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Title: Exploring students' learning experience in online education: analysis and improvement proposals based on the case of a Spanish open learning university
Author: Rivera Vargas, Pablo
Anderson, Terry
Alonso Cano, Cristina
Keywords: Ensenyament a distància
Alfabetització digital
Distance education
Computer literacy
Issue Date: 27-Aug-2021
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Abstract: Not surprisingly, the number of online universities continues to expand especially in Covid-19 times. These institutions all ofer "online education" with diverse institutional, technological, and pedagogical processes. However, a fundamental element has to do with the experience of the students, and how they adapt to the educational model of the online university in which they are studying. In this article, we present the main results of the case-study developed in one of the most historical and relevant virtual universities in an international context. We have explored and analysed the process of adaptation to the educational model by the student body, and their perceptions of their interactions with the pedagogical, institutional, and technological elements designed to support their learning. Qualitative and quantitative methods are used to gather and analyse the data. From 1715 students who participated in the survey and the perceptions of 30 students individually interviewed, the results show positive evaluations regarding the integration and adoption of technological competencies, and also, that the online education generally serves as a responsive model to the emergent needs of the learner. However, the results also show that students have important concerns regarding the pedagogical and institutional support provided.
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It is part of: Educational Technology Research and Development, 2021, num. 69, p. 3367–3389
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ISSN: 1042-1629
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