Assessing students' perceptions of synchronous internet-based learning environments

Year: 2001

Author: Teh, George

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Abstract:
The use of the Internet in higher education is increasing at an exponential rate. However, little research had been done on the efficacy of using the Internet in the educational milieu. As well, research on students’ perceptions of psychosocial aspects of Internet-based online learning environment has been negligible. This paper reports a study of students’ perceptions of their Internet-based learning environment in Singapore. Specifically, it focuses on the cross-validation of an Internet Classroom Environment Inventory (ICEI), which assesses students’ perceptions of synchronous Internet-based learning environment. The ICEI assesses students’ perceptions of the levels of gender equity, investigation, innovation and resource adequacy. The synchronous Internet-based learning is in real time mode, online and takes the form of web-based mediated conferencing and telecomputing approaches. Student data were collected from 256 postgraduate diploma-in-education students in 12 classes in a tertiary institution in Singapore. This study once again provided cross-validation support for the use of the ICEI in Singapore. Each scale displayed satisfactory internal consistency reliability, discriminant validity, and differentiated between the perceptions of students in different synchronous Internet-based learning environments.

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