The Adult Learning Open University Determinants (ALOUD) study: Biological and psychological factors associated with learning performance in adult distance education

Joyce Neroni*, Jérôme Gijselaers, Paul A. Kirschner, Renate De Groot

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    Abstract

    Learning is crucial for everyone. The association between biological (eg, sleep, nutrition) and psychological factors (eg, test anxiety, goal orientation) 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 baseline, 2040 students fully participated in this observational longitudinal study by filling out an online questionnaire and performing cognitive tests. At the 7 and 14 months follow-up, participants filled out a second and third questionnaire respectively, and data were given by the exam registration office to measure learning performance at these times. 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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)953-960
    Number of pages8
    JournalBritish Journal of Educational Technology
    Volume46
    Issue number5
    Early online date14 May 2015
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2015

    Keywords

    • determinants
    • learning performance
    • distance education

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