Empirical Investigation into Motives for Choosing Web-based Distance Learning Programs

Empirical Investigation into Motives for Choosing Web-based Distance Learning Programs

Mona Alkhattabi (College of Computer and Information Sciences, Al Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University (IMSIU), Saudi Arabia)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/IJDET.2016070105
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Abstract

Today, in association with rapid social and economic changes, there is an increasing level of demand for distance and online learning programs. This study will focus on identifying the main motivational factors for choosing a web-based distance-learning program. Moreover, it will investigate how these factors relate to age, gender, marital status and parenthood. The results are based on a questionnaire, which was conducted amongst students enrolled in the distance-learning programs provided by the E-learning and Distance Education Deanship at Al-Imam Mohammad bin Saud University during the autumn semester of 2013. In addition to their background characteristics, the survey aimed to determine students' motives for undertaking distance learning.
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Web-Based Distance Learning

Since the involvement of ICT in the delivery of education, major changes have been seen in the field of distance learning. These emerging technologies have enabled the delivery of instructional materials using electronic media. Instructional delivery may involve an instructor being physically situated in a different place from the learner, or may involve the instruction being provided at different times (Moore, 1990).

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