June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
Computers in Education
24.372.1 - 24.372.16
Design of On-line Courses: Implications for Student Time ManagementThe Chronicle of Higher Education reported that - from a student's perspective - the predominantdifference between online courses and face-to -face courses is probably time management,stating that in “online, there's no teacher taking roll. ... You've got to be prepared to be organized,and you've got to keep up with the work.” (May 11, 2001 C of Higher ED). This perspectivewas echoed in a study by the authors (2011) and in this current study in which students reported: I’ve learned, from taking online courses, that getting work done becomes second-nature more so than in face-to-face classes I have developed the ability to not procrastinate during the semester and that has carried over into my daily life.In designing online courses, the instructor must enable students to engage in a learningenvironment that allows them to successfully complete assignments and ultimately meet courselearning outcomes. Noting that effective time management is important to the academic successof these students, this paper investigates factors that can be addressed by faculty in designingtheir on-line courses.Previous research (2011) implied a relationship between course format and students managementof time. Not only did online students report better time management skills but data suggested thatthis relationship was stronger for those students who had the most experience in online courses.As a follow-up, the authors explored the time management course features that students usedmost frequently, along with those that they perceived to be the most beneficial. This currentstudy also explores students’ use and perceptions of the impact of elements such as orientationmaterials, course calendar, chapter study guides, assignment availability, due date flexibility, latepolicies, etc. The survey was completed by 124 students enrolled in five undergraduate courses,including courses in information technology, statistics, research, and supervision.Using the results of this survey and related literature, this paper will address the following issues. 1. What course features enhance the student’s ability to manage their time; which features do students use; which do they perceive to be most beneficial? 2. How can instructors design courses to have a positive impact on student time management skills?Results will be presented with implications for on-line delivery of courses.
Goodson, C. E., & Miertschin, S. L., & Stewart, B. L. (2014, June), Design of Online Courses: Implications for Student Time Management Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20263
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