Proposal Abstract

Informal learning has expanded the boundaries of the classroom by blurring the lines between space, time and place. Space, whether physical or virtual, with the aid of digital learning tools and mobile devices has become a chameleon that adapts for the purposes of learning. A flexible and networked space allows learning to occur anywhere, any time. Space has a powerful impact in how individuals behave, communicate and interact with other individuals. The underlying research question of this quantitative research study was “Do undergraduate and graduate online students prefer the same informal learning built environments? This research explored the perceptions of graduate and undergraduate online students have toward built environments. Specifically the architectural elements, furnishings and interior features of built environments. This research is significant because it addresses the preferences of two growing student populations, while also informing educators and administrators of the influence the built environment has on student engagement in learning. Thus, promoting a more effective distribution of institutional resources toward the construction and/ or adaptability of built spaces on campus. The research instrument, an online survey developed by the researcher

Location

Room 2011

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 25th, 2:00 PM Mar 25th, 2:45 PM

Where Online Students Chose to Study? A Case Study of Undergraduate and Graduate Online Students Preferences of Built Environments for Learning

Room 2011

Informal learning has expanded the boundaries of the classroom by blurring the lines between space, time and place. Space, whether physical or virtual, with the aid of digital learning tools and mobile devices has become a chameleon that adapts for the purposes of learning. A flexible and networked space allows learning to occur anywhere, any time. Space has a powerful impact in how individuals behave, communicate and interact with other individuals. The underlying research question of this quantitative research study was “Do undergraduate and graduate online students prefer the same informal learning built environments? This research explored the perceptions of graduate and undergraduate online students have toward built environments. Specifically the architectural elements, furnishings and interior features of built environments. This research is significant because it addresses the preferences of two growing student populations, while also informing educators and administrators of the influence the built environment has on student engagement in learning. Thus, promoting a more effective distribution of institutional resources toward the construction and/ or adaptability of built spaces on campus. The research instrument, an online survey developed by the researcher