E-Learning: An Investigation into Students' Reactions to Investment into IT at Tertiary Institutions

E-Learning: An Investigation into Students' Reactions to Investment into IT at Tertiary Institutions

Solitaire Maherry-Lubbe (Dolphin Coast Enterprises, South Africa)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-949-6.ch159

Abstract

Constructivist theories and modern pedagogical concepts emphasize that an activation of students is one of the most influential factors for learning effectiveness. The implementation of those educational concepts in e-learning, especially in distance learning contexts, is a rather difficult challenge. Systems that assist lectures in this intention are required. In this study, a student’s reaction towards e-learning is observed. The focus is on student’s demographics in order to analyze their reaction towards e-learning. Solving tasks and observing and critiquing this solution process, instead of merely assessing the end product of e-learning processes. A sample of 105 students from the University was drawn and the findings suggest that e-learning investment can help address a need for this type of support.

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