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ERIC Number: EJ1007892
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1499-4046
Delivery Style Moderates Study Habits in an Online Nutrition Class
Connors, Priscilla
Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, v45 n2 p171-175 Mar-Apr 2013
Objective: To report how the design of an online class affected student ability to stay on task, find critical resources, and communicate with the instructor via e-mail. Methods: Audiorecorded focus group meetings at a United States university featured a structured approach to discussions among undergraduate students enrolled in an Internet nutrition class. Meeting transcripts were read and reread by a trained investigator, who coded concepts until themes coalesced, which were authenticated by college students taking online classes. Results: Three themes emerged that described factors moderating study habits in an Internet nutrition course: "keeping up," "e-mail fatigue," and "wayfinding." Conclusions and Implications: A well-designed online course plans for productive study habits by posting a schedule of events and maintaining a predictable pattern, supporting navigation that stimulates exploration and return visits to critical information, and constructing e-mail messages that convey a concise message and maximize "open and read." (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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