Title: Motivation, internet access and ICT experience as factors of success in a non-moderated e-learning course

Authors: Mario Jadric, Goran Bubas, Snjezana Babic

Addresses: Faculty of Economics, University of Split, Matice hrvatske 31, 21000 Split, Croatia. ' Faculty of Organization and Informatics, University of Zagreb, Pavlinska 2, 42000 Varazdin, Croatia. ' Polytehnic of Rijeka, Trpimirova 2/V, 51 000 Rijeka, Croatia

Abstract: Motivation is one of the most important components of students| success in the e-learning environment. Some other important factors are ICT skills and internet access. In our study, we investigated how extrinsic and intrinsic motivational factors influenced the success of students in a non-moderated e-learning course on the topic of online communication and psychological aspects of internet use. We also investigated how the success in this course was influenced by students| internet access from home and college and by their experience using computers/internet. The subjects in our study were 477 freshmen students of economics. The results of this study indicated that access to the course from home and extrinsic motivational factors had the greatest influence on the results of the final test delivered to the students after they had read the content of the e-learning course.

Keywords: e-learning courses; motivation; internet access; ICT experience; information technology; communications technology; electronic learning; online learning; computer experience; online communication; psychology; economics education; higher education; motivational factors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIDSS.2010.033681

International Journal of Intelligent Defence Support Systems, 2010 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.116 - 127

Published online: 15 Jun 2010 *

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