Investigating the Influence of Student Learning Orientation on the Success of e-Learning

Continuing to build on a large scale study undertaken by Alex Moon within the Business School, the School of Computing Science that began in 2006, this topic of investigation will continue the development, implementation and investment into e-learning have been strongly aligned to a perceived and largely accepted belief that it helps to improve the student learning experience. In the current climate of financial insecurity for many UK Universities, the appeal of e-learning has risen considerably and is mirrored in the stated aims of most UK university’s as a priority for development. However blended learning development has to ensure that it enhances student learning experience and therefore can support student retention and progression. The diversity of today as student populations makes simple investigations looking at hits on site and student success largely meaningless.
To evaluate the role of e-learning components in a blended course some of the variations in learning approach are investigated along with interaction with e-learning and provide evidence on the role e-learning resources can play in successful course delivery. Passive learning that can often be encouraged through traditional lecture delivery is familiar to all students, especially in the first year of a degree programme. Often blended learning can offer more self directed learning opportunities. This is likely to challenge students and Saddler-smith and Riding (1999) concur that the majority of students preference was for traditional delivery. It is therefore increasingly important to try to identify areas where and how integrating online components can be proven to lead to greater student participation and success. Dr. Alex Moon; Dr. Maureen Spencer