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Student Learning Profiles and Motivation

Student Learning Profiles and Motivation

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Published by Jonathan Acuña
Blended Learning
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Published by: Jonathan Acuña on Aug 04, 2013
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ELT article published by Prof. Jonathan Acuñaat http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ 
Student Learning Profiles and Motivation
When I
 –
a current b-learning instructor- think of the characteristics of mypresent-day students at the university, and the ones I had in previousterms, in blended learning scenarios, they have very distinctive personalityfeatures and aptitudes to cope with. Their basic characteristics can beanalyzed in the following chart:Characteristic Description
1
Background
 
Some students are part-time or full-timeworkers in diverse working fields eitherlinked or not to their majors in college.
2
Technology experience
 
Technology-wise, our students are muchmore into social media applications orcommunication-mediated pages (such as
facebook  
), but lack lots of experience inonline learning platforms.
3
Language
 
College students
’ 
first language is mostlySpanish, and they take hybrid learning
 
ELT article published by Prof. Jonathan Acuñaat http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ 
courses in an L2 [English], which is partof their study programs.
4
Prior onlineexperiences
 
Learners are not used to taking online /blended courses, so they mostly lack theknow-how. In our blended learninglanguage courses, students have to beguided in the first of all courses, so theycan feel confident with the LMS and thencontinue to work on it in subsequentlanguages classes they need to take.
5
Software experience
 
Students
’ 
tech experience is optimalwhen it comes to the usual software inPCs, laptops, tablets, and phones. Butwhen it comes to using software that isbeyond the
 “
Windows-Mac
” 
domain, theyare sometimes helpless.
6
Demographics
 
Learners
’ 
age group in class ranges from18
 –
25, but it is usual to have studentswhose age group is older or much moremature; we find people in their thirties,forties, or even more.
7
Type of motivation
 
 You do encounter students who areintrinsically-motivated and whose learningis connected to their life. However, youalso find students who are extrinsically-
 
ELT article published by Prof. Jonathan Acuñaat http://reflective-online-teaching.blogspot.com/ 
motivated or who simply lack motivation.
8
Type of learning
 
Several students are problem-centeredlearners, but others are project-based
 “
apprentices.
” 
Others are not really surewhat their preferred learning style is.
 
Many of our college students lack arationale for learning, and that is why thesetting of clear expectations is vital forthem.
 
In terms of language teaching, learning isgeared towards linking language withpersonal experience. In other fields, itmay be the same or it may differexponentially.
 
Many learners are self-directed andcontrol their learning; others need to beguided from the beginning to the end inthe learning process.
 
Many do feel responsible for theirlearning, but still today many othersblame their professors for their wonfailure.Having in mind this sketchy analysis of university students, the instructorneeds to look for functional and applicable, fitting strategies to incorporate

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