The Perceptions of Online Learners in Taiwan: A Case Study of EduCities
Wei-Fan Chen, Tsung-Yen Chuang, The Pennsylvania State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-47-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC USA
EduCities, a Web-based learning environment utilizing computer-mediated communication (CMC) as an instructional platform, is an innovation in Taiwan. The sample of this study included six graduate students from Taiwan enrolled in a web design course in EduCities. After a two-month course, the researcher used online interview software to collect each participant's perceptions of the online experience. The result of the interview data supported a positive view of the utility of this website for online instruction. The interviewees also agreed that various courses and the native language benefit would be the reasons EduCities could fulfill students' satisfaction. However, they also point out the visual design and wording in this educational environment is not user friendly enough. How interface influences students satisfaction would be a good issue for the future study.
Chen, W.F. & Chuang, T.Y. (2003). The Perceptions of Online Learners in Taiwan: A Case Study of EduCities. In C. Crawford, N. Davis, J. Price, R. Weber & D. Willis (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2003--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 297-299). Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).