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Chronicling engagement: studentsí experience of online learning over time


Muir, T and Milthorpe, N and Stone, C and Dyment, J and Freeman, E and Hopwood, B, Chronicling engagement: students' experience of online learning over time, Distance Education, 40, (2) pp. 262-277. ISSN 0158-7919 (2019) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2019 Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia, Inc. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Distance Education on 28/04/2019, available online:

DOI: doi:10.1080/01587919.2019.1600367


Although there is ample research into student engagement in online learning, much of this investigates the student experience through surveys administered at a fixed point in time, usually at the exit point of a single unit of study or course. The study described in this paper, by contrast, aimed to understand online student engagement over a whole semester, guided by two overarching questions: What factors impact studentsí engagement over a semester? What factors account for fluctuation in engagement levels over time? This paper presents results from weekly feedback on online education studentsí engagement over the length of one semester at a regional Australian university. It also chronicles in more depth the experiences of one student across the same semester. The findings offer longitudinal accounts of student engagement, demonstrating that levels of engagement fluctuate and are influenced by a variety of factors.

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:engagement, online initial teacher education, flexibility, online education, mature-age students
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Education systems
Research Field:Teacher education and professional development of educators
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Teacher and instructor development
UTAS Author:Muir, T (Associate Professor Tracey Muir)
UTAS Author:Milthorpe, N (Dr Naomi Milthorpe)
UTAS Author:Stone, C (Associate Professor Catherine Stone)
UTAS Author:Dyment, J (Associate Professor Janet Dyment)
UTAS Author:Freeman, E (Dr Elizabeth Freeman)
UTAS Author:Hopwood, B (Dr Belinda Hopwood)
ID Code:132210
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:51
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2019-04-29
Last Modified:2020-08-24
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