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Journal of Distance Education, v23 n1 p89-106 2009

The implementation of both blended learning and web-based programs is becoming more prevalent within higher education in Canada. Thus, there is increasing reliance upon e-learning tools to support student learning in a variety of teaching environments. Typically, budgetary and programmatic decisions regarding the investment of e-learning resources are made by information technology (IT) administrators and/or professors. However, students are the primary beneficiary of most IT investments. This study examined Business and IT students' usage patterns and perceptions related to a suite of e-learning tools through open ended and Likert scale survey questions. Findings will assist post-secondary decision-makers in prioritizing IT investments. Further, study results will ensure that the design and implementation of e-learning tools address the needs and usage patterns of the primary client--the student. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)

Descriptors: Information Technology, Foreign Countries, Curriculum Implementation, College Instruction, College Students, Student Surveys, Use Studies, Student Attitudes, Business Administration Education, Educational Finance, Educational Technology, Electronic Learning, Blended Learning, Technology Integration, Distance Education, Internet, Web Based Instruction

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Author: Percival, Jennifer Catherine; Muirhead, Bill



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