ERIC Number: EJ894808
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
Trainee Reactions to Learner Control: An Important Link in the E-Learning Equation
Fisher, Sandra L.; Wasserman, Michael E.; Orvis, Karin A.
International Journal of Training and Development, v14 n3 p198-208 Sep 2010
This paper examines the benefits and limitations of learner control functionality in the e-learning environment. A quasi-experiment with 237 learners was conducted to examine the role of high-level learner control (i.e. enabling trainee "choice" to complete an e-learning program with or without interactive learner control features versus completion of the program without consideration of personal preference) in trainee reactions and learning in an e-learning environment. Results suggest that high-level learner control positively influences affective and utility-based reactions to these features, which in turn influence overall satisfaction with the e-learning program. Moreover, trainees' overall satisfaction was found to influence actual learning of the instructional content. Practical and future research implications for providing trainees with high-level learner control, as well as other state-of-the-art learner control features, are discussed.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Educational Environment, Learner Controlled Instruction, Trainees, Quasiexperimental Design, Educational Technology
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