Mentor: Dr. Reid Skeel
Research: Examining the Role of Learning Strategies in Online Learning
The present study explored differences in learning strategies and motivation between students in online and in-person courses. Questionnaires were used to measure types of learning strategies (deep vs shallow) and motivation (intrinsic vs extrinsic). The main hypothesis stated that students in online courses would tend to use deeper learning strategies compared to students in in-person classes. A second hypothesis was that students in online courses would report higher levels of intrinsic motivation as compared to students taking in-person courses. Results for the main hypothesis were supported, with online students tending to use deeper learning strategies. Results regarding intrinsic vs extrinsic motivation were inconclusive. Findings of this study found that online students approached classes with deeper learning strategies as compared to in-person students.