Student Engagement: Perspectives of Online Students in Higher Education

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dc.contributor Heggem, David
dc.contributor McMath, Juanita
dc.contributor Rice, Margaret
dc.contributor Wright, Vivian
dc.contributor.advisor Major, Claire H Blakey, Carla Hugg 2021-11-23T14:34:46Z 2021-11-23T14:34:46Z 2021
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0003976
dc.identifier.other Blakey_alatus_0004D_14582
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The number of students enrolling in both online programs and online courses is continuing to rise. Accordingly, educators want to know how these students can learn and succeed in this environment. The notion of student engagement has been connected to student learning, determination, and gratification. While research on student engagement is plentiful, there is no one explicit consensus of what student engagement is, or is not, among the findings. Similarly, studies on student engagement have yet to provide a distinct understanding of what student engagement is in online education. Remedying this is critical as educators must understand exactly how to create, augment, and advance engaging experiences for online students.This dissertation is an investigation into the concept of student engagement and online learning in higher education. The purpose of this qualitative, three-article dissertation was to discover and understand features and experiences of student engagement as described by online students. Two descriptive qualitative studies, paired with a qualitative synthesis of literature, found that online students value and desire engagement, although it may be experienced differently in online settings. This dissertation presents student engagement from four different angles: behavioral, cognitive, emotional, and agentic. The studies, collectively, provide a clearer understanding of student engagement from the perspective of online education’s key beneficiaries: the students. This dissertation offers several implications relevant to educators, administrators, and policymakers, and suggests several areas of consideration for future research on student engagement in online education.
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
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dc.subject Distance education en_US
dc.subject Higher education en_US
dc.subject Online courses en_US
dc.subject Online education en_US
dc.subject Student engagement en_US
dc.subject Teacher presence en_US
dc.title Student Engagement: Perspectives of Online Students in Higher Education en_US
dc.type thesis
dc.type text University of Alabama. Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Educational technology The University of Alabama doctoral Ph.D.

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