Volume 1

Volume 1, Number 36

December 27, 2003

9 pages606 K bytes

A Preliminary Investigation of Student Perceptions of Online Education

Angela M. Clark
University of South Alabama
Mobile, Alabama 36688

Abstract: It is important that administrators and faculty be cognizant of student perceptions that affect student participation and success in online education. This study was conducted as a preliminary exploration of both on-campus and online students’ beliefs and perceptions of online education regarding perceived difficulty, level of effort required, and predicted success in online courses. These beliefs and perceptions along with several other factors directly influence a student’s inclination to enroll in an online course. We have found that there are, in fact, differences in perceptions between the two populations of online students and those without previous online course experience. An understanding of these factors which influence these perceptions is important as educational institutions endeavor to attract and retain students to online education programs.

Keywords: online education, distance education, curriculum, student perceptions

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Recommended Citation: Clark (2003). A Preliminary Investigation of Student Perceptions of Online Education. Information Systems Education Journal, 1 (36). http://isedj.org/1/36/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2003: §2424. ISSN: 1542-7382.)