Gender and Learning Strategy Differences in Nontraditional Adult Students' Design Preferences in Hybrid Distance Courses

Lynna Ausburn
Oklahoma State University


This study describes instructional design elements most valued by nontraditional adult learners in hybrid learning environments that combine limited face-to-face contact with online learning and collaboration. It identifies the online course features and instructional goals selected as most important by a sample of 67 adults. It then compares this group’s rankings with those of subgroups based on gender and preferred learning strategies as measured by the Assessing the Learning Strategies of Adults (ATLAS) test. The results of the study support the application of principles of adult learning in developing online environments for adults, identify some differences in learning emphasis by gender and preferred learning strategies, and underscore the importance of providing a variety of learning options in adult learning environments with an online component.

About the Author(s)...

Lynna Ausburn holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and is currently serving as an Assistant Professor of Occupational Education Studies at Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include adult occupational education, distance learning, and technology-based instruction. She can be contacted at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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