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ERIC Number: ED519058
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 138
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1241-0987-9
Engagement in Online Courses
Suttle, Catherine M.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
The Internet and World Wide Web are transforming delivery of education and making it possible for more individuals than ever to have access to knowledge any time and place across the globe. The extent of learner engagement is key to online learning environments. Constructivist learning theory, an emerging theory of connectivity, and Merrill's principles of instruction served as the theoretical basis of the study. This study investigated what factors relate to engagement in online learning and whether specific benchmark indicators of effective educational practice could predict engagement. Benchmark indicators as measured by the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) were derived from Chickering and Gamson's (1987) seven principles for good practice in undergraduate education. These benchmarks included level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, and enriching educational experiences. How these benchmarks related to overall engagement levels was the focus of the research. Results indicated that all four benchmarks were highly related to engagement and strongly predicted engagement in online courses. This research was important in identifying best practices in online education so that design and delivery of online courses may be improved to enhance levels of engagement for all students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: National Survey of Student Engagement