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Comparison between on- and off-campus behaviour and adaptability in online learning: a case from China

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More and more universities and colleges are providing online courses not only for on-campus students but also for off-campus students. Tutors have to consider the differences between on- and off-campus students in order to improve effective instruction. Comparisons are made in this paper between on- and off-campus performances in online learning from four areas: learning time, path of browsing courseware, intercommunication and adaptability towards online learning. The last two areas are emphasized. Multiple approaches were adopted to collect data, which include questionnaires, posted documents, online logs, interviews and observations. This study shows that the rush time of online learning, paths of browsing courseware and favourite intercommunication means of on- and off-campus students are similar. But there are also some differences between these two groups such as competence of self-learning, enthusiasm of interpersonal exchange, dependence on tutors, feeling of learning stress, etc.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2001-07-01

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