Changing the Instructional System from On-Site to Online: Students’ Cognitive and Motivational Components

By Pablo Müller Ferrés and Nathaly Vera Gajardo.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

Format Price
Article: Print $US10.00
Published online: November 11, 2016 $US5.00

When speaking of learning, it is best to go beyond cognitive and motivational variables; the environment, or the context in which learning is the end result of growth and development, should be taken into account because it has strong implications on how humans learn. Furthermore, virtual education has grown rapidly, and Chile is not immune to this change. This article explores the differences between students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in a virtual learning environment and those pursuing the same degree on-site at the Catholic University of Temuco. The results showed that the students in the online version showed higher degrees in task orientation, task value, control over learning, self-reliance for learning and performing, as well as in using the metacognitive strategies of repetition, organization, and self-regulation. On the other hand, those in the on-site system showed higher levels of anxiety during evaluations and group learning situations.

Keywords: Virtual Education, Teaching Methodology, Learning

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 23, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.31-38. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 11, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 324.812KB)).

Prof. Pablo Müller Ferrés

Assistant Professor, Economics Department, Catholic University of Temuco, Temuco, Araucanía, Chile

Nathaly Vera Gajardo

Assistant Professor, Special Education Department, Catholic University of Temuco, Temuco, Chile