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 International Journal of Education and Development using ICT > Vol. 2, No. 4 (2006) open journal systems 


A neomillennial learning approach: Helping non-traditional learners studying at a distance

Michael D Sankey, University of Southern Queensland, Australia.


Abstract
Relying on text-based instruction may be disenfranchising many students, whilst technology enhanced environments can provide significant advantages to a growing market of non-traditional learners. This paper reports on research investigating the perceptions of first year distance education students studying a foundation communications course using a CD-based ‘Transmodal’ learning environment. It demonstrates higher levels of engagement are possible when a neomillennial learning approach is adopted for designing course materials catering for a diverse student body, whilst maintaining a balanced environment for more traditional learners. A strong acceptance was moderated by a desire to still receive some print-based materials. However, students reported a preference to receive a CD-based version when given a choice.


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