Student Autonomy in Online Learning

Nataliya Serdyukova, Peter Serdyukov


Online learning has opened up rich opportunities for unlimited, life-long learning. Continuous professional development, retooling and upgrading expected from members of the knowledge society count on an individual’s developed ability to learn independently. Research suggests a self-sufficient, autonomous learner is more efficient than teacher-dependent student. Though online education offers students significantly greater choices and more freedoms for independent learning compared to traditional campusbased programs, college education based on instructor-centered teaching approach still rigidly controls both the learning content and process thus restricting students’ initiative and flexibility. On the other hand, there are many students who do not possess the necessary independent study skills and dispositions, and are fearful of engaging in independent learning. Online learner autonomy, however, is critical for a person’s continuous development and learning efficiency, and the present research investigates students’ perceptions on the matter suggesting ways to promote students independence within a college class.


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Paper Citation

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Serdyukova N. and Serdyukov P. (2013). Student Autonomy in Online Learning . In Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU, ISBN 978-989-8565-53-2, pages 229-233. DOI: 10.5220/0004353102290233

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author={Nataliya Serdyukova and Peter Serdyukov},
title={Student Autonomy in Online Learning},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,},

in EndNote Style

JO - Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Computer Supported Education - Volume 1: CSEDU,
TI - Student Autonomy in Online Learning
SN - 978-989-8565-53-2
AU - Serdyukova N.
AU - Serdyukov P.
PY - 2013
SP - 229
EP - 233
DO - 10.5220/0004353102290233