Istituto per le Tecnologie Didattiche     
Delfino M., Manca S., Persico D., Sarti L. Online learning: attitudes, expectations and prejudices of adult novices. In: WBE 2004 - International Conference on Web-Based Education (Innsbruck, Oesterreich, 16-18 February 2004). Proceedings, pp. 31 - 36. IASTED, 2004.
The main attitudes, expectations and misconceptions of adult novices towards online learning have been investigated through a survey carried out within two different web-based courses. The data emerged from the two contexts showed several similarities: the reasons for the choice of the online approach, a positive perception of the method, a negative perception of the heavy commitment required, some resistance due to logistic and cultural difficulties. The main misconceptions include the tendency to overestimate the time flexibility offered by the collaborative approach and the inclination to underestimate the commitment required and the educational potential of written communication.
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Subject Online education and training
Communication technology applications in web-based education
Virtual collaborative learning
Attitudes towards online learning
Misconceptions concerning online lear

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