The relationship between system-provided learner control and maintained situational interest within e-learning courses

Christopher Lange (Department of Liberal Arts, Joongbu University, Geumsan-gun, Republic of Korea)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 17 September 2018

Abstract

Purpose

Due to the autonomous nature of e-learning, learner control options should be provided to allow students to be more selective of content based on learning needs. Maintaining students’ situational interest should also be a goal in e-learning, as research shows that doing so leads to a greater chance of success. The purpose of this paper is to investigate the relationship between learner control and maintained situational interest in hopes of promoting better engagement through content selection based on learning needs.

Design/methodology/approach

This study analyzed survey responses from university students (n = 2,173) participating in a variety of massive online courses in South Korea to investigate the correlation between system-provided learner control and maintained situational interest. Additionally, the correlation between learner control and maintained situational interest was examined among demographic subsets including gender, age and grade level.

Findings

Results show a positive relationship between learner control and maintained situational interest, as well as a positive relationship between learner control and maintained situational interest among each demographic subset.

Originality/value

These results add to the current literature by promoting a practical way of maintaining students’ situational interest by providing them with the ability to control aspects of their own learning processes.

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Citation

Lange, C. (2018), "The relationship between system-provided learner control and maintained situational interest within e-learning courses", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 15 No. 3, pp. 205-219. https://doi.org/10.1108/ITSE-12-2017-0062

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