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Chinese Students’ perceptions of an e-learning environment and factors affecting their performance: implementing a Flemish e-learning course in a Chinese educational context

Chang Zhu (UGent) , Martin Valcke (UGent) , Tammy Schellens (UGent) and Yifei Li
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This study was set up in a Chinese university in Beijing by implementing a Flemish e-learning course in a Chinese setting. A main feature of the e-learning environment is the asynchronous 'task-based' online group discussion. The purpose of the study is to understand Chinese students’ perceptions of a collaborative e-learning environment and the factors that affect their online performance and academic achievement. The results of the study indicate that the students had less positive perceptions of the e-learning environment as compared to their perceptions of a more conventional environment. However, the students reported to a higher level of preferences of peer learning, critical thinking and problem-based learning after a one semester e-learning experience. In addition, we examined variables that might have affected students’ performance in e-learning environments. The results show that students with higher motivational orientations perform better in the online group discussions.
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e-learning, motivation, perceptions of e-learning environments, learning strategies, asynchronous group discussion

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Zhu, Chang, Martin Valcke, Tammy Schellens, and Yifei Li. 2009. “Chinese Students’ Perceptions of an E-learning Environment and Factors Affecting Their Performance: Implementing a Flemish E-learning Course in a Chinese Educational Context.” Asia Pacific Education Review 10 (2).
APA
Zhu, Chang, Valcke, M., Schellens, T., & Li, Y. (2009). Chinese Students’ perceptions of an e-learning environment and factors affecting their performance: implementing a Flemish e-learning course in a Chinese educational context. Asia Pacific Education Review, 10(2).
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Zhu C, Valcke M, Schellens T, Li Y. Chinese Students’ perceptions of an e-learning environment and factors affecting their performance: implementing a Flemish e-learning course in a Chinese educational context. Asia Pacific Education Review. Seoul, Korea: Institute of Asia-Pacific Education Development.; 2009;10(2).
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Zhu, Chang, Martin Valcke, Tammy Schellens, et al. “Chinese Students’ Perceptions of an E-learning Environment and Factors Affecting Their Performance: Implementing a Flemish E-learning Course in a Chinese Educational Context.” Asia Pacific Education Review 10.2 (2009): n. pag. Print.
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  abstract     = {This study was set up in a Chinese university in Beijing by implementing a Flemish e-learning course in a Chinese setting. A main feature of the e-learning environment is the asynchronous 'task-based' online group discussion. The purpose of the study is to understand Chinese students{\textquoteright} perceptions of a collaborative e-learning environment and the factors that affect their online performance and academic achievement. The results of the study indicate that the students had less positive perceptions of the e-learning environment as compared to their perceptions of a more conventional environment. However, the students reported to a higher level of preferences of peer learning, critical thinking and problem-based learning after a one semester e-learning experience. In addition, we examined variables that might have affected students{\textquoteright} performance in e-learning environments. The results show that students with higher motivational orientations perform better in the online group discussions.},
  author       = {Zhu, Chang and Valcke, Martin and Schellens, Tammy and Li, Yifei},
  issn         = {1876-407X},
  journal      = {Asia Pacific Education Review},
  keyword      = {e-learning,motivation,perceptions of e-learning environments,learning strategies,asynchronous group discussion},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  publisher    = {Institute of Asia-Pacific Education Development.},
  title        = {Chinese Students{\textquoteright} perceptions of an e-learning environment and factors affecting their performance: implementing a Flemish e-learning course in a Chinese educational context},
  volume       = {10},
  year         = {2009},
}

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