e-Learning: Just how difficult can it be?

Chris Reading

Mitchell Parkes

on Wednesday, 7 April 2010 14:30 - 15:00 in room 209

This paper reports the partial results of a study using the Hybrid Behaviourally Anchored Rating Scale (Hybrid BARS) to identify the competencies considered essential for effective performance in a university e-learning environment. The competencies were developed in accordance with social constructivist principles and in the context of a Learning Management System. Students and staff at the university study site were surveyed to rate the relative difficulty of the e-learning competencies. The application of Rasch analysis to the difficulty ratings data allowed the competencies to be ranked hierarchically. Subsequent analysis identified a statistically significant difference between student and staff perceptions of difficulty of the e-learning competencies. Competencies identified as contributing to the significant difference included those dealing with interaction and collaboration with other members of the e-learning community. The main conclusion drawn from the study was that students found elements of e-learning environments developed in accordance with social constructivist principles to be challenging.

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Reading, C., Parkes, M. (2010). e-Learning: Just how difficult can it be? In D. Gronn, & G. Romeo (Eds) ACEC2010: Digital Diversity. Conference Proceedings of the Australian Computers in Education Conference 2010, Melbourne 6-9 April. Carlton, Victoria: Australian Council for Computers in Education (ACEC). Retrieved from, http://acec2010.acce.edu.au/proposal/382/e-learning-just-how-difficult-can-it-be

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