Predictors of Engagement and Participation in an On-Line Course

June 6, 2003

The use of online learning materials is increasing in both academic and industrial training settings. While the advantages of online learning are exciting and numerous, the problems associated with successful implementation of an online learning program can detract from the educational experience of even the most motivated student. These problems include such factors as poor attendance, procrastination, feelings of isolation, and a general lack of structure in the course (Brown, 2001; Kulik, 1991; Fishman, 1999; Oliver, 1999; Olugbemiro et al., 1999; Young-Ju Joo et al., 2000, Wang and Newlin, 2000). These problems can limit the amount of participation and engagement with the course materials that are offered in the online environment.

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