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Developing a Valid and Reliable Instrument to Evaluate Users' Perception of Web-Based Learning in an Australian University Context


Fan, S and Le, Q, Developing a Valid and Reliable Instrument to Evaluate Users' Perception of Web-Based Learning in an Australian University Context, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, 7, (3) pp. 366-379. ISSN 1558-9528 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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The Web has permeated many aspects of modern society. Because the popularity of the Web in society is widely recognised, its role in education has attracted a great deal of attention. As two key players in web-based education, students and teaching staff are the end-users whose views and perceptions about the significance of the Web should be used as a basis for implementing web-based education. To achieve this, valid and reliable instruments are needed. This paper describes the development of a research instrument for measuring the views, behaviors and attitudes of students and staff on the role of the Web in a university context. This pilot study involved 92 participants from the University of Tasmania. Cronbach-Alpha coefficients and exploratory factor analysis were used to measure the reliability and construct validity of the instrument. The results indicated that the questionnaire is a reliable and valid tool for researchers and courseware developers to evaluate web-based learning in this context, as well as in other Australian universities. The discussion also provides some insights into the complex relationship between technology and learning in general and user-friendliness and learner-friendliness in particular.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:web-based education, web-based technologies, web-based resources, e-learning, tertiary education.
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Education assessment and evaluation
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other education and training
Objective Field:Other education and training not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Fan, S (Dr Frances Fan)
UTAS Author:Le, Q (Dr Quynh Le)
ID Code:72735
Year Published:2011
Deposited By:UTAS Centre for Rural Health
Deposited On:2011-08-31
Last Modified:2018-04-06
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