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Factors that Influence Participation in Online Learning

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Journal of Research on Technology in Education Volume 38, Number 2, ISSN 1539-1523

Record type: ARTICLE

Abstract

This study explored what factors influenced learner participation in two sections of a graduate online course at a Midwestern university. Findings indicated that online learner participation and patterns of participation are influenced by the following factors: technology and interface characteristics, content area experience, student roles and instructional tasks, and information overload. Effective online learning requires interdependence for a shared understanding of learning goals in a learning community. Monitoring student participation and patterns of participation closely can help instructors identify student needs and scaffold learning accordingly. (Contains 3 tables and 1 figure.)

Citation

Vonderwell, S. & Zachariah, S. (2005). Factors that Influence Participation in Online Learning. Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 38(2), 213-230. Retrieved July 19, 2019 from .

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