Student Perceptions on Online Learning

What works: Student perceptions of effective elements in online learning collected data on graduate students’ user experience of online courses in South Dakota University to determine their effectiveness and develop ideas for further improvement.  The data collected were on student demographics, student learning, student satisfaction, learning preference, course organization, communication, and online learning community.  The authors stated that overall the results were consistent with similar literature that the authors had reviewed prior to their study. One anomaly was the low value students placed on student-student interactions. Students in the study felt that responses on discussion boards were repetitive, “mechanical”, and thus did not enhance learning.  Reading this article made me think about the evaluation criteria and the different results that it might produce and the adjustments that would be needed if a course was to be designed for middle school students.  Collecting data or reading studies on the user experience for middle school students would provide helpful insight.

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