Psychosocial Well-Being of Israeli Students and Attitudes toward Open and Distance Learning

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Gila Kurtz, Yair Amichai-Hamburger, Jeffrey Kantor (2009)
  • Publisher: Athabasca University Press
  • Journal: International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (issn: 1492-3831)
  • Subject: attitudes toward ODL | perceived well-being | UCLA Loneliness Scale | fully online courses | Special aspects of education | LC8-6691

This article reports on a study conducted in Israel at an academic institution. The study investigates the correlation between students’ attitudes toward open and distance learning (ODL) and their perceived self-esteem and loneliness at the last stage of their online learning experience. For this study, 120 students were asked to complete a questionnaire. The students were enrolled in three fully online academic courses, which were similar in their instructional design approach although different in content. Findings reveal that there is a positive correlation between self-esteem and attitudes toward e-learning in general and toward online interaction with the instructor in particular. The findings further suggest that there is no correlation between loneliness and student attitudes toward e-learning. Some explanations for these results are raised as are recommendations for further research.
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