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Acceptance of Online Degrees by Undergraduate Mexican Students

, University of Leicester, United Kingdom ; , Florida State University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Lisbon, Portugal ISBN 978-1-880094-89-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


The quality and acceptance of online degree programs are still controversial issues. In Mexico, where the access to technology is limited, there are few studies on the matter. A survey was applied to 104 undergraduate students to evaluate their knowledge of virtual education, their likelihood of enrollment in an online degree program, and their acceptance of online degrees as adequate professional credentials. Results show that in general participants have a basic idea about e-learning, consider that face-to-face courses have a higher quality than distance classes, are open to the idea of enrolling in an online degree program, but regard traditional degrees as more adequate professional credentials in comparison to online equivalents. Further research is needed to increase our understanding of the comparative standing and acceptability of online degrees in developing countries like Mexico.


Padilla Rodriguez, B.C. & Adams, J. (2011). Acceptance of Online Degrees by Undergraduate Mexican Students. In T. Bastiaens & M. Ebner (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2011--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 238-246). Lisbon, Portugal: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved February 22, 2019 from .

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