This course introduces you to important theories about learning, and to conditions which may help or constrain achievement in the students’ learning.
Quality of time in online learning depends on students’ time availability and their willingness to devote quality cognitive time to learning activities. However, the quantity and quality of the time spent by adult e-learners on learning activities can be reduced by professional, family, and social commitments.
Published in June 2011 by the “The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning”, this paper starts by introducing the concept of quality of learning time from an online student-centred perspective. The impact of students’ time-related variables (working hours, time-on-task engagement, time flexibility, time of day, day of week) is then analyzed according to individual and collaborative grades achieved during an online master’s degree programme.
The data presented by researchers Romero and Barbera show that students’ time and flexibility, and especially their availability to learn in the morning, are related to better grades in individual and collaborative activities.