ERIC Number: EJ686112
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Feb
Learning Effectiveness in a Web-Based Virtual Learning Environment: A Learner Control Perspective
Chou, Shih-Wei; Liu, Chien-Hung
Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, v21 n1 p65-76 Feb 2005
Web-based technology has a dramatic impact on learning and teaching. A framework that delineates the relationships between learner control and learning effectiveness is absent. This study aims to fill this void. Our work focuses on the effectiveness of a technology-mediated virtual learning environment (TVLE) in the context of basic information technology skills training. Grounded in the technology-mediated learning literature, this study presents a framework that addresses the relationship between the learner control and learning effectiveness, which contains four categories: learning achievement, self-efficacy, satisfaction, and learning climate. In order to compare the learning effectiveness under traditional classroom and TVLE, we conducted a field experiment. Data were collected from a junior high school of Taiwan. A total of 210 usable responses were analysed. We identified four results from this study. (1) Students in the TVLE environment achieve better learning performance than their counterparts in the traditional environment; (2) Students in the TVLE environment report higher levels of computer self-efficacy than their counterparts in the traditional environment; (3) Students in the TVLE environment report higher levels of satisfaction than students in the traditional environment; and (4) Students in the TVLE environment report higher levels of learning climate than their counterparts in the traditional environment. The implications of this study are discussed, and further research directions are proposed.
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Foreign Countries, Learner Controlled Instruction, Self Efficacy, Information Technology, Academic Achievement, Web Based Instruction, Virtual Classrooms, Satisfaction, Junior High School Students, Information Literacy
Journal Customer Services, Blackwell Publishing, 350 Main Street, Malden, MA 02148. Tel: 800-835-6770 (Toll Free); Fax: 781-388-8232; e-mail: email@example.com.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Junior High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A