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Enthusiasm or Skepticism? What Students Think about E-Learning

, , TU Wien, Inst.f.Gestaltungs- u.Wirkungsforschung, Austria

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


It is essential for the efficient implementation of e-learning that students have positive attitudes about this new approach. Existing literature indicates that students’ attitudes about e-learning are mixed. To support the implementation of the e-learning platform TUWEL at Vienna University of Technology, we conducted a study using semi-structured questionnaires with open-ended questions. Students enjoy the flexibility e-learning offers, but some of them do not want to miss the personal contacts to other students traditional lectures offer. Students are also skeptical about electronic learning material. This might be due to the lack of quality of these materials which was also mentioned in the present study. Informal learning, supported electronically, seems to form an important part of students’ learning activities and should be investigated in more detail.


Pohl, M. & Wieser, D. (2010). Enthusiasm or Skepticism? What Students Think about E-Learning. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3921-3928). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 22, 2019 from .

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