ERIC Number: EJ889334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Abstractor: As Provided
How a Novice Adult Online Learner Experiences Transactional Distance
Stein, David S.; Calvin, Jennifer; Wanstreet, Constance E.
Quarterly Review of Distance Education, v10 n3 p305-311 2009
This naturalistic inquiry explored the theory of transactional distance by investigating how a novice adult learner experiences an online environment. Three themes that are related to how the novice learner reduces the transactional distance space emerged from an analysis of interview transcripts: creating a voice for learning, connecting in a space for learning, and creating a time for learning. Initially, instructors play a critical role in helping novice learners develop identities as online learners and work in that dialogic space.
Descriptors: Distance Education, Adult Students, Learning Experience, Educational Environment, Interviews, Participant Satisfaction, Student Attitudes, Inquiry, Volunteers, Online Courses, Learning Strategies, Aptitude Treatment Interaction
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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