Review our practical guide to help you plan, build, and teach a more effective, engaging online course.

Student Preferences in Online Learning: A Comprehensive Research Project

About the study

  • Distance and Online Education completed a 3-year research project on student preferences in online learning.
  • Data collected provides a clearer picture of what students at the University of Iowa prefer in online learning, as well as what students found as barriers to their success.


How to use the guide

  • Learn how to implement the teaching and learning practices your students want to see in their online course.
  • Each section of the guide includes a practical explanation of online teaching and learning best practices, links to resources and literature, and a summary of online student preferences at Iowa. 

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Publications and research

Preferences in Online Learning Environment: A Useful Input for Instructors to Improve Online Teaching and Learning Activities. In E. Langran, P. Christensen & J. Sanson (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 712-721). New Orleans, LA, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved from