Logging on for their ‘third shift’: Mature age women learning online
Wendy Meyers, Sue Bennett, Pauline Lysaght, University of Wollongong, Australia
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-48-8 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
Recent research has revealed gender related differences in the use of online learning technologies in higher education associated. Given that traditional learning approaches have been shown to inhibit the experience of women and the promise of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to offer an equitable alternative for women, this research examines the experiences of women in online learning. The study adopts a qualitative approach, collecting data from sources such as semi-structured interviews and both face-to-face and online focus groups. It aims to contribute to the knowledge base of ICTs in higher education from the perspective of gender issues in asynchronous communication. The study is unique in that it not only focuses on the learning experience of students in higher education, but particularly examines the perspectives of women who are mature-aged and based in rural Australia. This brief paper reports on the background to the study and the progress to date.
Meyers, W., Bennett, S. & Lysaght, P. (2003). Logging on for their ‘third shift’: Mature age women learning online. In D. Lassner & C. McNaught (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2003--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 1605-1607). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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