Authentic Engagement of Adult Learners in Online Learning

January 31, 2005

Participant feedback collected in several settings and over varying time periods suggests that well-designed and executed online learning environments are no less challenging and engaging for adults than their onsite counterparts. The paper describes two online settings, each in a different country, supported by a review of relevant literature. Online activities are analyzed in light of student feedback. The paper concludes with a more general discussion of two particular curricular issues raised in earlier sections, namely the relative scholarly challenge and human interactivity offered to learners in online versus site-based classroom settings.

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