Giving Student Choice in Online Learning Environments: Addressing Adult Learner Needs

By Katy Herbold.

Published by The Technology Collection

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Establishing an engaging and interactive environment in the online classroom can be a challenge. Do student selected learning activities, real time interactive sessions and other tools make a difference? Feedback from graduate students in online classes who are themselves practicing educators provides helpful information for continuous improvement. One of the tools investigated is a ‘build your own grade’ syllabus structure that allows students to customize their learning based on knowledge level and learning activity preference. This structure is designed from and supports adult learning theory. This study reports findings on customizing student activities to support mature learners in the online learning environment.

Keywords: Online, Graduate Studies, Education, Adult Learning, Technology

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 7, Issue 5, pp.117-126. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 763.521KB).

Dr. Katy Herbold

Associate Professor, Graduate Studies in Education, Southern Utah University, Cedar City, UT, USA

Dr. Katy Herbold is currently Associate Professor of Educational Leadership at Southern Utah University, USA. With almost thirty years experience in leadership positions, past positions have included several administrative posts in Texas public school districts, including Superintendent of Schools and Chair of Graduate Studies in Education. Research interests include online instruction, hybrid or blended delivery of instruction, various leadership topics, and technology as an educational tool.


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