ERIC Number: EJ911066
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Reference Count: 12
Never Say Never: Opening New Doors to Online Learning
Johnson, Kimberly P.
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v58 n3 p189-192 2010
Whether someone is a businessperson, teacher, laborer, or a stay-at-home parent, there is always a challenge associated with change. However, the opportunities to face challenges can open unbelievable doors. Current data indicate that the United States has almost four million students enrolled in online learning (Allen & Seaman, 2008). This increase surpasses the enrollment in the traditional campus setting. So what constitutes this large number and what is the big draw? Research states that online classes can prove to be less intimidating and that students can experience a sense of flexibility when facing overwhelming daily challenges such as work or family demands (Robinson & Hullinger, 2008; Zhou & Zhang, 2008). However, research has also questioned the level of engagement online students experience and the actual amount of information students are learning as opposed to being in a traditional face-to-face setting. In this article, the author shares her experience as an online student and describes how her life was enhanced through this learning experience.
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Learning Experience, Student Experience, Computer Literacy, Motivation, Economic Factors, Personal Autonomy, Self Efficacy, Educational Environment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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