Monday, December 19, 2005

Goal-Setting in Online Courses

Hi everyone! Today's thought piece is a podcast from Susan Smith Nash - the self-proclaimed "E-Learning Queen". Susan is an administrator at Excelsior College, and very involved with her institution's online programs. She is a prolific blogger and podcaster - see her website at:

The original poscast "Goal-Setting and Self-Regulation in Online Courses: The Basics" was published on 7 December 2005 at:

In the shownotes, Susan wrote:

"Goal-setting, which is an aspect of self-regulation, can be a vital part of an adult student's success in online learning. It increases motivation dramatically, not only by building in rewards, but also by increasing skill levels and perceived self-efficacy."

I had the pleasure of meeting Susan at the Sloan-C annual conference in Orlando, FL, in November 2005, and hearing one of her conference presentations. She clearly is a leader in the e-learning field, and we're all fortunate that she is sharing her thoughts in this area through her podcasts.

As always, the orange title above has a link to the mp3 file with the podcast, and you can subscribe to the RSS feed for "Burks' Selections" using the address on the orange XML icon in the right column on the page.

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The E-Learning Queen explores all manner of online and distributed training and education, from instructional design to the construction and implementation of entire e-learning solutions. She finds real-world e-learning issues and applications particularly intriguing; in higher education, military, K-12, and corporate and humanitarian / not-for-profit realms.


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