Critical success factors in distance learning construction programs at Central Queensland University : students’ perspective

Wu, Peng, Low, Sui Pheng, Liu, Junying, Pienaar, Josua, & Xia, Bo (2015) Critical success factors in distance learning construction programs at Central Queensland University : students’ perspective. Journal of Professional Issues in Engineering Education and Practice, 141(1), 05014003.

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Distance education has gone through rapid expansion over the years. Many Australian universities are pushing the use of distance education in delivering construction education programs. However, the critical success factors (CSFs) in distance learning construction programs (DLCPs) are not fully understood. More importantly, students’ demographic features may affect the selection of distance education technologies. Situation-matching strategies should therefore be taken by universities or institutions with different student cohorts. A survey is adopted in Central Queensland University (CQU) to identify and rank the critical success factors in a DLCP in Australia where there is a significant number of earner-learners and students with low socioeconomic background. The findings suggest that the most important CSFs include access to computers and internet, reliability of web-based learning sites, high relevance and clarity of learning materials and assessment items, the availability of web-based learning sites that can be easily manipulated, and the capability of the instructors to provide well-structured courses. The findings also suggest that students with low socioeconomic background have more rigorous requirements on interface design, instructors’ support, and the integration of practical components into courses. The results provide good guidance of the design and delivery of DLCPs and will be useful for universities and institutions that are seeking to implement the distance mode in construction education.

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ID Code: 81599
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: HERN, Construction education;, Critical success factors;, Low socioeconomic status., Distance education;
DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)EI.1943-5541.0000217
ISSN: 1052-3928
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Civil Engineering & Built Environment
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Deposited On: 04 Feb 2015 23:24
Last Modified: 07 May 2016 18:10

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