ERIC Number: EJ1138313
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 37
Motivational Factors in Self-Directed Informal Learning from Online Learning Resources
Song, Donggil; Bonk, Curtis J.
Cogent Education, v3 n1 Article 1205838 2016
Learning is becoming more self-directed and informal with the support of emerging technologies. A variety of online resources have promoted informal learning by allowing people to learn on demand and just when needed. It is significant to understand self-directed informal learners' motivational aspects, their learning goals, obstacles, and successes when using online resources. However, scant knowledge exists about self-directed learning factors, such as informal learners' behaviors and motivations, which would suggest guidelines for improving their learning performance. The goal of this study was to contribute to the understanding of learners' motivational factors and self-directed learning aspects of informal learning when using online learning resources. In this study, a survey of learners from various informal learning websites was conducted. Quantitative analysis including descriptive and frequency analysis regarding informal learning experiences was conducted. The results show that the main flow of self-directed informal learning through online resources: freedom and choice; control; and interest and engagement.
Descriptors: Informal Education, Electronic Learning, Learning Motivation, Active Learning, Achievement Need, Electronic Libraries, Educational Resources, Barriers, Performance Factors, Participant Satisfaction, Learner Engagement, Independent Study, Student Interests, Online Surveys
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