- Volume 6 Issue 3
While Internet-based distance learning has proliferated, its educational effectiveness remains controversial. As such, investigation into the problems of Internet-based distance learning is important and fundamental for an assessment of its educational effectiveness. In this study, problems of Internet-based distance learning are grouped into four categories, environmental problems, student problems, course design problems and operational problems. Based on survey data from 606 distance learning participants, perceptional and relative seriousness of problems are analysed. The results indicate that perceptional seriousness of all the problems is not statistically important. However, the findings indicate that the relative seriousness of self willingness among student problems and cheating within operational problems is most remarkable. In contrast, the relative seriousness of traditionally recognized problems such as H/W availability and network speed among environmental problems is least remarkable. An analysis of demographic differences such as sex, employment and age in terms of seriousness of problem is also performed. The results reveal the existence of statistically significant differences according to sex, employment, and age difference with regard to seriousness of problems.