Do students experience flow conditions online?

Katrina A. Meyer, Stephanie J. Jones

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This pilot study asked graduate students enrolled in higher education programs at two institutions to ascertain whether and to what extent they experienced nine flow-related conditions in two settings: (1) online courses or (2) surfing or gaming online. In both settings, flow was experienced "sometimes," although no significant difference in mean frequency was found between the two settings. When asked for examples of flow, however, students gave more examples drawn from non-class-related activities (n = 35)-such as researching topics related to health, travel, or shopping, or engaging with Facebook-than class-related activities (n = 3). Finally, students found that online class experiences "frequently" impacted their satisfaction with the course, and three flow conditions were found to be correlated with course satisfaction at p ≤ 0.05: clear goals, concentration and focus, and a sense of personal control over activity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)137-148
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Asynchronous Learning Network
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2013


  • Flow
  • Graduate students
  • Higher education
  • Online learning


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