Watling, Sue and Saunders, Gary (2009) Cats and dogs and pheromones: researching the student experience. In: Athens Institute Education and Research (ATINER) 11th Education Conference, 25-28 May 2009, Athens, Greece.
Official URL: http://www.atiner.gr/docs/2010Edu-Pappas_CONT.htm
Pheromone Therapy is a unique online course pioneered by the University of Lincoln and delivered through the university's virtual learning environment. The course adopted innovative practices such as induction activities designed to embed the skills required for successful online learning, a range of interactions with content and focus on opportunities for socialisation including ‘café’ forums and a student gallery. Retention is a key issue with distance delivery (Simpson, 2003) but listening to the student voice is only a comparatively recent initiative. Past studies have focussed on non-completion (Yorke & Longden, 2008) or the student experience on campus (JISC, 2007). Pheromone Therapy was an opportunity to capture data about distance learner’s experience of learning in isolation and collect individual responses to the course design. Findings provided a rich source of information for the construction and delivery of online courses in the future. Social aspects of learning online have been suggested as prime motivators in building a sense of collegiality. Pheromone Therapy was designed to include opportunities for social interaction but students demonstrated how the learning experiences which were situated in practice, with opportunities for shared participation, created the greatest cohesion and sense of community.
|Item Type:||Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)|
|Keywords:||online learning, distance learning, student experience, pheromones, higher education research, research|
|Subjects:||X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education|
|Divisions:||Professional services > Educational Development and Enhancement Unit|
|Deposited By:||Sue Watling|
|Deposited On:||16 Jun 2009 11:41|
|Last Modified:||10 Oct 2014 11:43|
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