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ERIC Number: ED542514
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 47
ISSN: ISSN-1324-9320
Linking between Learner Control and Self-Efficacy of Online Learners in a New Zealand Postgraduate Online Programme
Taipjutorus, Widchaporn; Hansen, Sally; Brown, Mark
Australian Association for Research in Education (NJ1), Paper presented at the Joint Australian Association for Research in Education and Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference (AARE-APERA 2012) World Education Research Association (WERA) Focal Meeting (Sydney, New South Wales, Dec 2-6, 2012)
This paper describes a research-in-progress study on the link between "learner control" and "self-efficacy" of postgraduate students in an online programme at a New Zealand university. Even though students are familiar with computers and Internet usage, learning online may still pose a challenge, especially for inexperienced online learners. By enabling learners to control their own learning, their interactions increase along with their self-efficacy and a sense of belonging to the learning community, all of which contribute to better academic outcomes. However, few studies have looked at the link between "self-efficacy" of online learners and "learner control" in a real online setting. To do so, students in a postgraduate online programme embedded with "learner control" were selected as the sample group. The preliminary findings showed a positive relationship between these two variables, though not as strong as expected. Follow-up research is being undertaken with a larger sample group.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Association for Research in Education (AARE)
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand