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ERIC Number: ED529662
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-30
Pages: 142
Abstractor: As Provided
Considering Culture in e-Learning Environments and Post-Secondary Learning Success
Kinasevych, Orest
Online Submission
This study sought to identify the relationships between cultural factors, e-learning design, and learning success. It probed the cultures of respondents, their perceptions of the usability characteristics of e-learning tools, and their subjective assessments of their learning. The study aimed to identify correlations between culture and perceptions of usability, as well as between these perceptions and learning success. An extensive literature review identified appropriate cultural definitions, usability heuristics, education theory, and applicable research models. Participants were 40 students at two Canadian colleges who had been enrolled in online instruction. Their exposure to online learning tools was crucial to the study. A single online survey instrument was used to collect subjective data from the participants. The survey instrument made use of questions based on the work of Hofstede (2001), questions regarding e- learning usability, questions regarding subjective learning success, and questions about demographics. Methodology is described in detail. Response data were tested for potential correlations. Inferential statistics were used to identify whether the data may generalize to the larger population. Although some significant observations were made, the findings were not conclusive. Recommendations include additional study of cultural factors in e-learning. Appendixes present: (1) Research Approval, Central Michigan University; (2) Research Approval, Northern Alberta Institute Of Technology; (3) Research Approval, Red River College; (4) Permission To Use Survey Instrument; (5) Participant Invitation; (6) Participant Reminder; (7) Participant Final Reminder; (8) Research Consent; and (9) Survey Questions. (Contains 23 tables and 13 figures.)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A