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ERIC Number: EJ728902
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1539-1523
Factors that Influence Participation in Online Learning
Vonderwell, Selma; Zachariah, Sajit
Journal of Research on Technology in Education, v38 n2 p213-230 Win 2005
This study explored what factors influenced learner participation in two sections of a graduate online course at a Midwestern university. Findings indicated that online learner participation and patterns of participation are influenced by the following factors: technology and interface characteristics, content area experience, student roles and instructional tasks, and information overload. Effective online learning requires interdependence for a shared understanding of learning goals in a learning community. Monitoring student participation and patterns of participation closely can help instructors identify student needs and scaffold learning accordingly. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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