ERIC Number: EJ830762
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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Online Learning: Learner Characteristics and Their Approaches to Managing Learning
del Valle, Rodrigo; Duffy, Thomas M.
Instructional Science: An International Journal of the Learning Sciences, v37 n2 p129-149 Mar 2009
Using cluster analysis this study investigated the characteristics of learning strategies learners use in online courses with one-on-one mentoring. Three distinct approaches were identified: "Mastery oriented", "Task focused" and "Minimalist in effort". Despite the widespread concern that students will have difficulty managing their time in online courses with high level of student freedom, this study found that the vast majority of learners were very effective in their learning strategies. The findings speak well for the potential of distance education environments to provide high quality self-paced learning, accommodating different learning strategies, which is difficult to do in group-paced courses. We further explored how these approaches relate to and interact with, participants' background and their levels of satisfaction and self reported learning.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Learning Strategies, Multivariate Analysis, Mentors, Student Attitudes, Student Characteristics, Learner Controlled Instruction, Web Based Instruction, Electronic Learning, Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Instruction
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