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ERIC Number: EJ784397
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 27
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 105
ISSN: ISSN-0735-6331
Building a Social and Motivational Framework for Understanding Satisfaction in Online Learning
Lin, Yi-Mei; Lin, Guan-Yu; Laffey, James M.
Journal of Educational Computing Research, v38 n1 p1-27 2008
This study examines how social and motivational attributes may influence students' online learning experiences. Based on a review of social theories of learning and research about individual characteristics associated with motivation four constructs were included: social ability, learning goal orientation, perceived task value, and self-efficacy. A model was generated to depict the dynamic relationships among these constructs and the outcome measure of learning satisfaction. Factor analyses highlight four dimensions of social ability: social presence-students, social presence-instructors, social navigation, and written communication skills. The results of applying structural equation modeling to data from a sample of 110 online students show the importance of students' perceived task value, self efficacy, and social ability for satisfaction in online learning. (Contains 5 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire