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February 9, 2012 / dlitgroup

Student Success Online – MCCVLC Webinar

MCCVLC Webinar – “Student Preparedness for Online Learning”

On February 9, DLIT had the opportunity to join a webinar on the topic of student readiness in online learning.

Here are a few notes:

  • SmarterMeasure is a vendor in this space.  They have a report available here which highlights some great information and research about students and distance learning.
  • Buffalo State College has a student survey of around 40 questions that they are working to validate.
  • Some of the topics discussed on the call include:
    • Student readiness is around what drives students to participate, succeed, and complete their online course.
    • Self-efficacy is relevant when couched in a specific performance indicator rather than a general self-efficacy.
    • Learner preferences and style differences govern student satisfaction not necessarily student success.
    • Relationships to technology matter
    • Online learning already addresses multiple-learning styles
    •  Successful students possess sufficient skills to access education, desire, capacity, and also flexibility matters.
    • Readiness index = self concept, experience with DL courses.
    • Technology index = ownership of hardware and skills to operate.
    • Interest index = student orientation and excitement to engage in DL courses.
    • A students ability, comfort with communication in technology, self-direction, desire, goal setting, and learner experiences are all important facets.
    • Factor 1 – comfort with elearning
    • Factor 2 – self directed learning and self management
    • General beliefs about DL include: confidence in pre-req skills, self direction and initiative, and a desire for interaction.
    • Familiarity and mastery of the web, the perception of flexibility of courses, and the perception of quality are also important indicators for success as well as general student abilities such as reading and writing.

Learner Characteristics – Dabbagh (2007)

  1. Strong academic self concept
  2. Exhibit fluency in use of online technologies
  3. Posses interpersonal and communication skills
  4. Understand and value interaction and collaborative learning
  5. Possess internal locus of control
  6. Exhibit self-directed learning skills
  7. Exhibit a need for affiliation

Digital Divide – Hsieh, Rai, Keil (2008)

  1. Beliefs in efficacy of technology
  2. Beliefs that technology will be here tomorrow
  3. Peer usage and peer value of technology
  4. Hedonic value vs utilitarian outcomes
  5. Impact of social norms
  6. Government influence
  7. Perceived ease of use
  8. Self-efficacy
  9. Availability

At GRCC we have a student readiness web site to assist students in becoming prepared for online learning.  Check out that site here.


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