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Title: The contribution of lifelong learning ecologies in online higher education: graduate student learning across contexts
Author: Peters, Mitchell Joseph
Director: Guitert Catasús, Montse  
Romero Carbonell, Marc  
Keywords: lifelong learning ecologies
students experiences of learning
continuum of formal and informal learning
Issue Date: 3-Jul-2020
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: Higher Education institutions have increasingly had to adapt to both the digitalization of education and a broad global demographic of students re-entering formal education at different stages of their careers as lifelong learners, often in combination with parallel professional responsibilities. The purpose of this interpretive study is to understand student experiences and conceptions of learning across contexts - from a learning ecologies perspective - in the context of online HE. The primarily qualitative mixed methods multiple case study was developed across three sites of fully online graduate level programs (master's or 1st year doctoral students) at the UOC and at UIUC. The results obtained using a Learning Ecologies (LE) analytical framework have demonstrated the effectiveness of the construct for analyzing the complexity of learning across multiple contexts. The findings highlight the centrality of learner activity as a key component which drives an individual's LE in combination with peer support and digital learning resources within open, dynamic and fluid systems spanning multiple contexts.
Language: English
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