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Final Report: Development of an online engagement scale
Higher Education Research
  • Darren Matthews, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
  • Ling Tan, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
  • Daniel Edwards, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Publication Date
10-1-2017
Subjects
Student engagement, Measures (Individuals), University students, External study programs, Online learners, On campus students, Measurement
Abstract

The Commonwealth Department of Education and Training commissioned the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) to review the Learner Engagement Scale (LES), a key measure of student experience. It is administered as part of the Student Experience Survey, an annual survey of a sample of the 400 000 first and final year undergraduates studying at Australian Higher Education institutions – 80 per cent on-campus and around 8 per cent off-campus. Over the years, LES results have consistently shown substantially lower engagement levels in off-campus students – far in excess of the variation between teaching modes that might be expected – giving rise to concern that the survey itself was biased in favour of on-campus students.

Place of Publication
Melbourne Vic
Publisher
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
Citation Information
Matthews, Darren; Tan, Ling; and Edwards, Daniel, "Final Report: Development of an online engagement scale" (2017). Melbourne Vic: Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). https://research.acer.edu.au/higher_education/56