ERIC Number: EJ1162097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
An Examination on the Effect of Prior Knowledge, Personal Goals, and Incentive in an Online Employee Training Program
Zha, Shenghua; Adams, Andrea Harpine; Calcagno-Roach, Jamie Marie; Stringham, David A.
New Horizons in Adult Education & Human Resource Development, v29 n4 p35-46 Fall 2017
This study explored factors that predicted learners' transformative learning in an online employee training program in a higher education institution in the U.S. A multivariate multiple regression analysis was conducted with a sample of 74 adult learners on their learning of a new learning management system. Four types of participants' behaviors were measured and aligned with 3 phases of transformative learning, namely, number of active visits in Phase 1, alignment of personal goals with actual actions in Phase 1, number of posted messages in Phase 4, and program completion in Phase 6. Results showed that prior knowledge was the strongest predictor of the early stages of transformative learning. Financial incentive had an effect on participants' Phase 1 of transformative learning. No significance was observed regarding the impact of personal goals. Implications and suggestions on providing and improving technology online training to employees were discussed in the end of this article for practitioners and researchers.
Descriptors: Web Based Instruction, Job Training, Transformative Learning, Predictor Variables, Higher Education, Multivariate Analysis, Multiple Regression Analysis, Prior Learning, Goal Orientation, Incentives, Integrated Learning Systems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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