New Way of Learning: Perception and Experiences of Online Doctoral Students

Online education has been gaining grounds in the past decade.  However, the online doctoral student is a new phenomenon. There is a lack of clarity and insight related to the obstacles and advantages faced by these new nontraditional doctoral students. A traditional doctoral student lives on campus and pursues the degree in a face-to-face environment.  The online doctoral student goes to school part time, while working full time and caring for a family.  The online doctoral students’ areas of concern are unique and university leaders can utilize the results of this study to adopt practices that ensure doctoral students success.  For this meta-data analysis, only qualitative research that included evidence-based statements, as opposed to author assertions were considered to answer these questions:

1.      What are the perceptions and experiences of online doctoral learners?

2.      What obstacles do online doctoral learners face?

3.      What are the advantages of being an online doctoral learner?

Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT)
Patricia Akojie, Debra Bacon, Fern Entrekin, and Therese Kanai
Presentation Date: 
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Event or Conference: 
Association for Educational Communication & Technology (AECT) 2017 Conference, Jacksonville, Florida.
Presentation Type: 
Paper Presentation
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Presentation Location: 
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront
225 Coast Line Dr. E
Jacksonville, FL 32202
United States
Abstract: 
There has been a change in the doctoral student demographics and in the way they learn. Educational leaders lack clarity and insight related to the advantages and obstacles faced by these new nontraditional doctoral students (Erichsen, Bolliger, & Halupa, 2014; Koole, 2013). The presenters will share the perceptions and experiences of online doctoral students. Understanding the perceptions and experiences of online doctoral students can assist universities in developing educational practices that enable effective online learning.