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Achieving self-efficacy in the virtual learning environment

Heaperman, S. and Sudweeks, F. (2001) Achieving self-efficacy in the virtual learning environment. In: AARE 2001 International Education Research Conference. Crossing Borders: New Frontiers for Educational Research, 2 - 6 december, Fremantle, Western Australia

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Abstract

Virtual learning environments (VLEs) provide a seamless interface for organising online learning, and are proving indispensable in distance learning. The technological environments, though, are often adopted with little thought about pedagogical strategies, especially for students who may be adversely affected by the additional challenges of new technology. The mature age student, in particular, faces a barrage of factors, which may adversely affect their learning abilities. This paper explores factors that influence achievement of learning objectives by mature students. We propose a self-efficacy model which enables learners to attain self-efficacy in virtual learning environments. The model takes into account factors that impact specifically on mature students. We propose changes in learning as well as pedagogical strategies to accommodate the specific needs of mature students.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Information Technology
Publisher: AARE
Copyright: © The Authors
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/1002
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