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ERIC Number: EJ1018299
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1939-5256
Do Students Experience Flow Conditions Online?
Meyer, Katrina A.; Jones, Stephanie J.
Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, v17 n3 p137-148 Oct 2013
This pilot study asked graduate students enrolled in higher education programs at two institutions to ascertain whether and to what extent they experienced nine flow-related conditions in two settings: (1) online courses or (2) surfing or gaming online. In both settings, flow was experienced "sometimes," although no significant difference in mean frequency was found between the two settings. When asked for examples of flow, however, students gave more examples drawn from non-class-related activities ("n" = 35)--such as researching topics related to health, travel, or shopping, or engaging with Facebook--than class-related activities ("n" = 3). Finally, students found that online class experiences "frequently" impacted their satisfaction with the course, and three flow conditions were found to be correlated with course satisfaction at p less than or equal to 0.05: clear goals, concentration and focus, and a sense of personal control over activity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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