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Computer Anxiety: The Potential for Gender Inequity in E-Learning
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, , University of South Dakota, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-60-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

Despite technology proliferation women are frequently found to be computer anxious or "technophobic." Cooper and Weaver (2003) found that computer use was directly related to Internet use. With the relationship between computer use and Internet use, it is proposed that computer anxiety could directly relate to Internet anxiety. Due to this association with females being more computer anxious, the proposal is that females will also be more Internet anxious; therefore, more unwilling to register for online/distance learning courses which will result in gender inequity in accessing a possible avenue for education. Recommended actions include, but are not limited to, (1) creating introductory level computer courses in which students are encouraged to interact online and face-to-face while at the same time implementing measures to reduce not only computer anxiety but Internet anxiety; (2) increased dialog and discuss of the complex reasons for using and needing computers to increase understanding of the impact of the information society on educational and career opportunities.

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Myers, B. & Bright, L. (2006). Computer Anxiety: The Potential for Gender Inequity in E-Learning. In T. Reeves & S. Yamashita (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2006--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 2630-2636). Honolulu, Hawaii, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 18, 2019 from .

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