ERIC Number: ED475923
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Jun
Best Practices in Cyberspace: Motivating the Online Learner.
Bellon, Toni; Oates, Richard
This paper focuses on motivating online learners. Online instruction has presented teachers with new methods of instruction. At the same time, online instruction has the potential to depersonalize the teacher-student relationship and impede the teacher's ability to understand their students. This study attempts to begin translating the traditional classroom knowledge into "best practice" for the online environment. Over the past three years the authors collected evidence of personality types from students taking an online course. During the same years, students completed surveys concerning their preferences for a variety of course components. The results of this study suggest that student personalities do play a part in motivating the online learner. The study also suggests general ideas about each personality type's preferred instructional modes and provides suggestions for components to include within an online course. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Computer Mediated Communication, Distance Education, Educational Practices, Online Systems, Personality Traits, Student Characteristics, Student Motivation, Student Reaction, Student Surveys, Teacher Student Relationship, Teaching Methods
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: NECC 2002: National Educational Computing Conference Proceedings (23rd, San Antonio, Texas, June 17-19, 2002); see IR 021 916.