ERIC Number: ED475001
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
Reference Count: N/A
'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)
Descriptors: Access to Computers, Access to Education, Case Studies, Comparative Analysis, Computer Mediated Communication, Definitions, Distance Education, Educational Quality, Flexible Scheduling, Foreign Countries, Literature Reviews, Online Courses, Postsecondary Education, Questionnaires, Student Attitudes, Student Motivation, Teacher Attitudes, Teacher Influence, Teacher Student Relationship, Vocational Education, Web Based Instruction
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Cat. no. 906; $44.55 Australian). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/cgi-bin/getpjm.pl?prID=nr0F03.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia