ERIC Number: EJ793721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 51
How Students and Instructors Using a Virtual Learning Environment Perceive the Fit between Technology and Task
McGill, T. J.; Hobbs, V. J.
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v24 n3 p191-202 Jun 2008
Virtual learning environments (VLEs) are widespread in higher education today, typically used to deliver instructional materials and facilitate communication within a course. This study aimed to investigate the task-technology fit of VLEs for their two main groups of users: instructors and students, using the VLE WebCT. Task-technology fit, user satisfaction, attitude towards use and anticipated consequences of use were found to be significantly higher for students than for instructors. Instructors were found to have higher perceptions of social norms and higher perceptions of facilitating conditions than students. However, there was no difference between the instructors and students in level of utilization of the VLE. Students perceived that the VLE had higher impacts on their learning compared with instructors' perceptions regarding their teaching. These results suggest that despite high levels of support acknowledged by instructors, they may still be unsure about the contribution of VLEs to their teaching.
Descriptors: Use Studies, Virtual Classrooms, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Computer Assisted Instruction, Web Based Instruction, College Instruction, Educational Technology
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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