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Attitudes of indigenous peoples toward distance learning in the South Pacific: an empirical study

Hogan, Robert P. (2009) Attitudes of indigenous peoples toward distance learning in the South Pacific: an empirical study. [Conference Proceedings]

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Abstract

This research studied student satisfaction with the distance-learning program of X University, one of only two regional universities in the world. The University supports 12 Pacific Island countries in a region more than three times the size of Europe. The project used online surveys and face-to-face interviews at campuses to identify student and staff perceptions of the strengths and weaknesses of the distance-learning program. The researchers examined cultural, pedagogical, and infrastructure issues that impact the delivery of quality distance learning throughout the region. Findings indicate that student success and satisfaction were lower for distance learning students than for face-to-face students, and that both culture and skill level causes some students to prefer correspondence courses over online. In sharp contrast to US students, the study also found that many South Pacific students lack the typing and computer skills needed for online learning.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Education
Depositing User: Users 24 not found.
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 14:29
Last Modified: 18 Jun 2012 16:30
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/4144
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