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ERIC Number: ED475001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Pages: 134
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-74096-102-1
'The Secret Is the Teacher': The Learners View of Online Learning.
Cashion, Joan; Palmieri, Phoebe
Learner perceptions of online learning were examined in a study of the views of learners enrolled in online vocational education and training (VET) courses across Australia. Data were collected from the following sources: an online questionnaire completed by 356 students and 63 educators; case studies of 6 VET organizations; and interviews and focus groups conducted in different states across Australia. Seventy-one percent of the responding students believed that they were receiving a high-quality online learning experience. The positive attributes of online learning cited by the students (in descending order of importance) were as follows: flexibility; responsive teachers; materials and course design; access to resources; online assessment and feedback; increase in information technology skills; learning style; interaction with other students; communication; ease of use; and hybrid mix of face-to-face and online learning. The following negative aspects of online learning were also cited: access and technology; lack of self-motivation, time, and self-discipline and problems with the learning approach; assessment; lack of teacher responses; confusion; resources; lack of support; and need for a help desk. (Fifty-two tables/figures are included. The bibliography lists 121 references. The following items are appended: an analysis of the questionnaire; questionnaire results; case studies; and a discussion of issues relating to the research project.) (MN)
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia