Validation of the diagnostic tool for assessing tertiary students' readiness for online learning

Pillay, Hitendra K., Irving, Kym A., & Tones, Megan J. (2007) Validation of the diagnostic tool for assessing tertiary students' readiness for online learning. Higher Education Research and Development, 26(2), pp. 217-234.

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Increasing numbers of educational institutions are adopting an online approach to teaching and learning; however, little regard has been given to the prerequisite personal and technical qualities required for academic achievement and satisfaction within this environment. In recognition of this, researchers have been exploring the design, development and testing of diagnostic tools to assess student readiness for online learning. This study builds on previous work by the authors to further validate their diagnostic tool for assessing Tertiary students' readiness for online learning (TSROL) which has four subscales: 'Technical skills', 'Computer self-efficacy', 'Learner preferences' and 'Attitudes towards computers'. Factor and reliability analyses revealed that Technical skills and Computer self-efficacy possessed good reliability and validity, and 'Attitudes towards computers' fair reliability and validity. However, 'Learner preferences' required revision as it possessed poor reliability and validity. Analysing the demographic data revealed that older students had lower Technical Skills and computer self-efficacy than younger students. The TSROL can be improved by adopting a more multidimensional interpretation of the Learning preferences and Attitudes towards computers subscales.

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ID Code: 12907
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: Diagnostic tool, E, learning, Online learning, Student readiness, Test validation, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/07294360701310821
ISSN: 1469-8366
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Accountancy
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Higher Education Research and Development 26(2):pp. 217-234.
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:56

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