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Ethnicity, Gender, and Perceptions of Online Learning in Higher Education

This paper reports on a quantitative study that investigated the impact of ethnicity and gender on perceptions of online learning. Specifically, the study examined African-American students' perceptions of online learning as compared to those of their White-American counterparts. Participants completed a survey that investigated nine different elements of the online learning environment: Computer Usage, Teacher Support, Student Interaction and Collaboration, Personal Relevance, Authentic Learning, Student Autonomy, Equity, Enjoyment, and Asynchronicity. African-American and White students had overall positive views of online learning, but African-Americans reported significantly less positive views regarding the feature of asynchronicity. Females had more positive perceptions than males on... Show More


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Adwoba Addo-Boateng
Adwoba Addo-Boateng (Consultant)
21 weeks ago
The content is easy to use and presents findings in a clear analytical format. It presents information in ways that are familiar to students and teachers as well. Great material.
Metta Sáma
Metta Sáma (Faculty)
29 weeks ago
The study looks at a group of students who are underrepresented in studies about online teaching. The study is very well researched and easy to read with strong analysis and potential take-aways from that analysis. While this study can be a great addition to a pedagogy course for college teachers, I read it as a college teacher who is involved in ongoing conversations about offering more online courses at my home institution. I shared it with my colleagues, as it's a great additional resource.
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