Blogging the 2014 AECT International Convention.
A few ideas and notes from three sessions:
- Relationship between Learning Management System Self-Efficacy, Situational Interest, Self-Regulation, and Learning Engagement of Online Learners presented by SANGHOON PARK, University of South Florida; and Jung Lim, University of South Florida
- Dissertations in an Online Doctoral Program: Mentoring, Challenges, and Strategies by Swapna Kumar, University of Florida; Catherine Coe, University of Florida
- An Analysis of Professional Practice Dissertations in an Online Educational Technology Program Kara
Dawson, University of Florida; Swapna Kumar, University of Florida
- Breakfast with the Champions: Charles Hodges and Thomas Reeves
LMS and Learner Engagement
Instruments to investigate further
- LMSSE (learning management system self-efficacy) – it’s a measure of how well the students can use the LMS
- Situated interest
- Self-regulation measured by (MLSQ)
- Types of engagement – behavioral engagement, emotional engagement, cognitive engagement
- Engagement scale
Results and Ideas
- LMS self-efficacy was not a significant predictor of all types of engagement (consistent with Sun & Rueda 2012)
- Course design factors related to situational interest and self-regulation strategies have to be considered.
- Experimental Sampling Method – Hektner 2007 – a method to use to analyze user experience along with the data logs that come from the LMS; can use it to create a learning experience dashboard
Dissertations in Online Programs
- Top reason students finish their dissertation – the relationship with their mentor, dissertation chair, dissertation supervisor, depending on how it’s called at your university.
- Literature in online mentoring is business and healthcare related; more research needs to be done
- Students really wanted synchronous with their mentor; but they wanted feedback in writing, and track changes in Word
- We won’t meet the needs for more and better higher education until professors become designers of learning experiences and not teachers. Larry Spence, 2001, in The Case Against Teaching
- “Online teaching and learning is a wild ride.” Angelica Pazurek, University of Minnesota Learning Technologies
- Brookfield’s adult learning theory – 2006
- FlipGrid – a different kind of discussion tool
Breakfast with the Champions
- Research idea from the table for students working on theses and dissertations. Have a research fair where the students share their research every year… whether it’s their early idea idea or anywhere along the way to dissertation proposal to defending. Gives them practice in telling others about their research.
- Self efficacy is very context dependent. Not just one instrument. Instrument will probably need to be revised if you select one.
- You’ve heard of a cMOOC and an xMOOC, how about a pMOOC? Problem Based MOOC – making something for real clients. Thomas Reeves worked with colleagues in Australia to create a MOOC where participants were building OERs. Read about it in MOOCs: Let’s get REAL.