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Dabbagh, N. (2007). The online learner: Characteristics and pedagogical implications. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education [Online serial], 7(3). Retrieved from http://www.citejournal.org/volume-7/issue-3-07/general/the-online-learner-characteristics-and-pedagogical-implications

Nada Dabbagh of the George Mason University explores the characteristics of the modern e-learner and seeks to define characteristics of the modern learner.  The article concludes that e-learners must have interpersonal and communication skills, fluency in the use of technology, an intrinsic self-motivation to complete assignments and must value the learning opportunity he or she has in an e-learning environment.

The article also discusses the importance of the learner’s ability and willingness to collaborate with others, as one of the central themes of most blended learning courses is the necessity to interact with others (including the facilitator).  The learner must also possess social learning skills, conversation skills, self and group evaluation skills, and self-reflection skills in order to be able to successfully navigate the e-learning course.  In my opinion, all of these skills are necessary to be successful, however, each individual may vary on how well each of these skills have been honed. The success of the individual learner also depends on the skills of others in the class.

submitted:  9/16/2017 awebster

Davis, T. M. & Murrell, P. H. (1993). Turning teaching into learning: The role of student responsibility in the collegiate experience. National Teaching and Learning Forum, 22 (8). Retrieved October 12, 2011 from http://www.ntlf.com/html/lib/bib/93-8dig.htm
This article offers detailed explanations as to what student responsibility entails. Also, why it is so important, what its foundations are, and how instructors can encourage this type of behavior. This article references the College Student Experience Questionnaire created by Robert Pace. This questionnaire is based on the proposition that all learning and development requires an investment of time and effort on behalf of the student. The “Quality of Effort” scales define the dimensions of student responsibility. The domains included are the use of classrooms, libraries, residence halls, student unions, athletic facilities, laboratories and studios and galleries.

This was an interesting article because it not only describes what student responsibility is, but it also details how, as instructors, we can encourage our students to be responsible for their actions.  One of the methods of encouraging responsible student behavior is by stressing the importance of the student’s achievements. I liked that the authors described learning as a process through which development occurs. The authors also clearly described the link between course activities, the literature and the learner’s success. The authors state that a relationship must be established between the higher learning institutions and the students.

Submitted: 10/16/11 yperez

Emelo, R. (August 2, 2012). No more prescribed learning! Now we share knowledge. Chief Learning Officer. Retrieved from: http://clomedia.com/articles/view/who-should-choose-what-employees-learn/           This article describes how the role of the learning leader is shifting from one who prescribes learning to one who facilitates learning connections through knowledge sharing.   It describes how organizations are enabling individuals to drive their own learning and how millennials in the workforce expect free-form learning via a variety of connections.  Companies placing learning into the hands of employees see significant results.  Learning leaders will play a vital role in supporting employees to connect with one another enabling them to learn from each other and to share insights through collaborative platforms.

This resource applies to leaders of corporate learning organizations and enterprise knowledge managers.  It offers a visionary approach to the future direction of adult learning professionals and provides insightful trends of knowledge management.  I believe the author’s assessment is accurate regarding how the learning landscape is changing in enterprise corporate environments.  I see this shift in my own work environment and this is the first article I have found that articulates this shift so well.

Gatlin, S. (2014). How to succeed as an online student. About Education. Retrieved from http://distancelearn.about.com/od/distancelearning101/a/studentsuccess.htm

In his article, Stephen Gatlin, explains that before students start taking online classes, they need to establish time management skills. They should determine the best time of day to do school work, and stick with that schedule. Then students need to make sure they will have enough time for their daily activities. It is important to balance personal obligations so students do not get overwhelmed and over loaded. Students should then create a positive learning environment, and make sure they have a place they can go to do their work.

This article is a great, credible article. Every student who is even thinking about taking online classes should read this. It has several great tips and points that beginners do not think about until the last minute. I personally wish I would have read it before I started taking courses. This information is very valuable, and it would be nice if students did not have to figure these things out the hard way.


Submitted: 9/7/2017 rweber

Jackson, M. (September 30, 2009). How to work and study while gaining a distance learning education. Popular Articles. Retrieved from http://www.populararticles.com/article176239.html
This article depicts some of the benefits of distance education. The benefits that are highlighted are that the student can work full time, take care of raising a family and still earn a degree. The article demonstrates the flexibility that can accompany distance learning.  Distance learning may also present some challenges for the student. One of the essential elements that are necessary for the student is that they be organized and well-disciplined to be successful. Similar to an actual classroom setting an online student must put the time and effort into their classes if they possess the desire to succeed.

This article sings the praises of distance education. It makes the argument of how flexible distance learning can be. The student can work full time, take care of raising a family and still earn a degree. All of this sounds very appealing, but before one becomes too excited, they will need to read the entire article. One of the essential elements is that the student needs to be organized and well-disciplined to reach full success. Similar to an actual classroom setting an online student must put the time and effort into their classes if they possess the desire to succeed.

Marshall, M. & Weisner, K. (2004). Encouraging responsible student behavior. Phi Delta Kappan The Professional Journal for Education.                                                                                                                   This article describes how the concepts of Stephen Covey, Abraham Maslow, Douglas McGregor, William Glasser, and W. Edwards Deming are used in the “Raise Responsibility System.” This article also shows how to significantly increase academic performance. Marshall developed a system that would promote responsible behavior by internally motivating students. Marshall utilized his experiences in teaching, counseling, and administration to guide him as he chose to be proactive and teach his students as opposed to reacting to the negative situations. Weisner describes the positive changes in her students’ behavior and learning after she implemented Marshall’s program in her classroom.

I found this article very fascinating because the changes that Marshall has brought about through his system are astounding. He followed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and values. He followed McGregor’s assumptions on Theory X and Theory Y. He followed Glasser’s Reality Therapy approach. And he followed Demings quality improvement techniques.  Most importantly, he combined these various theories and approaches to come up with his own system to offer help to instructors in challenging situations. Throughout the creation of his discipline system, he kept his focus on keeping it simple and easy to use. The result was the “Raise Responsibility System.”

Submitted: 10/16/11 yperez

Roper, A. R. (2007). How students develop online learning skills. Educause Quarterly, 30(Number 1). Retrieved October 12, 2011 from http://www.educause.edu/EDUCAUSE+Quarterly/EDUCAUSEQuarterlyMagazineVolum/HowStudentsDevelopOnlineLearni/157435                                       This article focuses on the development of student skills which are necessary to succeed in the online learning environment. The author identifies useful strategies that instructors can utilize in their online courses. Roper developed an online survey instrument choosing graduates who had taken at least 80% of their courses online as his survey participants. The students agreed on seven practical steps that helped them succeed online: developing time-management strategies; making the most of online discussions; using it or losing it; making questions useful to their learning; staying motivated; communicating instruction techniques that work; and making connections with fellow students.

The author created a great survey instrument by developing a set of questions from online course designers, faculty and administrators. It was very helpful that the study participants he chose had to have at least 80% of their courses online but he also included a prerequisite of a 3.5 minimum GPA. One interesting part of this article is that in addition to creating the survey instrument, the author also included direct feedback from the students. The biggest points the students made was how the online courses offered them more independence and the ability to participate when convenient for them.

Submitted: 10/16/11 yperez