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Title: e-Learning: Just how difficult can it be?
Contributor(s): Parkes, Mitchell  (author)orcid ; Reading, Christine E  (author)orcid ; Stein, Sarah (author)
Publication Date: 2010
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Abstract: This paper reports the partial results of a study using the Hybrid Behaviourally Anchored Rating Scale (Hybrid BARS) to identify the competencies considered essential for effective performance in a university e-learning environment. The competencies were developed in accordance with social constructivist principles and in the context of a Learning Management System. Students and staff at the university study site were surveyed to rate the relative difficulty of the e-learning competencies. The application of Rasch analysis to the difficulty ratings data allowed the competencies to be ranked hierarchically. Subsequent analysis identified a statistically significant difference between student and staff perceptions of difficulty of the e-learning competencies. Competencies identified as contributing to the significant difference included those dealing with interaction and collaboration with other members of the e-learning community. The main conclusion drawn from the study was that students found elements of e-learning environments developed in accordance with social constructivist principles to be challenging.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: ACEC 2010: 21st Australian Computers in Education Conference: Digital Diversity, Melbourne, Australia, 6th - 9th April, 2010
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the 21st Australian Computers in Education Conference: Digital Diversity
Publisher: Australian Computers in Education (ACEC)
Place of Publication: Australia
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
130103 Higher Education
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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The National Centre of Science, Information and Communication Technology, and Mathematics Education for Rural and Regional Australia (SiMERR)

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