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E-Learn 2004 - Online Learning: Perceptions of Useful and Challenging Characteristics

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Singleton, E.S., Song, L., Hill, J.R., Koh, M., Jones, F.J., & Barbour, M. K. (2004, November). Online learning: Perceptions of useful and challenging characteristics. Paper presented at the annual World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare and Higher Education, Washington, DC.

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E-Learn 2004 - Online Learning: Perceptions of Useful and Challenging Characteristics

  1. 1. Online learning: Perceptions of useful and challenging characteristics Ernise S. Singleton Myung Hwa Koh esinglet@coe.uga.edu mhkoh@uga.edu Liyan Song Frankie Jones lsong@coe.uga.edu fsjones@uga.edu Janette R. Hill Michael Barbour janette@coe.uga.edu mbarbour@coe.uga.edu University of Georgia 1
  2. 2. Purpose· To report a continued study on adult learners’ perceptions of useful and challenging characteristics. · Review year 1 study · Report year 2 results · Compare year 2 results with year 1 results · Discussion
  3. 3. Research Questions· Research Questions · What components of online learning do students perceive as helpful? · What components of online learning do students perceive as challenging?· Research Design · Questionnaire · Interview
  4. 4. Results of Year 1 Study Survey ItemOverall, I am satisfied with taking a Overall Satisfied 82.9%web-based course. (Answered “Yes”) Overall unsatisfied 17.1% (Answered “No”)How many web-based courses have Novice learner 28.9%you completed? Experienced learner 71.1% (Over 2 courses)
  5. 5. Year 1 Results: Challenging componentsChallenging Overall Overall Experienced Novicecomponent Satisfied Unsatisfied Learners LearnersTechnical Problems 60% 54% 49% 59%Lack of community 43% 90% 59% 54%Difficulty 43% 63% 48% 40%Understandinggoals/objectives ofthe courseTime Management 28% 27% 25% 36% •Percentage that participants within each group perceived challenging component
  6. 6. Year 1 Results: Helpful ComponentsHelpful Overall Overall Experienced Novicecomponents Satisfied Unsatisfied Learners LearnersDesign of the 82% 90% 86% 83%courseTime 81% 45% 81% 78%managementComfort with 81% 63% 76% 77%onlinetechnologiesMotivation of the 77% 72% 77% 75%student •Percentage that participants within each group perceived as a helpful component
  7. 7. Results of Year 2 Study Survey ItemOverall, I am satisfied with taking Overall Satisfied 18%a web-based course. (Answered “Yes”) Overall unsatisfied 77% (Answered “No”)How many web-based courses Novice learner 39%have you completed? Experienced learner 61% (Over 2 courses)
  8. 8. Year 2: Challenging ComponentsChallenging Overall Overall Experienced Novicecomponent Satisfied Unsatisfied Learner LearnerTechnical Problems 68% 36% 65% 46%Lack of a sense of 31% 82% 40% 42%communityDifficulty understanding 9% 55% 16% 17%goals of courseTime Management 17% 9% 16% 17% •Percentage that participants within each group perceived challenging component
  9. 9. Year 2: Helpful ComponentsOverall Satisfied Overall unsatisfied1. Well-organized content 1. Well-organized content2. Clear objectives 2. Clear objectives3. Motivation of the student 3. Comfort with technology4. Comfort with technology 4. Time management5. Time management 5. Motivation of the student •Of experienced and novice learners.
  10. 10. Discussion· Similar results in year 1 and year 2 studies · Course design and organization are most helpful. · Students’ are concerned with course planning and implementation. · Technical problems and sense of community are challenging.· Future directions for online education · Need for effective instructional design · Be prepared for technical problems (because they are not likely to disappear) · Roles of instructors and learners in building online learning community
  11. 11. Looking ahead…· Branching out into other areas · K-12 · Corporate · Faculty

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