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dc.contributor.authorSiragusa, Lou
dc.contributor.authorDixon, Robert
dc.contributor.authorDixon, Kathryn
dc.contributor.editorRuth Jeffrey, Elizabeth Wright, Rebecca Feldman and Amanda Davies
dc.identifier.citationSiragusa, L. and Dixon, R. and Dixon, K. 2007. Learner attributes in online environments: The impact of the individual on the outcome, in Jeffery, R. et al (ed), Proceedings of the AARE International Education Research Conference, Nov 26-30 2006. Adelaide: AARE Inc.

Developments in online learning methodologies have been rapid in recent years and have promised improved education and training to an increasingly diverse cohort of students. The tertiary education sector is under increasing pressure to compete in an environment where globalisation of learning has resulted in the adoption of online delivery in order to compete in the education marketplace. This study investigates students’ reactions to their learning environment while completing a program of study which is delivered fully online in a Western Australian University. The research utilises student questionnaire data which focussed upon factors relating to communication apprehension and competence, the experience of perceived loneliness, locus of control, collaboration by students regarding the learning experience, institutional support and the students’ sense of self efficacy while completing a unit of study over one semester. The results indicated that students’ personal perceptions of communication apprehension and competence were highly influential on their overall expectations of educational success in the unit studied. The students’ sense of control over the learning materials and environment led to an increase in their belief regarding a timely and successful completion of the unit of study and their perceived ability to interact effectively with others.

dc.publisherAARE Inc
dc.titleLearner attributes in online environments: The impact of the individual on the outcome
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.issn1324 9339
dcterms.source.titleAARE 2006 International Education Research Conference: Engaging Pedagogies
dcterms.source.seriesAARE 2006 International Education Research Conference: Engaging Pedagogies
dcterms.source.conference-start-dateNov 26 2006
curtin.departmentSchool of Education
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