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International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v15 n6 p313-347 Dec 2014

While e-learning is now characterized by a past and trends within that past, there continues to be uncertainty about how e-learning is defined and conceptualized, whether or not we like e-learning, and whether or not it is as meaningful to us as face to face learning. The purpose of this study was to document the e-learning perceptions of students at three Canadian post-secondary institutions. Key components of e-learning courses including ease of navigation, course design, resource availability, and adequacy of e-learning supports and their impact on the student learning experience were also evaluated. Based on a survey of students (n = 1,377) as well as their participation in focus groups, the following are presented as important findings: the majority of students studying in e-learning courses at the three institutions represented in the study were women; ease of navigation, course design, and previous experience with e-learning consistently demonstrated a statistically significant predictive capacity for positive e-learning experiences; and students expressed less preference for e-learning instructional strategies than their faculty. Study findings hold implications for e-learning faculty, instructional designers, and administrators at institutions of higher education in Canada and elsewhere where elearning is part of the institutional mandate. Additionally, further research into student perceptions of and experiences with e-learning is recommended.

Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Institutional Research, Course Organization, Usability, Educational Resources, Learning Experience, Focus Groups, Student Surveys, Gender Differences, Navigation (Information Systems), Prior Learning, Statistical Significance, Mixed Methods Research, Online Surveys, Profiles, Predictive Validity, Predictor Variables, Student Attitudes, College Students, Foreign Countries

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Author: Salyers, Vincent; Carter, Lorraine; Carter, Alanna; Myers, Sue; Barrett, Penelope

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=1779&id=EJ1048254



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