Developing a diagnostic tool for assessing tertiary students’ readiness for online learning

Pillay, Hitendra K., Irving, Kym A., & McCrindle, Andrea R. (2006) Developing a diagnostic tool for assessing tertiary students’ readiness for online learning. International Journal of Learning Technology, 2(1), pp. 92-104.

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The increasing investment in developing high quality systems for online learning has focused more on technology with little regard for learners’ readiness to learn through such systems. One of the reasons for this was an assumption that most students have the necessary capacity (technical and attitudinal) to deal with online learning. This assumption is increasingly being challenged in recent years. This paper explores the difficulties experienced by online learners and develops a diagnostic survey instrument to ascertain learner readiness to participate in online learning environments. Through confirmatory factor analysis, four factors were identified: Technical skills, Learner self-efficacy, Learning preference and Learner attitude. This paper reports on the design and development of the survey instrument.

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ID Code: 9148
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: online learning, student readiness, diagnostic tool, learning skills and dispositions, tertiary learning, HERN
DOI: 10.1504/IJLT.2006.008696
ISSN: 1477-8386
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 > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Inderscience Enterprises
Deposited On: 27 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 27 Oct 2014 04:56

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