Attitudes affecting college students' preferences for distance learning

Yaacov J. Katz

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    Empirical studies that have examined psychological aspects of the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) have indicated that certain psychological attitudes of students towards the use of ICT are of paramount importance when evaluating the effective use of distance learning approaches to instruction and learning. Distance learning at the tertiary level, through the medium of ICT, is seemingly affected by the same psychological attitudes that are known to be related to other successful ICT applications to learning and instruction. In the present study the relationship between two distance learning ICT-based configurations were examined. The results indicate that psychological attitudes held by students differentially facilitate efficient use of distance learning approaches. Satisfaction with learning, level of control of the learning process, and study motivation for distance learning are all positively related to the students' preferences for structured distance learning, whereas independence in learning is positively connected to students' preferences for the more open Internet functionality.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2-9
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Computer Assisted Learning
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Mar 2002


    • Attitude
    • Conferencing
    • Distance
    • Internet
    • Psychology
    • Questionnaire
    • Undergradu ate
    • Video


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