Proposal Title

Student preference for reading information in the online classroom

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Research Proposal / Online Learning

Proposal Abstract

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the impact of information placement within the online classroom as well as other variables such as course design, teaching presence, and student patterns in searching for information. The findings indicated student preference is to receive information through multiple access points and sources. Students also expressed desire to have information delivered through the usage of technology such as email and text messaging. The findings of this study can help instructors understand where to place material within the online classroom to increase student viewership.

Proposal Description

The purpose of this study was to examine which areas within the online classroom students are most likely to review information as well as students preferred modality for receiving information within the classroom. One of the central reasons for this study was to improve the efficiently in which online instructors place information within the online classroom to improve time use efficiently and utilize effectively the various communicational components within an online classroom and by doing this instructors can help increase student success rates. In addition, an examination of variables such as course design, teaching presence, and student usage pattern helped develop a more in-depth understand of student information retrieval. The methodology used in this study was a qualitative method as this method allow for an in-depth and holistic understanding of student responses, which helped elucidate the subtle nuances and complexities of student information retrieval and preference patterns. Students indicated their preferred information access point was the Course Materials section of the online classroom, and the course syllabus was a close second as the preferred access point. The primary access point for most students as well as the area most frequently visited was the discussion forum section of the online classroom. Students indicated they preferred to receive information about the course through both e-mail and text messaging. The findings from this study can help online instructors improve their skills regarding the placement of information within online classroom by increasing their understanding of where students prefer to receive information. In addition, the findings can help online instructors deliver information in a modality that is most preferential by students, increasing the potential for student review.

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Mar 29th, 4:00 PM Mar 29th, 5:00 PM

Student preference for reading information in the online classroom

The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine the impact of information placement within the online classroom as well as other variables such as course design, teaching presence, and student patterns in searching for information. The findings indicated student preference is to receive information through multiple access points and sources. Students also expressed desire to have information delivered through the usage of technology such as email and text messaging. The findings of this study can help instructors understand where to place material within the online classroom to increase student viewership.