Learning is crucial for everyone. The association between biological lifestyle factors (i.e., physical activity, sleep, and nutrition) and learning performance has been well established for children, adolescents and college students in traditional education. Evidence for these associations for adult distance students is lacking however. The Adult Learning Open University Determinants (ALOUD) study is the first to identify the determinants of learning performance within adult distance education. Over the course of 1 year, all new students (n = 4945) of the Open University of the Netherlands were approached. At the start of their study, 2040 students fully participated in this observational study by filling out an online questionnaire and performing cognitive tests. Learning performance was measured over the course of 14 months, the subscription period of the first course bought by the student. The ALOUD study might result in tailor-made educational innovations for adults participating in distance education and, finally, a more successful distance education student population.
|Date made available||8 Dec 2015|
|Publisher||Data Archiving and Networked Services (DANS)|
|Geographical coverage||The Netherlands|