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ERIC Number: ED551643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 100
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2678-0568-3
Is My Online Degree Worth Anything? The Lived Experiences of Learners Choosing Online Education Despite Opposition
Macon, Sonya C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Capella University
This phenomenological research study examined the experiences of 10 adult learners who received opposition upon verbalizing their desire to attend a virtual institution. With the advent of online education, adult learners are provided with a viable option for continuing their education. Because phenomenology allows a researcher to uncover the underlying essences of a phenomenon, it proved to be an appropriate research design for this topic. The purpose of the study was to understand online learning from the learners' perspective. As statements were extracted from transcriptions of the interviews, four significant themes emerged: convenience of online learning, self-directed learning, skepticism regarding the quality of the virtual learning platform, and career advancement as a result of an online advanced degree. The findings confirmed that the customization available in online learning leads learners to attend their classes and complete their assignments at a time that is convenient to them. Since online learning is suited for adult learners, it is intended to accommodate the challenges in the adult learner's work and home life. The results of this study may establish a foundation for future research and provide information for educators who are interested in modes of learning, such as blended or hybrid courses. [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: Adult Education
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Language: English
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