Title: Students' perceptions of Computer Assisted Learning: an empirical study

Authors: Ataur Rahman Belal

Addresses: Finance, Accounting & Law Group, Aston Business School, Aston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET, UK

Abstract: Research indicates that although students are the ultimate |beneficiaries of Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based| higher education learning their voices have been neglected in its development. This paper attempts to redress this imbalance by illuminating students| perceptions of the use of Computer Assisted Learning (CAL) in an undergraduate accounting module. The findings suggest that students are in favour of using EQL in a supportive role only. Interviewees rejected the idea of replacing human tutors with machine tutors and they believed that most of their learning occurs in tutorials and ranked these as the most important component of the module.

Keywords: CAL; computer assisted learning; EQL; student perceptions; student learning approaches; e-learning; electronic learning; online learning; higher education; management accounting; accounting software; learning support; human factors.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIE.2011.037755

International Journal of Management in Education, 2011 Vol.5 No.1, pp.63 - 78

Published online: 27 Dec 2010 *

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