Factors Influencing Students Intention to Take Web-Based Courses in a College Environment

Factors Influencing Students Intention to Take Web-Based Courses in a College Environment

Hamid Nemati (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA) and Marcia Thompson (University of North Carolina at Greensboro, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61520-963-7.ch085
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Abstract

The growing use of a web-based environment for college education is gradually replacing some aspects of the classroom in a University setting, and it is shifting the long accepted paradigm of understanding how students learn and introduces the question of what influences a student’s decision to learn in an online environment. In a web-based course, students gain a level of interaction with the material not possible in the classroom, yet lose other components that are only available in a physical environment. Educators struggle to determine what influences a student to take web-based college courses, and how they best learn in that environment. This study proposes that the student’s learning style, their self-efficacy and self-regulation when it comes to learning, and their expectations regarding online classes, are all factors in their choice to take web-based college courses. To validate this, students currently taking college level courses were surveyed and their responses analyzed.

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