Number: ED466238
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Mar
What Influences Student Learning in an Online Course?
Kennedy, Cathleen A.
This document reviews current literature about predicting student success in an online environment and what influences learning online. Online students are often older and more self-directed than traditional college students. They have their own set of cognitive characteristics and expectations of the learning experience. Among the findings of various studies about student success are that online students tend to attribute their success to study habits and discount the role of teacher quality, that experience with e-mail and computers is positively correlated with course performance, and that these students tend to be more self-sufficient. The paper also discusses the dilemma of what constitutes learning. Though past studies have found no appreciable difference or even higher grades for online versus traditional courses, it does not necessarily mean that online students learn more. The paper presents a model for understanding student learning online. This model states that factors that the students bring with them, such as their purpose for taking a course and their attitude about computers, act on the students, who in turn must deal with the technologies employed in the course in order to learn. Directions for future research are discussed. (Contains 64 references.) (LD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative
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