ERIC Number: EJ681599
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Jan-1
Characteristics of the Web-Based Learning Environment in Distance Education: Students' Perceptions of Their Learning Needs
Atan, Hanafi; Rahman, Zuraidah; Idrus, Rozhan M.
Educational Media International, v41 n2 p103-110 Jan 2004
A study was conducted regarding students' perceptions on the characteristics of the learning requirements in a web-based learning environment. Various aspects of on-line learning were studied including the general web-based support system for the students, the learning materials, instructional strategies of the learning materials and the learning resources. The results revealed a high degree of necessity for a web-based general support system to be provided to the students; the students were also very receptive towards the need for on-line supplementary course articles, as well as materials related to course tests and examinations. Where the on-line web-based learning materials were concerned, the students perceived that these should only be supplementary and supportive to the existing modular print-based format of the course delivery. The instructional strategies that integrate various forms of interaction, the access to a plethora of resources and the media-rich environment fitted well with their learning requirements via distance education.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Student Needs, Foreign Countries, College Students, Internet, Educational Environment, Educational Strategies, Distance Education, Web Based Instruction, Instructional Materials
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education
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