Investigating university student preferences and beliefs about learning in the web-based context

Fang Ying Yang, Chin Chung Tsai*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Psychological studies have shown that personal beliefs about learning and environmental preferences affect learning behaviors. However, these learner characteristics have not been widely discussed in the web-based context. By developing questionnaires, this study attempted to detect learners' web-based learning environmental preferences (WLEP) and beliefs about web-based learning (BWL). The scope of WLEP focused on the pedagogical dimension of the web-based learning environment, while BWL concerned the attributes and control factors of the web-based learning. There were about five hundreds of Taiwan university students participating in the study. Through factor analysis, the scales discussed in the study revealed a satisfactory validity and reliability in assessing students' preferences and beliefs. Further analyses showed that university students preferred more of individual and structured instructional configurations while expected the outward mode of interaction. In general, students held a rather contextual belief about web-based learning, which was found to be correlated with their environmental preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1284-1303
Number of pages20
JournalComputers and Education
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2008 May


  • Belief about learning
  • Learner characteristics
  • Pedagogical issues
  • Preferences
  • University students
  • Web-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Computer Science
  • Education


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