Acceptance of Digital Learning Tools in the Context of Non-Traditional Students

Joachim Stoter
Carl-von-Ossietzsky University Oldenburg, Germany


The characteristics and needs of adult students are the vital starting point in the instructional design process. In selecting appropriate media, the acceptance of e-learning tools and services by the student target population should be taken into account. For the instructional design process for programs for adult learners, it is worth looking on the experiences made in the field of university programs, because the distinction between traditional, distance and so-called non-traditional students (NTS) is becoming blurred. In order to address the needs of this student group – and NTS and adults are one rapidly growing group within university students – their distinctive characteristics need to be taken into account. A specific digital learning offering will only be viewed as important if adults perceive a clear benefit in using these online learning tools.

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