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River pilots for time`s flow: identifying factors to guide on-line distance education students in the use of their learning time

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conference contribution
posted on 2006-01-01, 00:00 authored by Marie van der Klooster
This research draws on recent studies of student time perception and use.
Case studies are used contrast the time use experiences of tertiary distance
education (on-line) students with tertiary students studying in traditional faceto-face classes with an online component. Previous studies and experience highlight a mismatch between the measurable and hence ”real” amount of time students spend at their computer and online, with the perceived” (and resented) time spent in online learning. This study uses investigates the recognition and application of factors affecting student perception of time spent in studying and learning online. It also compares the effectiveness of these factors when applied to distance education based wholly online classes, and face-to-face classes with an online component.
Some of the factors were measurably successful in reducing students’
perceptions of time “wasted” online, while others produced considerable
insight into face-to-face students perceptions of time used in study. The
factors included much greater focus on the person who was a student and
their expectations and time/life experiences while learning; the support and
use of alternative technologies such as mobile phones as learning and
communication too; a higher level of administrative and academic technical
support for the students; convergence of delivery methods; and strategic
involvement of teaching staff in design and delivery of learner management
systems.

History

Event

Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education (5th : 2006 : Honolulu, Hawaii)

Pagination

6157 - 6157

Publisher

Hawaii International Conference on Education

Location

Honolulu, Hawaii

Place of publication

Hawaii, T.H.

Start date

2006-01-06

End date

2006-01-09

ISSN

1541-5880

Language

eng

Notes

Reproduced with the specific permission of the copyright owner.

Publication classification

E3 Extract of paper

Copyright notice

2006, Hawaii International Conference on Education

Editor/Contributor(s)

A Burge

Title of proceedings

Proceedings of the 5th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education

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