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The perspectives of older adults regarding online learning
by Ross, Ashanti Kashif, M.S., California State University, Long Beach, 2010, 61; 1490333
Abstract (Summary)

The purpose for this Directed Project was to explore older adults’ attitudes about online learning environments. The participants in this study were community-dwelling adults between the ages of 50 and 79 that have used the Internet and have some knowledge or experience with online learning environments. The participants were asked six questions about their perspectives of learning and online learning communities.

From the focus groups questions, several themes emerged. Online learning environments must include immediate and worthwhile results and incorporate the application of knowledge. However, participants also believe that there are drawbacks to taking online courses, which include intensive focus, difficulty learning how to use the online tools, and lack of interaction between the instructor and students.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Claver, Maria
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 49/04M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Gerontology, Adult education, Educational technology
Publication Number: 1490333
ISBN: 978-1-124-54780-0
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