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ERIC Number: EJ814126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Considering Students' Perceptions: The Distance Education Student Satisfaction Model
Sahin, Ismail; Shelley, Mack
Educational Technology & Society, v11 n3 p216-223 2008
In the current study, the Distance Education Student Satisfaction Model, estimated as a structural equation model, is proposed to understand better what predicts student satisfaction from online learning environments. In the present study, the following variables are employed based on the Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) (Davis, Bagozzi, & Warshaw, 1989) and literature: computer knowledge, flexibility of distance education, usefulness of distance education, and distance education satisfaction. Results suggest that as long as students have the skills to use online tools and perceive that distance education is a useful and flexible way of learning, communicating, and sharing, their enjoyment from online instruction will be promoted. Ultimately, this satisfaction may lead to higher levels of engagement, learning, and success in the distance education setting. Data collected from 195 undergraduate students are analyzed using Statistical Package for the Social Sciences and Analysis of Moment Structures statistical software. Implications of the findings of the present study are crucial for instructors, practitioners, and institutions planning to offer or currently engaged in offering distance education courses. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey