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IJEEEE 2013 Vol.3(2): 126-130 ISSN: 2010-3654
DOI: 10.7763/IJEEEE.2013.V3.206

Perceptions of Online Learning in an Australian University: An International Students’ (Asian Region) Perspective – Quality of Learning

Renee Chew Shiun Yee
Abstract— Several researchers have reported that cultural and language differences can affect online interactions and communications between students from different cultural backgrounds. Other researchers have asserted that online learning is a tool that can improve teaching and learning skills, but its effectiveness depends on how the tool is used. To delve into these aspects further, this study set out to investigate the kinds of learning difficulties encountered by the international students and how they actually coped with online learning. The modified Online Learning Environment Survey (OLES) instrument was used to collect data from the sample of 109 international students at a university in Brisbane. A smaller group of 35 domestic students was also included for comparison purposes. Contrary to assumptions from previous research, the findings revealed that there were only few differences between the international Asian and Australian students with regards to their perceptions of online learning. Recommendations based on the findings of this research study were made for Australian universities where Asian international students study online. Specifically the recommendations highlighted the importance of upskilling of lecturers’ ability to structure their teaching online and to apply strong theoretical underpinnings when designing learning activities such as discussion forums, and for the university to establish a degree of consistency with regards to how content is located and displayed in a learning management system like Blackboard.

Index Terms— Asian international students, net gen, online learning, online learning environments, online learning environment survey (OLES), and quality of learning

Renee Chew is with the Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (IT Division), INTI International University, Nilai, Malaysia (e-mail: reneesy.chew@newinti.edu.my).

Cite: Renee Chew Shiun Yee, " Perceptions of Online Learning in an Australian University: An International Students’ (Asian Region) Perspective – Quality of Learning," International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 126-130, 2013.

General Information

ISSN: 2010-3654 (Online)
Abbreviated Title: Int. J. e-Educ. e-Bus. e-Manag. e-Learn.
Frequency: Quarterly
Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Kuan-Chou Chen
Executive Editor: Ms. Nancy Lau
Abstracting/ Indexing: EBSCO, Google Scholar, Electronic Journals Library, QUALIS, ProQuest, INSPEC (IET)
E-mail: ijeeee@iap.org
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