Motivational Challenges of Adult Learners in Self-Directed e-Learning
Kyong-Jee Kim, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Korea (South)
Journal of Interactive Learning Research Volume 20, Number 3, ISSN 1093-023X Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Learner motivation is a key to effective instruction and is critical to creating a successful online learning environment; yet, there is a paucity of theory and empirical research on how to create a motivating online learning environment. The purpose of the present study was to explore and describe the experiences of adult learners in a self-directed e-learning environment, thereby helping us understand the motivational challenges that they face during their learning process. To this end, twelve adult learners who had taken self-directed e-learning courses in either academic (e.g., universities) or workplace settings were interviewed on their motivations in self-directed e-learning. Results of this qualitative interview study showed that learners found courses with a low degree of interactivity and lacking in the application and integration of content by the learner motivationally challenging. In contrast, courses that provide learners with authentic and interactive learning activities, such as animations and simulations, a positive learning climate, and the control over the pace and sequence of instruction were found motivating to the learner. It is expected that the descriptions of the motivational challenges of learners in the present study provide researchers and practitioners with an empirical basis on and insights into how to enhance the motivational design of self-directed e-learning courses.
Kim, K.J. (2009). Motivational Challenges of Adult Learners in Self-Directed e-Learning. Journal of Interactive Learning Research, 20(3), 317-335. Waynesville, NC: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
© 2009 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)
ReferencesView References & Citations Map
These references have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. Signed in users can suggest corrections to these mistakes.Suggest Corrections to References
Cited ByView References & Citations Map
Minkyoung Kim, Indiana University; Eulho Jung, Boise State University; Amaury de Siqueira & Lesa Huber, Indiana University
The Journal of Distance Education / Revue de l'ducation Distance Vol. 31, No. 2 (Nov 15, 2016)
Adults in the age of Distance Education: a few observations for an effective use of e-learning in non-typical situations
Vassilios Dagdilelis, University of Macedonia, Greece
E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (Oct 18, 2011) pp. 598–603
Jozef Tvarožek & Mária Bieliková, Slovak University of Technology, Slovakia (Slovak Republic)
EdMedia + Innovate Learning 2011 (Jun 27, 2011) pp. 3635–3644
These links are based on references which have been extracted automatically and may have some errors. If you see a mistake, please contact email@example.com.