The Online Adult Learner: Profiles and Practices

The Online Adult Learner: Profiles and Practices

Judith Parker (Teachers College/Columbia University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-830-7.ch001
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While the online adult learners are growing in numbers, the diversity in what motivates them and what they expect from an online course has grown as well. This chapter explores the current literature as well as qualitative and quantitative data from course surveys and student reflections in online courses taught by the author in an attempt to profile these learners, determine why they are taking online courses and investigate their evolving attitudes toward technology. It includes summaries and student quotes to portray the individual thoughts of online adult learners.

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