Measures of Learning Effectiveness in the SUNY Learning Network

Peter Shea
Eric Fredericksen
Alexandra Pickett
William Pelz
Karen Swan


This paper provides an overview of the SUNY Learning Network (SLN) and reports on research conducted to determine whether and how students are learning within this asynchronous learning environment. The three studies reported here indicate that, for the several thousand students who responded to their respective surveys, SLN was both highly satisfactory and an environment conducive to high levels of learning. These reports point to the centrality of the sense of community created and supported by faculty-to- student and student-to-student interaction in asynchronous learning networks.


ALN, Online Learning, Higher Education, Evaluation

APA Citation

Shea, P., Fredericksen, E., Pickett, A., Pelz, W., & Swan, K. (2001). Measures of learning effectiveness in the SUNY Learning Network. Online education, 2, 31-54.

About the Study

Links to Article
Mode Technology-enhanced, Online
Publication Type Journal Article
In Publication Online Education
Type of Research Quantitative
Research Design Survey research (qualitative or quantitative)
Intervention/Areas of Study
Level of Analysis
Specific Populations Examined Other
Peer-Reviewed Yes
Specific Institutional Characteristics of Interest
Specific Course or Program Characteristics
Outcome Variables of Interest
Student Sample Size 500 +
Citing Articles,50&sciodt=0,50&hl=en